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The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
FYF Fest 2014
FYF Fest 2014
FYF Fest 2014

[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.

One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]

LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.

More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2014 pics (Slint, The Strokes, Grimes, Future Islands, Phoenix, Boris, Interpol, Murder City Devils, Haim, more)"

FYF Fest

The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.

Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2014 lineup announced (Strokes, Blood Brothers, Phoenix, Slint, Slowdive, Death Grips, Grimes & many more!)"

Flogging Molly in Chicago in 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Flogging Molly

The concert cruises just keep on... cruisin'. Like Weezer, Motorhead, Mad Decent and Holy Ship, Celtic punks Flogging Molly will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in 2015 with the Salty Dog Cruise, which leaves from the coast of Miami on March 13 and continues through March 16, hitting the Bahamas twice in between.

Joining Flogging Molly for this cruise will be gypsy punk party animals Gogol Bordello, melodic punk faves The Bronx's mariachi-themed altar ego Mariachi El Bronx, UK folk punk Frank Turner, fellow Celtic punks The Tossers and The Real McKenzies, ska/rocksteady vets Hepcat and more. It's sure to be a cruise you won't remember, and luckily no designated drivers will be needed. You can book a cabin now.

Flyer and full lineup below...

Continue reading "Flogging Molly going on a St. Patrick's Day cruise w/ Gogol Bordello, Mariachi El Bronx, Frank Turner, The Tossers & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Descendents at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coachella

Much has been going on in the punk world lately, and in case you've missed out, here's a roundup of information on upcoming shows (mostly in NYC), and other related news. The big one is probably the inevitable news that Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn sued FLAG, the other currently operating incarnation of Black Flag. You can catch the impostors when their tour hits NYC on Septemeber 19 at Irving Plaza (tickets).

FLAG, as you may know, also share members with another classic punk band Descendents, and both of those bands will be playing this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 8-10. Tickets for that festival are still available.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Under the Gun (via Exclaim), Descendents drummer/producer Bill Stevenson mentioned that the band are slowly, but surely working on a new record, which will be the followup to 2004's Cool to be You. Bill said:

[The record is] in the embryonic stages. I have my studio, The Blasting Room, Stephen [Egerton] lives in Tulsa, and he has a studio too. Milo [Aukerman] even has a real small recording apparatus in his basement. Karl [Alvarez] still lives by me.

So I went in a couple of weeks ago and recorded, so we got 11 songs done, [but] just the drums. We'll be passing those around, Stephen will be putting guitars on 'em, Karl will be putting bass on 'em, Milo will be singing on 'em. We'll get rolling but it's not gonna be like "Oh it'll be done in a month!" It's gonna take us several months.

Descendents have also recently been honored by some bands they've influenced. Pop punks Candy Hearts released a cover of "Nothing With You" on their new 7" (listen below), and FILTER Magazine recently released a free tribute album that features FIDLAR, Mike Watt + The Secondmissingmen, The Bronx, YACHT, TEEN, Good Riddance, and more.

Good Riddance, the '90s era Cali punks who reunited in 2012, will be playing their first NYC shows since reuniting, all of which will happen during this year's CMJ. They'll be playing both official Fat Wreck Chords (who put out the last Descendents record) showcases, including the one happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with The Flatliners, Western Addiction, and Brooklyn/NJ's Night Birds, whose new album, Born to Die in Suburbia, does a lot of justice to the sound bands like Descendents and Good Riddance helped create. That same lineup (minus The Flatliners) sets sail aboard a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/19). MHOW tickets are on AmEx presale now, and a general on-sale stars Friday (8/9) at noon. Rocks Off tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Night Birds also have some dates with Zero Boys, including a NYC show on August 29 at Europa with Nuclear Santa Claust. Tickets for that show are still available.

Another long-running Cali punk band, not too far removed from Descendents or Black Flag, Angry Samoans play a previously discussed NYC show on September 15 at Bowery Electric with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown (tickets).

Another good punk option in NYC happening much sooner (this weekend to be exact) is As discussed, Citizens Arrest (who once counted Ted Leo as a member), who play Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday (8/10) (57 Waterbury St) with Enabler, Miscegenator, and Dead Serious. Tickets are still available.

NYC street punk vets The Casualties have some Northeast dates this September. None of them are in NYC, but they do have an Orange County show on 9/7 at Ma and Pa's, a Long Island show on 9/12 at Revolution, and two NJ shows: 9/13 at Stanhope House and 9/14 at Brighton Bar. All of their dates are listed below.

Another East Coast punk tour lands in the NYC-area this month when Protagonist and related project Teen Agers hit New Brunswick on August 13 at Court Tavern with Not The Bees and Lay the Blame on Luck, and Brooklyn on August 14 at Saint Vitus with Go Deep, Scarboro and Divided Heaven. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.

As you may already know, Kid Dynamite are breaking up (again), but not before playing This is Hardcore in Philly this week (8/8) and their free House of Vans show (8/15) in Brooklyn with Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin'. RSVP for that show is closed.

Joyce Manor also have other shows around the one at HoV, including another Brooklyn show happening on August 17 at Knitting Factory with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for the Knit show are still available.

Obviously these are only a few of the upcoming punk shows in NYC. What else?

Some streams and the list of Casualites dates, below...

Continue reading "punk roundup: Black Flag, Descendents, Good Riddance, Night Birds, Angry Samoans, Casualties, Teen Agers and more"

Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Ceremony

As mentioned, ever-evolving punks Ceremony are set to play this year's This Is Hardcore festival in Philly (they play on 8/10) alongside Kid Dynamite, The Suicide File, Modern Life Is War, Judge, Blacklisted, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Paint It Black, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Defeater, No Redeeming Social Value, Gwar, and more. Head to TiH's site for tickets. Updated lineup and schedule below.

Around the time of that festival, they'll be doing some other East Coast shows with Baltimore post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Those shows include one in Brooklyn on August 17 at 285 Kent, one in NJ on August 14 at Asbury Lanes, and a little farther out from NYC, they'll also play The El 'n' Gee on August 16 in New London, CT, but it might be worth the drive considering Joyce Manor and Glocca Morra are on that bill too. (It's also a day after Joyce Manor play a free NYC show at House of Vans with Kid Dynamite, Red Hare, and Swearin'). Tickets for the 285 Kent and El 'n' Gee shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon, and tickets for the Asbury Lanes show are on sale now.

You can also catch Ed Schrader's Music Beat in NYC even sooner at Death by Audio on June 28 with The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters (feat. Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt), and Shark Muffin. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.

Ceremony have a few other coming shows, like one of those free Converse shows in San Francisco, which they'll play on June 27 with Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket from the Crypt, The Bronx, and the Shrine. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.

Continue reading "Ceremony touring with Ed Schrader's Music Beat around This is Hardcore (dates & updated schedule)"

MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2013 lineup announced (Animal Collective, Godspeed, Deerhunter, Shuggie Otis, Ty Segall & more)"

The Bronx at Bowery Electric in February (more by Harriet Roberts)
The Bronx

LA punks The Bronx released their rippin' new album, The Bronx IV, earlier this year (their first since 2008) and have been on a tour which already hit the NYC-area for two small record release shows and supporting slots on Bad Religion's tour. The Bronx are over in Australia now, and they have no plans to slow down their touring schedule. Upon returning home, they'll play another NYC show on June 4 aboard the Harbor Lights for a Rocks Off Cruise. Tickets for this punk show on a boat go on sale Friday (5/3) at 11:55 AM.

All dates are listed, along with a stream of their new LP, below...

Continue reading "The Bronx expand tour, playing a Rocks Off Cruise (dates)"

photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Bad Religion @ T5, 3/26/2013 (photo by Keith Marlowe)
Bad Religion

It's hard to imagine doing any one thing for thirty three years, but somehow melodic punks Bad Religion are still going at it. The Southern California mainstays played one of the first dates on their current US tour at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (3/26), just a few days after headlining Wellmont Theater on Saturday (3/23). The dates included support from The Bronx (who recently played NYC in support of IV, pictures HERE and HERE) and Polar Bear Club, both of which have signed on for the entirety of the tour.

Much like The Bronx, Bad Religion are celebrating the release of their new LP True North with the tour.

In related news, The Bronx recently sat down with the guys at Rocks Off as part of a podcast. Check that out at the Rocks Off site.

More pics from Terminal 5 are below along with the Bad Religion setlists for both dates.

Continue reading "Bad Religion played Wellmont Theatre and Terminal 5 with The Bronx & Polar Bear Club (pics from T5, setlists from both)"

photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG

The Bronx at Bowery Electric, 2/5/2013 (by Harriet Roberts)
The Bronx

The Bronx is in New York. And by that I mean the California punk crew, who just celebrated the release of their LP IV with a pair of shows at Bowery Electric, are back in our city to play a sold-out Terminal 5 tonight (3/26) with Bad Religion and Polar Bear Club. The show is part of a larger tour for the trio that terminates in Los Angeles (The Bronx replaced Against Me!, who were initially on the tour but dropped off). Full tour dates, which include shows in Australia and an appearance at this year's Orion Festival in Detroit, are below.

You may remember The Bronx played a couple record release shows at Bowery Electric back in February, and we have a few sets of belated pics from both shows, more of which are below.

Continue reading "The Bronx on tour with Bad Religion (Terminal 5 tonight) ++ belated pics from Bowery Electric"

Kendrick Lamar @ T5, Sept. 2012 (more by Julie Schabel)
Kendrick Lamar

Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park, 9/7/2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Bob Mould

today in NYC
* Mike Daisey @ Joe's Pub
* Comic Book Club @ Fontana's
* David Rogue @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Markia Hughes & Friends @ Barbes
* Spacehog, Camera2 @ Mercury Lounge
* Soley, Prairie Empire @ Union Hall
* Kendrick Lamar @ Roseland Ballroom
* An Evening with Don Byron @ The Stone
* Desaparecidos, Joyce Manor @ Webster Hall
* Jacques Marquette, Vassals @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bob Mould, Bear In Heaven @ Bowery Ballroom
* DRI, Deathcycle, Goosebumps, Concrete Cross @ Saint Vitus
* Hess Is More, Isaac Delusion, The Blue and Red @ Glasslands
The Finks, Eleanor, Highway Gimps, LAW$UITS @ Muchmore's
* Afterlife, Quicksails, Josh Millrod, Drew M. Gibson @ Silent Barn
* Slam Donahue, Salt Cathedral, Youthquake, Mannequin Pussy @ Pianos
* Trisha Ivy Horst, Alec Gross, Tumbling Bones, Brad Cole @ Pete's Candy Store
* This Good Robot, Bombers, A Moments Worth, Left in the Attic @ Bowery Electric
* Dope Body, Guardian Alien, Chat Logs, Blacklung, Lushes, Slonk Donkerson @ 285 Kent
* Candide, Leonard Friend, Honey Octo, Home Alone, Slowdance (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
* Dave Attell, Judah Friedlander, Al Madrigal, Marina Franklin, Godfrey, Mike Yard @ Comedy Cellar
* Sweet w/ Seth Herzog, Jessi Klein, Justin Long, Ben Kronberg, Sean O'Connor, Harry Deansway @ Slipper Room

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Producer James Rutledge has taken Arc, the new album by Everything Everything (who play here next month), and remixed/mashed it down into one seven-minute, super-condensed track. You can stream that below.

The Bronx have a new video for "Youth Wasted" off their recently released album, Bronx IV. Check it out below.

What else?

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Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica

Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.

Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.

Continue reading "Metallica announce line-up & tix for Orion Music & More 2013 (Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Death Grips, RHCP & more)"

photos by PSquared Photography

The Bronx @ Bowery Electric, 2/4/2013
The Bronx

The Bronx performed in the sweaty cramped quarters of Bowery Electric last night (2/4), joined by Hussle Club, which was the first of two nights at the club. The shows are in celebration of the band's new album, The Bronx IV, which you can stream below.

The Bronx and Hussle Club do it again tonight at Bowery Electric. The show's sold out but you can check out more pics from last night's show below.

Continue reading "The Bronx played Bowery Electric with Hussle Club (pics), do it again tonight; Stream all of 'Bronx IV'"

by Andrew Sacher

The Bronx at Riot Fest Brooklyn 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Bronx

As mentioned, LA punks The Bronx are set to release their fourth album, and first since 2008, IV, on February 5 via White Drugs/ATO. They're playing a few release shows in the US for the album before heading on a UK tour including the previously discussed NYC show on February 5 at the Bowery Electric. That show has since sold out but the band have just added another show happening at the same venue a day earlier (2/4). Tickets for that show are on sale now. Both shows are with Hussle Club.

The Bronx are a bit less scream-y these days than when they started out, but they're still dishing out in-your-face punk 'n' roll and the new album is no less fierce than any of its predecessors. You can stream two tracks and check out an updated list of dates below...

Continue reading "The Bronx add 2nd NYC record release show (updated dates)"

The Bronx at Williamsburg Waterfront, Sept 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Bronx

Now entering their second decade as a band, The Bronx don't seem to be slowing down if their new single, "Youth Wasted," is any indication. The track is the follow up to "Ribcage" from their fourth LP (and first in five years) which is due on February 5. You can stream both below.

The band will head to the UK for an extensive tour in February, but not before playing two select US dates in celebration of Bronx IV: in LA at Los Globos on 2/2 and Bowery Electric on 2/5. Ticketing info is on the way.

All tour dates are listed below along with those song streams.

Continue reading "The Bronx releasing new LP, going on tour (dates, stream)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

The Bronx / Screaming Females at Riot Fest Brooklyn 9/8/2012
The Bronx
Screaming Females

While no tornados touched down in Williamsburg on Saturday (9/8) the crazy storms cut the first-ever Brooklyn edition of Riot Fest short at 6PM after The Bronx's set, meaning only The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers and Larry and His Flask actually played. The Descendents and Hot Water Music got moved to Saint Vitus and Gogol Bordello didn't play anywhere.

Pictures from openers Larry & His Flask are HERE and more pics of the other three bands who played Riot Fest Brooklyn are below.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Brooklyn in pics (The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers)"

Descendents at Saint Vitus - 9/8/12 (via Jesse Mack Johnson)
Descendents

Screaming Females at Riot Fest Brooklyn - 9/8/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Screaming Females

Riot Fest Brooklyn went down in Williamsburg Park yesterday (9/8) with sets from Screaming Females, The Bronx, The Menzingers, and Larry And HIs Flask. Unfortunately, due to the storm that NYC got hit with yesterday, was shut down before Hot Water Music's set, which meant that Descendents and Gogol Bordello didn't get to play either. Refunds on tickets are available at point of purchase and Riot Fest Brooklyn tickets will also be honored at no extra cost for Chicago's Riot Fest, which goes down this coming weekend. Some pictures from the Brooklyn show are up on BV Chicago with more coming soon for regular BV.

After the show was cancelled, similarly to Refused and OFF!, who got shut down due to weather at the same venue earlier this summer, Descendents and Hot Water Music took the show over to a smaller Brooklyn venue. At 8 PM, the two bands took over Saint Vitus for a free show and needless to say it was a packed, sweaty show, with the crowd moshing, crowd surfing, and going nuts. Videos of the Descendents ripping through "Everything Sucks," "Coffee Mug," "I'm Not A Loser," "Thank You," "I'm the One" and others, plus videos of Hot Water Music doing "Trusty Chords," "State of Grace," and a cover of the Bouncing Souls' "True Believers" at the show are below.

Continue reading "Riot Fest got shut down early due to rain; Descendents & Hot Water Music played a free show at Saint Vitus instead (videos)"

by Bill Pearis

Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

As we've mentioned before, Bob Mould is playing a free show tonight (9/7) at Williamsburg Park where he'll be perfoming Sugar's 1992 debut, Copper Blue, in its entirety front-to-back, as well as a set that spans his career from Husker Du to his terrific new solo album, The Silver Age. What hasn't been publicized so much is that Staten Island indie rock lovers Cymbals Eat Guitars will be opening the show (and not Howler as originally advertised). Doors are at 5:30 PM, CEG are on at 6:30 PM with Bob on around 7:45 PM.

Cymbals Eat Guitars will also open for Bob on upcoming dates in Boston (9/10) and Philadelphia (9/11). If you haven't checked out their most recent album, Lenses Alien, it's quite good and you can stream it via Spotify and watch their video of "Definite Darkness" below.

In other Williamsburg Park news, Saturday is Riot Fest Brooklyn with Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers and Larry & His Flask all performing. Doors are at 3 PM and music goes all day and tickets are still available.

Also coming up is a free Jayhawks show at Williamsburg Park on Saturday, September 15 with openers Nicole Atkins and Chris Lee. Doors are 5:30 PM for that one.

Cymbals Eat Guitars video is below.

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars opening for Bob Mould Tonight at Williamsburg Park; Riot Fest is Saturday"

Field Report at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield) Field Report

Tonight (7/17) is the first show for new Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Maybe this isn't the most exciting start for the venue, but there are a lot of cool shows coming up, including Refused with Off! on Wednesday (7/18), a big outdoor edition of Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" with "special guests" and OK GO on Thursday (7/19), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Antibalas on August 18 (FREE), Bob Mould playing Sugar's first two albums on September 7 (FREE), David Byrne & St. Vincent on September 29, Animal Collective on October 5 and more. All upcoming Williamsburg Park shows are listed below.

If you're a fan of Field Report (aka former Justin Vernon cohort Chris Porterfield) but would like to see him in a more intimate setting, he's also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/21). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.

Continue reading "Williamsburg Park opens tonight (check out the full schedule) ++++ win tickets to see Field Report at Mercury Lounge"

Cheetah Chrome w/ RFTT at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cheetah Chrome

The CBGB Festival kicks off on Thursday (7/5) and continues through Sunday (7/8). We've mentioned a bunch of the festival's shows like the free Central Park show with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings, and the War on Drugs, the Webster Hall show with Agnostic Front, Madball, and Murphy's Law (who also play a Rocks Off Cruise), Fishbone at Brooklyn Bowl, the Webster Hall show with Cro-Mags and Sick of it All, and many others. However, if you're looking for others artists that helped define punk and/or make CBGB the legendary venue it is, there are plenty of options for that too.

On Thursday (7/5), The Bowery Electric is hosting a huge show with Tommy Ramone (who drummed on and co-produced the first three Ramones albums), Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys/Rocket from the Tombs), The Waldos (ft. Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers), Bear 54 (ft. Ernie Brooks of The Modern Lovers), Andy Shernoff (of The Dictators), Richard Lloyd (of Television), The Miamis, The Sic Fucks, and many more. Tickets for that show are available.

That same day (7/5), David Johansen (of New York Dolls) will be playing Sullivan Hall with Daddy Long Legs, Liza Colby & The Sound Machine, Andy & the Rattles, and a late night set by Strawberry Jam. Tickets for that show are available.

Also on Thursday (7/5), you can catch Glen Matlock (of The Sex Pistols) at, wait for it... singer-songwrter mainstay The Living Room with California, Jaymay, Lou-is, and Aurical.

Check the CBGB Festival site for more.

Hilly Kristal entering CBGB on its final night (more)
Hilly Kristal

The CBGB Festival isn't the only place to catch CBGB legends though. Like they've done in the past, Bowery Electric (a venue very close to where CBGB was) will host Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash, a celebration of the late musician, on July 15, when he would have turned 60 (he passed away in 1991). That show features Walter Lure, Alison Gordy, Andy Shernoff, and many more. Tickets are on sale.

Patti Smith will be touring with Neil Young later this year, which hits NYC for two shows (MSG on 11/27 and Barclays Center on 12/3). Patti also plays a sold out show at the Met, on September 28 (a tribute to Andy Warhol).

Blondie will be touring with Devo later this year. Unfortunately, that tour does not come to NYC.

But enough about NYC punks -- California's late 70s/early 80s hardcore scene is getting some pretty solid representation in NYC this summer too. The current version of Dead Kennedys (who no longer count frontman Jello Biafra as a member) will be playing a show at Santos Party House on July 31 with Cerebral Ballzy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cali punks Agent Orange will be heading out on an east coast tour with The Queers, which comes to NYC for a Rocks Off Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that show are available. All dates on this tour are listed below.

Greg Ginn at Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
Greg Ginn

Black Flag founder/guitarist and SST Records founder Greg Ginn will be in NYC for two shows (early and late) with his new project Greg Ginn and the Royal We at The Iridium on July 29, and two more shows at the venue the next night (7/30) with the Les Paul Trio. Tickets for all four Iridium shows are on sale now.

Long-running Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is heading out on a spoken word tour which hits the capitals of all 50 states. That means the NY show is in Albany and not too close to NYC, but you might have better luck checking out the Trenton, NJ show. The Trenton show is at the Jersey State Museum Auditorium and unfortunately not City Gardens, which is now closed, but during its existence had seen tons of great tours come through including multiple Henry Rollins appearances. A City Gardens documentary is in the works and due in 2013. The other tri-state area date on Henry's tour is Hartford, CT's Webster Theater.

Meanwhile, Keith Morris, who was a Black Flag frontman before Rollins joined, will be in NYC with his band OFF!, when their tour with Refused comes to Williamsburg Park on July 18. Tickets for that show are still available.

While we're on the topic of punk shows in Williamsburg Park, as mentioned, Riot Fest Brooklyn goes down at the outdoor venue on September 8 with Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets for Riot Fest Brooklyn are still available.

Speaking of The Menzingers, they have a new live acoustic video for "Ava House" off their 2012 LP, On the Impossible Past, which you can check out below. You can catch them on their tour with The Bouncing Souls, which hits NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

In other punk news, as mentioned, H2O, 7 Seconds, and Tournament play House of Vans on July 12. 7 Seconds frontman Kevin Seconds is working on a new album which is due out this year. You can check out the album's closing track, "Oh, Rhonda," at the bottom of this post. The entire 2012 House of Vans schedule was also just announced, Turbonegro included. UPDATE: you can also now RSVP for the 7 Seconds show.

Street Dogs will be in NYC for a show at Highline Ballroom on September 15 with Koffin Kats and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As mentioned, the Fat Wreck/Rocks Off CMJ showcase happens on October 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, Flatliners, and Useless ID. Tickets for that show are still available. That same lineup also plays a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/20). Tickets for the boat show are available. And Lagwagon are also one of the bands currently announced for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest.

As mentioned, Leftover Crack plays Warsaw on Sunday (7/8) with Crackbox and more TBA. That show appears to now be sold out (though we are waiting on confirmation of that). UPDATE: this is CANCELLED.

Another anarcho-punk option for Williamsburg this weekend is NYHC band Reagan Youth who are playing The Grand Victory (245 Grand St.) on Friday (7/6) with Dust Angel (ft. Reagan Youth guitarist Paul Cripple), Geek Skull, Lords of Death, and Empty Vessel.

As mentioned, crossover thrashers D.R.I. and Mucky Pup are teaming up for a tour which hits NYC on December 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, and Blackout Shoppers. TIckets for that show are still available.

There's also a number of punk shows at Acheron this week.

Before we wrap this up, a bit more about classic UK punk making its way to NYC this summer/early fall. In addition to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, who's here this week for CBGB Fest, The Vibrators will be in NYC for a show at The Bowery Electric on September 29. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Wreckless Eric, who veers a bit more on the new wave/power pop side of punk, will play Bowery Electric on September 7 as part of a duo with his wife Amy Rigby. They also play September 13 at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. If the name doesn't ring a bell, his song "(I'd Go) The Whole Wide World" probably does. It's seen some revived popularity in recent years due to Will Ferrell singing it in Stranger than Fiction. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now.

Did we miss anything good?

Videos and lists of tour dates below...

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Descendents I Don't Wanna Grow Up

We mentioned it in our Bouncing Souls post but, as a bigger reminder, tickets are now on presale for the previously discussed Riot Fest show featuring Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask at Williamsburg Park on September 8th. The password is "RIOT".

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Descendents at Roseland Ballroom, Sept. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Descendents

It began in Chicago, expanded to Philadelphia last year, and Brooklyn, Toronto and Dallas will get a Riot Fest of its own. The Brooklyn one happens September 8 at Williamsburg Park, yet another big show for the new outdoor venue. The lineup includes Descendents (!!), Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello,The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 15 at noon with a presale starting Thursday (6/14) at 10AM (pw: RIOT). Flyer for Riot Fest Brooklyn is below.

The Desecendents playing is of course the biggest news, as their only other NYC reuinon show so far was at Roseland last September. As for the rest of the line-up, it's nice to see Screaming Females will be back in action after canceling dates recently; Hot Water Music just released their first album in eight years (see pics from their Bamboozle performance); and check out Gogol Bordello pics from their recent show at Wellmont. and pics from The Bronx's Bell House show with Off!

As for the other just-announced Riot Fests, Toronto happens September 9 and features Decendents, NOFX, Fucked Up, Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake, Andrew W.K., The Lawrence Arms, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, Organ Thieves and Junior Battles.

The Dallas Riot Fest is September 22 with Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX, The Gaslight Anthem, Less Than Jake, Andrew W.K., The Sword, Municipal Waste, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Messengers, The News Can Wait, Fever Dreamer, Mouth Of The South, The American Heist, Venomus Mansions and Not In The Face.

There's also the previously announced Chicago Riot Fest which happens September 14 - 16 with Rise Against, Iggy & the Stooges, The Offspring, Elvis Costello, A Day To Remember, Coheed and Cambria, Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, Slapstick, Awolnation, The Promise Ring, Chiodos, GWAR, August Burns Red, Frank Turner, Built To Spill, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, No Bunny, A Wilhelm Scream, Screaming Females, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Sister Crayon, Deals Gone Bad, White Mystery, Larry and His Flask, The Story So Far, and Japanther.

And the Philly Riot Fest is July 19  with The Promise RingAugust Burns RedBoy Sets FireGamefaceHirs, Refused, Off!, and more.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Kendrick Lamar/Alabama Shakes
Bonnaroo 2012 - Day 1
Bonnaroo 2012 - Day 1

[Kendrick] Lamar hails from gangsta rap central: Compton, Calif. But instead of directing his anger at the police, women or outsiders, he criticizes himself and his environment, and he projects far more ambition than victimization. One song, "She Needs Me," praised a career woman-a rare creature in hip-hop. Mr. Lamar uses hip-hop's love of raunch and brand names (especially fashion labels and upscale alcohol) as teaching tools. Both, for him, are incidental to tales of striving, self-improvement and overcoming a rough past, delivered with a cutting rasp and fast, complicated meter shifts.

Yelawolf had a rasp, too, putting an edge on boasts and defensiveness; he's a white rapper, still an uncomfortable position even though he is signed to the label of another white rapper, Eminem. He battles any doubts with self-assertion and defiance, as his raps often toggle into doubletime to insist on his virtuosity. But his set was padded with a D.J. showcase and cover songs, including a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

[Danny] Brown has two voices-a stentorian bark and a nasal, cartoonish whine-for raps about sex and death. He switches between them, over sparse, booming tracks, as his rhymes switch between wildly imaginative imagery and boasts about his potency. The raunch has plenty of singalong lines, and the Bonnaroo audience shouted them all with him. [NY Times]

Bonnaroo kicked off yesterday (6/7) with sets from three very different rappers to have recently hit the scene (as noted in the NY Times review above), along with sets from The Cave Singers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., White Denim, Alabama Shakes, Mariachi El Bronx, Phantogram and others. More pictures from Day 1 are in this post.

If you aren't in Manchester, TN for the festival, have you been following along online? More Bonnaroo coverage to come. More pics from Day 1 below...

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photos by Harriet Roberts & Keith Marlowe

OFF! at The Bell House
Off!

The Power of The Riff is entering its third year on the West Coast and much like the last two years, the festival will invade Los Angeles during a weekend in middle August. Encompassing 16 bands over two stages at The Echo and Echoplex on August 11th, look for appearances from OFF!, Dr.Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below (who play NYC next week), Avon Ladies, Cop and Hordes. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (6/9) at noon for those East Coasters looking to make the trek.

Off! played a surprise show at Bell House last week with The Bronx after both played local shows in the area at Bowery Ballroom and as part of a Rocks Off Concert Cruise respectively. Pictures from that Bell House appearance are below.

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Off! at Bowery Ballroom last night (via @spins)
Off!

The Bronx and OFF! will team up for a surprise show TONIGHT at Bell House (May 30th) for FREE. Says the Bell House Twitter feed: "Releasing wristbands for entry at 5pm (1 per), doors at 8, SEE YOU THERE!" UPDATE: Doors at 9PM

Both Off! and The Bronx played recent shows in the NYC area, with the former taking on Bowery Ballroom last night and the latter (and their mariachi alter ego) playing a Rocks Off Boat Cruise.

If you missed Bowery Ballroom and will miss tonight's show, you're not out of luck as Off! support Refused on the waterfront this summer.

The Bronx aboard a Rocks Off Concert Cruise last year (more by Keith Marlowe)
The Bronx

The Bronx are currently working on their fourth eponymous effort (not a typo), but will head out on the road as their alter ego Mariachi El Bronx for a string of dates with Two Gallants in May. All dates are listed below.

The tour includes a two night stay in NYC, except on one of those nights, Mariachi El Bronx will turn back into the Bronx. The Bronx will headline a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on 5/23. Mariachi El Bronx headline a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on 5/24. Two Gallants will open both boat shows. Tickets for both 5/23 and 5/24 go on sale at noon on 3/30.

The last few dates on the MEB/TG tour are with Gogol Bordello including the previously announced June 2nd Wellmont Theater show, though Mariachi El Bronx is not playing the NJ show. They'll instead be up at Hunter Mountain for Mountain Jam on that day.

The Bronx/ also have a few other upcoming shows including one in San Francisco supporting Refused (who recently added a bunch of new dates).

All tour dates and some live video of The Bronx in action, below...

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