Entries tagged with: The Menzingers
photo by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth @ Le Poisson Rouge - 8/22/2015
The Menzingers / mewithoutYou tour was already going to be a killer double bill, and this thing just turned into a killer quadruple bill. Heartland punks Restorations and gripping post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth were both added.
The tour hits NYC on November 27 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
photo: mewithoutYou at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
The Menzingers recently announced a short tour with mewithoutYou and a show at NYC's Webster Hall without mewithoutYou. Now the two bands have added many more tour dates together, and mwY were added to that NYC show.
The Webster Hall show happens November 27, and tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
mewithoutYou recently wrapped up a headlining tour, which we caught in NYC.
photo: The Menzingers at BV-RBSS in New Brunswick in April (more by Drew Gurian)
Philly punks The Menzingers have announced a short fall tour, surrounding their appearance at The Fest (which recently added bands). All dates are with the also great and very different Philly band mewithoutYou (who also play The Fest), except the NYC show.
The NYC date is November 27 at Webster Hall, and the rest of that lineup is TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (7/9) at 10 AM (password = MENZ2015). All dates are listed below.
All dates for both bands are listed, with some music/videos, 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...
photo: The Movielife at Irving Plaza in February (more by Mimi Hong)
The Idobi Meltdown festival this weekend at Starland Ballroom has been postponed. We will be announcing a new fall festival date with The Movielife + very special guests at Starland Ballroom soon! All tickets for the 6/27 date will be honored at the new date. Customers who purchased tickets to Lifetime ONLY on 6/26 via AXS will automatically receive a refund within 7-10 days. Refunds for all other tickets will be available by request at point-of-purchase.Bummer! You can still see The Movielife and Lifetime at Riot Fest Chicago, and The Movielife at Long Island's Today's Mixtape Festival.
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Crazy & the Brains -- 4/14/15 @ Baby's All Right
Following the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Menzingers and Big Eyes at NJ's Court Tavern on Saturday (4/11), those same two bands played another in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right last night (4/14), also with Crazy & the Brains. We posted one set of pictures to Facebook, and another is in this post.
Crazy & the Brains kicked things off in style with their set of xylophone-driven punk. Chris Urban is a natural frontman, with his shoulder-high kicks, '70s punk-style charisma, and an on-stage attire that he seems dedicated to sticking to at every show. He's decked out in a sailor hat, a thick gold chain, and a sleeveless tee showing off anchor and heart tattoos. The image and attitude would be nothing without great tunes though, and they have plenty of those too.
Then it was Big Eyes, who were the night's hardest-hitting band and incredibly tight all around. The rhythm section plays like a hardcore band, and Kait Eldridge mixes borderline-metal guitar riffs with power pop vocal melodies, giving the band a sound that's super heavy but catchy too. There were some recognizable highlights in there (like "Being Unkind"), but Kait recently said she was writing new songs and it sounded like we got some of those too.
Finally The Menzingers wrapped things up, and like in NJ, the whole place went wild with crowd surfers and constant singalongs. Just five years ago The Menzingers were playing tiny Bushwick punk spot 538 Johnson (as they mentioned before playing 'The Obituaries'), but lately they've been playing much bigger rooms. Up close and personal is the best way to see them though, so getting to see them in a small room like Baby's was a real treat, as most people who were there last night would likely agree. Just about every song got a huge response from the crowd, the band was smiling the whole time, and it felt like the set flew by. It was also co-lead singer Greg Barnett's birthday, and during the set someone brought out a cake for him and the band led the crowd in singing happy birthday.
Once again Brett Davis hosted (as Brett's uncle the college professor), and recited intentionally groan-worthy poems with dark and self-deprecating endings before introducing each band. BV's Andrew Sacher also DJ'd before and after the show and between sets. Posters were given out for free as people exited the venue.
The NYC Sound Select series of shows takes a break in May due to the many Red Bull Music Academy events happening, but they will return after that. The next BrooklynVegan installment is in August at a venue TBD. Stay tuned.
The Menzingers have more shows coming up in NJ, Kingston and elsewhere. Crazy and the Brains play Palisades in Brooklyn this Sunday (4/19). Big Eyes have a few upcoming shows too, including one with Pale Angels and one with Treasure Fleet. They're all listed under the rest of the pictures, below...
photos by Drew Gurian
The Menzingers / Big Eyes / Cheerbleeders - 4/11/15 in New Brunswick
The Menzingers and Big Eyes played their first of two BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows on Saturday night (4/11). The next one is at Baby's in Brooklyn on 4/14. This one was at New Brunswick, NJ's Court Tavern. Menzingers' Philly neighbors Cheerbleeders were also on the bill.
Court Tavern is a pretty tiny place for The Menzingers, whose last headlining NYC show was the much bigger Webster Hall last year, and the show got as nuts as you'd expect it would. Pretty much 90% of the room was a constantly moving pit with moshers, pushers, crowd surfers, and almost all of them yelling along. The band seemed like they were in a great mood too, and gave us favorite after favorite like "The Obituaries," "Gates," "Casey," "Irish Goodbyes," "In Remission," and plenty more. Plus they ended their set with a cover of Rancid's "Roots Radicals" (something they've been doing a lot lately), which was as fun as their originals. Just about everyone walked out of there smiling and a sweaty mess.
Big Eyes, despite their van breaking down on the way to the show, were as tight and technically flawless as ever, and hopefully happy to be back in one of their old hoods. The three piece indie/punk rock band, now living in Brooklyn, has lived in Seattle, NYC, and New Brunswick.
Cheerbleeders, with a bit less material to work with, were the perfect opener, charming and fun (they even told jokes). Summer Rice has a great voice, and the crowd was into their varying punk rock style, Bikini Kill cover and anti-cop song included. They expressed their excitement at sharing a bill with the Menzingers, and showed their excitement for Big Eyes when at least two members were rocking out front row. At the merch table, where they encouraged people to come say hi to them, I heard them say that they're playing the next seven Saturdays in a row, starting with a free Record Store Day gig (presumably all in their hometown of Philly)
Brett Davis (as a Rutgers liberal arts professor), who recently took over Chris Gethard's time slot on public access TV, recited poems and introduced the bands. (except for Menzingers because they went on early).
BV's Andrew Sacher DJ'd a night of punk songs in the upstairs bar and downstairs between sets -- you can browse the playlist for that below.
If you missed it, or you need round 2, The Menzingers and Big Eyes do it again in Brooklyn on Tuesday (4/14) at Baby's All Right, this time with Crazy & the Brains on the bill too. Brett's hosting and Andrew's DJing again. The 18+ show is $3 with RSVP ($10 without, no advance tickets), and admission is first come, first served, even if you RSVPed. Get there early (you can get a $1 taco while you wait)!
More pictures from Court Tavern below...
photo: The Menzingers at Riot Fest Brooklyn 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
As previously mentioned, The Movielife are curating NJ's iDobi Meltdown Festival at Starland Ballroom this year, with Lifetime headlining night 1 (6/26) and The Movielife headlining night 2 (6/27). Openers have since been confirmed, and it's The Menzingers, Laura Stevenson and Worriers on night 1; and Balance & Composure, Make Do and Mend and Timeshares on night 2. Tickets for both nights are still available.
The Menzingers are also touring and playing small BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with Big Eyes in NJ and NYC. Those happen April 11 at Court Tavern with Cheerbleeders (RSVP) and April 14 at Baby's All Right with Crazy & the Brains (RSVP). Admission is $3 with RSVP, $10 without.
Worriers just played the She Shreds showcase at Knitting Factory Brooklyn (4/3) over the weekend, and their next Brooklyn show is May 28 at Silent Barn with Caves, Sundials and Alice. It's the first night of the TBA Worriers/Caves tour.
Philadelphia punks The Menzingers announced a May/June headlining tour with excellent support from Chumped (who are on tour with Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Smith Street Band and Jeff Rosenstock right now and hit NYC a few weeks back at Warsaw on 3/20) and Roger Harvey & The Wild Life. The tour doesn't stop in NYC, but makes nearby stops in Danbury and Kingston. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile The Menzingers will be in and around NYC much sooner for their BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select shows happening in New Brunswick, NJ and Brooklyn this month. Those happen April 11 at Court Tavern and April 14 at Baby's All Right.
Big Eyes are opening both of those shows, with Cheerbleeders on the NJ date and Crazy & The Brains at the Brooklyn show. BV's Andrew Sacher will be DJing between sets at both. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
Check out all The Menzingers upcoming tour dates and the flyer for the Red Bull Sound Select shows below...
Philly punks The Menzingers are currently on a tour supporting Taking Back Sunday that hit NYC twice last week and which stops at the Paramount in Long Island tonight (3/24). Those are big venue shows, and the Menzingers are just an opener. Their last NYC headlining show was all the way back in May 2014 in the main room at Webster Hall in (also a pretty big show).
If you'd like to see them in the NYC-area in a much more intimate location and again as headliners, you're in luck. We're thrilled to announce that The Menzingers will headline the next two BrooklynVegan-curated installments of Red Bull Sound Select, happening April 11 at New Brunswick, NJ's Court Tavern and April 14 at Brooklyn, NY's Baby's All Right.
Both shows will be opened by killer melodic punks Big Eyes (who have new stuff coming). NJ is also with Philly rippers Cheerbleeders, and NYC is also with the xylophone-fueled Crazy & the Brains. BV's Andrew Sacher is DJing between sets, and comedian Brett Davis will host both shows.
Doors for both shows open at 7 PM, and like most RBSS shows, they're $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!
Check out some music from all the bands below...
photo: Petal at Golden Tea House in 2014 (via Ryan Balduuin)
hey lovelies,A handful of bands and other venue regulars have posted tributes on Twitter:
golden tea house is no more. everything we've got booked right now will be moving elsewhere, and we won't be doing any more shows. the why and how aren't really important but suffice it to say it was one of the more predictable inevitable causes. this whole thing has been an absolute pleasure, and we've done so much more than i ever would have predicted. so many absurd, beautiful, brilliant, fun, stupid stupid shows. i can't help but get sappy and sentimental about something that's consumed most of my free time for so long, but we want to most of all say thank you to everyone who ever lived here, booked shows here, played here, helped out, or just came out to support what we were doing. I don't think we did anything that great, and we fucked up more times than i can count, but it was fucking magical nonetheless, and hopefully some of you feel the same. we love you all. keep in touch, we'll be around.
RIP Golden Tea House. Glad we got to rock in you. 😭— Chumped (@ChumpedBand) February 4, 2015
RIP GOLDEN TEA HOUSE, you were the realest.— cynthia ann schemmer (@caschemmer) February 4, 2015
Rest in peace Golden Tea House. Just one of the very best parts of Philadelphia. Thanks to Jake and everyone else. It was a real dream.— Lame-O Records (@LameORecords) February 4, 2015
Seen/played some of our favorite shows at Golden Tea House. RIP 💕 #tearsinmyminze— Restorations (@Restorations) February 4, 2015
Mad respect to Jake and Golden Tea House for the 3.5 years of it's existence. Most of us wouldn't open their house as much as they did. RIP— Ma Jolie (@Ow_MaJolies) February 4, 2015
The Golden Tea House not doing shows anymore is a huge bummer. End of an era.— Bryne Yancey (@howtobepunk) February 4, 2015
Golden Tea House was my favorite place. Thankful for all the incredible shows, the people, and the minze <3— eric osman (@ericosman) February 4, 2015
Watch The Menzingers, Frankie Cosmos, Tenement, Radiator Hospital, and Diarrhea Planet play Golden Tea House, below...
photo: The Menzingers in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan))
As discussed, Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers are teaming up for a tour together, and since we last spoke they added dates in NYC and Philly. Following their now-sold-out NYC show on March 18 at Best Buy Theater, they'll play another show at the same venue a day later (3/19). Tickets for the newly-added show will be available soon and are on VIP presale now. Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan is also working on a new solo album, which he's currently funding on PledgeMusic.
In semi-related news, The Menzingers' Epitaph labelmates The Sidekicks (who have covered The Menzingers) just made a video for "Everything In Twos" off their new album Runners in the Nerved World, that they just celebrated at a BV-presented NYC show. Watch that (via Wondering Sound) below. Speaking of Epitaph, they just signed Desaparecidos.
Lastly, during the Bouncing Souls' 'Home for the Holidays' celebration in late December, The Menzingers played an acoustic set at one of the Souls' charity raffles. Watch a high quality full-set video, with their updated list of dates and the Sidekicks video, below...
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.
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad returned this year with their fifth album, Christmas Island, and they've now announced they'll continue supporting it with a 2015 tour. It's a pretty stacked tour, with support from their Australian SideOneDummy labelmates The Smith Street Band, their American labelmate Jeff Rosenstock, and Brooklyn DIY pop punks Chumped. The A.V. Club-presented tour hits NYC on March 20 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show (and all other dates) go on sale Friday (12/12). All dates are listed below.
As usual, you've got other chances to catch Chumped in their hometown before that. They celebrate their great debut record, Teenage Retirement, on Saturday (12/13) at Suburbia, also with Jeff Rosenstock, as well as Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude (tix at door). Then, they open for Plow United on 12/30 at Acheron (tickets). If you haven't checked out Teenage Retirement, you can change that by listening below.
Both Chumped and Andrew Jackson Jihad made Jeff Rosenstock's 2014 year-end list. Speaking of year-end lists, SideOneDummy, and Chumped, Chumped's SideOneDummy-signed recent tourmates PUP also gave us a list of their favorite albums of 2014. And (wait for it), it includes Cayetana, who play Chumped's release show (and whose release show Chumped played) and who toured with PUP when both bands opened for The Menzingers (who have dates coming up) who it also includes!
Check out their whole list/entertaining commentary, with the AJJ dates, below...
The Menzingers at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (via Emily Bartholomew)
Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers are already teaming up for the first of TBS's two holiday shows in NJ this December (the second is with Modern Baseball), and now the two bands have announced a full tour together for 2015, also with letlive. That tour hits NYC on March 18 at Best Buy Theater and Long Island on March 24 at The Paramount in Huntington. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (11/14) at 10 AM local time and there's a VIP presale starting Tuesday (11/11) at 3 PM EST.
Meanwhile, The Menzingers just played NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (11/7). Anyone catch that?
All dates are listed, with the tour trailer, tour flyer and a couple videos, below...
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
The Menzingers already had two NYC-area dates on their tour schedule -- Long Island's Revolution Bar on 10/24 with Iron Chic, Spraynard, Casavettes and Lee Corey Oswald, and Taking Back Sunday's holiday show on 12/27 in NJ -- but nothing in NYC proper. That's now changed, as they've added a free show happening on November 7 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with more TBA. Updated list of their dates, below.
That show's part of an all-punk weekend at BKNB, with their Revolution billmates Iron Chic headlining the venue the next night (11/8) with Beach Slang, Blessed State and Collect Yourself (also free).
Beach Slang also play Saint Vitus on October 14 with Cheap Girls, Lee Corey Oswald, Signals Midwest and Chumped (buy tickets or win some), and they play the official 2014 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening October 25 at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).
Other upcoming punk shows at the Night Bazaar include the Lemuria show that we mentioned earlier today and one this Friday (10/10) with Crime In Stereo, Sorority Noise, Mannequin Pussy, Nine of Swords and Push Ups.
List of Menzingers dates 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...
Pissed Jeans at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival happens Labor Day Weekend (8/30-31), this time happening simultaneously in Philly and LA. Like last year, the Philly lineup of mostly rap, R&B, electronic and festival-level indie bands will be complemented by some punk bands including Pissed Jeans, Glassjaw, Nothing, The Menzingers and more. Those bands play on The Skate Stage which goes from 2:30 to 7 PM each day and should be to seek refuge if you need to get some aggression out before Grimes and Chromeo.
LA's Skate Stage was announced too, but that one's more dance-oriented with DJ Mustard and Grits & Biscuits. Tickets for both fests are still available.
Main stage lineups for both fests are HERE. Full Skate Stage lineups below...
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
Chicago punk label Red Scare is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a big hometown show, but ahead of that there will be a pre-party in NYC on September 26 at Knitting Factory. The show will feature an acoustic set from The Menzingers' co-lead singers Tom May & Greg Barnett, Lawrence Arms frontman Brendan Kelly, and an acoustic Elway set. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 10 AM.
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
by Andrew Sacher
Bouncing Souls at BV-RBSS show at MHOW in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
NJ punks The Bouncing Souls are turning 25 this year, and they'll be celebrating with a 'Home for the Summer' show (like their Home for the Holidays shows, but just one night) at Asbury Park's Stone Pony Summer Stage with an all-around killer lineup of The Menzingers and Ted Leo. Tickets are on fan presale via the Chunksaah webstore and go on general sale Friday (6/6) at noon. Flyer below. The only other Bouncing Souls dates currently announced are the Chicago and Denver Riot Fests.
Ted Leo just appeared in NYC this past Sunday (6/1) at Julie Klausner's "How Was Your Week?" taping at The Bell House. Did anyone go to that? How was it? You can check out a couple pictures and a short video clip of Ted and Julie duetting from the taping, below.
Ted's tour with The Both (aka his collaborative project with Aimee Mann) is still ongoing with support from Nick Diamonds. The tour already hit NYC at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom (pictures), and you can check out the list of all remaining dates, below. The Both also recently played a WFUV show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall. You can listen to the archive of the full show HERE and watch two videos from it, below.
Meanwhile, The Menzingers just kicked off their tour with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana which we caught at Webster Hall this past Friday (5/30). Split mainly between their two most recent albums (but included a bit of everything), their set was all hits and the crowd ate it up. Hard to believe it was less than a year and a half ago I saw them first on a 3-band bill with Hot Water Music and La Dispute at MHOW and they're now packing a place three times that size as headliners to apeshit fans screaming every word. This band is gonna be huge.
In related news, Bouncing Souls' pal Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem) is making the NYC debut of his folk rock band Molly and the Zombies TONIGHT (6/5) at The Bell House. (He made the live debut of the band at the Souls' holiday shows this past December.) It's a Red Bull Sound Select show which also features Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones) and Jared Hart (of The Scandals). Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without. First come, first served.
Bouncing Souls flyer, Ted Leo video/pics, The Both dates & videos, below...
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Menzingers will release their fourth album, Rented World, next week (4/22) via Epitaph (pre-order), and after revealing singles "In Remission" and "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore," they've now made the whole album available to stream. The new album has some more studio shine than their past material (they worked with engineer Jon Low, who normally works with non-punk musicians like Kurt Vile and The National), but there's more aggression in the songs too. Many of them favor big, heavy '90s grunge riffs over the pop punk of their last album. Their knack for Craig Finn-like storytelling still shows up too, like on album highlight "Nothing Feels Good Anymore": "I'm at the party in a cloud of nicotine exhaled by drunk twentysomethings / there's a couple arguing in the bathroom, some couple kids trying to get high." Listen to the new record, via Spin, below.
The band are also supporting the new album on a previously discussed tour with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana which hits NYC for what will by far be their largest headlining show here yet on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Ahead of the tour and album release, I cornered co-vocalist/guitarist Tom May and talked to him about their NYC shows, the new record and their thriving Philly scene (which includes tourmates Cayetana). You can check out the interview, with their list of tour dates and the album stream, below...