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photo: Sufjan Stevens in NJ in 2015 (more by PSquared)
Sufjan Stevens

The spring 2016 edition of Boston Calling happens May 27-29. For a small festival (with no overlapping sets), Boston Calling continues to bring in some pretty huge names, and this one's got Sia, Disclosure and Robyn headlining, plus Odesza, Sufjan Stevens, Haim, Miike Snow, Janelle Monae, Courtney Barnett, The Front Bottoms, Charles Bradley, Vince Staples, Battles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Christine and the Queens, festival curator Aaron Dessner (of The National) playing a set with Lisa Hannigan, and more.

This time around they're also adding a small third stage with comedy "and other performances," which will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/15) at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Boston Calling spring 2016 lineup (Sia, Disclosure, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Janelle Monae, Courtney Barnett & more)"

Shaky Knees

Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival happens in 2016 from May 13-15 with Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Jane's Addiction (playing Ritual De Lo Habitual) headlining. The rest of the lineup includes the re-reunited At the Drive-In, Deftones, The Decemberists, Huey Lewis & the News (playing Sports), Foals, Bloc Party, The Kills, Explosions in the Sky, Ghost, Phosphorescent, The Black Angels, Savages, Against Me!, The Sword, Eagles of Death Metal, Baroness, Frightened Rabbit, Parquet Courts, Brian Fallon, Wild Nothing, The Front Bottoms, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hop Along, Foxing, Kylesa, Saintseneca, Julien Baker, Ought, Beach Slang, Nothing and more.

3-day passes go on sale Wednesday (1/13) at 10 AM with an E-list presale starting Tuesday (1/12) at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees 2016 lineup (Florence, MMJ, Jane's Addiction, At the Drive In, Deftones, Huey Lewis, Baroness & more)"


We already knew Guns N Roses (Axl and Slash included) and LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting for Coachella 2016, and now the full lineup is here. It also includes Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Underworld, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Barnett, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Lush, Deerhunter, The Damned, The Kills, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Savages, Joey Bada$$, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Shamir, The Arcs, Vince Staples, Beach House, Rancid, Chris Stapleton, Ex Hex, Death Grips, Bat For Lashes, Kamasi Washington, Skepta, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Girlpool and many more.

It happens April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/6) at 11 AM PST.

Poster above, and larger version HERE. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2016 lineup announced (LCD Soundsystem, Guns N Roses, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Last Shadow Puppets, Grimes, Ice Cube, Run the Jewels, Lush & more)"

photo: Jesse Lacey w/ Brand New in Queens in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Brand New

As you may know, Kevin Devine is celebrating his Devinyl Splits series with BrooklynVegan-presented release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge this December. The shows all already included Matthw Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Owen, and we're now excited to announce the final special guest for each city.

At the Brooklyn show (12/11 at The Bell House) they'll be joined by Laura Stevenson, the Philly show (12/12 at the TLA) will have Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey, and Cambridge (12/13 at The Sinclair) will have The Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella. Tickets for all three shows are still available (click the venue links). Flyers below.

Laura Stevenson, whose new album Cocksure is out now on Don Giovanni, is on tour now with Matt Pond PA. That tour hits NYC on 11/21 at Webster Hall's Marlin Room.

The Front Bottoms recently played two BV-presented NYC shows at Irving Plaza (pictures) and they've been keeping a video tour diary. We just posted part four.

Brand New continue to drop hints of their long-awaited fifth album which may be their last.

Flyers and some music below...

Continue reading "Brand New's Jesse Lacey, Front Bottoms' Brian Sella, & Laura Stevenson added to Kevin Devine shows"

video & most photos by George Douglas Peterson

photo: The Front Bottoms at Irving Plaza in October (more by Mimi Hong)
Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms have been on tour in support of this year's Back On Top with The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly. The tour already hit NYC for two BV-presented Irving Plaza shows (check out pictures) and now it's over on the west coast. TFB and their tourmates have been keeping a video diary of the tour, and we've got the premiere of their Week 4 video. Here's the description:

The Front Bottoms Back on Tour Week 4 keeps the dice rolling as Dancing Tony joins the squad to help Tommy Two Slaps celebrate his birthday, study calcite, enjoy a couple of hot tubs and contemplate extraterrestrial life forms over another week of sold out shows. Featuring Dancing/Uncle Tony, Elvis Depressedly, The Smith Street Band, GDP, Bosma and many more.
Check it out, with a few more recent live photos, below.

Elvis Depressedly play NYC again in December with LVL UP, who open the Dilly Dally show at Baby's this weekend.

Continue reading "watch part 4 of The Front Bottoms, The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly's video tour diary"

photos by Mimi Hong

The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms brought their tour in support of their new album Back On Top last night (10/14) for their first of two sold-out BrooklynVegan-presented shows at Irving Plaza. They were joined by the horn section Uptown Horns for several songs, and their rapper pal GDP joined them for one too. We got most of the new record, plus plenty of old favorites like "Twin Size Mattress," "The Beers," "Skeleton" and more. It was a cool night all around, with Run for Cover-via-Orchid Tapes band Elvis Depressedly and Australia's The Smith Street Band opening.

All three bands do it again tonight. More pictures (including one of TFB's setlist) from last night, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms, The Smith Street Band & Elvis Depressedly played Irving Plaza, do it again tonight (pics, setlist)"

photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms' new album Back On Top is out in three weeks (9/18 via Fueled by Ramen), and ahead of their tour they'll be playing some in-stores around the release date.

One happens in their home state of NJ at Vintage Vinyl on September 18 and another in Brooklyn on September 23 at Rough Trade. To get in you have to purchase a copy of the album from those respective stores. More info at the venue links.

They also have full-band shows at NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage on 9/19 with How to Dress Well, Vic Mensa and more (tickets) and BrooklynVegan-presented NYC shows on October 14 & 15 at Irving Plaza (sold out).

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms playing in-stores at Vintage Vinyl, Rough Trade NYC & more before tour (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms aren't holding back at all with rolling out their new album, Back On Top (due 9/18 via Fueled By Ramen). They've already released three of the eleven songs, and here's a fourth. "Laugh Till I Cry" continues the band's approach to combining pop punk and folk rock, and like second single "Cough It Out," this one leans a bit more on the latter. Check out the video, directed by Mark Jaworski, below (via NPR).

The band's tour with Elvis Depressedly and The Smith Street Band hits NYC for two BrooklynVegan-presented shows: October 14 and 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available (but "not many left" for 10/15).

Continue reading "Front Bottoms share 4th 'Back On Top' song, "Laugh Till I Cry""

photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
The Front Bottoms

Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Front Bottoms, Elvis Depressedly and Smith Street Band shows at Irving Plaza in October go on presale today at 10 AM. PASSWORD = VEGANTOPS.

Their new album, Back On Top, will be out September 18. More info and all tour dates HERE.


by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms already released two singles this year, "West Virginia" and "Cough It Out," and today they're back with a third: "Help." It's not a Beatles cover, but it is pretty great Front Bottoms song. It's more or less TFB doing what they do best, but they scale things back a bit compared to their last album. This one has more restraint, and dare I say, a more "mature" sound? Watch the video, directed by Mike Petrow, below.

All three singles will appear on their upcoming album, which they now finally announced details of. It's called Back On Top and comes out September 18 via Fueled by Ramen. To record it, they went with producer Joe Chiccarelli, who's worked with The Strokes, The Shins, Morrissey and more. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below. If you pre-order, you get all three singles as an instant download.

The band also announced a North American tour with The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly, which is a solid lineup all around. BrooklynVegan is proud to present the two NYC shows: October 14 & 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 7 at 10 AM. There's a fan club presale starting Saturday (8/1) at 10 AM and a BV presale starting Monday (8/3) at 10 AM. Check back here Monday morning for the password.


All dates are listed, with the video, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms detail 'Back On Top' LP, release 3rd single, announce tour, including 2 NYC shows (BV presents)"

photos by Mimi Hong

The Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms keep getting bigger, and this past Monday (6/22) they played what's now a small Brooklyn show for them at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It sold out very quickly, and was unsurprisingly packed to the gills with people going nuts. The band announced from the stage that they'll have a new album out this year on their new label home, Fueled By Ramen. It will feature recent singles "West Virginia" and "Cough It Out." If you haven't heard those yet, listen to both below. Pictures of the MHOW show, including openers GDP and Youngman Grand, are in this post.

The Front Bottoms have three more shows coming up as of this post. The first is Cooperstown with Brand New and Kevin Devine (tickets). They also play Bleachers' big Asbury Park show with Vic Mensa, How to Dress Well, Charli XCX, Cults & more (tix), and a free Philly show with their new labelmates... Panic! at the Disco. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

More pictures and videos of the new singles, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms, GDP, Youngman Grand @ MHOW (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Front Bottoms in Baltimore earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms recently put out the new single "West Virginia," and today they released another new one, "Cough It Out." This one embraces their folk rock side more than usual, with their punk elements taking a back seat. It's a good one -- check out the video below.

TFB also played Brooklyn last night (6/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Stay tuned for pictures from that.

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms release new single "Cough It Out" (watch the video)"

photos by Mimi Hong

The Front Bottoms

Fresh off releasing a new single, The Front Bottoms wrapped up their short tour with LVL UP at Baltimore's Metro Gallery on Tuesday (6/9). Pictures are in this post.

The Front Bottoms' upcoming dates include a Brooklyn show on 6/22 at MHOW, which went on sale today and quickly sold out, as well as a Cooperstown show with Brand New on August 15 at Brewery Ommegang (tickets) and an Asbury Park show on September 19 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Bleachers, Charli XCX, VIc Mensa, How to Dress Well, Cults and more. That's two days before Bleachers and Charli XCX's Central Park SummerStage show. Tickets for both of those are available.

LVL UP also have a bunch of upcoming tour dates, including a run with Adventures and Palehound, opening for Basement. That tour hits NYC on August 17 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still on sale. Basement also play NJ with Title Fight two days earlier (tickets), and like The Front Bottoms, have a few dates opening for Brand New (one of which also has Desaparecidos).

All LVL UP, Basement, and Front Bottoms dates are listed, with more pictures from the Baltimore show, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms & LVL UP played Baltimore's Metro Gallery (pics & updated tour dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Mark Jaworski

The Front Bottoms haven't announced a followup to 2013's great Talon of the Hawk yet, but they do finally have a new single. (Last year's Rose EP was re-recordings of old songs.) It's called "West Virginia" and it's basically The Front Bottoms doing what they do best -- highly specific lyrics and ultra catchy melodies in a song that's somewhere between folk and pop punk. We've got the premiere of the video below. You can also get a free download by signing for the band's fan club, The Front Bottoms Motorcycle Club.

The Front Bottoms also have a few shows coming up, including the 'Front Bottoms Motorcycle Club Party' happening in Brooklyn on June 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show's with two of TFB's old pals, GDP and Youngman Grand. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/10) at noon, and you get a presale password if you sign up for their fan club. Show flyer below.

They also play Jack Antonoff's upcoming Asbury Park festival, Shadow of the City, on September 19 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Jack's band Bleachers, his tourmate Charli XCX, as well as Vic Mensa, How to Dress Well, Cults and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/12) at 10 AM, with various presales starting Wednesday (6/10) at 10 AM.

The band are wrapping up a run with LVL UP in Baltimore tonight (6/9), and they also have a Cooperstown show with Brand New in August and a free Philly show in September. All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms have a new single, "West Virginia" (video, MP3), playing Brooklyn, Asbury Park & other dates"

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher

Chris, Hallie & Jeff / Screaming Females / Mimi on the Hoops
Jeff Rosenstock
Screaming Females
The Chris Gerthard Show Premiere

The Chris Gethard Show made the move from public access to cable network Fusion last night (5/28), and Chris and a number of his talented friends celebrated in style with a BrooklynVegan-presented premiere party at Rough Trade NYC. Chris began the night asking if anyone was a fan of TCGS, which was met by roars from the majority of the crowd, and most of the room was bopping around to openers Hiccup, whose lineup includes Hallie Bulleit and Alex Clute from TCGS' house band.

After Hiccup, Chris returned to the stage to introduce the next musical guest, Jeff Rosenstock. As anyone who's seen a Jeff show knows, Jeff Rosenstock fans LOVE Jeff Rosenstock and they go hard the whole time he's on stage. He played as a power trio which included his former Bomb the Music Industry! bandmate John DeDomenici on bass. Chris introduced them and got the performance started with an "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant (a tradition). That went on for four or five minutes and had pretty much the whole crowd involved. That crowd involvement didn't die once, even during the more lyrically advanced songs. Jeff played stuff off his new solo album, We Cool?, which the crowd already knew all the words to. And when he brought out Fake Problems' Chris Farren to play stuff from their collaborative Antarctigo Vespucci project, the crowd knew all the words to that too. The whole place basically never stopped jumping around (including Chris Gethard, who was in the jumping mob of people for almost the whole set), both on stage and off.

For Jeff's big finale, he brought Chris Gethard back out on stage to sing lead on a Smiths cover (Chris's favorite band), and then Chris and Jeff led the crowd in yet another "EAT MORE BUTTS!" chant. Soon, they were joined by Hallie from Hiccup/TCGS and then she took over the chant in an even crazier way. (Less baseball game chant, more rap metal yelling.) This big grand finale included her and Chris lying on stage, Jeff's guitar making its way through the crowd, and more shenanigans before finally ending with just Jeff's trio playing a piano/synth/xylophone coda.

Jeff Rosenstock

After all that craziness, the night could have ended there. But of course it didn't, because the main reason the event was even happening had yet to begin: the screening of The Chris Gethard Show's cable TV debut. The episode, which was a bit dark on Rough Trade's screen (sorry about that!), included some impressive guests for his debut, including Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who go back with Chris to their UCB days and also work with him on their cable TV show, Broad City. The premise of the episode was acknowledging weird things about your weird body and then totally owning it, and Chris, Ilana and Abbi had guests either Skype in or show up in person to celebrate their bodily weirdness. I won't ruin anything in case you haven't seen the episode yet, but one detail is that it includes a "Genital Chamber" (watch a clip from that part below). To paraphrase Chris, how can you make the move to cable TV and not incorporate genitals? Ending the show was a musical performance from more old friends The Front Bottoms. (Members of TFB were also in attendance at the premiere, but none made appearances on stage.)

After the screening, Chris took the stage again and thanked everyone for watching, and brought out a few other TCGS cast members, including Shannon Patricia O'Neill, Murf, and crowd favorite Mimi on the Hoops for her hula-hooping routine.

Then Chris brought up another musical performer, his Don Giovanni labelmate Mal Blum. Mal and Chris performed their collaborative song "Crying at the Wawa" from Chris's comedy album, My Comedy Album, which came out on Don Giovanni last year. Then Chris left the stage and Mal did a solo cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (which her DG labelmates Downtown Boys recently recorded a cover of too) followed by one of her own songs.

Chris Gethard and Mal Blum
Chris Mal

Finally to wrap up the night was a set from Don Giovanni's shreddingest [sic] band, Screaming Females. Though Screaming Females aren't the sing-along kind of band that Jeff Rosenstock is, and they included no chants about eating butts, the crowd was just as enthusiastic for them. Mimi returned to the stage for more hula-hooping during their set. People all over the floor and in the balconies were dancing and jumping around, and of course the band was great as always. They were super tight, Marissa Paternoster's solos were face-melting as ever, Marissa even crowd surfed, and we got a great setlist with old favorites like "It All Means Nothing" and "I Don't Mind It" mixed in with stuff from their great new album.

Screaming Females (who also gave a performance and Q&A with Ted Leo at Apple Store SoHo a day earlier) next play the area opening for Bouncing Souls in NJ in July. Chris Gethard has more NYC shows, including the Vulture Festival at The Bell House this weekend, and one with Mal Blum, who plays Palisades on 7/2, the day after Hiccup play there with Chumped. Chris Farren next plays NYC in July on his tour with Rocky Votolato and Dave Hause.

Set your DVRs to start taping The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion if you can. Check out more pictures from last night's Rough Trade show and a clip from the first episode, below...

Continue reading "Chris Gethard, Jeff Rosenstock, Screaming Females, Hiccup & Mal Blum celebrated TCGS' Fusion debut @ Rough Trade (pics)"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

The Gaslight Anthem / The Front Bottoms / Cloud Nothings
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf

After a successful day 1, the 2015 Skate & Surf Festival held its second and final day at the Asbury Park oceanfront on Sunday (5/17). While most of the exciting stuff on Saturday started later on (for me at least -- maybe Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! have fans?), Sunday kicked off in a big way with Modern Baseball taking the opening slot on the main stage (the Gameloud Stage). I had been wondering how a band who's risen as quickly as them could be put so early on the main stage, rather than getting a mid-day or evening slot on a side stage, but once Modern Baseball came on I knew the answer. Their crowd probably wouldn't fit anywhere else. The park was filled with fans who came early to see them, and it wasn't just people there to check out the hype. A majority of the crowd knew every single word.

As great a turnout as Modern Baseball had though, the band who had their crowd going off more than anyone -- even more than headliners The Gaslight Anthem -- hit that same stage a few hours later: The Front Bottoms. They're actually kinda likeminded to Modern Baseball (both bands reminded me of The Weakerthans at first) with their knacks for nasally vocals, super specific lyrics, and music with the drive of punk but cleaner guitars. It's kind of amazing to see stuff like this catch on too. Both bands have pretty indie/DIY approaches, and on a festival which still gets called a "pop punk festival," they're not exactly your typical fare. More importantly though, both bands are a hell of a lot of fun.

Over on the smaller stages, Sunday had a lot of good stuff too. There was Beach Slang, who were on the small East Stage mid-day, but played like they were headlining the festival. Not that it was a surprise. They may only have nine songs out so far, but they've been putting on shows like they're the biggest band in the world since the beginning. We of course got all those usual favorites, as well as "Ride the Wild Haze" (heard earlier this year in Brooklyn) and another new one, both presumably off their upcoming debut LP on Polyvinyl.

Unfortunately, Beach Slang's set was disrupted by a power outage due to a faulty generator which affected the adjacent East and West Stages a few more times throughout the day before they got a new generator hours later. More than one of those times was during the band who immediately followed Beach Slang, Hot Rod Circuit.

Beach Slang and Hot Rod Circuit getting some air
Skate and Surf
Skate and Surf

Hot Rod Circuit were back with their Sorry About Tomorrow/If It's Cool With You, It's Cool With Me lineup for this show and their Connecticut show a day earlier (which were their first shows since 2011 and reportedly the only two they're doing), and their set leaned most heavily on that era. They kicked off with the ripping "Radiation Suit," and you really couldn't have asked for a better opener. It's the one where their punk energy and pop hooks come together the strongest, and taking that one right into the fist-pumping "At Nature's Mercy" had the crowd amped enough to sing an entire verse a capella after the power cut out for the first time. The band picked the song back up once the power came back, but it very quickly went out again, at which point Andy Jackson got out his acoustic guitar and played "Camo," the acoustic bonus track on The Underground Is A Dying Breed. It was hard to totally make it out with all the other sounds of the festival -- including Cloud Nothings' set on the World Stage (which I unfortunately missed due to it overlapping with HRC, but we did get pictures of both) -- but a cooler experience than having us just wait around.

Once they came back, we got a few more favorites including "Stateside," "Now Or Never," "Irish Car Bomb" and "The Power of Vitamins." And even though the flow of the set was interrupted, when HRC were on, they were on. Casey Prestwood's lead guitar was flawless, which was even more amazing considering he was either jumping around or rolling on the floor for most of the set. And really the whole band sounded fantastic on every song. It's a bummer they aren't playing more shows.

A couple slots later on that stage was Small Brown Bike, another veteran band who had been silent since 2011, and who played that same CT show with Hot Rod the night earlier. Their 7:05 set was completely delayed until a new generator was brought in, not starting until closer to 8 PM. Delays aside though, when SBB got up there, they sounded great. We got stuff from all four of their albums -- "The Cannons and Tanks"," See You In Hell," "Tragically Ending," "Onward and Overboard" and plenty more. And while you did kinda get the vibe that they would've gone over better in a small venue (I was hoping their set would've looked a little more like it did at Cake Shop in 2010), SBB still gave it their all.

Pianos Become the Teeth
Skate and Surf

Other highlights that day included the grungy, headbanging Manchester Orchestra, reunited post-hardcore band Poison the Well, headlining home state heroes The Gaslight Anthem, singer/songwriter Kevin Devine and his rocking band (Kevin also joined The Front Bottoms on stage for "Twin Size Mattress"), and a highly intense set from Pianos Become the Teeth. One of the best times I've ever seen them.

Day 1 pictures HERE. Day 2 pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf 2015 day 2 pics & review (Gaslight Anthem, Hot Rod Circuit, Front Bottoms, Cloud Nothings, Pianos BTT, more)"

photo: Brand New at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Brand New

Brand New are touring this year, including a New York show happening at Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang on August 16 with Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. That show went on sale last week and quickly sold out, but the band have now added a second date happening August 15 at Brewery Ommegang, this time with The Front Bottoms and Kevin Devine. Tickets are on presale now.

Like at the 8/16 show, this one will have the new collaborative Brand New/Ommegang brew of beer for sale.

Kevin and The Front Bottoms also play NYC-area fest Skate & Surf this weekend (May 16 & 17), which we're giving away tickets to.

Kevin Devine also just released his half of his upcoming split with Meredith Graves. You can stream her contribution here, and stream his below (via Village Voice).

Brand New also added New Orleans and Nashville shows. Updated dates are listed, with a stream of their recent single "Mene" (their first new song in six years), below...

Continue reading "Brand New expand tour, add 2nd Cooperstown show (with The Front Bottoms and Kevin Devine)"


Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.

Tickets for the festival are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf 2015 is this weekend; schedule revealed (win tix!)"


Cincinnati's Bunbury Music Festival returns this year from June 5-7 at Downtown's Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove. The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg are headlining, and the rest of the lineup includes The Decemberists, Brand New, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Temples, The Front Bottoms, Atmosphere, Reverend Horton Heat, Old Crow Medicine Show, Matt & Kim, Manchester Orchestra, Bleachers and more. Still more acts TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Bunbury Music Fest 2015 lineup (Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Tame Impala, Decemberists, Brand New, FJM & more)"

Skate & Surf

Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.

The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).

Continue reading "Skate & Surf adds Cloud Nothings, Defeater, Hot Rod Circuit, Thrice & more, reveals day-by-day lineups; Alcoa touring"

Skate & Surf

As discussed, punk festival Skate & Surf is returning to Asbury Park on May 16 & 17 this year with a handful of great bands including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys and more. Now the festival's lineup has expanded and there's some pretty impressive additions including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Runaway Brother, Spraynard, NORA (also playing NateFest), Poison the Well (who went on hiatus in 2010, six years after current Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller left the band), and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf adds The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos BTT, mewithoutYou, Poison the Well & more to lineup"

photos by Mimi Hong

"Went to my first "show" in 85 I think. I have never seen adoration like the crowd and @TheFrontBottoms right now." - Craig Finn

The Front Bottoms poppin' champagne / TFB & friends / Tiny Moving Parts' crowd
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
The Front Bottoms (featuring Tiny Moving Parts, Kevin Devine, and You Blew It!)
Tiny Moving Parts

The Front Bottoms and BrooklynVegan teamed up once again for the holidays this year, this time to present the Champagne Jam at all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday (12/21). TFB headlined the sold-out show in the Grand Ballroom, and their set in that room was prefaced by Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and magician Magic Mike. Over in the Marlin Room, The So So Glos and Big Ups repped NYC punk, while GDP brought the alt-rap, and comedian Chris Gethard was there bringing jokes to a punk rock show (like last year). In the Studio, mathy emo was provided by Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, and still even more artists played throughout the day. Brand New singer Jesse Lacey was in attendance, though not to perform with his frequent collaborator Kevin Devine. You Blew It! weren't billed, but members were attendance to perform with their past tourmates The Front Bottoms and their other past tourmates Prawn. Tiny Moving Parts and Kevin Devine joined TFB on stage during their set too. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The Hold Steady and The So So Glos will continue the holiday celebrations with Music Hall of Williamsburg shows on 12/30 and New Year's Eve. Both were sold out, but tickets for NYE are back on sale.

More pictures and some videos below...

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Prawn, Tiny Moving Parts, more played Champagne Jam - pics"

Skate & Surf

Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival returns in 2015 on May 16 & 17, and the initial lineup was just announced, via Property of Zack. There's some cool names this year, including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys, Dads, The Scandals, The Wonder Years and more (along with some less cool things like Atilla). Still more TBA too, but you can check out the full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 8 PM today (12/18).

Continue reading "The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, Manchester Orchestra, more to play Skate & Surf 2015"

photos by Mimi Hong

You Blew It! / Spraynard
You Blew It

You Blew It! wrapped up a tour with Citizen last week which hit NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall. That Webster show was one day before the recently reactivated Spraynard came to NJ to open for Lifetime. Then, both You Blew It! and Spraynard teamed up for a show together in NJ at Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology on Thursday (10/16). Quality likeminded support at the show came from NJ locals Puddle Splasher. Pictures of all three are in this post.

Spraynard return to NJ to play one of the Bouncing Souls holiday show afterparties in December. They play the one on Saturday, December 27 at Asbury Lanes with fellow Philly band Cayetana (who also play the official BV CMJ showcase this week). That show starts at 11 PM, and is $8 at the door or $5 with a Souls ticket.

More pictures from the Hoboken show (you also may notice a few shots of Brian Sella of YBI!'s past tourmates The Front Bottoms in there) below...

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Tickets for the BrooklynVegan-presented Champagne Jam holiday party taking over all three rooms of Webster Hall on December 21 with The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Big Ups, Tiny Moving Parts, Prawn, a magician and more are on BrooklynVegan presale now. You can get yours using the PASSWORD: veganchampagne.