Entries tagged with: Swingin Utters
by Andrew Sacher
There's nothing quite like punk covers of pop songs, and considering the Punk Goes Pop series has pretty much evolved (or devolved?) into "pop covers of pop songs," it's a good thing that punk covers supergroup Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (Fat Mike of NOFX, Chris of Foo Fighters/No Use For a Name, Joey Cape/Dave of Lagwagon, Spike of Uke-Hunt/Swingin' Utters) are still kicking and doing it like they were in the '90s. Their newest album, with the Devo-referencing title of Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, comes out on May 13 via Fat Mike's Fat Wreck Chords (pre-order) and takes on diva anthems like "I Will Survive," "My Heart Will Go On," Cher's "Believe" and more.
The album's first single was a cover of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" and its newest single is a cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," which makes its premiere in this post. Here's what Joey Cape had to say about the cover:
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes always choose the music we cover by a sort of democratic process. Once we know the theme we plan to honor, in this case, Divas, we all submit songs that can translate from a cheesy or over-produced state to Punk Rock and maintain their depth and great melody. We always cover songs that one might consider to be guilty pleasures. "Beautiful" clearly fits the bill. It is a great song but not necessarily something a fan of any of our bands would even consider. Definitely one of my favorites on "Are We Not Men, We Are Diva". I'm just glad we have a singer that can pull these songs off. A lot of the female artist we covered on "Divas" are incredible vocalist'. Spike is too. He sings the songs so well, impressing musicians and punk fans alike. It's awesome to hear the contrast between our Pittsburgh native singer, his bravado and these previously recorded sweet and sometimes fragile melodies.You can listen to both singles, with the album tracklist, below...
Braids at Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Braids, Headaches @ Glasslands
Braids dropped standard rock instrumentation in favor of electronics for their new album, Flourish/Parsish, but has not changed the band's gorgeous, ethereal appeal.
Joan of Arc, CO LA @ Mercury Lounge
After playing Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium last night, Tim Kinsella's band Joan of Arc and experimental electronic musician CO LA will head to Manhattan for a Mercury Lounge show tonight.
Willis Earl Beal @ Joe's Pub
Blues lover Willis Earl Beal is set to release a new album next month (9/10), and tonight he'll be in NYC for a Joe's Pub show, where he'll be debuting his new band (and presumably some of his new material). Should be interesting to see what he's got in store.
Electric People, Thee Dang Dangs @ Cake Shop
Get your daily dose of psych/garage rock by heading over to Cake Shop to catch Brooklyn's Electric People and Denver's surfy Thee Dang Dangs. You can stream Thee Dang Dangs' recently released For The People LP, along with an Electric People track, below.
Wilsen, Imaginary People, Keenan O'meara, The Great American Canyon Band @ Pianos
If you're into the folk pop of Laura Marling or Alela Diane, you might be into checking out Wilsen at Pianos tonight. Stream a track, "Dusk," below.
Swingin' Utters, The Challenged, Blk Galaga @ The Bell House
'90s era folk/cow-punks Swingin' Utters, who reformed in 2010, are back with their second post-reunion album, Poorly Formed, this year, and tonight they'll be in Brooklyn for a show at The Bell House.
Other shows of note tonight include Sarabande, Up and Orange, The Sway Machinery, Traktor Attack @ Cameo Gallery and The Tanks, MV Carbon, Nate Wooley, Chuck Bettis @ Silent Barn.
Comedy options tonight include Night Train, Wyatt Cenac, Sam Morril, RG Daniels @ Littlefield and Mike Birbligia @ Union Hall.
For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Tickets to the Courtney Love shows at Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park, NJ and The Paramount in Huntington, NY go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets to The Capitol Theatre show go on sale today at noon. Tickets to the Warsaw show are on sale now.
When we last spoke, Starred were only opening the Paramount date, and they've since been added to the Warsaw and Stone Pony shows.
Rebelution and Matisyahu are playing Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Dropkick Murphys and Swingin Utters are playing on August 22 at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT and on August 25 at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets for the Ives Concert Park show go on sale today at noon and the Stone Pony show goes on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets to DKM's show at The Paramount are still available.
Devo in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Punk Rock Bowling is returning to downtown Las Vegas for its 15th year from May 25 - 27 with a lineup of Devo, FLAG (one of two Black Flag reunions taking place this year), Bad Religion (who are touring soon), The Damned, Turbonegro, DRI, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Subhumans, Swingin' Utters, US Bombs, The Weirdos, and more. Three-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Monday, February 11.
Flyer and full lineup below...