Entries tagged with: The Queers
by Andrew Sacher
Punk vets Screeching Weasel are still going with a new lineup after all the non-Ben Weasel members quit, and have signed to Todd Congelliere's Recess Records for their new album, Baby Fat Act 1. The record will be out May 26 (pre-order), and from the sound of first single "Kewpie Doll," their time-tested, post-Ramones style hasn't gone anywhere. Listen below.
Screeching Weasel have also announced a tour with old pals and fellow Ramones devotees The Queers and The Mr. T Experience, which hits NYC on July 25 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Todd Congelliere's band Toys That Kill were announced today for Dillinger Four's July 4th festival with Against Me! and more.
Man, Burger Records is really feeling the Angus Soundtrack '90s kids lately. First they signed The Muffs and now they've booked Weezer for their fourth Burgerama festival happening March 28-29 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. And that's not their only kinda-crazy booking this year. They've also got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the current version of Gang of Four, and of course plenty of awesome more expected names like Ty Segall, Black Lips, J Mascis, Ariel Pink, Roky Erickson, King Khan & BBQ Show, FIDLAR, White Fence, together PANGEA, The Queers, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, JEFF the Brotherhood, La Luz, Girl Band and still plenty more as you can see in the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (12/12).
Tickets for the Ray LaMontagne show at Beacon Theatre (11/12) go on sale today at noon. Since we last spoke, he added a second show happening at the same venue a day later (11/13), and that goes on sale at noon too.
Reunited post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy are playing Webster Hall on October 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Love As Laughter, August Wells and Prince Rupert's Drops are playing Baby's All Right on August 29. Tickets for that show are available now. Prince Rupert's Drops are also playing Union Pool on August 17. No advance tickets for that show.
The Queers featuring Richie Ramone are playing Santos Party House on October 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Blues legend John Mayall plays City Winery on September 15 & 16. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Jackson Browne recently announced a Beacon Theatre show and now added a second one happening October 8. Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale now. He also makes an appearance at City Winery tonight (8/8).
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Ian Chainey
Fresh off of their West Coast tour, Philly street punks The Virus will soon be hitting the road again, accompanied by the complementary Who Killed Spikey Jacket? from Boston. Reformed in 2013 after a nine year break, The Virus' spirited smokers often incite sublime sing-a-longs. Led by the charismatic Mike Virus, also of Cheap Sex, the group continues to balance working-class muscle with anthemic songs that force their themes to stay bottled-up inside your head for days. After a proceeding Boston date, The Virus will infect NYC at The Acheron on June 9. (Tickets.) The bill includes the in-demand Creeping Dose, who are also playing the upcoming EU's Arse show at the same venue, plus other support slots to be announced.
If The Virus have got you in the mood to still fight for a future, the legendary Casualties are definitely worth the expended energy. The 24 year old NYC institution have some shows coming up this year, and though none in their hometown are announced at the moment, they'll be nearby for a Poughkeepsie show on July 11 at The Loft. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of their dates are listed below.
Core more your score? If you missed Breakdown in its O.G., demo-days incarnation at the 2013 Black n' Blue Bowl (and, heads up, 2014's BNB Bowl is fast approaching), the Yonkers crew has two upcoming concerts on the horizon. The first is June 20 at Saint Vitus, opened by White Widows Pact, Manipulate, and Heavy Chains. (Tickets.) The second comes a day later in Asbury Park, New Jersey, subbing Manipulate for Born Annoying, No One Rules, and Altered Boys.
Speaking of the latter, Altered Boys' May 24 is looking busy. Not only will they be appearing at the Violent Reaction show at The Acheron, but they're included on a matinee bill that same Saturday at Saint Vitus with Left for Dead and Jukai. (Tickets.) Hey, if you're going to play one show, you might as well make a day of it, right? Still, to prove their van skills aren't rusty, the Boys will shoot out to sunny California in the beginning of June. Their dates are listed below.
UK crust vets Extinction of Mankind recently announced a North American tour, and though the venue was still TBA when we first posted, we now know the NYC show will be at Acheron on May 29. The rest of the bill includes Aspects of War, Trenchgrinder and The Brood. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another hardcore band (and Black & Blue Bowl alumni) DYS, one of the many bands of Dave Smalley (Down By Law, All, Dag Nasty), are playing a Long Island one-off on May 25 at Even Flow with Live Fast Die Fast, Gutterlife, The Muckrakers and No Control. All (though not with Smalley) are also confirmed for this year's Riot Fests in Denver and Chicago.
Another punk band (who have more in common with All than DYS), The Queers, have scheduled a few shows with Italy's The Manges, including a small one in NYC happening on June 4 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And last but not least, a much different kind of punk (but no doubt a legend), Cheetah Chrome of the pioneering Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs, will play a free NYC show on Saturday (5/17) at The Delancey with The Nuclears. Cheetah will be joined by Paul Burch for his set. They go on at 10 PM. Cheetah and Paul also play another free show the next night at The Treehouse at 2A (25 Ave A) with Kevn Kinney (of Drivin' N' Cryin'), Bethany Saint-Smith & The Gun Show and Cariad Harmon.
All lists of dates, with some song streams, below...
Punk vets The Queers will be revisiting the past this year when they play their second album, 1993's Love Songs for the Retarded, in select cities. They play Chicago on Valentine's Day and NYC a day later at Mercury Lounge (2/15).
They'll be doing shows, a 7 PM gig where they play Love Songs and a 11 PM set "of their Pop Hits." The early show will be opened by surf/skate punks Night Birds (who may very well be the NYC-area's best possible match for The Queers) and The Gaslight Anthem's pals The Scandals. No openers have been announced for the late show.
Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon. The Queers' only other show at the moment is opening for Screeching Weasel in Texas. All dates are listed below.
You'll also be able to catch Night Birds at other local shows, including opening the free Paint It Black show in Brooklyn and the Don Giovanni showcase. They're also on the NJ stop of Iron Chic's tour.
And in related news, we just posted a bunch of upcoming punk shows.
All Queers dates are listed, along with a full stream of Love Songs for the Retarded, below...
The Dwarves at Knitting Factory in 2011 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Two fun long-running punk bands -- shocking garage rockers The Dwarves and Ramones-soundalikes The Queers -- are heading out on a North American tour this summer, which follows the Southern US dates they played back in April/May. The new tour brings the two bands to NYC for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on August 31. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check LPR's site for updates.
UPDATE: Tickets on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
The Queers are going on tour with fellow Ramones worshippers Teenage Bottlerocket and Masked Intruder which hits NYC on March 2 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
'90s alt-lite faves Sixpence None the Richer play Knitting Factory on February 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Toots & the Maytals are playing with Galactic and Nigel Hall Band at Terminal 5 on April 13. Tickets for that show go on AmEx/Ticketmaster presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (1/11) at noon.
Hirsute Pursuit (mem of Thee Majesty) will team with the ever controversial Boyd Rice/NON as part of a show at Europa on January 24th. Support will come from Cult of Youth and House of Blondes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Celtic punks The Tossers are playing Mercury Lounge on March 8 with Continental. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (1/11) at noon.
All Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder dates are listed below...
Chrome Cranks @ Cake Shop 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Lots-o lots-o punk in the coming months, everything ranging from sugar-y sweet pop-punk to classic european styles and everything in between!
The Chrome Cranks are back again, and will play NYC with Star & Dagger at Mercury Lounge on 10/13. Tickets are on sale. So far the show is the only current date for the NYC-by-way-of-Ohio band, but we'll keep an eye out.
As previously mentioned, Fat Wreck Chords will celebrate their CMJ with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, The Flatliners, and Useless ID a showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10/19 followed by a second show aboard a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 10/20. Tickets for both shows (MHoW here, Rocks Off here) are on sale.
Scottish punks The Rezillos have hibernated from their slumber and will play a Rocks Off presented show at Bowery Electric Nov 10, joined by NYC's own Murphy's Law. Tickets are on sale. The show marks the band's first NYC appearance in more than a decade.
The Angry Samoans will head out for a string of Midwest/East coast dates in October that will include a stop at Grand Victory on 10/5 with The Cryptics and Violent Bullsh*t. Tickets are still available. IIn related news, Samoan Gregg Turner has been busy successfully crowdsourcing his new LP, Plays The Hits which is self-described as "goofy folk rock" with some elements of punk in there and a cover of Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes".
What's left of The Misfits will hit the road for a string of dates in October, ending in what is now their customary Halloween show (10/31), this time at Highline Ballroom with Attack and Heart of The Matter. Tickets are on sale. Buyer beware and all of that.
Manitoba features none other than Handsome Dick Manitoba, he of The Dictators fame. Look for some Dictators songs built into their set at The Studio at Webster Hall on 9/22. Tickets are on sale.
With more than 30 years as a band under their belt, The Toasters will kick-off a month long tour in October that will wrap up a month later and include a show at Knitting Factory 11/2. Tickets are on sale.
It's not quite the same, but Jack Grisham's LOST Soul (featuring the music of T.S.O.L. and the Joykiller) comes to Studio at Webster Hall on August 19 with The Dead Tricks and Working Disorder. Tickets are on sale.
And last but not least, Dan Vapid & The Cheats are in the midst of a string of East Coast dates that will include an 8/18 stop at Knitting Factory. Tickets are still available and the full slate of dates is below.
All tour dates are listed below.
Cheetah Chrome w/ RFTT at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
The CBGB Festival kicks off on Thursday (7/5) and continues through Sunday (7/8). We've mentioned a bunch of the festival's shows like the free Central Park show with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings, and the War on Drugs, the Webster Hall show with Agnostic Front, Madball, and Murphy's Law (who also play a Rocks Off Cruise), Fishbone at Brooklyn Bowl, the Webster Hall show with Cro-Mags and Sick of it All, and many others. However, if you're looking for others artists that helped define punk and/or make CBGB the legendary venue it is, there are plenty of options for that too.
On Thursday (7/5), The Bowery Electric is hosting a huge show with Tommy Ramone (who drummed on and co-produced the first three Ramones albums), Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys/Rocket from the Tombs), The Waldos (ft. Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers), Bear 54 (ft. Ernie Brooks of The Modern Lovers), Andy Shernoff (of The Dictators), Richard Lloyd (of Television), The Miamis, The Sic Fucks, and many more. Tickets for that show are available.
That same day (7/5), David Johansen (of New York Dolls) will be playing Sullivan Hall with Daddy Long Legs, Liza Colby & The Sound Machine, Andy & the Rattles, and a late night set by Strawberry Jam. Tickets for that show are available.
Also on Thursday (7/5), you can catch Glen Matlock (of The Sex Pistols) at, wait for it... singer-songwrter mainstay The Living Room with California, Jaymay, Lou-is, and Aurical.
Check the CBGB Festival site for more.
Hilly Kristal entering CBGB on its final night (more)
The CBGB Festival isn't the only place to catch CBGB legends though. Like they've done in the past, Bowery Electric (a venue very close to where CBGB was) will host Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash, a celebration of the late musician, on July 15, when he would have turned 60 (he passed away in 1991). That show features Walter Lure, Alison Gordy, Andy Shernoff, and many more. Tickets are on sale.
Patti Smith will be touring with Neil Young later this year, which hits NYC for two shows (MSG on 11/27 and Barclays Center on 12/3). Patti also plays a sold out show at the Met, on September 28 (a tribute to Andy Warhol).
Blondie will be touring with Devo later this year. Unfortunately, that tour does not come to NYC.
But enough about NYC punks -- California's late 70s/early 80s hardcore scene is getting some pretty solid representation in NYC this summer too. The current version of Dead Kennedys (who no longer count frontman Jello Biafra as a member) will be playing a show at Santos Party House on July 31 with Cerebral Ballzy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cali punks Agent Orange will be heading out on an east coast tour with The Queers, which comes to NYC for a Rocks Off Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that show are available. All dates on this tour are listed below.
Greg Ginn at Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
Black Flag founder/guitarist and SST Records founder Greg Ginn will be in NYC for two shows (early and late) with his new project Greg Ginn and the Royal We at The Iridium on July 29, and two more shows at the venue the next night (7/30) with the Les Paul Trio. Tickets for all four Iridium shows are on sale now.
Long-running Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is heading out on a spoken word tour which hits the capitals of all 50 states. That means the NY show is in Albany and not too close to NYC, but you might have better luck checking out the Trenton, NJ show. The Trenton show is at the Jersey State Museum Auditorium and unfortunately not City Gardens, which is now closed, but during its existence had seen tons of great tours come through including multiple Henry Rollins appearances. A City Gardens documentary is in the works and due in 2013. The other tri-state area date on Henry's tour is Hartford, CT's Webster Theater.
Meanwhile, Keith Morris, who was a Black Flag frontman before Rollins joined, will be in NYC with his band OFF!, when their tour with Refused comes to Williamsburg Park on July 18. Tickets for that show are still available.
While we're on the topic of punk shows in Williamsburg Park, as mentioned, Riot Fest Brooklyn goes down at the outdoor venue on September 8 with Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets for Riot Fest Brooklyn are still available.
Speaking of The Menzingers, they have a new live acoustic video for "Ava House" off their 2012 LP, On the Impossible Past, which you can check out below. You can catch them on their tour with The Bouncing Souls, which hits NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 5. Tickets for that show are still available.
In other punk news, as mentioned, H2O, 7 Seconds, and Tournament play House of Vans on July 12. 7 Seconds frontman Kevin Seconds is working on a new album which is due out this year. You can check out the album's closing track, "Oh, Rhonda," at the bottom of this post. The entire 2012 House of Vans schedule was also just announced, Turbonegro included. UPDATE: you can also now RSVP for the 7 Seconds show.
Street Dogs will be in NYC for a show at Highline Ballroom on September 15 with Koffin Kats and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, the Fat Wreck/Rocks Off CMJ showcase happens on October 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, Flatliners, and Useless ID. Tickets for that show are still available. That same lineup also plays a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/20). Tickets for the boat show are available. And Lagwagon are also one of the bands currently announced for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest.
As mentioned, Leftover Crack plays Warsaw on Sunday (7/8) with Crackbox and more TBA.
That show appears to now be sold out (though we are waiting on confirmation of that). UPDATE: this is CANCELLED.
Another anarcho-punk option for Williamsburg this weekend is NYHC band Reagan Youth who are playing The Grand Victory (245 Grand St.) on Friday (7/6) with Dust Angel (ft. Reagan Youth guitarist Paul Cripple), Geek Skull, Lords of Death, and Empty Vessel.
As mentioned, crossover thrashers D.R.I. and Mucky Pup are teaming up for a tour which hits NYC on December 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, and Blackout Shoppers. TIckets for that show are still available.
There's also a number of punk shows at Acheron this week.
Before we wrap this up, a bit more about classic UK punk making its way to NYC this summer/early fall. In addition to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, who's here this week for CBGB Fest, The Vibrators will be in NYC for a show at The Bowery Electric on September 29. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Wreckless Eric, who veers a bit more on the new wave/power pop side of punk, will play Bowery Electric on September 7 as part of a duo with his wife Amy Rigby. They also play September 13 at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. If the name doesn't ring a bell, his song "(I'd Go) The Whole Wide World" probably does. It's seen some revived popularity in recent years due to Will Ferrell singing it in Stranger than Fiction. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now.
Did we miss anything good?
Videos and lists of tour dates below...
The Queers and Agent Orange are playing a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that punk rock show on a boat are on sale now.
P.I.P. (aka VIP) Passes for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (which just announced a third round of artist leaks) are on sale.
Meek Mill plays Irving Plaza on August 27. Tickets for that show went on sale today at 10 AM.
photos by Konstantin Sergeyev
Hard Skin at Bruar Falls on 10/25/10
There are few punk/hardcore shows on the way in the next few weeks, but we'd be remiss without mentioning the surprise Hard Skin show that took place at Bruar Falls on 10/25/10. The show was one of two NYC shows for the comedic UK Oi band, as they also played Europa with Forgetters on Friday, 10/22 with The Rival Mob.
"Fat Bob had mentioned at the forgetters show on Friday that Hard Skin were playing on Monday night before they skipped back across the pond. Given the the rarity of their shows and the proximity to Drew's place, it seemed prudent to make it across the water to Colonial Williamsburg....Pictures from the Bruar Falls show adorn this post. Forgetters will play Bruar Falls TONIGHT (11/2) with Younger Lovers and Little Victory.
...The Hard Skin boys took the stage around the 11 o'clock hour and stirred the room up with a whole lot of Oi! Bruar may be a little small to contain such friskiness, but it was a pretty polite crowd despite the large drunk punk contingent and truth be told, the JS-NYC/ab rock Voltron was no paragon of sobriety by this point either. I had a good time, even given the curious tire deflations I returned to find on my iron steed when we got outside. Luckily, they were deflated and not punctured and Drew had a pump, so the good guys lived to ride another day. Good times all around. Not sure where/if HS are maintaining the web presence in this day and age, but you would do well to spend your weak American dollar on some of their swag and bring them back. Set to Googling, fresh-cut, and remember Hard Skin are good clean-cut fun." [Jaded Scenester]
Madball will play The Studio at Webster Hall on 12/13 with Lionheart, Bitter End as part of a string of dates for the trio. Incendiary will join them as local support. Ticket info is forthcoming, but full tour dates are below. Madball recently dropped their new LP Empire and parted ways with drummer Jay Weinberg (son of Max Weinberg).
Easy Action, featuring John Brannon of Negative Approach, will team up with The Men to play The Acheron on 11/15. The all ages show kicks off at 8PM. Easy Action tour dates are below.
The Queers will play Mercury Lounge on Jan 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a short string of East Coast dates in 2011 that also includes Maxwell's one day before NYC; additional dates are below.
In a show dubbed "Brooklyn's Finest" (though BBG would beg to differ), Life of Agony will team up with Biohazard and Vision of Disorder to play Best Buy Theater on 12/16. Tickets are on sale.
And finally, LA's Youth Brigade (not the DC one with releases on Dischord) will play Mercury Lounge on 11/14. The show will be proceeded by a documentary on BYO Records and the band. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and more pictures of Hard Skin at Bruar Falls are below...
Greg of The Bouncing Souls at The Stone Pony (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Billed as the "Vroom Vroom Vespa tour", Greg Attonito of The Bouncing Souls will hit the road with Kevin Seconds, Kepi Ghoulie, and Shanti Wintergate for a string of dates that include two stops in NYC, 6/5 at Pianos (tix) and 6/6 at Brooklyn Made Tattoo Shop. Full tour dates for that trek are below.
Kepi Ghoulie will then be back in NYC less than three weeks after the Brooklyn Made Tattoo Shop appearance when he opens for The Queers as part of a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on June 26th. Tickets are on sale. No word still on tickets for the Bouncing Souls boat (if it's even happening).
Kevin Seconds and Greg Attonito interviewed each other for a feature here on BV last year. Check that out. All dates below...
Black Lips @ Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Gabi Porter)
Rock Off have updated their summer schedule of NYC Boat Cruise shows, which, like always, has focus on punk & garage (though there are other genres too). It includes Jello Biafra on May 29th, Electric Six on July 15th, Murphy's Law's annual Jimmy birthday show on August 12th, The Bouncing Souls on September 13th, and an August 2nd show with the Black Lips (who are in town much sooner a free but full RSVP-only show at Knitting Factory on April 29th with Pierced Arrows).
Other gigs includes Dam-Funk on April 24th (TONIGHT), Budos Band on June 11th, three NY Night Train parties, and The A-Bones on June 23rd. Tickets for most of the shows are on sale. No ticket info for Bouncing Souls yet. Black Lips go on sale Friday, April 30th.
Punk and punk-like boat shows are listed below...
words & photo by Andrew Frisicano
At Dam-Funk's set I saw during SXSW 2010, the foggy synths and sun-baked cassette jams of his Toeachizown LP, which came out last year on Stones Throw, blasted on an ear-crushing level. He also played a keytar. Videos of that gig and another Austin show are below.
Coming up, he has scattered tour dates all over the world, including Sasquatch and Pitchfork music fests this summer, and an NYC show on a boat. Dam-Funk plays a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on Saturday, April 24th. Tickets are on sale.
All Dam-Funk tour dates and his cover of the Human League's "Things That Dreams Are Made Of" (and its accompanying trippy video) are below...
by Bill Pearis
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Slow week my ass! The next four or five days are positively packed with shows, at least from a TWII standpoint. No time for small talk, let's get into it.
Tonight/Thursday's the big birthday celebration for Skippy who books The Bell House and Union Hall. I wish I could throw a party for myself and get bands like
Field Music (one of two American Performances in 2009) and Wye Oak to play it, not to mention a rare appearance by the mostly defunct '90s electropop band The Pulsars. Also, a band (or someone) called "Rumours" is on after Field Music play. Skippy has been tight-lipped about what this is, but my money is on some sort of all-star Fleetwood Mac cover band. (And if that's the case I'd bet you $20 it involves Carl Newman.) You're invited, too, to this "Improbable Birthday Concert" as tickets ($12, cheap!) are still available.
I've had the new Field Music album, Field Music (Measure), on repeat for the last couple days and it's another knockout from the Brewis brothers, 20 tracks that further refine their distinctive mix of baroque pop, nervy new wave, prog, krautrock and whatever else they're into at the time. It's a Field Music album, no doubt about it, but it's less buttoned up, more rhythm heavy ("Let's Write a Book" shows that one of them's been listening to Can) and willing to give anything a try. If you've never seen Field Music live before, you should definitely come out, the Brewises are shit-hot musicians as well (David is an especially impressive drummer). There used to be a lot of switching instruments when they were a trio, but now as a four-piece I wonder if that'll still happen.
We'll see tonight
Long-running Upstate New York power pop band The Figgs are are in town for two shows (or three if you count Saturday night in Staten Island): tonight/Thursday (12/3) at Bruar Falls with the Nouvellas and Friday (12/4) at Cake Shop. Both shows are with Detroit's The Sights who open for The Queers at Maxwell's on Saturday (The Queers play Southpaw tonight).
The Figgs are a band who I've always liked but never closely followed. Luckily, my friend Steve, who writes a genuine photocopied fanzine The Reynolds Report (now also available in convenient blog form) is arguably the foremost Figgs authority (and you'd be a fool to argue with him on this subject), so I asked him to write a little guest paragraph for this week's TWII:
The Figgs have been creating great power pop for two decades now, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Steeped in the tradition of The Replacements, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, their annual Christmas shows are always a great time to catch them as the coming of winter seems to kick the trio's playing up just a notch. Look for them to break out songs from their upcoming album (due out in April), a choice Christmas cover or two, a wide selection from their nine albums and their brand new 45 "Casino Hayes." I'm pretty sure it's the best song about a gambling-addicted drummer (um, their own) ever.The Figgs rock, so go see them! All dates below.
There's a competition for the power pop dollar this weekend. If you're not going to the Figgs on Friday (12/4), it's probably because you're going to see Sloan at the Bell House. That's where I'll be. My love of these Canadians is no secret, and even when they've made a less-than-totally-awesome album they're always worth seeing in concert, one of my favorite live bands of the '00s. (I'm pretty sure I've seen them at least once a year since 2001.) They've got a new five-song digital-only EP, Hit & Run, which is pretty darn good. Chris Murphy contributes two tracks, including the excellent "Take it Upon Yourself," and the rest of the band each gets one. Tickets ($17.50) are still available. They play with fellow Torontonians, the lovely and talented trio Magneta Lane, and locals Deleted Scenes.
And wait there's more on Friday! Speaking of Canadian, maybe you happened across one of the 37 reports I recently filed from this year's M for Montreal festival. One of that city's more exciting underground bands, Red Mass, make their American debut at Live With Animals Gallery in Williamsburg (same address as Monster Island). Their brand-new EP on Montreal label Semprini is a nice chunk of psych-garage and they definitely put on a good show. The big question is how big a Mass will they be? I've seen them twice -- once there was 10 of them, the second time only four. Safe bet would be somewhere in between. (Canadians love a good excuse to come party in NYC.) If I wasn't already spoken for, I'd definitely being going to see them. Golden Triangle are also on the bill. Singer Choyce told me their might be a house party gig on Saturday too, so look out for that.
The Big Pink
Oh crap, there's still more. The Big Pink, who are making a stink in the UK, are on their first major tour of the U.S., stopping at Bowery Ballroom tonight (12/3) and Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow (12/4). Haven't seen them live, but their album A Brief History Of Love is a nice slice of electro-shoegaze that reminds a lot of 30-somethings of early-'90s band Chapterhouse. The anthemic, fist-pumper "Dominos" might not stand the test of time but as an of-the-moment signifier, it's one of 2009's more memorable indie singles. You can download it at the top of this post. I hope they use lots and lots of dry ice and strobes. Crystal Antlers and Von Haze open both shows.
Pants Yell! @ The Bell House on 11/14 (more by Tim Griffin)
If you missed them when they played the Slumberland 20 party at the Bell House a few weeks back, you can download the audio from that show, and you can catch Boston's Pants Yell! at Bruar Falls on Saturday night which might be the last time they ever play the NYC area as they've vowed to break up next year. They'd be going out on a good note if that holds true, as their new album on Slumberland, Received Pronunciation, is another charming slice of deceptively gentle guitar pop. Pants Yell! rock more live than you might expect, they're drummer in particular is kind of a beast on the kit. They also know their indie rock history, from the Pastels and Felt to the Aislers Set, Unrest and beyond. The cover art, complete with a faux Japanese Obi strip, was done by Unrest/Teenbeat/Air Miami/Flin Flon/Cotton Candy maestro Mark Robinson.
JEFF the Brotherhood @ Glenn Danzig's House in Nashville (more by Paul Birman)
BV faves JEFF the Brotherhood, who've had a pretty good 2009, are back in town for the zillionth time this year (seems like they're here as much as Nashville) but that's okay, you don't really tire of their awesome power. Have you heard their album, Heavy Days? It's great. I know I tend to like the cardigan pop, but riffs and grooves this intense can not be denied. And they are just the best live. The vinyl of Heavy Days just got a second pressing with a new back cover, and there's also a new single, "Heavy Damage," which you can pick up at the merch table. The play Saturday (12/5) at Bowery Ballroom opening for Ted Leo (sold out), and then again on Monday (12/7) at Mercury Lounge for what they say is their last show of '09.
The Monday show is solid as a rawk. (Did I just write that? I'm doing this super late at night.) Also on the bill are Death by Audio's Sisters (noise pop backed by a foreboding amp monolith) and Coin Under Tongue (old school riff-heavy hard rock), plus Dinowalrus (kitchen sink psych not unlike early Flaming Lips). Sure it's a Monday, you're tired, but this bill is like aura caffeine. Show's eight bucks and tickets are still available. It's a bit weird to have JEFF in town and not playing Death By Audio, but if they can tear up Pianos on a Thursday afternoon (as they did at the BV day party during CMJ), they can destroy Mercury on a Monday night.
Dinowalrus, fronted by Titus Andronicus guitarist Pete Feigenbaum, are also at Union Pool tonight (12/3) with Dan Friel and others.. The MP3 on top of this post is from their debut album "%" which comes out on Kanine in January.
And finally, Brooklyn indiepop mainstays The Besties are calling it quits. I know, it's sad. Here it is in their words, straight from MySpace:
The Besties are officially done. As happens with many awesome relationships, stuff happens and things get hard, and so you end it and remain friends and all that junk. It's like that. We guess? Well, Kelly moved to Asheville, and Frank renewed his vows with the city of Boston. And other stuff. So there's that.Those two shows are Friday (12/4) at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ and then their last-ever performance will be Sunday (12/6) at Bruar Falls, which is made extra special because Bunnygrunt are coming in from St. Louis just to play this farewell show.
Here's the good news! We are playing two last shows around NYC in December, and we plan on going out with a serious bang. So sell some CDs (keep the Lemonheads ones), bodily fluids or organs for plane ticket money, start hitchhiking, do whatever you need to do - let's party!
Like the Besties, I must now say goodbye. But just for this week. Flyers and applicable tour dates follow...
Phenomenal Handclap Band @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Chairlift @ Bruar Falls
* Ponytail @ CSV Cultural Center
* Frank Sidebottom @ Ace of Clubs
* The Queers, Pregnant @ Maxwell's
* Zizek, Tanlines @ Santos Party House
* Skeletons, Starring, Ellee @ Zebulon
* Doug Gillard & Mascott @ Pete's Candy Store
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The Blue Note
* Josh Ritter, Sondre Lerche @ The Wellmont Theatre
* MATA Festival (w/ So Percussion) @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Ra Ra Riot, Cut Off Your Hands, Jon Moses @ Webster Hall
* Crocodiles, New Thrill Parade, Tweak Bird, Monokino @ Pianos
* Afrika Bambaataa, The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ Santos Party House
* Thee Oh Sees, Excepter, Catatonic Youth, Pink Skull @ The Bell House
* The Subjects, Frances, Glass Ghost @ 92YTribeca
* Bishop Allen, Team B, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band @ MHOW
* Themselves, Stabbing Eastward (w/ Tunde Adebimpe) @ The Studiol
* Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder, Jim James & others @ Radio City Music Hall
The Queers are also playing Maxwell's Southpaw tomorrow.
Can you make her bub-bubs bounce? video below...
If you've never been on one, you definitely go at least once if you have the cash. Some people complain about the poor sitelines and high prices (drinks especially), but I think the overall experience makes it worth it, especially if it's one of your favorite bands. The views of the skyline and Statue of Liberty are great. It looks like THIS and THIS and THIS.