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Yvette at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Special Guest, Yvette, Big Ups, Ovlov @ Death By Audio
With a week left of shows, Death by Audio is really promising to make their suprise special guests special. Last night was Ty Segall. Who will it be tonight? Don't worry yourselves too much about it -- borderline industrial rock duo Yvette, smartass punks Big Ups and Connecticut's Ovlov are three reasons to go already

Johnny Marr, Meredith Shelton @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Recalling his prolific days with The Smiths, Johnny Marr has banged out two albums in a year's time. They're not at his 1985 peak, but they're not bad either. He's a lot of fun live, and peppers hit sets with oldies -- any chance to see him play "The Headmaster Ritual" is worth considering

The Dream Syndicate, EZTV @ Rough Trade
One of the leaders in LA's early-'80s "Paisley Underground" scene, The Dream Syndicate looked to The Velvet Underground and other '60s bands while most were playing with synthesizers. Broken up since the late '80s, Wynn reformed the band in 2012 with '80s-era members Dennis Duck and Mark Walton, plus Miracle 3 guitarist Jason Victor and they've been playing sporadically ever since. This is their first NYC show in 25 years.

Ryan Adams, Butch Walker @ Carnegie Hall
Ryan Adams has been a busy guy this year with a new solo album, collaborating on stage with Bob Mould, covering Foreigner and Bryan Adams, and whatever else it is he's up to. He's also on tour now and tonight is the first of five NYC-area shows, two of which are solo gigs at Carnegie Hall.

Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma, Oyinda @ Baby's All Right
New Zealand's Yumi Zouma mix synthpop and indiepop styles, which makes Cascine an ideal label for the band. They play tonight with Brooklyn (by way of Argentina, Vancouver and Montreal) singer Tei Shi who makes appealingly danceable pop.

Guantanamo Baywatch, Fletcher C. Johnson, Scully @ Baby's All Right
After the Tei Shi/Yumi Zouma show, hang around Baby's for something less shiny and more garagey.

Naam, White Hills, No Way, Blackout, It's Not Night, It's Space, Chimpgrinder, Wonderbreed, Eidetic Seeing, Mountain God, Blackest, Grizzlor @ Paper Box
There's some cool bands on this all-day show that they're calling Sludgefeast, but most notably it's the last show by psych rockers NAAM before they go on hiatus. Catch 'em while you still can.

Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa, Fascinator, Cuddle Formation @ Cake Shop
Former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong moved back to his childhood home of Japan after completing his trilogy of loop-based albums and began collaborating with musician Takako Minekawa. Using a specially designed interface that allows them to switch from guitar to keyboards to sampler to vocals, their music is creative and playful. Tonight's show is with Australian ex-pat Fascinator, whose eccentric brand of pop is definitely worth arriving early.

Antarctigo Vespucci, Hard Girls, Mikey Erg, Turnip King @ Palisades
Antarctigo Vespucci is the collaborative project of Fake Problems singer Chris Farren and former Bomb the Music Industry singer Jeff Rosenstock. Their tourmates Hard Girls make superior indie punk, making this a very good double billed tour. Great support at this show too from punk's everywhere man Mikey Erg and local indie rockers Turnip King.

Fred Falke, Alex English @ Cielo
Get on those dancing shoes and head to Cielo where the great French house producer Fred Falke will handle the boards.

Tim Sweeney, Tom Noble, Palmbomen @ Cameo
Tonight is the 15th anniversary party for Tim Sweeney's "Beats in Space" show which has aired every airs every Tuesday on WNYU. Tim was instrumental in shaping the early days of DFA so expect a night of that style disco and dance.

Supersuckers, Hail Action @ Knitting Factory
Supersuckers have been putting out quality cowpunk, garage rock and more since the early '90s, and this year they returned with Get the Hell, their first album since 2008. Shit will be kicked tonight.

Holy Sons, Elisa Ambrogio, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool
Good show all around with Emil Amos' (Grails, Om) trippy Holy Sons project, Elisa Ambrogio of noise trio Magik Markers who makes significantly less noisy material on her new solo debut, and well-matched opener Ryan Sawyer.

Shilpa Ray, Northern Arms, D'NT @ Cameo Gallery
Punk blues rocker Shilpa Ray is one of Brooklyn's many always-consistent gems. Tonight's as good a chance as any to catch her live.

Suzanne Vega @ Joe's Pub (2 shows)
She may be be best known for "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" (both from 1987's Solitude Standing) but Suzanne Vega's gift for songwriting has continued since. She plays an early and a late show tonight.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Mini Mansions @ Bowery Ballroom
This quirky Detroit pop duo are fond of high concepts, elaborate stage shows, and big hooks. Their first of two NYC shows this week.

Vorde, Haethen, KAMA RUPA, Drowning The Virgin Silence @ Acheron
Vorde have been one of the better black metal bands on the local NYC scene for a while now, and this week they put out their debut album (stream a couple tracks below). Tonight's the release show.

Devin, Walking Shapes, The Big Sleep, Youngman Grand, Whiskey Bitches @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's another night of food, drinks, arcade games, shopping and indie rock at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Free to get in.

Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
As any Deadhead can tell you, Phil Lesh plays the favorites and his current band does it well. It's another night of his never-ending residency at The Cap, and these shows are always a good time.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the '90s. This is part of his eight-night run at the Blue Note.

Skanksgiving 2014 w/ The Pietasters, The Slackers, Mephiskapheles, Westbound Train, Avon Junkies, Backyard Superheroes @ Starland Ballroom
It's not quite Thanksgiving but it's definitely Skanksgiving tonight at Starland Ballroom, which hosts a slew of veteran ska bands.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Reigning Sound in Chicago in 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
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City Gardens

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

City Gardens 'Riot On the Dance Floor' documentary @ Loews Village East
Riot on the Dance Floor, the long-in-the-works documentary on storied NJ punk/metal club City Gardens, is finally coming out this year, and it makes its NYC premiere tonight, proudly presented by BrooklynVegan. In addition to the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Steve Tozzi, City Gardens booker-and-subject-of-the-documentary Randy Now, Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Sim Cain (Rollins Band), John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Howie Abrams (co-founder of In-Effect Records).

'Riot On the Dance Floor' afterparty w/ Gibby Haynes (DJ Set) @ Bowery Electric
After the screening, head to Bowery Electric for the free afterparty which Buthole Surfer Gibby Haynes is DJing. It's free and open to anyone 21 or over, whether you came to the movie or not. Stop by!

Heaven's Jail, Prospector, The Loom @ Baby's All Right
Tonight's the record release show for the new Heaven's Jail album, Ace Called Zero. Says producer Phosphorescent of main man Francesco Ferorelli, "He has the ability to casually sneak complex imagery and metaphor into a deceptively simple package. It's just great songwriting. Simple as that."

Reigning Sound, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, The Above @ Bowery Ballroom
Reigning Sound signed to Merge for this year's Shattered LP, which is more quality garage rock from the long-running band. This show's doubly exciting since Daptone-signed soul traditionalist Naomi Shelton opens.

Nancy, Atlantic Thrills, Ravi Shavi, Larry and the Babes @ Death By Audio
Ravi Shavi and Atlantic Thrills are both from Rhode Island and make Nuggets-style psych. They're on the bill with greasy Brooklyn rockers Nancy.

Widowspeak @ MoMA
It's the last of the MoMA Nights series which takes place in the museum's lovely Sculpture Garden where indie fans and ladies who lunch intermingle to the sounds of Widowspeak.

New Myths, The Suzan, Midnight Hollow, Basic Shapes, The Britnays @ Pianos
Brooklyn synthpop trio New Myths will release their debut album this fall and tonight's the last of their August residency shows.

THUMPERS, Sun Club, Little Racer @ Rough Trade
If big, synthy festival indie pop like CHVRCHES is your kinda thing, you may dig recent Sub Pop signees Thumpers too.

Peter Stampfel, Maharadja Sweets, Lazurite @ Trans-Pecos
Peter Stampfel is a veteran of folk, having been in the Holy Modal Rounders, and he stays very active today too. He's been a frequent Jeffrey Lewis collaborator as of late, and this year he put out a solo album on Don Giovanni.

Vic Ruggiero, Kepi Ghoulie, Todd Fausnacht @ Grand Victory
It's a good night for solo sets from ska/punk veterans with Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) and Kepi Ghoulie (Groovie Ghoulies). The Snails' Todd Fausnacht opens.

Museum of Love, Cosmic Kids, JKriv (DJ sets) @ Verboten
Musuem of Love, the new band from LCD drummer Pat Mahoney (he sings!), just made their NYC live debut last weekend. Tonight's just a DJ set, but it is free.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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by Andrew Sacher

Black Wine

Black Wine (mems. Hunchback, The Ergs!) have announced that they'll follow 2012's Hollow Earth with their fourth full length, Yell Boss, on August 12 via Don Giovanni. While their '80s indie rock influences aren't lost on first single "Rime," the vocals are shoutier and it's a lot more punk than much of their last LP. Check it out below.

Black Wine will celebrate the new album with a release show in Brooklyn at Death by Audio on August 22. Also on the bill are their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, as well as The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints and comedy by Tim Duffy and Brett Davis. It's their only announced date at the moment, but Brick Mower also have a NYC show with Crow Bait in August.

Speaking of Don Giovanni bands playing Death by Audio, Shellshag added yet another show at the venue which happens August 10 with Parasites, Flamingo Nosebleed, Homewreckers and Giant Peach. That follows this Saturday's show (7/26) which was supposed to include Swearin' but they dropped off, but does include Bad Canoes (one of Marissa of Screaming Females' other bands), Low Fat Getting High and CCTV.

In more related news, Shellshag are also playing The Fest in Gainesville, which Crow Bait were recently added to, along with other new additions A Wilhelm Scream, Paul Collins Beat, Thou, Fake Problems and a few more. Full list of additions below. Previously announced names include Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Melvins, United Nations, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square, 7 Seconds and many, many more. Passes are still available.

Continue reading "Black Wine releasing a new LP, celebrating at DbA w/ Brick Mower; Shellshag add another DbA show; The Fest add bands"

Banner Pilot
Banner Pilot

Minneapolis punks Banner Pilot recently put out their new album, Souvenir, via Fat Wreck Chords. In their own words, "We sound a little like Jawbreaker, Lawrence Arms, Dillinger Four, and other bands like that," so one's trying to reinvent the wheel here, but if you're looking for more stuff like that Banner Pilot's got it. They're on tour now and will hit NYC on May 24 at Knitting Factory with local bands Sad & French and The Jukebox Romantics. Tickets are on sale now. Stream a track from the new album, with their list of dates, below.

Speaking of modern Fat Wreck Chords bands devoted to sounding like older ones, Masked Intruder (who literally perform masked) are touring with their former Red Scare labelmates Direct Hit! and directly hitting NYC on June 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with The Priceduifkes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Yet another Fat band, The Flatliners, will team up with melodic hardcore vets A Wilhelm Scream in NYC on July 12 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Local pop punk faves Chumped are on that show too, as well as A Balance Between. Tickets are on sale.

To see some actual '90s skate punks in NYC, Guttermouth will be at Santos Party House on June 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Captain, We're Sinking
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Scranton, PA punks Captain, We're Sinking return to NYC on June 28 at Union Hall with Up For Nothing, City Limits and Sketchy. Tickets are on sale.

CWS singer Ben Barnett's brother Greg's band, The Menzingers, are also touring with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana and will hit NYC on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. Read our recent interview with The Menzingers.

Meanwhile, the exact same day at Irving Plaza (5/30) is the Anti-Nowhere League / Cro-Mags show which also includes Mephiskapheles, Night Birds, Up for Nothing, and DJ the Guvnor (tickets).

The day before that, fellow UK punks The Adicts play Highline Ballroom (5/29) (tickets). Both of those bands will be in the area after having played Las Vegas' Punk Rock Bowling.

NYC gets its own punk festival with tons of veteran bands, Black N' Blue Bowl, which happens on May 17 & 18 at The Well with Discharge, Agnostic Front, 7 Seconds and more. You can get single day passes or 2-day passes.

Other upcoming punk festivals include The Fest, Riot Fest, and This Is Hardcore.

Other punk vets with NYC shows include Subhumans, Dead Kennedys (without Jello Biafra), and Jello Biafra.

Apple Stomp

In related news, punk's upbeat, often-maligned yet often-beloved cousin, ska, will also be represented in NYC in the upcoming few months.

Tonight (5/7), the fun-loving theatrical weirdos The Aquabats hit Irving Plaza, and tickets are still available.

Irving also hosts a two-day ska festival, The Apple Stomp, on May 31 & June 1 with Five Iron Frenzy, Big D and the Kids Table, The Toasters and more. Tickets, including single-day and 2-day pass options, are on sale.

Mustard Plug play Knitting Factory on May 17 with Deal's Gone Bad, Butcher Knives and The Fad. Tickets are on sale.

Mad Caddies play Santos on May 16 with Mrs. Skannotto and Across the Aisle. You can get tickets.

The Pietasters go on a Rocks Off Cruise on July 25. Tickets are on sale for that.

And The Slackers also go on a Rocks Off Cruise on August 23. Tickets are on sale for that as well.

Of course there are always other punk and ska shows coming up in NYC too. What did we miss?

Some videos and streams, with the lists of Banner Pilot and Masked Intruder/Direct Hit! tour dates, below. Oh, and did you hear Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' new Christina Aguilera cover?

Continue reading "punk & ska roundup: Banner Pilot, Masked Intruder, Direct Hit, Flatliners, Captain We're Sinking, Pietasters, Slackers, more"

Adicts

As previously mentioned, veteran UK punks The Adicts will be coming over to the US this May for Las Vegas' Punk Rock Bowling, and they'll be doing some touring while they're here too. That tour includes a NYC show happening on May 29 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, the day-by-day lineup for Punk Rock Bowling -- which includes Descendents, Cock Sparrer Anti-Nowhere League, The Dwarves, OFF!, NOFX, Good Riddance, Against Me! and more -- was recently revealed as well. You can check that out, along with the list of Adicts dates and a video, below...

Continue reading "The Adicts touring the US around Punk Rock Bowling (whose day-by-day lineup is posted)"

Lemuria at Chaos in Tejas 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Bomb the Music Industry are calling it quits and playing a previously discussed final show at Warsaw on 1/19 with Cheap Girls. Since we last spoke, more details have been announced, including that Andrew Jackson Jihad was added to that show, and that BtMI! will do another show on 1/17 at the same venue with The Slackers, Lemuria and Hop Along. Both are sold out.

Meanwhile, while Michigan power poppers Cheap Girls, Buffalo indie punks Lemuria, and Phoenix folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad are in NYC, they'll all be teaming up for their own show happening in between the BtMI! shows on January 18 at Europa. AJJ are headlining and Cheap Girls will be playing acoustic. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cheap Girls and Lemuria both have other upcoming dates, all of which are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Cheap Girls, Lemuria & Andrew Jackson Jihad playing together during Bomb the Music Industry's final run (and other dates)"

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It's that time of year again, judging by the posts on this site today, with lots of Holiday-themed shows coming up. Unsurprisingly, The Bell House lives for this kind of yuletide cheer and has about a dozen or so holiday shows lined up in the next month. Here's a rundown.

First is the Everything's Terrible! Holiday Special 2012 which happens December 12 (tickets). If you think the Star Wars Holiday Special is the worst Christmas-related thing television has ever birthed, the Everything's Terrible folks will likely prove you wrong. For an early taste, there's a trailer for the crap extravanga below, along with a list of all dates for this ironic roadshow which is touring both coasts at the same time.

On the next night (12/13) it's The Party Machine's 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Blowout with hosts Arden Myrin and Lisa Delarios with guests Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Janeane Garofalo and Adira Amram & the Experience with proceeds going to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Red Cross Disaster Relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $12 and still available but probably not for long -- don't delay.

More funny stuff (with music): On December 16, Fred Armisen hosts The Snow Ball Ball: A Winter Formal To Benefit 826NYC, with guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe and Peter Hale of Here We Go Magic. Tickets are still available.

And for ska fans there's The Slackers Christmas Celebration on 12/22 which also celebrates the band's 20th anniversary. The show also features The Frightnrs, Sammy K, and Caz & the Day Laborers. Tickets are still available.

Wait there's still more holiday fun at The Bell House: for burlesque fans there's Doc Wasabassco's Birthday Celebration And All-Holiday Party on 12/14 (tickets); for the wizards and muggles out there, you can celebrate at The Harry Potter Yule Ball 2012 on 12/15 with Harry And The Potters, Potter Puppet Pals, The Whomping Willows, and The Home Alones (tickets); later that night (12/15) it's The Rub's Holiday party with Eleven & Ayres and special guests Kon & 7L' and for those who need some twang in their stocking, on December 16 it's The Suzi Shelton Band's Fourth Annual Rockin' Holiday Party with Amelia Robinson From Mil's Trills (tickets).

Everything Is Terrible trailer and flyer for the Snowball Ball are below.

Continue reading "Everything is Terrible, Fred Armisen, The Slackers, Harry & the Potters and more holiday shows at The Bell House"

photos by Vincent Cornelli

The Pietasters

Ska band The Pietasters played a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on July 29th with DJ 100DBs. A set of pictures and videos are in this post.

The Pietasters will return to the area for a weekend of East Coast dates in October. They'll kick off the short run of shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Oct 7th. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.

D 100DBs will also be on the 1s & 2s when ska band The Slackers play a Rocks Off Cruise on August 20th. Tickets are still on sale. The Slackers also play a boat show in Boston one day earlier with iLa Mawana.

In somewhat related news, Oi punks The Business will hit Mercury Lounge on September 2nd as part of a larger East Coast/Midwest tour before they loop back for a another leg of dates that will include RiotFest 2011. Tickets for Mercury are on sale. The Business released their last LP Doing The Business last year via Sailor's Grave.

Pics, videos, and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "pics from the Pietasters boat show, more dates & The Business & The Slackers too"

The Slackers
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Lots of veteran ska bands hitting the road this spring and summer...

Congratulations to The Slackers, who will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show in their hometown at Bowery Ballroom on June 17th. Tickets are on sale. The show comes less than two weeks after the band returns from a trip to the EU for a few weeks of dates which are all listed below.

Meanwhile, NYC's The Toasters celebrated their 30th anniversary with a beer (named after them, that is) (video below), and after the band returns from Europe, they'll play a Rocks Off Cruise on June 12th. Tickets for the NYC boat show are on sale. All tour dates are below.

The Pietasters will follow the lead of The Toasters, and play July 29th on a Rocks Off Concert Cruise. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of a few East Coast dates scheduled for the band, all of which are listed below.

Bad Manners returns to the US and to NYC with a pair of local shows: May 5th at Maxwell's with Hub City Stompers (tickets) and June 14th at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets).

UPDATE: The English Beat have added a NYC show happening July 2nd at Irving Plaza in NYC.

All tour dates and some videos, below...

Continue reading "ska roundup (Slackers, Toasters, Pietasters & Bad Manners) --- upcoming shows & tours"

Ari Up

Since we last spoke, official word came back regarding Ari Up's untimely passing: it was cancer. In her memory and the memory of the tunes she left behind, Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a show on January 16th called "Ari Up Punky Reggae Birthday Party" featuring appearances from members of The Slits, The Slackers, PiL, as well as Neneh Cherry and many others. Tickets are on sale.

Being that Ari Up was John Lydon's step-daughter, it's not surprising that her passing had an effect on him:

John Lydon has delayed sessions to record new material with Public Image Ltd following the death of his step-daughter, The Slits singer Ari Up.

"We were going to go into the studio but in light of my step-daughter's death, I really can't be doing that at the moment," Lydon said [around November 22nd].

"I don't want to leave my wife alone for any length of time right now. So the music side has had to be held." -[BBC]

PiL becamse active again recently, and toured through NYC in May.

Another recent tribute to Ari Up happened in the form of Kathleen Hanna and The Raincoats covering a Slits song at MoMA. Video of that, with info on upcoming Kathleen Hanna-related events, can be found HERE.

Members of The Slackers are involved in the Ari Up show at MHoW, and the band has a show of their own in NYC next week. Tickets are still available for The Slackers at Brooklyn Bowl on December 18th. The show is one of two December dates for the NYC ska band. The second is New Years Eve in San Francisco, and the first date on a larger tour for the band who will be pretty busy through June. Openers for the Brooklyn show are Frighteners, the Forthights, and DJ 100dBs with special guest appearances by Greg Lee (Hepcat) & Jesse Wagner (Aggrolites).

All Slackers dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "an Ari-Up birthday party show, Slackers tour dates & more"

by Klaus Kinski

The Toasters

My recent contributions to BV have afforded me the opportunity to wax nostalgic about my checkered past (SKA reference), so why should this article be any different? When I was living in Greenpoint back in 2002, I had two important neighbors in my building; Jeff Mangum and Dave Karcich. And while Mangum had zero impact on my life, Karcich had more of an impact than he would ever know. You see, in high school and college, one of my favorite bands to see was Bim Skala Bim and my favorite venue to see them in was the Paradise. Trombone player Vinny Nobile's phenomenal stage presence made him an icon to my friends and me. Vinny ended up leaving Bim, heading to NYC to form a band called The Pilfers with ex-Toasters vocalist Coolie Ranx. A little ways into their existence, the Pilfers ended up losing their bass player and their drummer. Dave Karcich, former drummer for Connecticut based Ska band Spring Heeled Jack, filled the drumming void. And like zillions of other bands, The Pilfers too saw their eventual dissolution (only to reform just a few years ago).

After the Pilfers, Vinny Nobile and Dave Karcich went on to form a band called Cenzo who, at the time when I met Dave, was kind of on their back burner. As a result of my living down the hall from Dave, and Dave's relationship with Vinny, I eventually got tight with them both, which blew the minds of the folks I stiil kept in touch with from high school/college. Sadly, my relationship with Dave was short lived. After recording my band's demo EP, Dave suffered a massive cerebral aneurysm and passed away on April 5th, 2002. Eventually, Vinny hired me to take Dave's place on drums in Cenzo and for a short while I enjoyed playing sold out shows with Cenzo in support of acts including The Toasters, The Pietasters, Murphy's Law, and The Slackers.

A lot of people give a knee-jerk scoff at SKA because it's apparently unfashionable; admittedly, the thought of skinny ties, checker-accented gear, black and white wing tips, pork pie hats, and massive sideburns makes me feel uneasy. But some of the bands from back in the day, back in my day, continue to bring serious talent and awesome sounds to those of us who are still willing to listen. So I was pretty skankingly excited to see that SKA powerhouses The Toasters and The Pietasters will be sharing a bill with Hub City Stompers and more for an all ages show at BB Kings on 10/29/10. People with even a casual interest cannot pass up the opportunity to see these third wave legends in the same house.

More tour dates below, including Bim Skala Bim, The Slackers, The Pietasters (who also play a boat tonight), and The Toasters.

Continue reading "The Toasters, The Pietasters & other upcoming ska shows "

by Klaus Kinski

The Beat

As a former Boston skinhead with a former penchant for Ska and hardcore, it's safe to say that The English Beat's music radiated from my car speakers more than a few times as I delivered pizza back in the day. Though they weren't my favorite band of the genre, when they're good, they are freaking amazing. Now as an older skinhead-via-heredity, it's with mixed levels of enthusiasm that I announce that Dave Wakeling and the English Beat are embarking on a pretty serious Summer/Fall North American Tour, eventually skanking their way to Webster Hall on August 21, 2010. Bad Manners is supporting, which is AWESOME. Tickets go on sale July 9, 2010 (Amex presale begins today, July 7th, at noon).

Why the mixed levels of enthusiasm? Well, I am no purist, but I can't really get jazzed about seeing a band, any band, with only one original member. And though it is a scientific fact that David Wakeling (English Beat founding member and currently the only original member) is an EXTREMELY awesome guy, I'm not sure he necessarily deserves his title of "Legendary King of Ska". I can think of about 10 'ska legends' before he would even enter the picture, and ain't one of them a white dude from the UK. Legendary? Maybe. King? Hell no.

That said, between the Bosstones coming to Irving Plaza, The Pietasters playing on a boat (tickets), The Slackers also playing on a boat (tickets), and more Ska shows inevitably popping up, it's gonna be a good season for skankin' in NYC.

All English Beat dates (including a show in the Hamptons this Friday) below...

Continue reading "The English Beat tour dates & other upcoming ska shows"

by Andrew Frisicano

The slackers...
The Slackers

So I got to see the Specials in Leeds this may 24th. It was definitely a trip. I was sitting on a corner of the stage watching the band (minus Jerry Dammers). They came on the stage suddenly. John Bradbury did the opening drum fill of "Do the Dog" and they were off. They were launched into it like it was 1979. They seemed a little bit older but surprising well preserved. They mostly played the first album and the first half of the 2nd album. plus a couple songs off their eps.

I got to say i was impressed. I had seen some of the half reunions in the 90s and been underwhelmed. This time they seemed like they had something to prove. Hearing Terry Hall do "Friday Night Saturday Morning" made me think about being 16 yrs old again. It made me think about nights driving around San Diego looking for booze and a party in the 1980s. Their energy was profound. It was like seeing the dance craze movie unfold in front of you. All those songs. "Too Much Too Young." "It Doesnt Make it allright." "Concrete Jungle." [Dave Hillyard of the Slackers]

The Specials have confirmed their 2010 plans for a North American tour, with stops in L.A., Toronto, NYC and Coachella. In fact, the Terminal 5 show on April 21st is already sold out. Luckily, they've added another show at the same venue one night earlier, on April 20th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, February 17th at noon. General sale starts the Friday at noon.They'll also be appearing on April 13th on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. All dates are below.

The Slackers opened for the Specials when they played the UK last spring. While the Specials have a new live DVD on the way, the Slackers are prepping the releasing of their new album, The Great Rocksteady Swindle, set to come out April 20th on Hellcat. It'll be their first album on the label in four years. Recent releases, including 2009's well-done b-sides and versions comp Lost & Found, have been on their own labels - Indication, Special Potato and the online label Whatevski. The latter recently put out an NYC Taper-recorded bootleg of the band's pair of holiday gigs at Knitting Factory last December. When one of the opening bands didn't make it through the blizzard that hit on the second night, the Slackers stretched into two sets with songs from all seven of their studio records. The band's tour plans include shows in Japan, the West Coast and Europe. Those lead up to a hometown record release show on June 4th at Highline Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Slackers tenor sax player Dave Hillyard (responsible for the review above) has been playing around NYC with his Rocksteady 7 project, a mostly-instrumental group that plays a mix of early ska, jazz and latin music. He's pared it down to 3 (sax, congas & bass) for his show tonight (2/12) at Sunny's Bar (253 Conover St) in Redhook (the same band played at Spike Hill on Monday). Clips of the Rocksteady 7 in action are below. Slackers' frontman Vic Ruggiero also has solo shows coming up. Those and all tour dates are below...

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The Slackers (photo by Ben Minehart)
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Kevin Seconds: ...Speaking of tours... have you been here and there doing any other touring solo wise with Shanti?

Greg Attonito: Yeah. Shanti, Vic [Ruggiero] from The Slackers... It was a total blast. We ended up just doing a whole bunch of stuff together.

Kevin Seconds: Vic's phenomenal. (Laughs). It's like, I got to know him a little bit last year when we went out on the East Coast and we did some gigs together. I was completely blown away by his ability to pull it off musically and the kind of guy he is... I haven't been inspired like on a musical or an art level in a long time. He was just... wow, this guy is really living.

[from our interview with the two earlier this year]

The Slackers are hitting the road in December including two shows in their hometown of Brooklyn at Knitting Factory on Dec 18th and Dec 19th. Tickets are on sale for their 12/18 show with The Alrighters, Red Baraat, & 100 dBs, and for their 12/19 show with R-tronika, THE HARD TIMES, & 100 dBs.

The Slackers recently dropped a new disc entitled Lost & Found:

Lost & Found is a cd that I culled from our archives going back as far 1998. It includes rarities from back in the day, alternative versions of slacker's classics, and "new" songs that we just finished from basic rhythms that were not completed (it took 5 years for us to finish one of these tracks...that's slackin!)

So yeah, its a fun cd, new and old at the same time. But its all tracks that havent seen the light of day until right now!

The band has also released live recordings from both it's recent show at Bowery Ballroom in September, and their boat cruise this past summer. Pick up those and Lost & Found here.

Full tour dates and some videos are below....

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NYC, Virgin Megastore, 2008
April 25 @ 12:30 PM - Elbow (TODAY!)
April 28 @ 7:00 PM - The Slackers
April 29 @ 7:00 PM - Santogold
May 1 @ 7:00 PM - Robyn
May 13 @ 8:00 PM - Duffy (acoustic)

The Duffy in-store is one day after her show at the Apollo Theater. Elbow's new video below...

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