Entries tagged with: The Fest
by Andrew Sacher
Carb on Carb
Carb On Carb is the New Zealand duo of guitarist/vocalist Nicole Gaffney and drummer/vocalist James Stuteley. They put out their self-titled album earlier this year, which is a solid record of '90s-style emo/punk and often has a strong a feminist bent, as song titles like "The War On Men" and "Phenomenal Ladies" make pretty clear. It's a good album, especially for anyone with an affinity for Polyvinyl Records. You can stream the whole thing below and download a copy (name your price) at bandcamp.
Carb On Carb are currently on their first-ever US tour, which hits CMJ, The Fest, and more. Their CMJ show is the New Zealand showcase at Baby's All Right on 10/13 with Marlon Williams, Anthonie Tonnon and Lontalius. That's free with RSVP.
Carb on Carb play two NYC shows right before CMJ too. The first is a matinee at ABC No Rio on October 10 with Torch Runner, Archie Alone and Control (more info); and the second is Palisades on October 11 with PUNT, Talking Dog, Terrible Terrible and Oh, Oh, Ecstasy (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Marlon Williams, who's also on the New Zealand showcase, he just signed to Dead Oceans (Tallest Man On Earth, Phosphorescent), and will put out a new album on the label in early 2016. Ahead of that, he released the single "Strange Things" this week. Video for that, and his tour dates (including a bunch of other CMJ shows), below.
by Andrew Sacher
Fat Wreck Chords is having quite the year. A bunch of bands just wrapped up the label's 25th anniversary tour, including a band that's been on Fat for over two decades, Lagwagon. Lagwagon's frontman Joey Cape (also of Bad Astronaut and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) is now set to release his third solo album, Stitch Puppy, which follows 2011's Doesn't Play Well with Others. It's an entirely acoustic album, using guitar, piano, cello, mandolin and percussion, and some of it ("Broken," "Cope," "Tracks") gets pretty melancholic. Longtime fans will surely dig, but even if you don't listen to Lagwagon (or punk at all), this is just a good singer/songwriter album. It comes out this Friday (pre-order) and the full stream premieres below.
Joey will be supporting it on tour with Walt Hamburger, Brian Wahlstrom and Jo Bergeron, and that tour hits NYC on September 30 at The Bowery Electric. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Joey was also just added to The Fest, along with The So So Glos (also playing Pre-Fest), Dave Dondero, Strange Wilds, Bob Nanna, Deforesters, Options, The Record Collection, The Penske File, Joliette (MX), Sammy Stephens, Mike Llerena, Cut It Out, Wilderness Dream, Scavuzzos, Hard Luck Society, Greg Rekus, Boyfriend Material, Waylon Thorton and the Heavy Hands, Jesse LeBourdais, Freddy Fuddpucker, The Thin Skins, Blood on the Harp, Wax Wings, The Yams, and Kiiks (FY).
All Joey's tour dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.
The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:
The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...
Weston are a punk rock band from Bethlehem, USA. Founded in 1990, they took their name from singer Dave Weston's parents for allowing them to practice in their basement. The band went through several shifts in members and musical styles in the eleven years they were together, some with much more fanfare than others. Following their major label debut in 2001, the band split up. They reunited in 2006 for three shows. This led to even more reunion shows in following years and a live album released December of 2009. [Last.fm]The Fest has yet again added more bands to its 2015 lineup, most excitingly including a reunion from Weston, whose James Snyder is now very busy with his band Beach Slang (who are also playing The Fest). Other additions include Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Nothington, The Moms, Benny The Jet Rodriguez and Sand Fleas.
The newly-added bands join Desaparecidos, The Progress (reunion), Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth, The Jazz June, Iron Reagan, Modern Baseball, As Friends Rust, Smoke or Fire (playing Above the City), and more.
Tickets also go on sale today (6/1) at noon.
Stream Weston's 1996 LP, Got Beat Up, below...
photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gainesville punk festival The Fest returns for its 14th year from October 30 - November 1, and today they added a bunch of more bands to their lineup. Additions include Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, another reunion show from The Progress, Into It Over It, Pet Symmetry, As Friends Rust, Pianos Become the Teeth, Smoke Or Fire (playing Above the City), Bigwig, Loma Prieta, TWIABP, Cayetana, Superheaven, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Told Slant, War On Women, Pujol and many more. Full list of additions below.
The newly-added bands join Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Iron Reagan, Modern Baseball, Lagwagon and many more.
Tickets go on sale June 1. Lineup additions below...
Gainesville's annual punk festival The Fest returns in 2015 for its 14th year (hence Fest 14) from October 30 to November 1, and like in previous years, a handful of the bands play Pre-Fest in Little Ybor from October 28-29. This year's initial lineup was just announced and it includes Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Tim Barry, The Jazz June, Drug Church, Pup, The City on Film, Kepi Ghoulie, Beach Slang, Frameworks, Foxing, Iron Reagan, Crocodiles, Cult Leader, Young Widows, Xerxes, Jeff Rosenstock, Restorations, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Mikey Erg, Night Birds, Tiltwheel, Lagwagon, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket and many more.
Tickets are set to go on sale via The Fest's website June 1.
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.
Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.
In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.
by Andrew Sacher
artwork by Daria Hlazatova
Roger Harvey & the Wild Life, who we recently profiled in our Fest preview, are still prepping their debut album, but in the meantime they've already put out an alternate version of one of its singles, "Lovers Can Be Monsters," and we've now got the premiere of alt versions of two more tracks, "Halloween" and "Three Wolf Moon." The previous single had Roger Harvey filtering Neutral Milk Hotel's instrumentation through The Antlers' delicacy, and "Halloween" is a bit more rocking but it still has that sense of folkiness to the songwriting. The vocals are the biggest draw here though -- he's got a sweet sounding voice, nice melodies, and highly quotable lyrics: "I started drinking like you do when you were 19, when you first move to the city with a fake ID." For "Three Wolf Moon," Roger's in introverted songwriter mode, not unlike something that could've been on Barsuk in the early 2000s, and those NMH-style arrangements reappear on this one.
The "Halloween" b/w "Three Wolf Moon" single will be available exclusively at his shows at The Fest and Pre-Fest. Stream it in full and check out the video for "Halloween" below.
Roger Harvey has three Fest shows on his schedule, including a Pre-Fest show on 10/30 at Crow Bar with Screaming Females, Cheap Girls and more; a Fest show on 10/31 at Boca Fiesta/Palomino with Delay, Gold-Bears, Mannequin Pussy and more; and a solo set at The Midnight on 11/1.
Also, he's featured on Everyone Knows I Play Favorites and Like 10's, the Fest compilation by Bouncing Souls' label Chunksaah Records which also features Ian Graham of Cheap Girls, Tom May of The Menzingers, Mitylion (Ari Katz of Lifetime), Brian McGee of Plow United, Tim Barry and more. That will be available exclusively at The Fest too.
New video and a stream of his previous single, below...
by Andrew Sacher
In a little less than two months, a huge handful of the best punk bands in the world will head to Gainesville, FL for The Fest (10/31-11/2), a three-day multi-venue festival (similar to CMJ or SXSW, but more genre-specific). There are so many bands worth catching, including Descendents, Mineral, Melvins, Paint It Black, Touche Amore, Circle Takes the Square, The Menzingers, Hot Water Music, Lifetime, The Marked Men, United Nations, Kind of like Spitting, Screaming Females, Paul Collins Beat, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, 7 Seconds, Coliseum, Thou, Into It Over It, Modern Baseball, Cayetana, Iron Chic, Restorations, Chuck Ragan, Laura Stevenson, The Sidekicks, Single Mothers, Beach Slang, You Blew It!, Everyone Everywhere, Whores, Somos, Solids, Foxing, Nona, Nai Harvest, Vacation, PUP, Lemuria, Night Birds, Placeholder, Adventures, Self Defense Family, Goodtime Boys, Xerxes, Cheap Girls, All Dogs, Little Big League, Frameworks, Dangers, Creepoid, Crow Bait, Worriers, Shellshag, Toys That Kill, Sundials, Donovan Wolfington, Places to Hide, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Dikembe, Two Knights, Fake Problems, Fucking Invincible, Old Lines, Old Wounds, Rescuer, Everybody Row, Ex-Breathers, Gold-Bears, Hard Girls, The Hotelier, Prawn, Mannequin Pussy, Lee Corey Oswald, Tiny Moving Parts, Tim Barry, Delay, Chumped, Treasure Fleet, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Kepi Ghoulie, Spraynard, RVIVR, Dowsing, Jeff Rosenstock, Broadcaster, LVL UP, It Looks Sad, Lifted Bells, Annabel, Three Man Cannon, The Weaks, Courtesy Drop, Benny the Jet Rodriguez, Free Throw, Sorority Noise, Spoonboy, All Eyes West, My Dad, Aviator, The Max Levine Ensemble, Teen Agers, Typesetter and Mikey Erg... just to name a few of the ones we're excited about. The full schedule was recently posted, so if you're going to The Fest you can head HERE to make your personal schedule, and don't forget you can catch a lot of the same bands in Ybor City on 10/29 & 10/30 for Pre-Fest. That schedule is out now too.
While we'd like to see (and recommend seeing) all those bands, The Fest is also a great place to discover new bands. We've talked about all those bands at one point or another on BV (you can click the links above to read what we've said about them), so here's a new list of 15 bands to check out at The Fest that we haven't written about yet. Not all of them are "new" bands necessarily, and some have even played The Fest before, but they're all good bands that we haven't had a chance to highlight. And even if you're not going to The Fest, it's still a list of 15 bands worth listening to. We've embedded streams for each one.
Check out the list, in alphabetical order, below...
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
We think it would be a fun way to combine a few things; playing in one of our favorite venues, inviting some younger east coast bands on the shows which we don't always get to do, putting together some great merchandise sales and donating some of those profits to charity along with some other special surprises that we'll announce later.This year's will happen on December 27 and will feature Philly punks The Menzingers, as well as Modern Chemistry. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/15) at 10 AM, and there's an ongoing presale (details here). Show flyer below.
TBS are also playing all three Riot Fests this year and The Menzingers are on Chicago and Denver. Menzingers also play hometown festival Made In America this month (8/31), and they're playing an acoustic set at NYC's Knitting Factory on September 26 with Lawrence Arms singer Brendan Kelly to celebrate Red Scare's 10th anniversary. Tickets for the KF show are still available.
The Menzingers have also announced a couple Northeast shows leading up to their appearance at The Fest with the reactivated Spraynard and Cassavetes. They'll be nearby NYC for a Long Island show at Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on October 24. That show also includes Lee Corey Oswald, making for a good bill all around. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All Menzingers dates are listed below.
Speaking of The Fest, more bands were recently added including Kind of Like Spitting, Goodtime Boys, The Interrupters, Dave Hause, James Alex (Weston, Beach Slang), Living Room and more. A comedy showcase featuring Chris Gethard and more was also announced.
More Fest addition details, TBS show flyer, list of Menzingers dates and videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Black Wine (mems. Hunchback, The Ergs!) have announced that they'll follow 2012's Hollow Earth with their fourth full length, Yell Boss, on August 12 via Don Giovanni. While their '80s indie rock influences aren't lost on first single "Rime," the vocals are shoutier and it's a lot more punk than much of their last LP. Check it out below.
Black Wine will celebrate the new album with a release show in Brooklyn at Death by Audio on August 22. Also on the bill are their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, as well as The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints and comedy by Tim Duffy and Brett Davis. It's their only announced date at the moment, but Brick Mower also have a NYC show with Crow Bait in August.
Speaking of Don Giovanni bands playing Death by Audio, Shellshag added yet another show at the venue which happens August 10 with Parasites, Flamingo Nosebleed, Homewreckers and Giant Peach. That follows this Saturday's show (7/26) which was supposed to include Swearin' but they dropped off, but does include Bad Canoes (one of Marissa of Screaming Females' other bands), Low Fat Getting High and CCTV.
In more related news, Shellshag are also playing The Fest in Gainesville, which Crow Bait were recently added to, along with other new additions A Wilhelm Scream, Paul Collins Beat, Thou, Fake Problems and a few more. Full list of additions below. Previously announced names include Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Melvins, United Nations, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square, 7 Seconds and many, many more. Passes are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
Shellshag at Death by Audio - 6/6/14 (via)
Florida's multi-venue punk fest The Fest has added even more bands to its 2014 lineup including 7 Seconds (who are touring), Shellshag, Single Mothers, RVIVR, Pet Symmetry, Only Crime and more. Full list of additions below. Previously announced names include Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Melvins, United Nations, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square and many, many more. Passes are still available.
We just caught Shellshag in their hometown of NYC as the local representation on this past Friday's (6/6) Death by Audio stop of Martha (UK) and Delay's (Ohio) ongoing tour. Shellshag and their eccentric setup (if you haven't seen them, the duo face each other while Shag drums standing up and Shell plays guitar through a multi-color light-up speaker) were great as always. They debuted a new song and also covered Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," which you can watch a clip of, below. Shellshag return to Death by Audio this Friday (6/13) with Benny the Jet Rodriguez, Shark Pact and Dogjaw.
Delay were another highlight of that show, with a punky set in the Thermals/Superchunk vein (high-energy stage show too). You can now stream their new album, Circle Change (out via Salinas), in its entirety below. Recommended.
List of Fest additions and Shellshag video also below...
by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville, FL multi-venue punk festival The Fest just announced even more bands, including Melvins, United Nations, Coliseum, Small Brown Bike/Casket Lottery-related Able Baker Fox (who haven't played in a while), Whores, Vacation, Plow United's Brian McGee and more. Full list of additions below.
The new additions join Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square and many, many more. Passes are still available.
Meanwhile, Melvins singer Buzz Osborne, or King Buzzo, recently released another song from his upcoming acoustic solo album, This Machine Kills Artists, which is due out on June 3 via Ipecac. Like previous single "Dark Brown Teeth," it's acoustic but it's not like Buzzo is going singer/songwriter on us or anything. It's pretty much a drum-less, distortion-less metal song. Check out the new track, titled "Instrument of God," below.
And in more related news, United Nations singer Geoff Rickly (who also used to sing a band called Thursday) recently wrote for The Talkhouse on how he paid $2,000 on StubHub to attend one of The xx's 40-person shows at the Park Avenue Armory in March. Here's how he described the show:
As the set progresses, the room changes. The night turns magic. The lights drop and "Fiction" starts playing. Now the beat is booming somewhere behind us. It's becoming increasingly clear that this small room is a facade and we're in a massive space. The walls turn into screens that are being projected on from outside. The ceiling starts rising above us, first one story, then two, then three. Liza grabs my hand as the soundtrack to her loneliness throbs in the air around us.Read the rest of his interesting (and pricey) story about how and why he ended up forking over two grand for the show, at The Talkhouse.
The walls blow off the room and lights come streaming through the air from great distances. The band is slinking through one number after the other. Music has never been sexier or more vivid. It felt like being inside the record sleeve. The sound roaring in the void around us, the lights echoing the artwork -- this is the closest I've ever been to the realization of a musical vision.
Stream the new Buzzo song, with the full list of Fest additions, below...
by Andrew Sacher
'90s Bethlehem, PA punks Weston broke up back in '01 (though reunited only five years later), and now guitarist James Snyder is fronting a new band Beach Slang. While new bands from veteran musicians can often leave you longing for their previous project, Beach Slang is really inspired stuff and sounds very in the now. Well... actually it sounds very '90s, but maybe that just further proves how this stuff isn't going out of style.
Snyder's low, raspy voice and the way he rolls off lines like "But the night's still young / And we're dumb enough to fall" brings back the feelings of classic-era emo voices like Jawbreaker's Blake Schwarzenbach and Knapsack's Blair Shehan. And as more than one person has pointed out, Superstar Car Wash/A Boy Named Goo-era Goo Goo Dolls is all over these songs. That familiarity makes these songs easy to listen to, but Snyder's post-'90s perspective is what keeps them sounding fresh. Lyrically too -- despite the way it's written, when his weathered voice lets out, "We're just some dumb kids getting wasted and knowing we're alive," it doesn't come off like he's talking about the present tense.
Take a listen for yourself by streaming their debut EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, which came out this past April via Dead Broke Rekerds, below.
The band, which is based in Philly and also features fellow Philly scene musicians Ed McNulty of NONA on bass and JP Flexner of Ex Friends on drums, also have some shows coming up. They'll play The Fest this fall, but sooner than that they have some Northeast shows with likeminded band Crow Bait including one on Long Island at Soul Sounds on June 12 and another in Brooklyn at Suburbia on June 13. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Ex Friends, who themselves are fronted by a member of a '90s punk band, Plow United (Weston's pals from back when), are releasing a new EP, Animal Needs, next week (5/13) via Coolidge Records which you can now stream in full below. They also have a tour coming up which kicks off in Brooklyn on May 15 at Acheron with Retreevers, Mikey Erg and Eli Whitney & The Sound Machine. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of their dates are listed below too.
Paint It Black in Philly in 2013 (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
We mentioned earlier today that the reunited Mineral would be playing Gainesville, FL multi-venue punk festival The Fest (10/31 - 11/2), and since then even more artists have been announced. Those include Paint It Black, Iron Chic, Treasure Fleet, The City on Film (full band), Sundials, Hard Girls, American Sharks, Glocca Morra, Adventures, Creepoid, Football Etc., Old Lines, State Faults, PUP, Toys That Kill and more.
Tickets, including 3-day passes, Pre-Fest passes, and Fest + Pre-Fest 5-day passes, are on sale now.
Full list of lineup additions below...
by Andrew Sacher
Okay, I wasn't kidding about the '90s emo reunions not ending. Just yesterday we posted about the potential Mineral reunion, and this reunion is potential no longer. The veteran band has just announced a short tour for September which hits NYC for shows on September 5 & 6 at Bowery Ballroom. They'll also play Gainesville, FL's The Fest in November. All dates will be opened by Evan Weiss' Into It. Over It.. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon. All dates are listed below.
And don't forget to get your American Football tickets!
Touche Amore at Santos in 2011 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Gainesville punk mecca The Fest recently announced its 2014 lineup and now many additional artists were announced, including Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Pianos Become the Teeth, Modern Baseball, Tiltwheel, The Sidekicks, Rescuer, Spraynard (reunion), Worriers, Three Man Cannon, Two Knights, Ben Nichols, Restorations, Placeholder, Enabler, The Weaks and more. Full list of additions below, and stay tuned for yet another announcement on April 21.
The new additions join previously announced bands Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Into It Over It, You Blew It!, Circle Takes the Square, Self Defense Family, Lemuria, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and more. Tickets go on sale on Sunday (4/20) at 4:20 PM.
Lineup additions below...
The annual festival that sends tons of the world's best punk bands to Florida, The Fest, returns to multiple Gainesville venues for its 13th year from October 31 to November 2 and Pre-Fest happens once again in Tampa from October 29-30.
The initial lineup for The Fest was just announced and includes Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Strike Anywhere, Chixdiggit, Chuck Ragan, Into It Over It, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Night Birds, You Blew It!, Self Defense Family, Circle Takes the Square, Lemuria, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Mikey Erg, Dads, Gates, Banquets, Somos, Dikembe, Frameworks, Captain We're Sinking, The Hotelier, Prawn, Little Big League, Everyone Everywhere, Nona, Chumped, Worriers, Nai Harvest, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Places to Hide, Courtesy Drop, Foxing, All Dogs and many more. Tickets go on sale April 20 via the Fest's site (which is currently down at time of this post).
Full initial lineup below...
Sunday night's Grammy Awards saw the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, reuniting on stage. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary to the Beatles first visiting America and there are all sorts of celebrations in the works. The Grammys are presenting a television special, "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles," which will air on CBS on February 9 from 8 - 10 PM EST, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The concert event was taped on Monday (1/27) and will features a bunch of famous artists (including Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and Joe Walsh) performing Beatles songs. One of the more notable acts are The Eurythmics who reunited just to play this show.
There are some NYC shows coming up that are Beatle-related too. Bambi Kino, the very high concept Beatles tribute that features Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power), are playing a few times that weekend. The high-concept part is they're dedicated to the band's formative days when they were living in Hamburg, Germany, and do the covers that The Beatles did back then.
Bambi Kino are playing Union Hall on February 8 where they'll do three sets (8 PM, 9 PM & 10 PM) with WFMU's Todd-O-Phonic Todd Abramson on DJ duties. Tickets are on sale now. Earlier that day you can hear them live on WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic (3-6 PM).
They're also playing The Fest which is "the premier Beatles convention in the world." The Fest happens from February 8 - 9 at NYC's The Grand Hyatt and is a mix of memorabilia and performances. In addition to Bambi Kino (who play 2/9 at 8 PM), this year's live entertainment includes Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon (whose hit "World Without Love" was written by McCartney), Chad & Jeremy, Donovan, and more. Tickets and info here.
Beginning February 7, The Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo will have a photo exhibit about The Beatles' first visit to America that's curated by Julian Lennon. More info here.
Also on February 7, Park Slope bar Freddy's has a Fab Four night too, with a couple tribute acts. At 11 PM it's Hal Bruce who has been hailed by some as the "Best Solo Beatles Artist," and then at midnight it's all-girl Japanese tribute act The Clover. Flyer for the Freddy's show below.
by Andrew Sacher
(photo by Alissa Reynolds)
Gainesville screamo band Frameworks were one of the (many) bands on this year's Topshelf sampler that caught my ears with their contribution, "Old Chokes," the final track on their four-song Small Victories EP that came out via 13th Floor Records earlier this year. It's both an atmospheric and an anthemic take on the sort of pg.99/Envy/etc-style screamo that's been making a great comeback via some very solid bands lately, and the rest of the EP lives up too. Take a listen to the whole thing below.
More recently, Frameworks contributed a new track, "Preamble" (also streamable below) to a four-way split with Kittyhawk, Prawn, and Droughts. And not long after that, it was announced that they signed to Topshelf Records and will release their debut full length on the label in 2014. They're recording the record with Comadre's Jack Shirley (who did Deafheaven's Sunbather and Joyce Manor's Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired). Details are still sparse on that album, but stay tuned.
Meanwhile, like a zillion other punk bands did, Frameworks just played their hometown festival The Fest in late October, and we're premiering a pro-shot video (by Light & Noise) from their set in this post. I've yet to actually see them live, but from the looks of this video, their show tops all of their studio recordings to date. The band's as precise as they are aggressive, especially singer Luke Pate, who's got the mic cable wrapped around his neck the whole time and recklessly falling into the crowd. Check out the mayhem yourself in the video below.
And if you want to actually see Frameworks live, they've got a number of West Coast/Southwest dates coming up, including shows with fellow throat-shredders Code Orange Kids, Caravels, and Calculator. All dates are listed, along with the video and streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Earlier this week, we mentioned that Waxahatchee, All Dogs and Cayetana would be touring together in January, including stops in NYC on 1/21 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and 1/23 at Glasslands (tickets). We've written about Waxahatchee and All Dogs around these parts, but if you're going to this tour (which we highly recommend you do), it's very much worth catching Cayetana as well.
Cayetana have been coming up in Philly's thriving underground lately, and they've shared bills with many of the other great bands in that scene, including Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Swearin', Radiator Hospital, and more. They've also been recommended by Tom May of The Menzingers (and open their upcoming PA show), and recently signed to Tiny Engines, also home of their Philly neighbors Little Big League. Maybe you caught them in NYC when their tour with Ma Jolie (who open the upcoming Menzingers NYC show) hit Coco66 in August with Worriers?
They've been talking about releasing a full length on Tiny Engines, so stay tuned for that, but meanwhile they've got an excellent 3-song demo on bandcamp and a live session on WXPN that are very worth checking out. Like many of the bands they've played with, Cayetana are somewhere between indie rock and punk. Vocalist August Koch has a shakey, folky delivery, a little like The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, and her lyrics pay attention to detail the way his do too. Musically though, Cayetana is the kind of catchy power chord-driven stuff that you might call pop punk. They're a good addition to the wealth of bands we've been getting like this, and if you've been digging this kinda stuff, give their demo a listen.
Cayetana are currently down in Gainesville for The Fest, which they play at 10:10 PM today (11/1). All of their dates are listed, along with a stream of the demo and a live video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Harrisburg, PA's Placeholder formed back in 2011 and by the end of that year had released their solid melodic punk debut LP, Nothing Is Pure. Since then, they've begun following a path not unlike the one taken by fellow PA punks Title Fight, expanding their sound and bringing in influences from outside of their immediate genre. This first resulted in 2012's Thought I Would Have Been Somebody By Now EP which experimented with Torche-esque sludge-pop ("Mary") and Jawbreaker-y balladry ("Tired Of Me"). Now they're set to release their second full length, I Don't Need Forgiveness, on September 17 via Black Numbers, and its two singles are two of their best tracks yet.
They did the new record with Justin PIzzoferrato (known best for his work with Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, but also some great smaller bands like Speedy Ortiz, Aye Nako, and California X), and Justin's knack for classic alternative rock suits the band well. One of the new singles, "Above," sees the band bringing in big hooky riffs and rock crescendos without sacrificing their punk rawness. And the other, "Caught The Crown," is pure driving pop-emo in the vein of The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids, or Knapsack, but sounds as fresh now as those bands did in the '90s. Check out both of those songs, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Placeholder don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they will be playing Gainesville's The Fest, which recently released its full schedule (they play Friday [11/1] at Mars Pub at 5:30). Hopefully they'll be coming through NYC soon too.
Song streams, artwork and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sundials (photo by Jake Cunningham)
We were just talking about the new Dog Party album, and while we were looking at recent Asian Man releases, we noticed the new compilation from Richmond, VA's Sundials, Always Whatever, also just came out this month. It collects "songs from 7"s and other totally unreleased material," and the whole thing can be streamed over at Punk News.
On that compilation and other recent material like the 2012 LP, When I Couldn't Breathe, Sundials make the kind of raw, honest pop punk we've also been getting lately from their labelmates Joyce Manor or Cheap Girls. Their sound owes a lot to the melodic punk/emo bands of the late '90s, but Sundials are also very much an indie/DIY band, and it makes sense that they've shared bills with groups like Speedy Ortiz and Shellshag. And when they boast hugely catchy choruses with lines like "Oh, but you're way too pretty and I'm a fucking total wreck," it's an excellent reminder that sometimes nothing goes together like feelings and power chords.
Sundials only have a few upcoming shows scheduled at the moment, including a hometown show this Thursday (8/22); hometown festival Fall Line Fest in September with Hop Along, Pity Sex, Dads, Inter Arma, Cold Cave, Woe, Big Freedia, Neon Indian (DJ), and more (tickets); and Gainesville's The Fest in October/November with Circle Takes the Squre, Titus Andronicus, Torche, White Lung, Ceremony, The Menzingers, Lemuria and more (tickets).
Stream their 2012 LP and check out the video for "Assailant" from their new comp, below...
Ben Nichols of Lucero in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Alt-country punks Lucero are doing their annual Lucero Family Picnic on August 10 at the Riverfest Ampitheatre in Little Rock, AR this year. At the picnic, they'll be performing their excellent 2002 album, Tennesee, in addition to "set of Lucero classics." The lineup also includes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Little Rock's John Moreland, and Guy Venable (father of Lucero's Brian Venable).
Tickets for Lucero Family Picnic 2013 are on sale now. There's also a VIP option, which includes a tailgate and BBQ with the band before doors open. Flyer for the picnic is below.
Lucero have other dates this year, including some festivals like Gainesville's The Fest, which they were recently added to, along with J. Robbins (of Jawbox), Tim Kasher (of Cursive, and who has a new album on the way), Pile and more.
Updated The Fest lineup and a list of all Lucero tour dates, which include Dallas' Index Festival, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.