Entries tagged with: The Men
by Bill Pearis
photo by Vitor P Teixeira
Pampers have been waging an assault on NYC (and eardrums) for the last two years with their blisteringly loud, snaggletooth artpunk. The band play a lot and maybe you saw them this summer opening for Fuzz or OBN IIIs or at Union Pool's 8/13 "Summer Thunder" series show. After a couple of choice, self-released 7"s, the band will release their self titled debut album which will be out on October 29 via In the Red. You can stream three tracks off the LP, including the naggingly catchy, borderline new wave "Purple Brain," and you can stream it in this post.
If you haven't seen them live yet, you should remedy that -- Pampers are killer live. Luckily, they've got more than a few upcoming shows both in NYC and on tour. They play twice in the city this weekend: Cake Shop on Friday (9/20) opening for Aussie proto-grunge legends Cosmic Psychos (the first of two Cosmic Psychos shows at that venue), and also play Sunday (9/22) at Death by Audio with Spray Paint, Degreaser and Beech Creeps.
Pampers then will head out on tour with The Men (current bassist Ben Greenberg produced Pamps' LP) and Purling Hiss. That tour hits NYC on November 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available. Right before the MHOW show, Pampers will play a record release party at Death by Audio on November 2 with support TBA.
All Pampers tour dates are listed, plus the track streams, below...
The Men at Outside Lands 2013 (more by Paige Parsons)
Brooklyn's The Men are readying the release of Campfire Songs EP, a selection of acoustic tracks recorded at the same time as the New Moon LP which will be out October 15 via Sacred Bones. Stream "The Seed" below.
As discussed, The Men will play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5, just a few short days before they head to Fun Fun Fun. If you're going to Bumbershoot in Seattle this weekend, look for The Men there too. All updated tour dates are listed below.
photos by Paige K. Parsons
Chromatics / Chic / The National w/ Bob Weir @ Outside Lands 8/9/2013
Frontman Matt Berninger strolled into the spotlight in a three-piece suit, sipping what appeared to be a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from any one of the festival's Wine Lands vendors. The band then launched into one of the best sets of the day, breaking into "Fake Empire" within the first three songs and interspersing their typically melancholy lyrical matter with a fun, humorous stage presence (Berninger made sure to note that his daughter's pre-school teacher was in the crowd, putting himself in strong position for the "Best Dad on Stage" award this weekend). And to cap it all off, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead popped up on stage, grabbing a guitar and singing along to the bands' last number.The 2013 Outside Lands Festival happened last weekend across seven stages at San Francisco's sprawling Golden Gate Park. The fest kicked off Friday (8/9) and included headliner Paul McCartney, plus sets from Chromatics, The National, Chic (subbing for an ailing D'Angelo), Jessie Ware, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns and more. Pictures from their sets are in this post.
[Santa Barbara Independent]
Like at Lollapalooza and Firefly, and like we'll be doing again at Bumbershoot, BrooklynVegan was set up each day of Outside Lands in the Soundwave tent where our hosts Christen Thomas and Dave Hill DJ'd, told jokes and interviewed and hosted bands that were playing the fest.
Pics from Outside Lands Day 2 are HERE. More pictures from day one below...
Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.
Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.
The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...
FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide festival is returning to various LA venues this year from October 9-12. It begins with a kickoff show with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr (maybe they'll join each other for "Entertainment"?) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (10/9), which tickets (separate from the rest of the festival) are on sale for now.
Then, the rest of the fest will include sets from Liars, King Khan & the Shrines, The Raveonettes, Rhye, Iceage, The Men, Medicine, Fuck Buttons, No Joy, Heliotropes and many other bands from around the world. Festival passes that you get in to all non-Phoenix/Dinosaur Jr events are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Men at 4Knots in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn punks gone country jammers The Men have a few West Coast shows scheduled in early September, following their appearance at San Francisco's Outside Lands in August. After that, they'll take some time off before an October tour and then play a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5 with some pretty great openers.
Support on most of the October tour and the MHOW show comes from Philly's Dino Jr-inspired Purling Hiss, who just opened for Death in NYC last week (7/1), and whose new album, Water On Mars (out now on Drag City), is one of the better sludge/rock releases of the year.
And opening the MHOW show will be loud local Brooklyn garage rockers Pampers, who have opened for The Men in NYC before, and more recently rounded out other great NYC bills, supporting Ty Segall's Fuzz, Coliseum, Gun Outfit and more. You can also catch Pampers opening for OBN IIIs and Ex-Cult when those bands' tour together hits Death by Audio on July 25 with Shocked Minds.
Tickets for the Music Hall of Williamsburg show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon. All The Men dates are listed, along with streams from all three bands, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Kurt Vile / Fat Tony / White Lung / the scene @ 4Knots 2013
"We're not a daytime band, this is weird," said Mish Way of White Lung during her band's set at the third annual 4Knots Music Festival on the South Street Seaport on Saturday (6/29). It's true that they're better fit for smaller, darker spaces, but despite that comment, White Lung continue to prove how powerful they can be on any stage. Even a hot outdoor sunny one.
Other bands sounded great under the sun too (which burned off any threats of thunderstorms), like Hunters (who already seem to know how to do a festival show), Parquet Courts, who were noisier than I'd see them before, The Men, who delivered their ever-changing brand of punk with country jams running through their whole set, the garage-soul of Reigning Sound, and of course Kurt Vile, who's arguably a better fit for an outdoor show than a dark venue. Kurt and his band (new drummer included) played an excellent set heavy on the first half of his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, and revisited the past for live staples like a solo acoustic performance of "Peeping Tomboy" and the set-ending noise jam, "Freak Train."
On the second stage, which was a more of a proper setup than last year's more DIY feel, there was Heliotropes (laying down Sabbath-y riffs), Fat Tony (who rapped about Guinness beer), The Babies (terrific as always), and proggy hammer-on queen, Marnie Stern.
It was an all-around good-vibes day of free music. More pictures from 4Knots 2013 below...
by Andrew Sacher
4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Seaport Music Festival might be wrapping up today with a show from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but that doesn't mean free shows at The Seaport (Pier 17) are done for the summer. This Saturday (6/29), the outdoor venue will host the Village Voice's annual free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival. The fest kicks off early in the afternoon (1 PM) and it will be over by 8, so you'll probably be able to catch any night shows you wanted to go to on Saturday too. It's the festival's third year and this time around they may have booked their most consistently great lineup.
Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The festival is being headlined by Kurt Vile, whose 2013 album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is one of the strongest releases of the year. The weather is looking a little iffy earlier in the day (fest is rain or shine by the way), but it looks like a good chance of sun by the time he's on, and there's not really any better way to see Kurt than outdoors on a pretty day.
The rest of the lineup is excellent too, including Memphis garage punks Reigning Sound, Brooklyn's punks-gone-country-rockers The Men, Brooklyn's Pavement-meets-Modern Lovers indie rockers Parquet Courts, Vancouver's seriously intense punk band White Lung, mathy guitar wizard Marnie Stern, YYYs-inspired Hunters, Woods/Vivian Girls-related project The Babies, rapper Fat Tony, and fuzzy indie rockers Heliotropes.
Also, since we last spoke, Steve Gunn, who is also a member of Kurt Vile's live band, was added to the lineup. His new album, Time Off, is out now, and you can stream two tracks from that release below (via FADER).
If this is your first trip to the Seaport, directions are available at Village Voice's website. It's easy to get there by subway, bus, or car, and you can also valet park your bike. Once you're there, this festival map should be of use if you need it. And, leave your coolers and beach chairs at home. There's good food down there, too, with the Smorgasbar vendors on Front St (at Fulton).
All of that fun happens for free between 1 and 8 PM, and then, if you got tickets, you can keep partying at the sold-out afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lil B, Clams Casino, and Keyboard Kid.
Steve Gunn song streams and 4Knots flyer below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Ron Reyes / Greg Ginn of "Black Flag"
While on their reunion tour, Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes' incarnation of Black Flag played three stops in Brooklyn for two shows at Warsaw (on June 14t & 15) and one at a secret venue which was revealed to be Grand Victory (on June 16). Most were probably happy with the predominately classic setlist, featuring only one new song off their upcoming album (setlist below).
Their Friday (6/14) show was opened up by the ever-evolving Brooklyn natives, The Men, performing tracks off their still-fresh release from earlier this year, New Moon (out now via Sacred Bones).
If you're a fan of Black Flag (or any lacking incarnation thereof), then you're probably aware of the Keith Morris version of the band, FLAG, who are also on tour this summer. Look for FLAG (featuring more original members than the band currently called Black Flag) at Irving Plaza on September 19. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pictures, videos, and the setlist from Friday's show below...
by Fred Pessaro
The Julie Ruin, Body/Head @ Saint Vitus, 6/13/2013
Pitchfork's first of two Northside showcases happened last night (6/13) and became perhaps the hottest Northside ticket of the week with the late addition of The Julie Ruin (featuring Kathleen Hanna as well as Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox), to the already hefty headliner of Kim Gordon's Body/Head. The Julie Ruin, who've existed since 2010, just announced their debut album and this was only their second show ever. Also on the bill: a crooning set from Majical Cloudz and industrial noise from Foreplay (mem Warthog, ex-The Men). Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Saint Vitus, including The Julie Ruin's setlist, are below
Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
This year's 4Knots Music Festival, which goes down on June 29 at at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, is looking like its going to be one of the best free shows in NYC this summer. It runs from 1-8 PM across two stages, and during that time we'll get sets from Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Reigning Sound, White Lung, The Babies, Fat Tony, and Heliotropes. And now the lineup's got one more addition: local YYYs-inspired rockers Hunters. The new flyer is below. Show is all ages, and like we said, free.
As mentioned, Lil B is playing the not-free (and now sold out) 4Knots afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/29) that night. And that lineup's been expanded now too, now including hip hop producers Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. There are still a lot of second stage acts to be announced. Stay tuned.
White Fence and Paws are also playing a free show at the Seaport this Friday (6/14).
Flyers and some song streams below...
Infest @ 1100 Warehouse (more by Fred Pessaro)
Destruction Unit at Cheer Up Charlies (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Kromosom on the Lamar Bridge (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas 2013 has come to a close, taking over Austin for four days across multiple venues and featuring bands as varied as Andy Stott, Kromosom and Framtid. If you missed it, live through the experience in pictures by checking out photos of The Damned and The Marked Men at 1100 Warehouse and The UV Race at Red 7 on 5/30; DIIV, Deep Time, Survive and more at Mohawk; Bolt Thrower , Full of Hell, Iron Lung and more on 5/31.
Wait, there's more: check out pics of The Men, Merchandise, Total Control and more at Cheer Up Charlie's; Framtid, Crudos, Criminal Damage, Akitsa and more on 6/1; and Infest, Manilla Road, Mind Eraser, Rival Mob and more Day 4 (6/2) coverage.
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
The Men at Bowery Ballroom, March 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Ahead of their appearances at 4Knots and Outside Lands, Brooklyn's The Men have added a last minute show at Union Pool on Saturday (5/4), snagging support from Organs and Juniper Rising. There are no advance tickets for the event, which kicks off at 9PM for a measly $8. Flyer below.
Kurt Vile at Coachella, 4/14/2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
We already knew that The Men would be playing this year's 4 Knots Music Festival, but the Village Voice have just announced a few more acts: Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern. With two stages and seven hours for each, there are lots more bands still be be announced. Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down June 29 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages. Flyer is below.
Outside Lands Fest 2012 (more byAmoreena Lucero)
The 2013 edition of San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival with happen at Golden Gate Park on August 9 - 11. This year's line-up includes Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, Willie Nelson, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Hall & Oates, Foals, A-Track, Jurassic 5, Kurt Vile and many more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/18) at noon PDT.
This is the sixth edition of Outside Lands, and the full announced line-up is below.
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.
The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.
All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
The Men just released a music video for "I Saw Her Face," from the band's raggedly solid new album, New Moon. The clip is very old-school VHS style, employing the popular run-the-camera-through-the-TV-and-point-it-at-the-screen technique that entertained stoners for hours on end in the '80s and '90s. You can watch it below.
photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis
The Men @ Bowery Ballroom
Beginning with an extended drone, The Men banged out one note with a noticeable nervous tension. All that revving of engines finally erupted in "Electric" off the band's New Moon which was released this week. The crowd went mental in turn with flying beers and bodies. Followed by burner "Without a Face," The Men kept the energy on high. And then, like on much of the new LP, they morphed into Crazy Horse mode with big, crunchy jams. While jarring, it works better live than on record. "I Saw Her Face" sounds absolutely huge at Bowery and that sense of grandiosity doesn't come across on New Moon. I still prefer the band in Punk mode, but, like Montreal's Besnard Lakes, they understand the power of dynamics and scale. Maybe Jace Lasek should produce their next record?
Last night's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (3/7) was an all-around solid-as-a-rock bill. Openers Parquet Courts had the place packed from the start. "We haven't played a show in Manhattan since getting kicked out of Cake Shop," joked Andrew Savage who, along with the rest of the band, hopped on a plane this morning to Mexico City where they play tonight. (They play Festival Nrml in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday [3/9]). Their set got off to a rough start but soon course-corrected with a succession of their short, sharp cuts off Light Up Gold.
Brooklyn's Nude Beach held the undercard slot and knocked out catchy tune after catchy tune. Not only do they look like they could be from Minneapolis in 1984 (snapshirts, flannel and denim), they sound like it too: anthemic, punky powerpop, all hooks and no B.S. Quality stuff. For those not heading to Austin next week for you-know-what, Nude Beach are playing Union Pool on March 13 with Call of the Wild, Tweens and What Next?
More pictures from last night's Bowery show below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Men at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro//BBG)
As mentioned, Brooklyn rockers The Men are set to release their fourth album, New Moon, on March 5 via Sacred Bones. Each album by The Men has had its own sound so far, so when they revealed the first single, "Electric," it was a little surprising how much like Open Your Heart it sounded, but on their newest album cut, "I Saw Her Face," they show yet another shift in sound, coming off like the Grunge Grateful Dead or Crazy Horse-via-Dinosaur Jr. You might miss them being "more punk," but they do this sound really well too. Listen to the new song below.
As discussed, The Men will be supporting the new album with a tour, which includes a sold out record release show at Bowery Ballroom on March 7 with Nude Beach and Parquet Courts, and a just-announced Northside Festival show opening for the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes' incarnation of Black Flag at Warsaw on June 14. Good For You and Netherlands are on that bill too and tickets go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
A list of all dates and the new song stream below...
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.
The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.
As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.
Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.
Nude Beach at 285 Kent, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
It's been a bit since we last heard from Crystal Stilts. While there's no word of new recordings, the band will be playing their first NYC show in a long while on Friday (2/15) at Lulu's in Greenpoint (Franklin Ave & Greenpoint Ave). The show is with Nude Beach and FREE with the purchase of a drink. And as you may know, all drinks at Lulu's come with a free mini pizza. Score!
Nude Beach's appearance is in addition to their upcoming dates at Bowery Ballroom on March 7 with The Men and Parquet Courts (tickets) and Union Pool on March 13 with Call of The Wild, Tweens & What Next? (tickets).