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photo: Taking Back Sunday at Riot Fest Chicago 2015 (more by Rudy Rubio)
Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday already announced one NJ holiday show with Beach Slang (tickets), and now they announced another with frnkiero andthe cellabration (Frank Iero from MCR's new thing) and Lame-O Records band The Superweaks. This one happens December 19 at Starland Ballroom, one night after the show with Beach Slang at the same venue. They'll also do a pre-show acoustic set at this one (2 PM start). Tickets are on sale now.

Beach Slang also have a run of shows with Cursive's Tim Kasher and Field Mouse that includes the BV-presented show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on 12/17 (tickets). If you haven't yet, head HERE to stream their debut album and read our interview with the band.

Head below to watch the video for TBS' "Great Romances of the 20th Century" off Tell All Your Friends, which is no longer on Spotify since they removed all their Victory Records releases.

Continue reading "Taking Back Sunday add 2nd holiday show (with Frank Iero and The Superweaks)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Taking Back Sunday at Riot Fest Chicago 2015 (more by Rudy Rubio)

Last year Taking Back Sunday played their inaugural NJ holiday shows, and now 2015's has been announced. 2014's had some pretty great openers from the comparatively newer punk/emo scene, and this year does too: Beach Slang. And like last year, there's local support from NJ's Modern Chemistry. The show happens December 18 at Starland Ballroom, and so far it's just this one (last year a second was added later on). Tickets go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (9/17) at 10 AM.

TBS also have a few dates this week (some with Citizen, some with Frank Iero) and all are listed below. For Beach Slang, that's one of many upcoming tour dates, including NYC-area shows with Bouncing Souls and Leftover Crack in October. Updated list of their dates, and streams of two songs from their upcoming album, below.

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photos by Rudy Rubio

Echo & the Bunnymen / Billy Idol / Taking Back Sunday
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Some of the best action of the day went down on the smallest stages. I can't begrudge anyone for focusing on the big names, but I wish more folks had turned up for the ripping sets from younger acts such as Meat Wave and Joyce Manor (the latter of whom had a sizable crowd anyway). Not that the bigger bands weren't a good time too! Babes in Toyland were fierce. The Damned came out suave and cool while the sun heated things up. System of a Down instantly reminded me why I'd practically glued my copy of Toxicity to my stereo in high school. I'm most thankful for the moments when I forgot I had an agenda except to watch what was right in front of me. [Leor Galil for Chicago Reader]
The 2015 Riot Fest Chicago kicked off on Friday and then continued Saturday with all of the above-mentioned artists, plus Rancid, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Drive Like Jehu, Bootsy Collins, Merle Haggard, CIV, Echo and the Bunnymen, Thurston Moore, The Dead Milkmen, Lifetime, Swervedriver, Steve Ignorant, Taking Back Sunday and so many more. Pictures of many of those and more continue below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

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photo: The Gaslight Anthem at Webster Hall in February (more by Mimi Hong)

The Gaslight Anthem have added a handful of new US dates to their summer schedule surrounding their North American festival appearances, including a headlining spot at this year's Skate & Surf Festival in Asbury Park and a set at Connecticut's Gathering of the Vibes. The new dates feature a Pittsburgh show with Desaparecidos and a few dates with support from Matthew Ryan.

That run includes a NYC-area show at Long Island's Paramount on July 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at 10 AM and are on venue and fan club presale now.

Last month, Gaslight frontman Brian Fallon joined Taking Back Sunday in Cleveland for Where You Want To Be cut "A Decade Under The Influence." Check out a video of that along with all of The Gaslight Anthem's upcoming tour dates below...

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photo: The Menzingers in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan))

As discussed, Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers are teaming up for a tour together, and since we last spoke they added dates in NYC and Philly. Following their now-sold-out NYC show on March 18 at Best Buy Theater, they'll play another show at the same venue a day later (3/19). Tickets for the newly-added show will be available soon and are on VIP presale now. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan is also working on a new solo album, which he's currently funding on PledgeMusic.

In semi-related news, The Menzingers' Epitaph labelmates The Sidekicks (who have covered The Menzingers) just made a video for "Everything In Twos" off their new album Runners in the Nerved World, that they just celebrated at a BV-presented NYC show. Watch that (via Wondering Sound) below. Speaking of Epitaph, they just signed Desaparecidos.

Lastly, during the Bouncing Souls' 'Home for the Holidays' celebration in late December, The Menzingers played an acoustic set at one of the Souls' charity raffles. Watch a high quality full-set video, with their updated list of dates and the Sidekicks video, below...

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The Menzingers at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (via Emily Bartholomew)

Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers are already teaming up for the first of TBS's two holiday shows in NJ this December (the second is with Modern Baseball), and now the two bands have announced a full tour together for 2015, also with letlive. That tour hits NYC on March 18 at Best Buy Theater and Long Island on March 24 at The Paramount in Huntington. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (11/14) at 10 AM local time and there's a VIP presale starting Tuesday (11/11) at 3 PM EST.

Meanwhile, The Menzingers just played NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (11/7). Anyone catch that?

All dates are listed, with the tour trailer, tour flyer and a couple videos, below...

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John Nolan w/ TBS at T5 in 2012 (more by Devan Council)
John Nolan

The No Sleep Records CMJ showcase (which BV co-presented) went down this past Tuesday (10/21) at the Paper Box and was headlined by Taking Back Sunday/Straylight Run's John Nolan, who was joined by a backing band. He's now put out the video for his new solo single "Here Comes the Wolf" which appears on the soundtrack to Jason Michael Brescia's new independent drama/comedy Bridge And Tunnel. The video just premiered over at AltPress. You can watch it, with a clip of John playing "Existentialism on Prom Night" at the No Sleep show, below.

John will team up with The Movielife/I Am the Avalanche's Vinnie Caruana to headline the soundtrack's release show in NYC on December 29 at Webster Hall. (It doesn't specify which room, but presumably the Studio or the Marlin Room since Patti Smith is in the Grand Ballroom.) Ticket info is still TBA too. Vinnie also has a solo song on the soundtrack which you can stream below.

The Webster Hall show is the day after the two Taking Back Sunday holiday shows in NJ. Night 1 is with The Menzingers, night 2 is with Modern Baseball and tickets for both are still available.

Videos/streams below...

Continue reading "John Nolan played No Sleep CMJ, made a video for his song from 'Bridge & Tunnel' film, playing soundtrack release show"

Modern Baseball at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)

We recently mentioned that Taking Back Sunday will now have an annual holiday show which they're doing this year at NJ's Starland Ballroom on December 27 with The Menzingers (tickets). That show is almost sold out, but they've added a second night happening at the same venue on December 28 with another great opener, Modern Baseball. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on presale via the Applauze app, and tickets go on AmEx presale Thursday (9/18) at 10 Am with the general on-sale beginning Friday (9/19) at 10 AM.

Meanwhile, Modern Baseball are on tour now having just hit Riot Fest Chicago over the weekend and NYC not long before that. Updated list of their dates, below.

TBS' John Nolan will also appear at the No Sleep/BV CMJ show.

Continue reading "Taking Back Sunday add 2nd holiday show; Modern Baseball opening, on tour now (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

No Sleep

Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:

I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.
The album was produced by emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.

Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the showcase doubles as a tour stop for Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers. The show happens October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn), it's FREE to the public (no badges required) and starts at 6 PM. 18+.

BV has TBA CMJ showcases too so stay tuned for that. Stream the new Xerxes track below...

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The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)

Taking Back Sunday, who now have three albums with the lineup who recorded Tell All Your Friends, have announced they'll be starting an annual holiday show at NJ's Starland Ballroom. They said:

We think it would be a fun way to combine a few things; playing in one of our favorite venues, inviting some younger east coast bands on the shows which we don't always get to do,  putting together some great merchandise sales and donating some of those profits to charity along with some other special surprises that we'll announce later.
This year's will happen on December 27 and will feature Philly punks The Menzingers, as well as Modern Chemistry. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/15) at 10 AM, and there's an ongoing presale (details here). Show flyer below.

TBS are also playing all three Riot Fests this year and The Menzingers are on Chicago and Denver. Menzingers also play hometown festival Made In America this month (8/31), and they're playing an acoustic set at NYC's Knitting Factory on September 26 with Lawrence Arms singer Brendan Kelly to celebrate Red Scare's 10th anniversary. Tickets for the KF show are still available.

The Menzingers have also announced a couple Northeast shows leading up to their appearance at The Fest with the reactivated Spraynard and Cassavetes. They'll be nearby NYC for a Long Island show at Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on October 24. That show also includes Lee Corey Oswald, making for a good bill all around. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All Menzingers dates are listed below.

Speaking of The Fest, more bands were recently added including Kind of Like Spitting, Goodtime Boys, The Interrupters, Dave Hause, James Alex (Weston, Beach Slang), Living Room and more. A comedy showcase featuring Chris Gethard and more was also announced.

More Fest addition details, TBS show flyer, list of Menzingers dates and videos, below...

Continue reading "Taking Back Sunday doing annual holiday shows; Menzingers opening, playing shows w/ Spraynard; Fest added bands"


Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.

Denver single day tickets are on sale too. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

Toronto single day tickets are also on sale. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

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by Andrew Sacher


How to Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) releases his next album "What Is This Heart?" next week (6/24 via Weird World), but he's made the entire thing available to stream early on www.whatisthisheart.com.

It's his third full length, following 2010's Love Remains which introduced him as maker of sweet, sultry atmospheres and 2012's Total Loss which brought more of a traditional "songwriter" sense to his work. That songwriting excels even more here, and though many of the R&B sounds he's used in the past are here, it's a deeply personal record in a way rarely associated with R&B. Tom just spoke to Pitchfork about the new record, including the influence his emo upbringing had on it:

That latent emo influence is found on a few "What Is This Heart?" tracks, including the throbbing "A Power", which Krell describes as "extreme philosophical poetry that stemmed from meditating on Taking Back Sunday." Meanwhile, the electric guitar-stung "Childhood Faith in Love (Everything Must Change, Everything Must Stay the Same)" was originally put into motion when Krell revisited a 2002 track by Philadelphia pop-punk band the Starting Line called "Best of Me".

"I thought about what music like that meant to me as a teenager, how I was moved so intensely by this schlocky pop punk like it was fucking fine art," he says, smiling at the memory. "For me, the most important thing about music is immediacy, which is part of the reason why I have such broad listening habits. I'm pretty shameless about it: I was playing the Starting Line in bed the other night, and my girlfriend was like, 'What the fuck?! Turn this off.' But that song still completely thrills me."

TBS and The Starting Line were also both represented on Tom's recent mixtape (along with Beyonce, Lou Reed & Antony, Prince, Whitney Houston and more). Take a listen to "What Is This Heart?" here.

HTDW recently celebrated the album with a pre-release show at NYC's Slipper Room and will bring his full tour back here for a much larger show on September 17 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Riot Fest

The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest 2014 Chicago & Denver lineups (The Cure, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Wu-Tang, Flaming Lips, MANY more)"

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

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Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chain of Strength

Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.

The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.

Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...

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Tickets for the The Feelies show at The Bell House go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the The Lillingtons and Stabbed In Back show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Rodrigo y Gabriela shows at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Neutral Milk Hotel and Circulatory System show at Prospect Park Bandshell go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kevin Drew show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Turin Brakes show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ringo Starr shows at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Shlohmo show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Dean Wareham show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Nickel Creek show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Action Bronson, The Lox and French Montana show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Owen Pallett and Doldrums show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Glasslands show are on sale now.

Taking Back Sunday sold out their two Best Buy Theater shows and added a third happening on April 21. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tennis show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kelela show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Peanut Butter Wolf, J. Rocc and Jonwayne show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

INVSN (featuring Dennis Lyxzen from Refused) play Mercury Lounge on March 27 and Knitting Factory on March 28. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon and 10 AM, respectively.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.


Boston post-hardcore band Defeater were supposed to head out on a tour with Modern Baseball, The Wonder Years, Citizen and Real Friends, though unfortunately, they've had to drop off due to a medical issue. The band posted to Facebook:

Hey all, we have some bad news with a silver lining.

Derek's doctors and surgeons have strongly recommended that he get his hip taken care of as soon as possible before it breaks in its brittle state and causes further damage.

The bad news is that we are unfortunately going to have to drop from The Wonder Years tour. Bummed doesn't even begin to describe how upset we are that we are missing such an awesome opportunity.

However the good news is that not only will Derek be able to take the time he needs to go to physical therapy and heal properly, but our spot will be filled by the excellent band Fireworks.

We are already planning a full North American run for this fall where we promise to make up for lost time.

Thanks guys, we love you.

That tour hits NYC on April 17 at Best Buy Theater and tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of emo shows at Best Buy Theater, Taking Back Sunday just announced a tour which brings them to that venue on April 15, and since we last spoke, they added a second date happening there on April 16. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM.

All dates for both tours are listed below...

Continue reading "Defeater drop off Modern Baseball/Wonder Years tour; Taking Back Sunday add 2nd Best Buy Theater show (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

TBS at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)

We mentioned back in 2012 when Taking Back Sunday's original lineup toured, playing Tell All Your Friends in full for its 10th anniversary, an album that was mostly ignored by indie critics upon its release, but has arguably lived up well and proved influential, especially as emo kids and indie kids unite. The original lineup is now set to hit the road again in support of their second LP together since reuniting, Happiness Is (due out 3/18 via Hopeless), and though the power ballad first single "Flicker, Fade" lacks the fire that made TAYF so memorable, here's to hoping the tour is still another good opportunity to hear the old favorites with John Nolan and the rest of the original crew back in the band.

The tour includes a North American run with The Used (who time has not treated as kindly) which hits NYC on April 15 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with a couple videos from their 2012 tour, below...

Continue reading "Taking Back Sunday's original lineup releasing another LP and touring (dates)"

photos by Cory Dewald

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With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]
Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 3 pictures are here and here.

If you missed them, check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics. More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 2 in pics (Blondie, X, FLAG, Rancid, The Selecter, Stars, Glassjaw, Public Enemy, GBV, Dino Jr. & more)"


Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

J. Spaceman, Kid Millions, Eric Copeland @ Le Poisson Rouge
Spiritualized played Webster Hall last night and now here's your chance to catch frontman Jason Pierce in a much more intimate setting, with a little help from Oneida (and current Spiritualized) drummer Kid Millions. Eric Copeland of Black Dice opens.

Mountains, Date Palms, Goodwill Smith, Plankton Wat @ Union Pool
This bill is being presented by Thrill Jockey Records and features three of their artists (everyone on the bill except Goodwill Smith) that lean towards sparse post-rock. A must-see for any experimental music fans not going to J. Spaceman tonight.

Girls Against Boys, David Yow, Coliseum @ Bowery Ballroom
Post-hardcore vets Girls Against Boys are fully back in action, having celebrated the 20th anniversary of Venus Luxure No 1 Baby earlier this year, and continuing with more dates and an upcoming EP. Tonight they headline Bowery Ballroom with an excellent lineup that also includes Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid frontman David Yow and post-hardcore new(er)comers Coliseum.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. The line-up is usually held pretty close to the vest, but you can check his Twitter for the line-up. For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Youth Code, Night Sins @ Home Sweet Home
Tonight's Nothing Changes party hosts a couple acts that recall the heyday of EBM and industrial (Youth Code) and gothy postpunk (Night Sins). Both have new albums too.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Anasazi, Contingent, La Misma @ 285 Kent Avenue
Farfisa-fueled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads headline this show which is a benefit for the Sam Vincent Foundation, run by family of a good friend of the band's that passed away recently.

Kate Boy, ASTR @ Mercury Lounge
This Swedish outfit -- who channel Big '80s pop like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- are in NYC for two shows, tonight being the second. ASTR open and it's an early show, doors at 6:30 PM.

Destruction Unit, Pharmakon, Ukiah Drag @ Mercury Lounge
If you like your shows noisy, Mercury Lounge is the place to be tonight. The bill's being headlined by Destruction Unit, who bring loud-as-fuck psych-punk and a killer live show, and it also features industrial-noise artist Pharmakon and the dark, minimal sounding Ukiah Drag.

blink-182, New Beat Fund, DIIV @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
blink-182 are on the third of three intimate NYC-area shows -- which inspired us to make the argument they're actually an important and influential band for some -- and tonight's is also a benefit. Proceeds benefit burn treatment centers, plus research for cancer, diabetes, and others life-threatening diseases. The show is being opened by Red Bull Records-signed New Beat Fund, whose t-shirt sales will support those charities as well, and Brooklyn indie rock band DIIV (who could probably headline MHOW themselves at this point). Sold out.

The Both (Ted Leo, Aimee Mann) @ The Bell House
Ted Leo and Aimee Mann went on a tour together last year which resulted in some on-stage collaboration, and now they've taken those collaborations a step further, by actually forming a band together. The band, called The Both, is on tour now and tonight is their first NYC show. Should be pretty interesting to see what they have in store.

Flume, Chet Faker, Touch Sensative @ Webster Hall
Australian producer Flume keeps getting bigger and bigger. Back in April he was here for a packed Music Hall of Williamsburg show, and tonight he's at the much larger (and also sold out) Webster Hall, where it's likely going to be a dance party all night.

Taking Back Sunday (performing TAYF), Bad Rabbits, Get Involved!, Lost In Society @ Starland Ballroom
Last year, Taking Back Sunday went on a tour performing Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, a record that left a pretty big impact on a whole generation of kids when it came out. If you missed your chance at seeing them play that record, or just need to see it again, you're in luck because they're doing TAYF again tonight and tomorrow at Starland Ballroom before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest.

Laura Marling @ St. Ann's Church
British folk singer Laura Marling's music may be highly indebted to the genre's early '70s period, but it's some of the most genuine material in that style being written today. She just did two sold-out nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tonight she does a free (if you RSVPed and got in) intimate show at St. Ann's Church.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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by Andrew Sacher

The Scandals (photo via Greg Pallente)

One of the artists chosen to open for The Gaslight Anthem at their free Red Bull Sound Select show at Irving Plaza on July 27 is fellow NJ band The Scandals. It makes sense that they were selected for the show, considering they share not only a hometown, but also a knack for post-Bouncing Souls/Hot Water Music punk rawk and heartland melodies (though they don't do as much Boss worshipping as Gaslight). If you're going to that show (which is free but you have to request a ticket), it's worth showing up for them. Also on the bill is Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause (who just wrapped up a tour with Social Distortion and Cheap Time) and Frances & the Foundation.

Get Involved
Get Involved

The Scandals also play another NYC show even sooner than that opening for Get Involved at Saint Vitus on Thursday (7/11). Get Involved is sort of a post-hardcore supergroup, whose members include Tucker Rule (Thursday), Brian Deneeve (From Autumn To Ashes), Lars Weiss (Judge), Derrick Karg (Death in the Park), and Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw, Cubic Zirconia). They're planning on self-releasing an EP at some point this year, which is being produced by Ross Robinson, who was behind the boards for classic albums by Glassjaw, At the Drive-In, The Blood Brothers, and more. They make a similar style of post-hardcore to many of their past projects, but with a goth edge on the clean vocals. You can listen to two tracks on Kickstarter and watch the video for a third below.

That Saint Vitus show is also with Descender, Let Me Run, and Skeleton Dealer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Get Involved also play a day later at the Court Tavern (7/12) in New Brunswick, and in September they open the first of two Taking Back Sunday shows (9/11-12) at NJ's recently reopened Starland Ballroom, where TBS will be performing Tell All Your Friends in full, like they did on tour last year. These are currently the band's only remaining TAYF dates (night 1 tix & night 2 tix).

In more related news, ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly recently released his second solo mixtape, Darker Matter, which you can stream below or download (name your price) at bandcamp. He also has an upcoming Starland Ballroom (9/28) show, opening for fellow Jersey band Saves The Day (tickets) two days after STD play MHOW without Geoff (tickets). You can also see Geoff opening for Yellowcard at Irving Plaza (9/9 & 9/10)... if you're into that sort of thing (tickets).

All lists of dates and song streams below...

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crowd at Starland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)

As discussed, NJ venue Starland Ballroom is reopening this year after damages from Hurricane Sandy forced them to close. When we last posted, it had been announced that "something" would happen on June 4 (aka today), and it turns out that that "something" is the announcement of the venue's initial schedule for this September - December. Shows announced include Two Door Cinema Club (10/9), Clutch (12/28), and more.

Full current schedule below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Geoff Rickly w/ Thursday at The Chance in 2010 (more by Meghan McInnis)
Geoff Rickly

The early '00s emo scene gets a lot of hate, a good deal of which is arguably deserved, but as with many hated music trends, there's a few gems that stick out and over ten years after their prime remain wildly influential. It's no secret that I'm a supporter of Thursday and their frontman Geoff Rickly's recent solo work. Plus, when Taking Back Sunday played Tell All Your Friends on tour last year, I wrote about the album's lasting impact for kids who were at impressionable stages of their life when they first heard it.

Those bands were both on Victory Records at the same time (and both expressed issues with the label), shared a producer, and have toured together before. So it might not be a surprising announcement, but it's a pretty welcome one that Geoff Rickly and John Nolan (who was a big reason Tell All Your Friends was so great, and left TBS after that record to front the relatively underrated Straylight Run) are going on a solo tour together this May. The tour kicks off in Brooklyn at the small, mostly-metal venue Saint Vitus on May 10, and for two frontmen who both had solid runs in bands on MTV, that's a pretty cool place to see them. Tickets are not on sale yet for the Brooklyn show but you can check Ticketfly for updates.

All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and song streams of Geoff and John's solo material, below...

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