Entries tagged with: The Hold Steady
by Andrew Sacher
The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn releases his next solo album Faith In The Future on September 11 via Partisan (pre-order), and now the whole thing is streaming in full. Craig's in Springsteen mode a lot of the time, but as the early singles hinted, he embraces his mid-'80s Bruce side a lot on this album. With all the love The War On Drugs got last year, this sound's having a bit of a moment right now. Check it out below (via Vulture).
Craig's upcoming tour includes three NYC shows: an afternoon in-store on Saturday, 9/12 at Rough Trade (more info), a proper show at Bowery Ballroom on 11/6 (tickets), and opening for My Morning Jacket on 11/28 at the Beacon (tickets).
photo: Craig w/ The Hold Steady in Queens in 2014 (more by PSquared)
One is in NYC on Saturday, September 12 at Rough Trade. That's an afternoon show (1:30 PM doors), and to get in you have to purchase the album from Rough Trade. More info here. He also plays an acoustic show in London on 9/15.
Craig was just on author Bret Easton Ellis' (American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction, Less Than Zero) podcast where they talked "corporate culture in rock and roll, The Clash, the decline of the archetypal rock star and The Replacements." Check that out HERE.
Updated dates are listed, with a stream of "Maggie I've Been Searching For Our Son" from Craig's new album, below...
My Morning Jacket recently announced tour dates, including two NYC shows at Beacon Theatre: 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. The first is sold out and the second is close (tix), but the band now added two more shows at that same venue with different openers. They'll now also hit Beacon Theatre on November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon, but first there's an MMJ Roll Call Members presale starting Tuesday (7/21) at 10 AM.
Speaking of Craig Finn (who has a new solo album on the way), perhaps you've seen his face on one of the many Seamless ads around Brooklyn, like the one pictured above.
Updated MMJ dates below...
photo: Archers of Loaf at 4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Archers of Loaf, Monsoon @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hailing from the same North Carolina scene as Superchunk and Polvo, Archers of Loaf were probably the most "rock" of the bunch, with an arsenal of '90s college radio fist-pumpers like "Web in Front," "Wrong," and "Plumb."
Rainer Maria @ Saint Vitus
Rainer Maria put out a number of great emo/indie rock albums on Polyvinyl back in the late '90s and early '00s, but then broke up in 2006. Earlier this year they reunited at Bowery Ballroom, and this week they play two more hometown shows. Tonight at Vitus (which is sold out), and tomorrow at Shea.
World Party @ City Winery
Karl Wallinger's psychedelic pop band World Party continues their four-night, full-band run at City Winery.
Fred Falke, Cut Snake, Eagles & Butterflies @ Output
French house producer Fred Falke has long been a go-to man for stylish remixes. He's a killer DJ, too, and will tastefully displaying his turntable élan tonight.
Gin Blossoms, Iron Chic, Timeshares @ The Paramount
Gin Blossoms haven't had their main songwriter in decades (he committed suicide in 1993), but their earlier material has proven influential on certain modern punk and indie bands. Two of the better ones happen to be the Long Island-based Iron Chic and Timeshares, who open for them tonight.
Empress Of, Buscabulla, Los Walters, Triangulo de Amor Bizarro @ Baby's All Right
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will soon have her debut album released via XL, so expect some new songs from her tonight. The night starts with a set from Spain's Triangulo de Amor Bizarro who owe much of their sound to Creation Records-era shoegaze.
Total Slacker, California X, Hound, Melt @ Baby's All Right
This bill pairs together two bands who aren't afraid to show off their '90s rock influences, Total Slacker and California X, with the None More Black/Ted Leo + the Pharmacists-related stoner/garage band Hound and Melt (which includes Cassie Ramone on bass).
Mates of State, Good Graeff, Hey Marseilles @ Bowery Ballroom
If you're not going to that Rainer Maria show, but you want to see a different veteran Polyvinyl (and now Barsuk) band, Mates of State at Bowery Ballroom sounds like a good place to end up.
I.O.D., Show Me The Body, Salomon Faye, OSHUN @ Palisades
There are a few good artists on this bill, but one of particular note is hip hop/neo-soul duo OSHUN, whose new ASASE YAA mixtape has a strong political message, cultural pride, and great songs.
Ajax, Fatigue, Semper Eadem, Vanity, No Parole @ Acheron
Acheron hosts a good punk show tonight, featuring (among other things) the very catchy Oi!-inspired NYC band Vanity.
members of Dismemberment Plan, The Hold Steady & more covering albums @ Knitting Factory
This show features a bunch of musicians covering other musicians, including The Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison covering Morphine's "Cure For Pain," The Hold Steady's Dan Neustadt covering Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over the Sea" and more.
Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
Bridget Everett continues to perform her acclaimed show at Joe's Pub. Shy folks might want to either a) not sit too close to the stage or b) not go at all. Everyone else: Bridget's a riot.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Lifter Puller at D4th of July (via Hold Steady Twitter)
Dillinger Four celebrated their 21st anniversary and America's independence yesterday with their D4th of July festival in Minneapolis that also included Against Me!, Scared of Chaka, Toys That Kill, and more. Earlier in the day, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn mentioned on Instagram that he'd be going, and started posting old fliers of his old band Lifter Puller's past shows with Dillinger Four. As it turned out, Craig ended up reuniting with his Lifter Puller bandmates for their first show in 12 years at the fest! Watch videos below.
Craig also has a new solo album coming.
by Andrew Sacher
Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has been on tour with Heartless Bastards (they played NYC earlier this week), and today he announced his second solo album. It follows 2012's Clear Heart Full Eyes on Vagrant. This one's called Faith In The Future, will come out on September 11 via new label home Partisan, and first single "Newmyer's Roof" is out now. Not that Craig hasn't always sounded influenced by Springsteen, but this one especially sounds inspired by Bruce's mid-'80s era. Here's what Craig told NPR about the song:
I moved to NYC on September 15, 2000.Listen below, and you can get an instant download of it, plus four outtakes, if you pre-order through PledgeMusic.
Just less than a year later came the terrible events of September 11, 2001. I was working at an office in Union Square and my friend and boss Chris Newmyer suggested we come to his apartment on 2nd Avenue in the East Village. We could see the towers from the roof he said.
We went up there and saw the towers burn and then collapse. At some point he suggested we get some beer. I didn't know what to feel that day, most of us had no emotion to access. So we got some beer, and drank them while watching the World Trade Center go down. It sounds detached now, but at the time it made sense on a day when nothing else made sense. I spent some years after that in darkness.
There was a girl in the 33rd floor of one of the towers that was a receptionist at an investment bank. She went to work that day and when the plane hit they asked her to stay where she was. They said it was safest. She decided against that and walked out of the towers and, like the rest of us, did her best to get on with her life.
Some years later I went to a birthday party. I talked to this girl. We talked all night. We fell in love and are still together. I came out of the darkness. I'm glad she didn't do what they told her to do.
"Newmyer's Roof" isn't about this exactly. It's a song about believing that something better is coming. It's a song about light after darkness. It's about Faith in the Future.
Craig Finn at the Space at Westbury - 5/19/15 (photo via Beth Shorr)
While Tad Kulber is off touring in Courtney Love's band, his Hold Steady bandmate Craig Finn is currently on the road opening for Jason Isbell, and Craig's also sharing the stage with some interesting people. His current band is Joey Russo (of Furthur, Benevento Russo Duo, Cass McCombs, and much more), Cass McCombs' longtime bassist Jon Shaw, and Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Dawn Landes, Trixie Whitley, Yellowbirds, etc). Craig's tour began last week in Florida, but his first two shows with that band happened in the NYC-area this week. First they hit Long Island's Space at Westbury on Tuesday (5/19) and then Westchester's Capitol Theatre last night (5/20). Tonight (5/21) they're in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony (without Jason Isbell) which is a members only event for Brookdale Public Radio 90.5 The Night. More details at wbjb.org. Updated Craig Finn dates are listed below.
Craig will also return to NYC soon to appear at the IFC Center on June 4, where The 78 Project Movie will be screening. The movie "is a road trip across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. One blank disc. In one 3-minute take." After the screening, Craig will cut a record to 78 himself, in front of a live audience (like Sondre Lerche did with the 78 Project at Rough Trade on Record Store Day). There will also be a post-film discussion with producer Lavinia Jones Wright & director Alex Steyermark. Tickets are on sale.
List of Craig's dates, below...
Courtney and Lana (photo via Scott Lipps Instagram)
Courtney and her band (Tad Kubler included) (via Courtney Love Instagram)
Courtney Love kicked off her tour with Lana Del Rey last week in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion (where the above picture was taken). The tour was supposed to continue this past weekend in Dallas, but they had to cancel it after Courtney's opening set due to weather, which Lana issued an apology about. Fortunately, everything's been going well since, and the tour will continue on the West Coast this weekend into next.
Courtney's band for this tour includes guitarist Micko Larkin, drummer Scott Lips, bassist Jennie Vee (who you may have just seen opening for Manic Street Preachers), and pretty excitingly, The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler on guitar. Courtney's actually been playing all Hole songs on this tour (as long as we're counting Nobody's Daughter as a Hole album), as well as a few covers like Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen, and Big Star. Check out videos of them playing "Doll Parts" and "Celebrity Skin" at the Houston show, as well as videos of LDR playing "Video Games," "Ultraviolence," and "Born To Die," at that one, below.
After the run with Courtney ends, LDR continues on the road with Grimes. No NYC dates, but Lana will be here for the Sunday of Governors Ball. We're giving away tickets to the Saturday, and there's still a few hours left to enter.
by Andrew Sacher
We last heard from Sub Pop grunge vets TAD frontman Tad Doyle when Lumbar -- his supergroup with YOB's Mike Scheidt and Himsa's Aaron Edge -- released their 2013 debut album The First and Last Days of Unwelcome, and he returned last week with the debut full length from his other recently-formed group, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. This one also includes Aaron Edge on drums, as well as Peggy Tully on bass, and as Stereogum points out, it's Tad's first full length from a group he solely fronts since Hog Molly's 2000 LP, Kung-Fu Cocktail Grip (which was remastered last year).
The album came out on Neurosis's Neurot Recordings (also home to his pals YOB), and perhaps unsurprising given his relationship with Mike Scheidt, it sounds like modern sludge metal. It's a really convincing take on the genre too, which is pretty amazing because -- without naming names here -- not everyone from the Seattle grunge era sounds this relevant in 2015. Listen to an Rdio stream of the full album below.
Speaking of dudes named Tad, The Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler is playing some solo shows this week, opening for... Rick Springfield. The tour hit NYC over the weekend (anyone go?) but has three more shows, all of which are nearby. All dates below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens at CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Walter Schreifels has to be one of the most consistently busy musicians in rock. He was a member of a few legendary bands, including but not limited to Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand, and those bands have played live as recently as November's Fun Fun Fun Fest and New Year's Eve in NYC, respectively. He's also got an ongoing solo career and two recently-formed bands: Vanishing Life (with members of Trail of Dead) and The Dead Heavens (with former members of Youth of Today, White Zombie and Cults). Vanishing Life put out a single last fall, and now we're finally getting a studio-recorded taste of Dead Heavens.
They've already played live a few times, including a CMJ show (pics) (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) and a Shea show in November, and now they've announced that they'll release the "History In My Hands" b/w "36 Chambers" 7″ on February 17 via Thrill Me (pre-order). Walter has said this band is inspired by Cream and Black Sabbath, and there's definitely some of Clapton's Cream-era wah guitar throughout the song, but it's a bit lighter than that description may make you think. Check it out below, via Stereogum.
The Dead Heavens have also announced a NYC residency happening in February at Saint Vitus. Here's the schedule:
* 2/10 w/ Cayetana and Without (tickets)Philly indie rockers Cayetana just played a BV-presented NYC show and covered New Order over the weekend (pictures and video), and Without count Bobby Drake of The Hold Steady as a member.
* 2/17 w/ Gates, Twin Strike and Descender (tickets)
* 2/24 w/ The Golden Grass, Black Black Black and These People (tickets)
New Dead Heavens song below...
photo: Arcade Fire at Barclays Center in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
DJ Windows 98, who you may recall is the DJ moniker of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, is returning to NYC for two appearances in February. First, he DJs the
sold-out Hold Steady show at Bowery Ballroom on February 13 (update: back on sale). Here's more details:
This year's Alt Star Party will be taking place on Friday, February 13 at the renowned Bowery Ballroom. The Hold Steady, one of America's most acclaimed rock bands, will be headlining the event. Brooklyn rockers STRNGRS will be providing opening support. Additional surprises and guest DJ sets from Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend), Dapwell (formerly of Das Racist), and Stefan Marolachakis (Caveman) will keep the party going throughout the night.Then the next night, he has his own midnight show on Valentine's Day at Baby's All Right. Doors are at 11:45 PM. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (1/23). That happens after the Beacon show at the same venue earlier that night with Lord Raja and Tallesen (tickets).
Three weeks later, his brother Will Butler kicks off a tour that hits NYC twice.
Photo: The Hold Steady @ MHOW on NYE (via SJO)
The Hold Steady celebrated the new year and bassist Galen Polivka's birthday with two Music Hall of Williamsburg shows with The So So Glos, first on December 30 and then again on New Year's Eve. Did you catch one? Or both? Check out the setlists from both nights, via The Hold Steady Facebook, and a video of them singing "Happy Birthday" to Galen into a confetti-filled performance of "Constructive Summer," below.
THS have now announced yet another NYC show, billed as "Rockonfoundation.org presents All Star 2015 with The Hold Steady," happening February 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (1/9) with an AmEx presale starting noon on Wednesday (1/7).
photos by Mimi Hong
"Went to my first "show" in 85 I think. I have never seen adoration like the crowd and @TheFrontBottoms right now." - Craig Finn
The Front Bottoms poppin' champagne / TFB & friends / Tiny Moving Parts' crowd
The Front Bottoms and BrooklynVegan teamed up once again for the holidays this year, this time to present the Champagne Jam at all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday (12/21). TFB headlined the sold-out show in the Grand Ballroom, and their set in that room was prefaced by Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and magician Magic Mike. Over in the Marlin Room, The So So Glos and Big Ups repped NYC punk, while GDP brought the alt-rap, and comedian Chris Gethard was there bringing jokes to a punk rock show (like last year). In the Studio, mathy emo was provided by Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, and still even more artists played throughout the day. Brand New singer Jesse Lacey was in attendance, though not to perform with his frequent collaborator Kevin Devine. You Blew It! weren't billed, but members were attendance to perform with their past tourmates The Front Bottoms and their other past tourmates Prawn. Tiny Moving Parts and Kevin Devine joined TFB on stage during their set too. Pictures of the show are in this post.
More pictures and some videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in October (more by Mimi Hong)
Title Fight already have an awesomely billed tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier coming up that hits NYC on 3/27 at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since added another appearance happening in the NYC-area that same weekend. They headline Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday, March 28 at Revolution which includes a stacked lineup of Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card and Soda Bomb. Tickets for that are on sale now. Show flyer and updated list of TF dates below.
That's not the only upcoming bill Pianos Become the Teeth and Superheaven share. They also team up with Diamond Youth (Topshelf) and Black Clouds (Geoff Rickly's label) later this month in Baltimore for what will be Pianos' first hometown show in over a year and a half. All Pianos dates are listed below.
Pianos Become the Teeth also gave us a list of their favorite records of 2014 (Title Fight recently told us theirs). It's a diverse list, ranging from metal vets At the Gates to EDM producer Porter Robinson to Sun Kil Moon. Check out their whole list, with commentary, and those lists of dates, below...
Thurston Moore Band at Saint Vitus in October (more by PSquared)
The Thurston Moore Band -- aka Thurston, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums, My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe on bass, and guitarist James Sedwards -- put out their SY-esque The Best Day earlier this year and recently toured it, hitting NYC twice. They have more dates coming up, including a return to NYC on December 11 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. That's a free show presented by Norton Antivirus and Pandora, but you have to RSVP to get in. All Thurston dates are listed below.
The Hold Steady have also expanded their New Year's Eve celebration. The NYE show at MHOW sold out long ago, but they've now added a second show happening the night before (12/30) at the same venue. Both are with The So So Glos. Tickets for the 12/30 show go on sale at noon on Friday (11/21) with AmEx and artist presales starting at noon on Wednesday (11/19).
Updated Hold Steady dates are listed, with those Thurston Moore dates, below...
The Hold Steady at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Sept (more by PSquared)
As discussed, The Hold Steady are playing some shows at the end of the year including New Year's Eve at MHOW (sold out) and frontman Craig Finn's set at the 'Champagne Jam' at Webster (also sold out). Now there's a third chance to see them in the NYC-area, and it's happening a bit sooner than those shows. They're playing a Chrysler/Pandora show on November 19 at The Space at Westbury on Long Island which is free with RSVP. The description reads:
An exclusive performance by The Hold Steady, free to an intimate audience of Pandora listeners with RSVP. Attendees will be treated to limited-edition event swag, an open bar for the first two hours of the evening, and the chance to check out the all-new Chrysler 200!Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...
The Hold Steady at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (more by PSquared)
The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and The So So Glos are already on board for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' holiday show at Webster Hall headlined by The Front Bottoms, and now it's been announced that just ten days later the full Hold Steady crew and the So So Glos will team up yet again to play New Year's Eve at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show also doubles as Hold Steady bassist Galen Polivka's birthday party. Here's the details:
The Hold Steady will be celebrating bass player Galen Polivka's birthday in extra special style to end 2014, by having a Birthday Bash at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31, 2014. Special Guests The So-So Glos will start the evening off right before The Hold Steady blast through their 111th (and last) live show of 2014. Join in for a birthday toast at midnight as Galen enjoys day two of a new year. There are a limited number of tickets for the post-show Birthday Bash to be held downstairs at Music Hall. The Birthday ticket includes a limited edition numbered and THS-signed show poster and access to the Birthday Bash, where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing from 1am until the streets are clear from that other holiday happening on December 31.Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/29) at noon. For $30 extra, you can get the birthday ticket which "includes screened poster signed by the band and an invite to post-show birthday celebration downstairs where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing."
The Hold Steady's only other announced dates are a four-night run in Toronto for The Horseshoe Tavern's 67th birthday celebration. The first two nights are with Single Mothers, a band who are definitely inspired by The Hold Steady. All dates are listed below...
Acclaimed Mekons documentary Revenge of the Mekons premiered a year ago at NYC Doc fest and is now getting a proper release. It'll screen in NYC at Film Forum from Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 with daily showtimes at 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now. The October 29 7:15 PM screening will feature a Q&A with the Mekons' Jon Langford and Steve Goulding and director Joe Angio. Later that night, Langford will play the afterparty at The Bell House (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to attend both. Details below.
Some of the other Film Forum screening have special guests too. The October 30 9:30 PM screening features a Q&A with the Langford and Angio, and for some others:
Nov 1 - Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) introduces 7:15pm screeningTrailer for Revenge of the Mekons and contest details, below..
Nov 3 - writer/critic Luc Sante introduces 7:15pm screening
Nov 4 - writier/critic Greil Marcus introduces 7:15pm screening
UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
NJ's folk/pop/punks The Front Bottoms are teaming up with BrooklynVegan yet again to celebrate the holidays this year. Last year, it was a small show at Shea, but this year it's gonna be a much bigger affair called the Champagne Jam which takes over all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday, December 21. The Front Bottoms are playing the Grand Ballroom with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and magician Magic Mike. In The Marlin Room it's two NYC punk bands, The So So Glos and Big Ups, two alt-leaning rappers, Kitty and GDP, novelty rockers Baby Baby and Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard. And in The Studio it's electronic musician Emperor X, two mathy emo bands, Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, CT indie rockers The Guru, and Girl Spells, the new project of Adrianne Gold of Philly indie popsters Catnaps.
Tickets, which get you into all three rooms, go on sale Friday (9/26) at 10 AM. There's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (9/23) at 10 AM and a Front Bottoms fan club presale starting Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM. Check back here tomorrow morning for the BV presale password. The show's all ages (under 16 must be accompanied by a parent).
UPDATE: BROOKLYNVEGAN PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Check out a few videos from some of the artists playing, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
The Replacements at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 9/19/14
The Replacements did like to mess around, but they've also written some of the best songs of this kind that have ever been recorded, and the Forest Hills show had them playing hit after hit, sounding tight as hell. ("They've never sounded this tight!" exclaimed an older fan sitting next to me who seemed like he had seen them plenty of times back when.) They played just about everything you wanted to hear too. Their three most classic albums, Let It Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, were well represented. But if you're a fan of their earlier punk years, you got "Takin a Ride," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "White and Lazy," "I'm In Trouble" and a handful of others. And if you're into the more polished latter albums, you got "I'll Be You," "Merry Go Round," "All Shook Down" and "Achin' To Be."Alternative rock legends The Replacements finally brought their reunion tour to NYC this past Friday (9/19) for a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens with well-matched openers The Hold Steady and Deer Tick. Above is an excerpt from our review, which you can read in full along with the setlist and videos, here. Now we've got a set of pictures of all three bands from the show.
by Andrew Sacher
The Replacements @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 9/19/14 (via BV Instagram)
The Replacements have been playing shows again for the first time since 1991 for over a year now, but it wasn't until this Friday (9/19) at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens that their reunion tour finally hit NYC. The band -- original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus guitarist Dave Minehan (The Neighborhoods) and drummer Josh Freese (The Vandals, Devo, Weezer) -- were supported by Deer Tick and The Hold Steady, both of whom are old pals, tourmates and huge Replacements fans. I missed Deer Tick's early set (6:30 PM), but there was a definite admiration for the headliners during The Hold Steady's set. Craig Finn told a story of being at a tennis court as a teenager and telling someone his favorite band were the Ramones (who are from Forest Hills), and the person responded, "If you like the Ramones, you should check out The Replacements." He then said how The Replacements went on to become his other favorite band, so now opening for them at a tennis stadium located where the Ramones are from felt full circle. Before he left the stage, he said, "I can't believe I'm saying this... THE REPLACEMENTS ARE UP NEXT!"
I never saw The Replacements during their initial run, and I really had no idea what to expect. So many of the stories I've heard are that they were equally or more likely to get drunk and play a bunch of sloppy covers than put on a tight set. Not to mention, not all of these reunion shows have gotten the best reviews. But I'm being totally honest when I say this was up there with the best rock shows I have ever seen. The Replacements did like to mess around, but they've also written some of the best songs of this kind that have ever been recorded, and the Forest Hills show had them playing hit after hit, sounding tight as hell. ("They've never sounded this tight!" exclaimed an older fan sitting next to me who seemed like he had seen them plenty of times back when.) They played just about everything you wanted to hear too. Their three most classic albums, Let It Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, were well represented. But if you're a fan of their earlier punk years, you got "Takin a Ride," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "White and Lazy," "I'm In Trouble" and a handful of others. And if you're into the more polished latter albums, you got "I'll Be You," "Merry Go Round," "All Shook Down" and "Achin' To Be."
They did get a few covers in, including about half of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" for which Paul commented on being proud of themselves for learning that riff. And they definitely weren't taking themselves too seriously or anything. Tommy joked between songs, and even if the setlist was actually planned, he and Paul at least made some of the songs seem like they were picked on the spot. Everything got a great reaction from the crowd (and the huge venue was packed), but they went out with a bang, packing all the biggest anthems -- "Can't Hardly Wait," "Bastards of Young," "Alex Chilton," "Unsatisfied," college radio ode "Left of The Dial" -- in at the end of the set. If I had to pick a personal favorite moment, it would be hearing "Androgynous" which Paul sang with the same heartbreaking, voice-cracking sincerity he recorded it with thirty years ago. But hearing that huge crowd belt out "We are the sons of nooooooo one!" and "I'm in love! With that song!" even from my seats in the upper bowl were some of the most purely satisfying moments you could ask for at any rock show. Let alone one from a band who had been away for 22 years.
We'll have pictures from the whole night soon. UPDATE: Pictures are up. Meanwhile check out the full setlist and videos from the Forest Hills show below...
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic
Mineral / Patti Smith / Superchunk
Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up this past Sunday (9/14) with sets from The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.
I arrived at the final day of the festival to find New Jersey punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already on the Roots Stage, and NJ folk punks The Front Bottoms getting set to perform on the Rebel Stage. Having seen the former a few times, I went for the latter band and heard "Flashlight" as I approached the stage. Their early afternoon-yet-rabid crowd screamed the lyrics along to the song's stop-start chorus. The tongue-in-cheek Talon of the Hawk opener "Au Revoir (Adios)" came next, followed by mix of songs from that album and their 2011 self-titled LP. --ZP
Kurt Vile & The Violators were the next band I caught, over at the Riot Stage. Given that Sunday beared even better weather than Saturday had, opening with "Wakin on a Pretty Day" was an apt choice in full sun. The Violators proceeded to deliver a low-key and enjoyable set that touched on Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Smoke Ring for My Halo, and Childish Prodigy. After a bit of KV and co., I headed over to the Rebel Stage to catch The Hold Steady. The NYC crew kicked things off with "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from this year's Teeth Dreams, followed by the Boys and Girls in America favorite "Stuck Between Stations." The band flew by their usual M.O. -- flexing some muscle without coming off as too cheesy -- while pulling out tunes from their back catalog. --ZP
Next I went to catch Superchunk, and I arrived at the Riot Stage a bit prior to their set. In the meantime, I caught the last few songs of Billy Bragg's performance on the nearby Roots Stage. Before playing "The Milkman of Human Kindness," Bragg shared that he's out to become "the Pete Seegar of punk" and hopes to be performing into his 90s. He turned "There Is Power in a Union" into a sing-along and finished off with "A New England." Superchunk began with the No Pocky for Kitty tune "Cast Iron," followed by the one-two punch of "Digging For Something" and "FOH." It was back to No Pocky... for "Punch Me Harder," and then Mac asked the crowd to sing along during "Learned To Surf." "I'm gonna need you to repeat after me, in the age-old tradition of repeating after people on stage, he quipped. Their 11-song set came to a close with "Slack Motherfucker" into "Precision Auto." --ZP
Michigan post-hardcore crew La Dispute were up next at the far-from-everything Rock Stage. The four-piece were heavy on this year's great Rooms of the House, and began their 10-song set with "HUDSONVILLE, MI 1956," "Stay Happy There," and "First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice" from the LP falling within the first five they played. Their meditative grooves quickly won over the large crowd they had gathered at the stage. My next target after La Dispute was the Rise Stage, where whiskey-soaked Memphis crew Lucero would soon begin their late afternoon set. I only stuck around for a few songs, but I got to hear some of my favorites from the start, including "On My Way Downtown" into "Nights Like These." --ZP
La Dispute's crowd
After Lucero, it was back over to the Rock Stage for reunited Austin emo band Mineral. The band quietly took the stage and delivered an excellent set that was split evenly between their 1997 debut The Power of Failing and 1998's EndSerenading. Highlights included their heavier moments found within the brief "Five, Eight, & Ten," "For Ivadell," and "Gloria," and also the more subdued offerings like "Love Letter Typewriter." Mineral were one of the best emo bands out there, and it's great to see them return sounding great. --ZP
One of my most anticipated sets of the three-day fest was Patti Smith's 6PM performance on the Riot Stage. Patti was born in Chicago not all that far from the stage she occupied, and spoke about coming to the park with her mother as a very young child. She and her band opened with "Dancing Barefoot" into the Horses tune "Redondo Beach." A cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" came next, followed by "Pissing in a River." Along with a select few others, Patti Smith fully embodies the spirit of Riot Fest. --ZP
While Zach was over at Patti Smith on the Riot Stage, I was at the Rise Stage for Mudhoney. The grunge grandfathers ripped through their set and barely stopped to catch their breath. Drummer Dan Peters was a beast on drums throughout the set, and at one point the band even made way for a brief drum solo, bringing in the fuzz at the climax. You would think Mark Arm's vocal style would have wrecked his pipes after all these years but the guy sounded just as good as he did on the band's debut album. The definite highlight of set was the band's classic "Touch Me I'm Sick" which left everyone floored. --MM
If Patti Smith carries the ethos of Riot Fest, then Primus serve to represent the festival's large carnival presence. Les Claypool was transfixed on the ferris wheel he faced from the stage and spoke at length about how beautiful it was and how lucky they were to be performing near it. He later prompted guitarist Larry LaLonde to do a solo inspired by the wheel. Unlike when I saw them in 2013, Primus shed their jammy approach of late for the tighter feel of their early material. This shift was aided by stand-in timekeeper Danny Carey, who delivered a fast-handed, rigid performance. The trio opened with the Sailing the Seas of Cheese cut "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," followed by the driving LP number "Here Come the Bastards." The tweaky Brown Album song "Over the Falls" was also played, as well as more favorites like "My Name Is Mud," and set endcap "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." --ZP
Weezer were one of the albums billed to play a classic album (The Blue Album), but first they warmed up with some of their more recent singles, steadily going back in time with each song. The band played "Pork and Beans," "Beverly Hills," "Island In The Sun," "Hash Pipe," "El Scorcho" and others before getting to 1994, the year of The Blue Album. Everything prior to The Blue Album's performance felt like filler as everyone, including myself, sang along to every Blue Album song, most loudly to "Buddy Holly" which some fans begged to be played again. Weezer performed flawlessly while their stage lights bathed everyone in blue light, keeping in theme of the album's color. It was amazing seeing the band perform The Blue Album-- one of my favorite 90s albums-- in its entirety. I only wish they could've squeezed in Pinkerton right after. --MM
The Replacements @ Boston Calling (via Erich Roehre)
The Replacements' ongoing reunion tour hit Boston Calling yesterday (9/7) for a set filled with favorites like "Androgynous," "I Will Dare," "Can't Hardly Wait," "Bastards of Young," "Kiss Me On The Bus," "Color Me Impressed," "Takin a Ride," and more, plus a couple of the covers they've been doing (The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," Chuck Berry's "Maybellene") and an encore of "Alex Chilton." Full setlist and a video, below.
The tour finally makes its way to NYC on September 19 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium with The Hold Steady and Deer Tick. Tickets to that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, with the update list of dates, video and setlist from Boston, below...
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.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
photos by Greg Cristman
Drive by Truckers / The Hold Steady @ The Paramount, 6/28/2014
"Throughout the evening, there was a striking contrast between frontmen Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. Hood, who often leaped into the air mid-song, overflowed with emotion as he performed signature tunes like "Box of Spiders" and "Hell No, I Ain't Happy." On the opposite end of the stage, straight man Mike Cooley was a study in detached cool. From the moment he strapped on his black Flying V and launched into the hard bitten lyrics of "Birthday Boy," Cooley's mellow, sardonic attitude oozed from every pore." - [Elmore Magazine]The separate, ongoing tours of Drive-By Truckers and The Hold Steady converged with two shows in the NY area, first at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony (6/27) then Long Island's The Paramount Theatre (6/28). Both bands have been touring in support of new albums, and they each played sets that highlighted the new stuff while also drawing from much of their enviably vast back-catalogues of material. The two modern rock'n'roll institutions even joined forces for an encore at The Paramount, where they covered Bruce Springsteen ("Adam Raised a Cain"), Neil Young ("Rockin' in the Free World"), and The Jim Carroll Band ("People Who Died").
Check out more pictures from the show, setlists for both bands, and video of that collaborative "Rockin'" encore.