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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...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo Day 1 in pics (Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Danny Brown, White Denim, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr & more)"

photos by Harriet Roberts & Keith Marlowe

OFF! at The Bell House

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.

Continue reading "The Power of The Riff LA announces lineup, pictures from the OFF! and Bronx show at Bell House"

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

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...

Continue reading "Mariachi El Bronx & Two Gallants are hitting the road, playing a Rocks Off Boat Cruse (and so are The Bronx) --- 2012 dates"

words & photos by Keith Marlowe

The Bronx on a boat
The Bronx

"We've been a band for a long time, and we've toured all over, and I'll tell you shows like this don't come around very often. We're on a boat going around New York City, and for a couple of you, this is gonna be the best night of your life. This is as good as it's ever gonna get. It's just a long slow slide to death from here," Matt Caughtran told the sweaty crowd from the top of the speaker stack on the Queen of Hearts last Wednesday (6/22).

The Bronx played their first album from start to finish, and closed with a bunch of songs off their last two records. People were clutching the ceiling to keep back the constant push of the crowd, coupled with the slant of the boat to the back where the stage is, and the constant rocking from the water. Anyone who got on top of the crowd had to keep themselves from smashing into the top of the boat as they got tossed around. A couple times I heard the unmistakable sound of skulls hitting metal over the blaring music. And I got yet another opportunity to hold a mic so people slamming into the stand didn't smash out a friend's front teeth while he sang. Boat shows are great for that. They closed out the night with the brutal "History's Stranglers" that had everyone screaming along 'Motherfucker I want your bloooooooooooooood.' Awesome.

Cold Fur opened the show, announcing this was their fourth show as a band, also their first and possibly last boat show. Cold Fur played a fast, heavy set, which is what you'd expect from a band made up of dudes from Rye Coalition and the Want.

The Bronx returns to town Tuesday night (6/28) to play a free show at Brooklyn Bowl as Mariachi El Bronx with Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers and The Two Man Gentlemen Band.

I've known the Bronx guitar player Ken Horne for about ten years, from him touring as the lead guitar player for the Dragons. They used photos of mine on their albums on Junk and Gearhead records. I got a chance to talk to him a bit at Union Pool after the boat show. Our chat and more pictures from aboard the Queen of Hearts are below.

Continue reading "an interview with The Bronx, pics from their boat show"

The Bronx at FFF Fest (more by BBG)
The Bronx

The Bronx hits the dock in a few short hours from now (6/22), playing a Rocks Off cruise aboard the Queen of Hearts TONIGHT (6/22). The boat shoves off at 8PM with doors opening at 7. There are VERY limited tickets at the door, so make sure and get there early (like now) if you don't have 'em already.

After NYC, The Bronx will have a bit of an identity crisis, as they'll alternate from The Bronx to Mariachi El Bronx from night to night along the East Coast. Mariachi El Bronx will return to play a FREE Sailor Jerry-sponsored show at Brooklyn Bowl on 6/28 with Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers and The Two Man Gentlemen Band. You just need to RSVP.

In addition, Mariachi El Bronx will also make their way back to the NYC area to support Foo Fighters with Rise Against at Izod Center on 9/26 as part of a larger tour. Tickets are still available for that show and the Foo Fighers show at Prudential Center on 11/14. You can also get Rocks Off Express Party Bus tickets for each show too (aka Rocks Off is running a bus from NYC to the shows and back).

All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "The Bronx boat show is tonight, a free Mariachi El Bronx show is next week (updated tour dates)"

The Bronx at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
The Bronx

Mariachi El Bronx recently played dates with Devotchka (including two nights at Highline Ballroom), and now the band's punk older brother The Bronx have scheduled a show in NYC aboard The Queen of Hearts on 6/22 (a Rocks Off Concert Cruise). Tickets are on sale.

Both The Bronx and El Mariachi Bronx have some other dates in their near future too. The former is playing a FREE (with RSVP) Sailor Jerry-sponsored show at The Parish in Austin, TX on 5/4, the same month they appear at Sasquatch. The latter is on board for Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama (May 20-22, 2011). Hang Out Music Fest is heavy on the jam bands, but will also feature appearances from Paul Simon, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Foo Fighters, Motorhead, Cee Lo, Girl Talk, Minus The Bear, and many more over its three days.

Speaking of three day festivals that Foo Fighters, Cee Lo and My Morning Jacket are playing, Lollapalooza just annnounced its full 2011 lineup (in case you missed it).

All Bronx/El Mariachi Bronx tour dates, and some videos, below...

Continue reading "The Bronx playing a NYC boat, Sasquatch & a free Austin show +++ Hangout Music Fest lineup happens in Alabama in May"


Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 lineup announced (Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, Wolf Parade, DFA 1979 & "The Soft Bulletin" included)"

by BBG

Fun Fun Fun Fest

It's 1PM in Texas and I just tied a bandana around my face before its time to get down to business. I'm not some outlaw out to rob a bank and hop on a speeding stagecoach; With the dry dirt and the hordes of kids in full-on circle-pit/floorpunch mode, a bandana or a surgical mask is a key tool in dealing with the clouds of dust that form around the chaos.

Chaos it was, off-stage that is, as the crowd popped for the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, Snapcase, Dwarves, Municipal Waste, Gwar, Mastodon and others on Fun Fun Fun Fest's Black Stage (where I spent a good bit of my time). Though I wandered to the Orange Stage to catch amazing performances from Cap'n Jazz, The Hold Steady & Descendents (among many others) and the Blue Stage to catch scorching shows from Big Freedia, Pharoahe Monch, Dam-Funk, and A-Trak, but it was the Black Stage where I caught pretty much every single band in action.

And that's a lot! One of the great things about the Black and Orange stages is that they are actually TWO stages each. A band will finish their set, and then on a stage right next to it, another band will line check and play. Times between bands varied (due to set time length and on occasion, technical difficulties), but there were moments when it was as low as 5 minutes between sets. More music and less downtime.

I started out my Saturday (11/6) with Black Congress, whose powerful post-hardcore impressed the early crowd. Hatred Surge followed, and even with a new singer in tow, the brutality has stayed a constant. Power Trip was next, and they do crossover-thrash that is less DRI/ Municipal Waste, and more serious/furious. Bands this good shouldn't play this early.

I'm very picky about sung vocals and punk rock, so it's sort of no surprise that I didn't care for either Bad Religion (who had no guitar in the mix for the first three songs), The Briggs or The Vandals, but I did enjoy what I saw of Strike Anywhere's live set (even though I am not into their recorded output). Dreadlocked singer Thomas Barnett is as energetic a frontman as I would see on the Black Stage all weekend, and really added tremendous power to the band's melodic hardcore.

Muncipal Waste (more here)

Strike Anywhere is from Richmond, and the band got a "Richmond represent" shout out from the great Municipal Waste that day. The band thrashed their way through one of my favorite sets of the afternoon, complete with thrown trash cans, a wall of death, stage diving, and an "execution" courtesy of fellow Richmond band Gwar. Gwar was fun in a kitschy way and delivered a great set later in the day, but the crowd energy and the precision of MW's live show was the most memorable.

Also on the Black stage were Valient Thorr and The Casualties who both delivered energetic sets, with the latter giving a crusty spin on the Ramones classic "Blitzkrieg Bop". The mohawk-ed kids went ape, and a wall of death, which was later faux-mocked by Municipal Waste when they initiated their own wall of death, was called upon by vocalist Jorge Herrera.

On the Orange stage, I managed to catch Woven Bones, The Appleseed Cast, and Jeff The Brotherhood. Jeff The Brotherhood is a staple of the small stage in NYC, so it was a bit odd to hear that guitar tone blaring out of 50 feet of PA speakers. Odd, but no less fun/impressive.

Along with Municipal Waste, Big Freedia was another one of my favorite sets of the day. Her nonsense odes to ass, ass, and ass-clapping were a pure sugar-rush and left 90% of the crowd in hilarious amazement and the other 10% with a big old "WTF" look. The Freedia set was tamer than her usual appearances, but no matter, it was still much fun and much booty-shakin. Dam-Funk would also get the crowd moving on that same stage hours later.

Seeing Big Freedia meant missing a good portion of Cap'n Jazz, who announced on stage that Fun Fun Fun would be their last show. Unbelieveably kinetic and powerful, Cap'n Jazz reminds me that emo is short for "emotional" and not just a psuedonym for pop-crossover. Mesmerizing and awesome.

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Sunday (11/7) was a late start for me, so I got to the venue to see the tail end of Junius (who played 2nd, after Eagle Claw on the Black Stage). They're a band I'm very familiar with for their latter-Isis crunch-and-clean vocals steelo. It was surprisingly the next band that really got me going: Peelander-Z. With a large crowd looking on, Peelander-Z delivered an incredible mix of energy, stage presence, audience participation, fun and simple song-craft, and plain old good times. They played from the crowd. They stage dove. They led the audience in a giant game of limbo. They had a footrace. Totally fun.

I have a lot of recent experience seeing OFF!, High on Fire, Kylesa, Floor, Mastodon, and The Bronx, who all played the Black Stage that day. All gave predictably excellent shows though Kylesa in particular seemed a bit more energetic that usual (lots of Laura pogoing). It might have been the fact that FFF marked the end of their US tour with Torche and High on Fire, but they were particularly good on that sweltering Sunday afternoon. Floor was great as usual, though I enjoyed them more at Red 7 later that night... possibly because their music felt like a bookend to a great weekend. Both High on Fire and Mastodon's setlist delved into all of their recorded efforts which, as a long time fan, was comforting.

I'm not particularly scared of anyone, but Human Furnace of Ringworm gives me the shakes. His gravelly voice propels the rest of the Clevo-hardcore band forward and blew my mind that afternoon. They were one of my highlights of the day, and if I had only seen them and Snapcase on Sunday, I would have been content.

If my dad listened to modern music anymore, he would go apeshit for The Hold Steady. The band cranked out a crunchy Springsteen-esque set and sounded better than I have ever heard them before. Though they were killing on the Orange stage, I made the hard decision to bounce to catch the rest of Suicidal Tendencies' set.

Nothing against Mike Muir, but he isn't in the same shape that John Joseph of the Cro-Mags is (Muir and the rest of the known universe). No matter, it doesn't stop him from zigging and zagging back and forth on stage as the rest of Suicidal Tendencies runs through hits like "You Can't Bring Me Down" and "I Saw Your Mommy". High energy stuff; I can't imagine running in circles while trying to recite the words to "Institutionalized". Catch Suicidal and Cro-Mags together at Terminal 5 on November 14th.

If I was to pick two of my favorite sets from Sunday, the winners easily go to Snapcase and Descendents. Snapcase was brutal, technical, confrontational, and totally fun; the crowd gave back every ounce of energy that the band put in. From the opening notes of their third song, "Zombie Transmission" from Progress Through Unlearning, I knew that this was going to be a highlight. We need more shows from Snapcase.

Descendents, who we also need more shows from, are one of the few bands that pass my "no clean vocals in punk rock" test. Their songs are funny without being goofy, melodic without being overtly pop, and driving/hard when they want to be. Classics like "Suburban Home", "Bikeage" and a good portion of Somery, "Everything Sucks" and many of the highlights from that LP, and tons of others all made their way onto the setlist that night. And yes, the band made sure to fit in "All" and "Weinerschnitzel". Too fun, and though I left Mastodon early to catch them, I have no regrets.

As far as pictures go, we already split the fest up into ten other posts, my pictures from Saturday included. This post is number 11 and it includes all my pictures from Sunday (and it is our final set of Fun Fun Fun pics from this year) which continue, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest in review w/ more Day 3 pics (part 4) - Snapcase, Floor Suicidal Tendencies, Kylesa, Ringworm & more"

words by BBG, photos by Meghan McInnis

The Bronx at Bowery
The Bronx

When I heard that hardcore punk band The Bronx were doing an entire mariachi album, I had to see it for myself.... The seven-piece band came out all smiles and wearing full mariachi outfits - they looked fantastic. "Slave Labor", which is my favorite song from their album, was the first songs they played. From those first few notes I knew we were in for a good show. Every one of the seven or so songs they played sounded fantastic - Mariachi El Bronx filled up Bowery Ballroom with their sound and positive energy. You could tell that the band really enjoyed what they were doing - they were laughing and joking between every song. Lead singer Matt Caughthran would dance around during guitar solos causing the rest of the band to crack up. - [HeardTheySuckLive]
The above review is of Mariachi El Bronx, alter ego of LA punks The Bronx who played separate sets as both bands at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (4/6). El Mariachi opened the evening and was followed by Australian trio Violent Soho who recently dropped their self-titled LP on Ecstatic Peace and announced their inclusion in Lollapalooza 2010.

The Bowery show was one of three NYC-area shows on a tour that continues across the country as we speak. Those dates again, with more pictures and some videos from the show, below...

Continue reading "The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx & Violent Soho played Maxwell's, MHOW & Bowery Ballroom (pics & video) "

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Japanther - Spread So Thin (MP3)

Mariachi el Bronx @ MWTX (not-SXSW 2010)
The Bronx

[The Bronx] has an alter ego: Mariachi El Bronx, which released an album last year and showed up Wednesday night at Emo's in traditional embroidered mariachi costumes with traditional instruments, from trumpet to guitarron. It performs the Bronx's repertory, but with long-lined melodies and the rhythms of Mexican rancheras and sones. It turns out that Matt Caughtran, the Bronx's lead singer, doesn't have to shout; he can carry a tune. And the Bronx taps a side of Los Angeles that many rock bands ignore. [NY Times]
The pictures here are from Mariachi El Bronx's set at MWTX Fest's first day in Austin, TX on Friday, March 19th.

The Bronx
and their alter-egos Mariachi El Bronx start a run of three NYC-area shows with a gig at Maxwell's tonight (4/1). Tickets are still on sale.

They go on to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 2nd, then after a pair of out of town shows, Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, April 6th. Tickets are still on sale for those.

Opening the shows will be Dead Country and Violent Soho, but not Japanther as previously reported ("Due to circumstantial differences").

Japanther did play at new show space Party Expo last night (3/31) with Boys Who Say No and Filthy Savage though. How was that?

More Mariachhi el Bronix pics and all Bronx tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Bronx on tour w/ Mariachi el Bronx, but not Japanther anymore - 3 NYC-area shows starting now + MWTX pics"

Gogol Bordello @ Carnegie Hall's Tibet House benefit (more by Chris La Putt)
Gogol Bordello

The highlights of the [Tibet House benefit on February 26th] on were the musicians who brought the audience to its feet and got them dancing in the aisles. Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello's electrifying performance elicited shrieks from the audience, many of whom began running down the Carnegie Hall aisles to crowd the stage area at lead singer Eugene Hutz's feet. He ended the set by proclaiming, "Beautiful house, beautiful cause." [Wall Street Journal]
Gogol Bordello's Rick Rubin-produced, fifth album, Trans-Continental Hustle, comes out April 27th on American Recordings.

They'll be touring the world in support of that this spring. The first of their upcoming shows is in New York City and only a little more than a week away. They play Tuesday, March 9th at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale and a portion of the proceeds from the show will go to the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief.

The NYC show is in advance of their North American dates this April with openers DeVotchKa, Jesse Malin and St. Mark's Social, and Tres Leches Afterparty Sound Crew, and their May/June shows in Europe with Forro in the Dark, Mariachi El Bronx (who comes to NYC this April), and Tres Leches Afterparty Sound Crew.

Gogol Bordello played three shows at Webster Hall at the end of 2009.

All tour dates, track list, and a clip of the band and their excited fans are below...

Continue reading "Gogol Bordello - new album info & 2010 Tour Dates"

The Bronx @ Maxwell's in 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
The Bronx

Tickets are on sale for the Girls show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale or the Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy) show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale for the Smith Westerns / Male Bonding show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale for the Japanther show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale for the Japanther / The Bronx show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Bowery Ballroom one is still not on sale), and for the show at Maxwell's.

Tickets are on sale for the Washed Out / Small Black show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale for the two Red Sparowes / Doomriders shows at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale for the Grates show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets are on sale for the Monotonix show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets are are on sale for the Soft Pack show at Mercury Lounge, and for the one at Music Hall of Willimsburg, and for the one at Maxwell's.

Tickets are on sale for the The Album Leaf show at Bowery Ballroom.

A-Ha, The Specials, Martin Sexton, Sia, Black Keys, Drive by Truckers, Frightened Rabbit & other tickets went on sale today too.

Crotona Park Jams

Park Jams at Crotona Park in the Bronx run every Thursday through the end of July. Acts include GrandMaster Caz, Afrika Bambaataa and Biz Markie. Biz Markie who will be at the July 9th launch with Grandwizzard Theodore and more. That series will be followed up in August by Tuesday DJ series in Harlem's St. Nicholas Park. All shows are free. Full schedule and flyers below...

Continue reading "True School NYC - 2009 Summer Park Jams (in Crotona & St. Nicolas Parks) w/ Biz Markie, Afrika Bambaataa, more"

a shot from Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
Sled Island 2008

The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival -- taking place at various venues in Calgary, Alberta from June 24 to June 27 -- is pleased to announce the initial line-up and the inclusion of Olympic Plaza as the main venue on Friday, June 26. This year will include over 200 bands performing at 23 venues plus art shows, film screenings, and a comedy component at the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.

Sled Island 2009 will feature performances by the influential indie rock darlings The Breeders (featuring Kim Deal of the Pixies) making their first Calgary performance, NYC post-punk revivalists Liars bringing the noise, the legendary Canadian metal band Anvil the recent subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil and the garage rock assault of Tel Aviv's Monotonix known for their incredible live show. New Orleans-based musician and mad genius inventor of the 'drum buddy' Quintron & Ms. Pussycat will bring the party along with blood-soaked party rocker Andrew W.K. and Toronto-based electro tour-de-force Holy Fuck on the more 'offensive' front. Phil Elverum's (of The Microphones) latest moniker Mount Eerie will deliver a symbiotic balance of fuzz and folk matched by Owen Pallett's Final Fantasy surrealist violin stage performance. Calgary-based experimental icons Azeda Booth aim to mystify crowds along with their all-male psychedelic pop counterparts Women making their second festival appearance...The complete festival line-up and schedule will be revealed on June 1. [pr]

Festival passes are on sale now.

As previously reported, Colin Newman, vocalist and guitarist for Wire, will be guest curating this year's festival. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Sled Island - 2009 fest lineup (Breeders, Liars, Anvil & more) "

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva

The Bronx @ Maxwell's
The Bronx

The Bronx was in Hoboken. No, not in some prehistoric-pangea-way - LA punks The Bronx (and Trash Talk) descended upon Maxwell's on April 22nd, one of two shows for the crew in the NYC area. Our esteemed photographer Justina was able to catch The Bronx, but missed Trash Talk. Fortunately, she caught up with the trio outside the venue, who at the time of their meeting, were not huffing paint, vandalizing buildings, or involved in hooliganism of any kind. We can't confirm their later activities.

Trash Talk outside Maxwell's
Trash Talk

The Bronx recently dropped two new videos: "Past Lives" (viewable here) and "Knifeman" (viewable here).

Trash Talk's new 7" featuring Keith Morris of Circle Jerks, East of Eden, is currently on pre-order here.

More Bronx pictures below...

Continue reading "The Bronx & Trash Talk @ Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ - pics"

by Black Bubblegum


The Bronx are on tour with Trash Talk. You may have caught them at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (April 20), or the next day (last night) in Philly. If not, you have another NYC-area chance to see the LA crew at Maxwell's tonight (4/22, tickets here).

In celebration of their area appearance, the band hooked us up with their new video. It's for the song "Past Lives" from their latest LP. Directed by Johnny Bekevac, it may be the greatest video ever made that merges breakdancing and punk rock. Check it out, along with more pictures taken during their set at the BrooklynVegan party they played at SXSW, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Bronx - new 'Past Lives' video, Maxwell's show tonight"

words & photos by Black Bubblegum

Ancestors @ Room 710 in Austin - March 19, 2009

My SXSW adventure began Wednesday morning at the airport. Talk about starting things off on the wrong foot! A woman fell into a diabetic coma (she was ok later that morning) on my 6:30AM flight. That led to an unplanned stop in NOLA which was followed by a layover in a fogged up Houston Airport... to say I was a little late to our own day show at Emo's was an understatement. Unfortunately, Trash Talk were wheeling their amps out the door when I got there (which meant I also missed Garotas Suecas and Psychedelic Horseshit), but I managed to catch Trash Talk vocalist Lee cruising around, with a microphone grill imprinted on his forehead. His pain, our pleasure...

Continue reading "Black Bubblegum's SXSW-metal recap - part 1 "

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Those Darlins & Deer Tick @ the BV SXSW showcase - Mar 18, 2009

"In a world of emo-boys and reluctant band leaders, Those Darlins, country-punk pals from Murfreesboro, Tenn., had a comically leering sexuality and the kind of abandon that seems scarce these days. Their punk hootenanny sensibility reminds us that you don't have to act serious to be taken seriously. South by Southwest, with its quick set ups and tear downs, is always technically challenged, but when these girls blew an amp, they vamped with the kind of jokes and entreaties that can't be rendered here..... After they borrowed an amp from their friends and tour mates in Deer Tick, they borrowed the whole band as well, with the boys serving as accessories as the girls sang a kind of homage to a bird..."
[NY Times]
The music portion of SXSW ran from Wednesday to Saturday (most of it). Looking back, it went by so fast. At the same time, it feels like Wednesday was so long ago. For me, it started out with the BrooklynVegan/Solid PR day party on one of the three Emo's stages, and ended right down the block the same day with six bands at the official Brooklyn Vegan showcase (two of the four BV parties this year). Jacob Blickenstaff stopped by both shows, and went a few other places, as you can see in the pictures below...

Continue reading "SXSW 2009 - Day 1 in photos by Jacob"

Deer Tick @ BV official showcase @ Club De Ville - yesterday
Deer Tick

The Bronx (crowd) @ BV day party @ Emo's - yesterday
The Bronx

the mayor of Austin & Titus Andronicus, Austin, TX - yesterday
Titus Andronicus

Future Islands @ the 1896 in February (more by Lori Baily)
Future Islands

tonight in NYC
* Maceo Parker @ SOBs
* Fleetwood Mac @ MSG
* Allman Brothers @ Beacon
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Butch Walker & The Films @ Maxwell's
* Pronto, Puss 'N Boots @ Mercury Lounge
* CuCu Diamantes (of Yerba Buena) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Double Dagger, Future Islands, Teeth Mountain @ Market Hotel
* Matt Everett, Ingrid Olava, Magdyn Osh, Annie and Her Guns @ Cake Shop

Things will be a little slow today due to SXSW. Sorry! We're trying to keep up.

Speaking of which, if you are in SXSW, come by our Thursday and Friday parties.

Everything went great yesterday - day party at Emo's followed by night party at Club De Ville (more about that later).

Great Lake Swimmers' video for Your Rocky Spine below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Trash Talk - "Well of Souls" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: It's Casual - "The Pantry" (MP3)

Dillinger Escape Plan (more by Justina Villanueva)

SXSW is a massive undertaking, no matter what you're into. But if what you're into is the HEAVY, you came to the right place! All week, I'll be twittering my way through Austin, trying to take as much in as possible, including these key younger bands that are probably worth a look. Show info and a ton more MP3's, below...

Continue reading "the 2009 guide to Metal @ SXSW (with lots of MP3's)"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Young Widows - "Old Skin" (MP3)
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The Bronx
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What are you up to Wednesday, March 18th? If you're in the greater Austin region, it might be a good idea to slide on down to Emo's for a day of killer bands, suds, and full on badass-ed-ness. To get all official and shit, we'd like to announce the FREE BROOKLYN VEGAN/SOLID PR DAY PARTY featuring

The bands kick off at 2PM, but get there by 1:15 to experience the NEW Big Business record Mind The Drift before it hits the shelves on Mar 31st. Our friends from ilovemikelitt will also be on hand to help spread good causes and cheer, and special thanks goes out to Timmy for all his help in putting this together.

This all goes down inside Emo's on the 2nd stage on the afternoon of the first day of SXSW Music. Happening at the same time on the main stage of the same venue is the also-killer, also-free Fat Possum Records day party with King Kahn & BBQ, Wavves, Thomas Function, Strange Boys, Crocodiles, Thomas Function and more.

Later that same night is the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Club De Ville, about a block away. We're (BrooklynVegan) also doing sorta-TBA, free day parties on the Thursday and Friday of SXSW (full details coming shortly).


Young WidowsYoung Widows recently dropped the video for "Old Skin" from Old Wounds, a song that premiered right here on BrooklynVegan. The band is logging some miles in the coming months (dates below), linking up with Australian band My Disco for the trek and playing Europa in Brooklyn with The Austerity Program & Tournament on April 1st in the process (tickets here). The pair will also drop a split 7", one of a series with the likes of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Pelican, and Melt-Banana.

The Bronx are touring the US like mad dogs including playing a show at Bowery Ballroom with Trash Talk on April 20th (tickets here), and a show at Maxwell's on April 22nd (tickets here).

NYCers will have FOUR chances to check out Garotas Suecas in the coming month, three in person and one on the Pat Duncan Show on WFMU on March 26th. The band has lined up live appearances at Mercury Lounge on March 24th (tickets here), Death By Audio on April 5, and Zebulon on April 6th.

Psychedelic Horseshit have a "a self released LP collecting our very first and oldest 4 track recordings" due in "March or April" entitled Golden Oldies as well as a TON of new material including Shitgaze Anthems 12" EP on Woodsist (spring 09), Acid Test 12" EP on Troubleman Unltd. (late spring/early sum 09), Beached Wails 7" with a "surprise release date", and their second LP, Too Many Hits, on Slitbreeze (late summer 09). The Columbus, Ohio crew have a few dates on the calendar as well, check THOSE out, along with everyone's tour dates, below...

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by Black Bubblegum

The Bronx

The Bronx have announced a pair of NYC area shows including The Bowery Ballroom on 4/20 with Trash Talk and Maxwell's on 4/22. Tickets for Maxwell's go on sale on 2/11 at noon while Bowery goes on sale 2/13 at noon.

The Bronx are currently touring around Europe, ultimately linking up with Fucked Up and Rolo Tomassi for a brief tour of the UK and then their US tour. One of those US dates, April 5th, is part of the Bamboozle Left Festival in Irvine, CA... an otherwise lackluster festival of mallcore, deathcore, and psuedo-emo feturing headling sets by a reuniting Get Up Kids, (gulp) Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, and (lord help us) 50 Cent. Full lineup below.

Why even mention Bamboozle Left? Well, besides The Bronx, Kevin Seconds (who has some NYC shows, and a few others... Deftones will make their return to the stage at this show, but with a new bassist...

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