Entries tagged with: The Fest
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.
South Carolinian crew Apart will open the NYC show with Trap Them at Saint Vitus on June 22 (tickets), the first of five on a stacked bill that also includes Full of Hell, Seven Sisters of Sleep and Psychic Limb. Get there early for Apart, though, and listen up for new tracks from their forthcoming LP, A Bright and Clever Hell due out later this summer via Mayfly Records. The record includes "Oak Island," which sees the post-hardcore band blend bits of Slint, Envy, grind, and screamo into the mix.That track makes its premiere in this post and you can stream it below.
In addition to the Saint Vitus show, Apart dates a few other shows scheduled, including an appearance at The Fest in Gainesville, FL from for the Oct 31 - Nov 3. There the band will join names as varied as White Lung, Torche, FYP and Paint it Black over the four days and multiple venues. Full Fest lineup is below, and tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
As you may know, The Jealous Sound, who fizzled out a bit for most of the mid-late '00s, returned with a new album in 2012 and have been touring like crazy since. It's an exciting thing to see for the band who never entirely "broke up," but were seeming like they were pretty much done for quite a while.
In related, and even more exciting news, Jealous Sound frontman Blair Shehan"s older band, Knapsack, will be reuniting this year too. Yesterday (5/30), they posted the above picture to their website and it's since been confirmed that they'll be playing Gainesville's The Fest this year, with a surrounding tour TBA. Fingers crossed for a NYC date! In Knapsack's initial run as a band, they put out three '90s emo classics: 1995's Silver Sweepstakes, 1997's Day Three of My New Life, and their final/most seminal album, 1998's This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now. You can listen to those albums on Spotify or RDIO.
Some classic videos below...
Future of The Left at Saint Vitus, June 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Folk punk duo Andrew Jackson Jihad have tapped Welsh greats Future of The Left to join them on a three-week jaunt across the US. Kicking off outside of Baltimore and terminating on the West Coast, look for AJJFOTL to swing through NYC for a date with Le Poisson Rouge on November 2. Ticket info is forthcoming.
Before AJJ hits the road for those FOTL shows, look for the band to play a string of dates with Against Me! and Joyce Manor (who recently played House of Vans and Acheron) on the West Coast. The days leading up to the FOTL tour will be spent at The Fest in Gainesville.
Speaking of The Fest, the massive Gainesville outing recently added another batch of bands, including Sainthood Reps, Fake Problems, Dwarves, Brian McGee, Hull, Paul Baribeau, Riverboat Gamblers, Let Me Run, Rivernecks, Tubers, The Criminals, Worlds Scariest Police Chases, Kepi Ghoulie and The Treats. Full lineup is below.
All tour dates are listed below, along with The Fest full lineup and a couple videos.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Agnostic Front at CBGBs in 2006 (more here)
East Coast Tsunami is returning to Reading, PA, this time shifting from June to September and adding names like Sick of It All, Biohazard, Cro-mags, D.R.I., H20, Agnostic Front (who play a special set at Power of The Riff East), Vision of Disorder, and twenty-three others to their ranks. It all goes down on 9/29 and 9/30 at Reverb and tickets are on sale in 2-day and single day increments. Full lineup is below, as well as a listing of all VIsion of Disorder tour dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th.
In other festival news, the 11th edition of Gainesville, FL's The Fest has expanded with some notable additions including Propagandhi, reunions of Latterman and Grade, Mean Jeans, Ceremony, Such Gold, DNF, Fight Amp, Hull, Mountain Man, Wild Tribe, and much much more. The current lineup is below.
All tour dates and lineups are listed below.
The Fest is back for round 11 (!) adding bands from across the spectrum of punk rock for the multi-day Gainesville, Florida extravaganza. The Fest announced its initial lineup earlier this month but has doubled that number, bringing the total tally to a whopping 217, and there are more to go! The lineup includes Lagwagon, Naked Raygun, Baroness, Red Fang, Off with Their Heads, Torche, Valient Thorr, 7 Seconds, F.Y.P., Braid, Titus Andronicus, Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Frank Turner and many more (see below). Tickets are now on sale (and sold out quick last year).
Full lineup is below, expect to see some surprises at The Fest as well; Sleepytime Trio reunited there last year.
After 4 agile years as a band, P.S. Eliot is calling it a day. IThe October 28th show is this weekend in Florida. The December 4th show is sold out. The December 9th show is of course first come, first served.
sincerely feel that we've creatively accomplished everything we set
out to from the get-go and dragging it out would be brazen and
pointless. I considered P.S. Eliot "the band I always wanted to start"
but as I've grown and Allison has grown I've come to realize that
"band" has grown too. P.S. Eliot's time as a fulfilling outlet for us
has passed so we're ending it gracefully and moving on.
We'll be playing the Fest in Gainesville as well as 2 shows in December in Brooklyn. I'll be focusing most of my time and energy on my solo project, Waxahatchee, which has a record coming out in February on Salinas Records and will be touring the US and Europe. Allison is in the process of starting a new band as well. Endless thanks to all those who have encouraged us. The past 4 years have been monumental for Allison and I and it's all because of this band and your support.
Our last 4 shows:
Saturday, September 24th @ Death By Audio, Brooklyn
w/ Witches, RVIVR and Nude Beach
Friday, October 28th @ The Fest 10 (the Atlantic), Gainesville
w/ Senders, O Pioneers!!, Little League and many more
Sunday, December 4th @ the Bell House, Brooklyn
w/Latterman and Nude Beach
***LAST SHOW EVER***
Saturday, December 9th @ Death By Audio, Brooklyn
w/ The Two Funerals, Cat Vet and 1 more TBA
Stay tuned for more info on Waxahatchee. Peace Out to PS Eliot.
Lifetime at Webster Hall (more by Brian Woodward)
"We're sad to say that we're going to have to cancel, or as Tony so kindly put it, "bail," for Fest 10. Pete and his wife are expecting their second baby, and at their most recent doctor visit were told that this precocious creature is coming sooner than expected, which means that Pete understandably needs to stay put at home right now. Unfortunately, there are no guitarists (anywhere) good enough to replace him, even temporarily. We did, however, find a replacement band that's at least 75% as good."In their stead... Kid Dynamite has been added!
I am sure that Pete's newborn will be happy and healthy by the time that Lifetime return to NYC for a show at Europa on January 7th alongside "Special Guests TBA" and Iron Chic. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (10/18) at noon. Man, that TBA gets a ton of shows.
"Ted Leo is possibly the most charming person I've ever seen in real life. Hot Tub was amazing tonight." - pete cartwright
Screaming Females at BV SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ted Leo was a special guest at Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen at Littlefield Monday (6/27). According to Nate Buchik, "Last night, Ted Leo said they were performing Tyranny of Distance in its entirety at the South Street Seaport on July 9." That would be appropriate since the classic album turned 10 years old on June 19, but note that we were also told that Ted said he was "PROBABLY" playing the album. We'll let you know if that changes to "definitely." Hot Tub continues every Monday at Littlefield with different special guest comedians and musicians each week.
Ted's free South Street Seaport show is now being opened by fellow New Jerseyans Screaming Females. They just finished up their tour with Against Me! and Lemuria and only have a few other scattered dates at the moment. One of those dates is The Fest 10 in Gainesville, Florida which Ted is also playing (and which is sold out).
Ted recently taped a series of solo performance videos in "Room 205" for Incase. Watch those, with all tour dates and other videos below...
Kylesa at Irving Plaza (more by Chris LaPutt)
Call it the "holy shit" tour. High On Fire will team up with Kylesa for a US tour that will include alternating support from Municipal Waste and Torche. NYC gets the look on October 24th at Webster Hall with the killer trifecta of High On Fire, Kylesa AND Torche. Ticket info is forthcoming. Get stoked.
Full tour dates for the trek are below, which include the previously announced date at Fun Fun Fun Fest as well as an appearance at The Fest 9 in Gainesville between Oct 29 - 31. Full The Fest 9 lineup is below. Tickets are on sale.
Full tour dates, The Fest Lineup, and some videos are below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Cloak/Dagger - "I Don't Need A" (MP3)
You know what separates a John Reis project from almost every other punk band out there? The man has soul. Richmond punks Cloak/Dagger understand the power of the groove and are back to prove it with a new album due this fall! Lost Art is due on 11/3 and the band has dropped of the first taste of the LP in the form of "I Don't Need A" available for download above! Preorder Lost Art at their label, Jade Tree.
Cloak/Dagger fit in the fold between punk and garage, and the band aims to prove it when they hit the autobahn (aka Europe, and specifically Germany) this week starting in Berlin. They currently only have one US tour date, at The Fest in Gainesville, FL with a plethora of killer punk bands such as Coalesce, Torche, Asshole Parade, Kylesa, Coliseum, Iron Lung, Light Yourself on Fire, Magrudergrind, Pulling Teeth, Trash Talk, and about 150 others! If you can't make it down to The Fest, no worries. Although Cloak/Dagger doesn't have any additional US dates currently scheduled, knowing their habits in the van, expect that to change soon. Tour flyer, full tour dates, and track listing is below....
by Black Bubblegum
Dillinger Four and Municipal Waste have teamed up for a one off show at Danbro Studios in Brooklyn on Oct 14th with The Measure and The Ergs. Tickets are on sale online and at Academy Records in Williamsburg. The show is a record release party, celebrating the release of the long delayed Civil War by Dillinger Four on Fat Wreck Chords (Fat Mike of NOFX's label).
Municipal Waste will hit the road for a mini-tour with The Casualties leading up to the Brooklyn show, including a date with Caustic Christ in Pittsburgh and appearances at two noteable punk festivals.
The first, Riot Fest in Chicago, is headlined by the reuniting All, and also features The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, TSOL, DOA, Jay Reatard, Bouncing Souls, Paint It Black, and many many others. The second, and much larger The Fest 7 in Gainesville, will feature eight stages over three days and will include over 250 bands including Coalesce, Young Widows, The Holy Mountain, Valient Thorr, Ampere, Capsule, and the final show by New Mexican Disaster Squad.
Following Brooklyn, Municpal Waste will play a few more shows including one with Lamb Of God, and an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin (they replaced Flipper) followed by a UK tour in December with the mighty Iron Lung.
NOFX have scheduled a three shows in the tri-state... at Irving Plaza on Oct 15th & Oct 16th (both sold out) and Starland Ballroom on Oct 17th (tickets here). Dillinger Four opens all three shows.
All Municipal Waste and DF dates below....