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photo: Tommy w/ The Replacements in Chicago in April (more by James Richards IV)

With The Replacements reunion seemingly over and his services in Guns N' Roses maybe not needed anymore, Tommy Stinson has some free time on his hands. He released a new EP, titled L.M.A.O., earlier this fall and you can stream the power-pop-ish "Breathing Room" and "Not This Time" off it below.

Tommy's also got a couple live shows coming up, both in the NYC-area. First is a free show at NYC's Berlin on Thursday (11/19) with The So So Glos. That is a FREE show and more details are here. Then he'll play Hudson, NY's Helsinki Hudson on November 25 which is a variety show called "Friday Night is Killing Me" that features "special guests, and it's being filmed. That's about all you need to know at this point." Tickets are on sale.

In a similar punky vein, on December 19 at Berlin you can catch Dirty Fences, The Ar-Kaics and The Jay Vons.

Continue reading "Tommy Stinson released a new EP, playing free NYC show w/ So So Glos and taping a variety show in Hudson, NY"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, videos by (((unARTig))), words by Pink Baby

Lilys / Dilly Dally / Martin Courtney @ Baby's All Right - 10/17/15
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday

After the mere seven-hour BrooklynVegan Friday party at Baby's All Right during CMJ, we threw a 12-and-a-half hour party on Saturday (10/17). It kicked off bright and early at 11:30 AM with Murals and continued through midnight when reunited '90s shoegazers Lilys wrapped up their set.

Murals, whose sound these days is sort of pastoral and proggy (not unlike Andora-era Caribou at times) which was a gentle start to a long (fun) day, while we munched on free Thai samosas -- courtesy Baby's new Bangkok-inspired menu -- and sipped complimentary Bell's Brewery Octoberfest. Though that keg went quick, Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Lager were also on tap all day, and they gave out pins, sunglasses, bottle openers and other goodies, too.

After Murals it was Petal, whose set we wrote about and posted pictures of HERE (with her new album stream), and then we were treated to an early afternoon set by Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney. Martin was supporting and playing songs off his forthcoming solo debut, Many Moons (due 10/30 via Domino), and he was backed by an ace band that included Woods' Jarvis Taveniere (who produced the album) and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band (and several other projects). Martin plays an acoustic guitar the whole time, and they're a little more on the '70s folk/soft rock side than Real Estate's slightly janglier indie pop. Martin also threw in a cover of Pavement's "Major Leagues" which fit in perfectly with his own compositions. They ended the set with Doug Keith's extended guitar solo that Martin's Grateful Dead-obsessed Real Estate bandmate Alex Bleeker probably would've been proud of.

Then came Australian trio Methyl Ethel, who gave us a set of psychedelic dream pop and had a frontman with quite a bit of urgency to his performance. The Gotobeds then seriously kicked things up a notch with their tough, post-punk inspired indie rock. These guys are just the kind of smartasses you want at something like CMJ, coming on stage saying "Hey, we're Viet Cong! What!?! They're not using it anymore!" and being good enough musicians to make playing sloppy charming. The set featured their 'hit,' "NY's Alright" (which Kasan sang as "Baby's All Right" at least once), as well as songs from their upcoming Sub Pop debut, including one that Protomartyr's Joe Casey will be guesting on. Between that show and their set at Sub Pop's showcase two days earlier (which Protomartyr, who played our Baby's day parties in 2014, also played), they were a definite highlight of CMJ.

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They were followed by UK trio Shopping, one of the most buzzed about bands at CMJ this year (as the beyond packed room illustrated). They wear their minimal, danceable post-punk influences (Delta 5, The Slits) on their sleeve, but they make up for the lack of originality with a super fun live show. They were bouncing around up there the whole time, and if the crowd was more familiar with their songs (or drunker) you could imagine the rest of the room bouncing along with them. Tight musicians too.

The tight musicianship did not die down at all when Dilly Dally followed. They instantly won us over with an early set on our 2014 day party, but this year they returned bigger and better in every way. The sound and light show was perfect for them, which didn't hurt, but the band's grungy force and Katie Monks' throat-shredding voice is what keeps this band exciting every time.

Things got a bit calmer for Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, who are still a new-ish band but already have a fully-formed unique vision. All three members wore matching outfits, and they're all set up in a horizontal line in the front of the stage. They all sing in close harmony, and they make a kind of arty pop that's not exactly in line with any current trend. While trying to remember who you saw at CMJ, you don't forget Stealing Sheep.

The rock returned when local staples The So So Glos followed. They've been doing their thing around NYC for years now, and they really do play like stars. Their poppy punk might have actually made them stars in 1995, but it's nice to get that kind of performance in a smaller venue in the midst of a CMJ party too. Things stayed turned up to 11 when Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney followed. They don't exactly do the whole "punkgaze" thing that's been going on, but they definitely have a hard backbone as far as shoegaze bands go.

It was a full house when Frankie Cosmos kicked off the evening portion of our party with a set of appealing indie pop that is both winsome and spirited. Jessica Lea Mayfield, who played the ATO showcase the day before, then brought things down even softer than Frankie, with a haunting solo set. It would have been nice to see her full band, especially with her heavier new album out, but she's good with just a guitar too. Chicago garage punks Meat Wave followed and wasted no time turning things way back up. They're just a trio but they were one of the loudest and heaviest bands of the day. Almost their whole set was flooded in entirely red lights. It suited them well.

Up next were young locals The Lemon Twigs, who are still in their teens but already have approval from Foxygen whose Jonathan Rado is producing their forthcoming album. Fronted by Micheal and Brian D'Addario (who take turns between guitar/lead vocals and drums), The Lemon Twigs seem to take inspiration from mid-'70s rock: Michael, who wore eyeshadow, a floor-length robe and Aladdin Sane-Orange hair gave us the weirder songs with hints of Syd Barrett, early Bowie and Sparks; while Brian seemed to draw more from classic songwriters like Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach or Todd Rundgren. The whole band are seriously good musicians (and killer at harmonies) and, if these guys keep at it, it seems like they'll be crazy good by their mid-twenties.

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Mothers from Athens, GA then came on for the penultimate set of the day. Kristine Leschper has a great voice that reminded me more than once of Angel Olsen, and the music is a bit like Angel's last album too. It's folky at times, but driving indie rock at others. And the rest of her band were no slouches at all.

Finally Lilys wrapped up the day with what was only their fourth show of 2015... which is probably as many as they have played in the last five years. Kurt Heasley has seen nearly as many members of Lilys as The Fall, and this lineup -- the same as the two shows the weekend before at Baby's -- was put together by former member Don Devore, one of the five guitarists on stage. Sticking to songs from the band's early shoegaze years (like 1994's Eccsame the Photon Band which just got re-pressed on vinyl) with some seriously trippy projections, Lilys melted faces (helped along by Heasley's insistence that the A/C be turned off) with Clinton-era classics like "Ginger." We were very happy to bring this very rare show to fans (which included a lot of folks in other bands) to you for free. What a day!

Then we went to bed.

More pictures and videos from Saturday's show below...

Continue reading "Lilys, Dilly Dally, Shopping, Mothers, Martin Courtney, Frankie Cosmos, Gotobeds & more played BV's Saturday party (pics)"

photo: Lilys at Baby's last week (more by Greg Cristman)

photo: Martin Courtney with Real Estate at Radio City in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

You already know the details for the free BV Friday day party at Baby's All Right. There's also an all-day BrooklynVegan Saturday party from 11:00 AM to midnight at Baby's.

Here's the lineup and set times:
SATURDAY, 10/17/2015 @ Baby's All Right

11:00 AM DOORS
11:30 Murals
12:15 Petal
1:00 Martin Courtney of Real Estate
1:45 Methyl Ethel
2:30 The Gotobeds
3:15 Shopping
4:00 Dilly Dally
4:45 Stealing Sheep
5:30 The So So Glos
6:15 Wildhoney
7:00 Frankie Cosmos
7:45 Jessica Lea Mayfield
8:30 Meat Wave
9:15 The Lemon Twigs
10:00 Mothers
10:45 Lilys
The day kicks off bright and early with Louisville's pastoral psych band Murals and free vegetarian southern Thai samosas off the new Baby's menu, a collaboration with Bangkok restaurant Soul Food Mahanakorn. American brunch will also be available for purchase.

Then it's Scranton, PA Tigers Jaw associates Petal. Following that is a 1 PM set from Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, who's followed by Australia's Methyl Ethel, Pittsburgh smartass post-punks The Gotobeds, and more post-punk from UK band Shopping.

Things keep going with Toronto's roaring indie rockers Dilly Dally, the harmony-laden Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, local punk staples The So So Glos, and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Then it's the twee-ish Frankie Cosmos, the ever-evolving Jessica Lea Mayfield, Chicago garage punks Meat Wave, the young but already very accomplished locals The Lemon Twigs, folky Athens indie rockers Mothers, and finally a very rare reunion set from '90s shoegazers Lilys (only their fourth of 2015) to wrap up the day.

Like on Friday, things kick off with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts. We'll also have three varieties of Bell's on tap all day and night.

photo: Frankie Cosmos at MoMA Nights in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Frankie Cosmos

Again, all 12 hours of this show are totally FREE. No RSVP, no badge or anything required.

The show is one of five BrooklynVegan-presented shows in NYC this week. In addition to the Friday party, we're also presenting the two non-CMJ Front Bottoms shows at Irving Plaza.

Listen to the artists playing the Saturday party, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Saturday all-day show lineup (Lilys, Frankie Cosmos, Real Estate's Martin Courtney, Dilly Dally, Stealing Sheep, Jessica Lea Mayfield, free Bell's beer & more!)"


Tickets to The Cure and The Twilight Sad show at MSG go on sale today at 10 AM. UPDATE: Second show added and also on sale.

Tickets for the Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi show at Kings Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Baby's All Right's 2nd birthday party with Empress Of and Moses Sumney go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the BrooklynVegan/Collect Records CMJ showcase with No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid and Foxes in Fiction at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (10/14) are on sale now --100% of sales going to Callen Lorde charity.

Tickets to the Royal Trux show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to Rhett Miller's 3rd Annual Holiday Extravaganza at City Winery are on sale now.

Tickets for the Scott Weiland and The Icarus Line shows at Gramercy, Wellmont and The Paramount go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Joseph Arthur's 6th annual New Year's Day show at City Winery are on sale now.

Matt & Kim are playing a FREE show with Heliotropes at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 3. Tickets become available today at noon.

Krill are playing a "goodbye show" at Silent Barn on 10/23 (which appears to still be on), and they added a second NYC date for October 21 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for Shea go on sale at noon.

The So So Glos and Big Ups are playing Shea Stadium on October 17. Tickets are on sale now.

photo: Riis Park Beach Bazaar in August (more by Mimi Hong)
Riis Park Beach Bazaar

Riis Park Beach Bazaar has been hosting free shows right on the water at Rockaway Beach every weekend all summer, and they'll continue to do so through the end of September. We just mentioned one of them, the So So Glos / Nude Beach / Mannequin Pussy / Big Eyes / etc show happening 9/27, and here are more highlights:

The day before the Nude Beach show is Perfect Pussy (who also play CMJ) with Show Me The Body, Guerilla Toss, Pawns and Ghost Dads.

Sooner than that though, there's two good shows this weekend: Long-running post-hardcore/indie rock band The Forms headline on Saturday (9/12) with Salt Cathedral, Tomboy and Nicholas Nicholas. Then on Sunday (9/13) it's the collaborative project from Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren, Antarctigo Vespucci, with support from Spraynard, The Weaks, Hiccup (members of The Chris Gethard Show house band) and Adult Mom.

Again, all shows are free. Full upcoming schedule below...

Continue reading "Riis Park Beach Bazaar continues this month with Antarctigo Vespucci, Perfect Pussy, The Forms, The So So Glos & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Joey Cape

Fat Wreck Chords is having quite the year. A bunch of bands just wrapped up the label's 25th anniversary tour, including a band that's been on Fat for over two decades, Lagwagon. Lagwagon's frontman Joey Cape (also of Bad Astronaut and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) is now set to release his third solo album, Stitch Puppy, which follows 2011's Doesn't Play Well with Others. It's an entirely acoustic album, using guitar, piano, cello, mandolin and percussion, and some of it ("Broken," "Cope," "Tracks") gets pretty melancholic. Longtime fans will surely dig, but even if you don't listen to Lagwagon (or punk at all), this is just a good singer/songwriter album. It comes out this Friday (pre-order) and the full stream premieres below.

Joey will be supporting it on tour with Walt Hamburger, Brian Wahlstrom and Jo Bergeron, and that tour hits NYC on September 30 at The Bowery Electric. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Joey was also just added to The Fest, along with The So So Glos (also playing Pre-Fest), Dave Dondero, Strange Wilds, Bob Nanna, Deforesters, Options, The Record Collection, The Penske File, Joliette (MX), Sammy Stephens, Mike Llerena, Cut It Out, Wilderness Dream, Scavuzzos, Hard Luck Society, Greg Rekus, Boyfriend Material, Waylon Thorton and the Heavy Hands, Jesse LeBourdais, Freddy Fuddpucker, The Thin Skins, Blood on the Harp, Wax Wings, The Yams, and Kiiks (FY).

All Joey's tour dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Joey Cape releasing new solo album 'Stitch Puppy,' touring, added to The Fest (dates & full album stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Night Birds

Night Birds recently announced that they'll follow 2013's Born To Die In Suburbia with their third album, Mutiny at Muscle Beach, on October 2 via Fat Wreck Chords. Going by lead single "Blank Eyes," it looks like Night Birds haven't changed their sound at all. But when you do it this well, that's totally fine. NB are somewhere between the kind of skate punk Fat was known for in the '90s and Dead Kennedys' more maniacal, surfier sound, and "Blank Eyes" rips just as hard as this kind of stuff needs to. Check it out below (via Nerdist).

As previously discussed, the band is heading out on tour with the great Dillinger Four, including two NYC shows. Those happen October 10 at MHOW (tickets) and October 11 at Saint Vitus (sold out). Those shows got even better since we last spoke, with Big Eyes being added. And there's still one more TBA for Vitus.

Catch Big Eyes sooner when they open for Against Me! at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on September 4 at The Stone Pony. Also on that bill is Cakes Da Killa. $3 RSVP is still open.

After that, Big Eyes play Silent Barn with Wet Nurse (9/22) and a stacked FREE afternoon show at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on September 27 with The So So Glos, Nude Beach, Mannequin Pussy, Bueno and Bikini Carwash. Noon start.

Listen to that new Night Birds song, with their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Night Birds share "Blank Eyes" off 'Mutiny at Muscle Beach'; Big Eyes added to NYC shows with Dillinger Four"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher


The last time I saw Conor Oberst in a live setting was at Radio City in 2011. Conor and his band (Bright Eyes) were in semi-formal attire, and the lavish venue was decked out with huge, elegant stage props. Fast forward to last night (6/25), and he's thrashing around Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium's tiny stage in a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap. It was the first of two NYC release shows for his punk band Desaparecidos' great new album, Payola, their first since their 2002 debut and Conor's best work in at least a decade.

It's almost hard to imagine this is a guy who just last year released an album on Nonesuch with pedal steels and clarinets, considering how natural he looked rocking the fuck out last night. I'm only guessing here, but seeing the passion Conor had playing those songs, it seemed like revisiting his punk past is something he's been dying to do. And I mean, of all the "nostalgia tours" Conor could do, it's not even possible that this could be a cash grab or anything. If he wanted to do that, he'd play I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning in full or something. He wouldn't make a new Desaparecidos album. This is Conor making some of the most energized music of his career, and having a blast playing it.

It was a blast to watch too. The whole album had only been on the internet for ten days (though seven of the songs were around much longer), but this crowd came ready to yell along to every song. We got most, if not all, of the new record, and they sprinkled in a few off the debut too. There wasn't a dull moment.

Opening were Brooklyn staples and Conor's new friends, The So So Glos, who also appear on the new Desaparecidos album. Conor thanked them multiple times during his set, and also came out to sing on a song during theirs. I hadn't seen those guys in a while, but they're still killing it. Don't miss them when they open for Desaparecidos again on their tour which includes the larger NYC venue Webster Hall on August 6 (tickets).

Desaparecidos do it again tonight (6/26) at another intimate Brooklyn venue, Rough Trade. It's with The Bandroidz, who are also on that Webster bill. Sold out.

More pictures from Shea Stadium below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst's band Desaparecidos rocked Shea Stadium with The So So Glos (pics, review)"

photo: Desaparecidos at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Conor Oberst's band Desaparecidos recently announced two small NYC release shows for their upcoming album Payola. Those shows (Shea and Rough Trade) sold out instantly, but the band have now added more dates including a larger NYC show.

They'll return to play Webster Hall on August 6. That show (and others on the tour) is with Payola collaborators The So So Glos, as well as Bandroidz. Bandroidz are on the Rough Trade show too, but still no other bands announced for Shea. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Conor will also be in NYC with his solo project for Governors Ball and a GovBall aftershow.

The So So Glos play Asbury Park's Skate & Surf this weekend (which we're giving away tickets to), and a pre-Skate & Surf show in Connecticut with Hot Rod Circuit and Small Brown Bike (tickets).

Payola comes out June 23 via Epitaph, and it's their first album since 2002 debut Read Music/Speak Spanish on Saddle Creek. They just put out the album version of "Backsell" which appeared on a single with "MariKKKopa" in 2012 (that one's on the album too). Listen, with the video for "City on the Hill" (ft. Cursive's Tim Kasher), and Desaparecidos' list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Desaparecidos release "Backsell" from new album, add dates with The So So Glos, including Webster Hall"

photo: Small Brown Bike at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Meghan McInnis)

Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend, and right beforehand three of the more exciting bands on the lineup are playing a nearby show in New Haven, CT. Hot Rod Circuit (who are back with their Sorry About Tomorrow lineup this year), Small Brown Bike, and The So So Glos will play CT venue Toad's Place on Saturday (5/16) with openers Smoke Signals. It's the first show since 2011 for both HRC and SBB, and HRC are also saying this is their only show besides Skate & Surf. Tickets are on sale.

Small Brown Bike, whose last NYC show was Cake Shop in 2010, are also playing Bled Fest, Heavy Montreal, and Wrecking Ball this year.

HRC and SBB are both in our list of ten bands we're excited to see at Skate & Surf. Listen to some of their stuff, below...

Continue reading "Hot Rod Circuit, Small Brown Bike & So So Glos playing CT show together before Skate & Surf"


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

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

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

photos by P Squared Photography

John Reis & the Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge 2/26/2015
Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake

Post-punks in Hawaiian shirts Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake played their second of two NYC shows last Thursday (2/26) at Mercury Lounge, in support of their collaborative Modern Surf Classics album. With February being one of the coldest months NYC has seen in ages, the Pacific wave vibes were especially welcome, and these guys bring an intensity to their performance rivaling the Banzai Pipeline. Pictures from that show are in this post. Their tour wrapped up over the weekend, but The Blind Shake will be putting back on their signature jumpsuits to play Austin during SXSW later this month.

The So So Glos, like at Saint Vitus the night before, opened the show. Their only upcoming show scheduled at the moment is at Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Fest in May. Pics from their Mercury Lounge show, plus more of John Reis & The Blind Shake, below...

Continue reading "John Reis & The Blind Shake played Mercury Lounge with The So So Glos (pics)"

by Keith Marlowe

Swami John Reis & Blind Shake @ Saint Vitus, 2/25/2015
Blind Shake

On tour from Minneapolis, a city with a rich surfing tradition, Minneapolis' The Blind Shake played St Vitus last night (2/25) with John Reis (RFTC, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, the Sultans, Pitchfork, etc) who recorded an album called Modern Surf Classics with the band last year and is on tour with them. Pictures from the show are in this post.

They blasted an hour's worth of blistering surf rock at the packed crowd. The band consists of three guitars, a sax, and drummer. No bass, no vocals, just serious riffs and a rolling drumbeat. Reis introduced a few of the songs with their origin stories, one of them called "Kooks on the Face". He told about being in Hawaii on tour with a band. They were on a beach without a change of clothes, so they stripped down to their underwear and were "frolicking " in the waves. Some kids were bodysurfing on plastic food trays from a restaurant, and as they rode in, one kid asked another if he wanted to go back out to catch another wave. The kid looked at the almost naked band and replied, "naw, there's too many kooks on the face." Reis announced, "that was us, we were the Kooks on the Face."

Tonight (2/26), they play an early show at Mercury Lounge (tickets), again with The So So Glos who opened at Vitus. They play D.C. on Friday and Philadelphia on Saturday. The Blind Shake will will also be heading to Austin for SXSW again (maybe you caught them there last year?).

More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "John Reis & the Blind Shake on tour, surfed with the So So Glos @ Saint Vitus (pics)"

Skate & Surf

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

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

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

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

Skate & Surf

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

Updated lineup below...

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

by Andrew Sacher

John Reis

As discussed, Rocket from the Crypt/Drive Like Jehu's John Reis and garage rock trio The Blind Shake are releasing an instrumental surf album, and they've now released a new single from the record, "Sea Saw." First single "Brown Room" was a little more traditional sounding, but we weren't exactly getting songs as heavy as "Sea Saw" from The Ventures. Modern Surf Classics indeed. Check out the new song below (via Noisey).

As discussed, John and The Blind Shake's tour includes NYC shows happening on February 25 at Saint Vitus and February 26 at Mercury Lounge. Since we last spoke, NYC punks The So So Glos, fresh off their NYE two-night run with The Hold Steady, were added as openers. Tickets for Vitus and Merc are still available.

In related news revealed earlier this week, the Drive Like Jehu reunion continues at Coachella.

Full list of tour dates, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "John Reis & The Blind Shake release new song from LP; The So So Glos opening their NYC shows (updated dates, stream)"

photos by Mimi Hong

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

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

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

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

More pictures and some videos below...

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

Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)

The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?

The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.

List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz played 2 NYC shows w/ Ex Hex, playing DbA; Sadie on 7" series w/ Cloud Nothings, Into It Over It, more"

The Hold Steady at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (more by PSquared)
Hold Steady

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and The So So Glos are already on board for the BrooklynVegan-presented 'Champagne Jam' holiday show at Webster Hall headlined by The Front Bottoms, and now it's been announced that just ten days later the full Hold Steady crew and the So So Glos will team up yet again to play New Year's Eve at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show also doubles as Hold Steady bassist Galen Polivka's birthday party. Here's the details:

The Hold Steady will be celebrating bass player Galen Polivka's birthday in extra special style to end 2014, by having a Birthday Bash at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 31, 2014. Special Guests The So-So Glos will start the evening off right before The Hold Steady blast through their 111th (and last) live show of 2014. Join in for a birthday toast at midnight as Galen enjoys day two of a new year. There are a limited number of tickets for the post-show Birthday Bash to be held downstairs at Music Hall. The Birthday ticket includes a limited edition numbered and THS-signed show poster and access to the Birthday Bash, where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing from 1am until the streets are clear from that other holiday happening on December 31.
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/29) at noon. For $30 extra, you can get the birthday ticket which "includes screened poster signed by the band and an invite to post-show birthday celebration downstairs where The Hold Steady will be DJ'ing."

The Hold Steady's only other announced dates are a four-night run in Toronto for The Horseshoe Tavern's 67th birthday celebration. The first two nights are with Single Mothers, a band who are definitely inspired by The Hold Steady. All dates are listed below...

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NJ's folk/pop/punks The Front Bottoms are teaming up with BrooklynVegan yet again to celebrate the holidays this year. Last year, it was a small show at Shea, but this year it's gonna be a much bigger affair called the Champagne Jam which takes over all three rooms of Webster Hall on Sunday, December 21. The Front Bottoms are playing the Grand Ballroom with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and magician Magic Mike. In The Marlin Room it's two NYC punk bands, The So So Glos and Big Ups, two alt-leaning rappers, Kitty and GDP, novelty rockers Baby Baby and Don Giovanni-signed comedian Chris Gethard. And in The Studio it's electronic musician Emperor X, two mathy emo bands, Tiny Moving Parts and Prawn, CT indie rockers The Guru, and Girl Spells, the new project of Adrianne Gold of Philly indie popsters Catnaps.

Tickets, which get you into all three rooms, go on sale Friday (9/26) at 10 AM. There's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Tuesday (9/23) at 10 AM and a Front Bottoms fan club presale starting Wednesday (9/24) at 10 AM. Check back here tomorrow morning for the BV presale password. The show's all ages (under 16 must be accompanied by a parent).


Check out a few videos from some of the artists playing, below...

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Say Anything / The Front Bottoms / The So So Glos / You Blew It!
Say Anything
The Front Bottoms
The So So Glos
You Blew It

The Say Anything / Front Bottoms / So So Glos / You Blew It! tour hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Best Buy Theater show on Saturday (6/28). The headliners were supporting a new album which they played a few tracks from, but mostly split their discography pretty evenly including five from ...Is A Real Boy and early track "A Boston Peace."

Some pretty exciting openers were along for the tour, including lyrical acoustic punks The Front Bottoms who treated the crowd to favorites off last year's Talon of the Hawk and one off the just-released Rose EP (blow-up stage props included). Before that was power poppy punks The So So Glos who were back in their hometown of NYC for this show, and Florida's '90s emo devotees You Blew It! who focused mainly on this year's acclaimed Keep Doing What You're Doing.

Pictures of all four bands are in this post and continue below...

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LODRO @ Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn
In the US for the William Onyeabor tributes, the Hot Chip singer will be previewing his new album at this free matinee show. Special guests are being promised.

Bladerunner Trio (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Dave Lombardo) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayerdrummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, you can catch them tonight.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Bowery Ballroom
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's held up very well.

Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest @ City Winery
A singer-songwriter for over 30 years (best known for "Tom's Diner" and "Luka"), Vega just released her new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles where she samples 50 Cent on one track, believe it or not.

Weekend, Cities Aviv, Grey Zine @ Glasslands
Weekend moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, dialed back the reverb and upped the melody/danceabilty in the music, the result of which was last year's terrific Jinx. Volume level remained constant: deafening.

Matt Pond PA, The Lighthouse & The Whaler @ Rough Trade
Long-running indie band Matt Pond PA are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album, Emblems, for this current tour which makes two stops in NYC, this being the first.

Jessy Lanza, Ricky Eat Acid @ Santos Party House
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub.

The So So Glos, Juan Wauters, Flagland, Krill, Patrick Stickles (DJ set), Baked (DJ set) @ Shea Stadium
The So So Glos are no strangers to Shea Stadium (some of them live there) and are ofter at their raucous best at their home. This stacked lineup is being billed as a "Tooth Fairy" benefit, with all proceeds going into the mouth of a friend.

CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's the last of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

Skull Defekts, Sannhet, Surviva @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Much like they did in 2011 for Peer Amid, Daniel Higgs and Swedish experimental rockers Skull Defekts have joined forces for new album  Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown which juxtaposes Higgs' beautiful, fractured poetry spewed over a tense arrangement. Higgs will be with the band tonight.

Tonstartsbandht, LODRO, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Cassie Ramone, Plastic Pinks @ Trans-Pecos
This is a pretty killer bill, with Montreal/Brooklyn noisemakers Tonstartsbandht, the dark-n-stormy LODRO, Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila, former Vivian Girl guitarist Cassie Ramone and more

Majical Cloudz, Spencer Madsen (reading), Kool A.D. (reading), Mira Gonzalez (reading) @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Brooklyn poet Spencer Madsen releases his new book, You Can Make Anything Sad, this week (4/29) and he'll be celebrating it with a release show featuring readings and a live performance from Majical Cloudz.

Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Mac DeMarco at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Mac DeMarco @ Other Music
Get a sneak peak at Mac's new album, Salad Days, at this free acoustic in-store ahead of his two proper headlining shows. UPDATE: To attend, you had to pre-order the album through Other Music, and the venue is now at capacity.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, The Hotelier, Crying, Told Slant @ Suburbia
Brooklyn DIY spot Suburbia hosts an excellent double dose of emo tonight with multi-layered Connecticut collective TWIABP and Worcester, MA's emo/pop punk/post-hardcore blenders THe Hotelier. Local support comes from chiptune band Crying and bedroom indie rockers Told Slant. Suburbia is pretty tiny, so this is sure to be a pretty wild show.

Peach Kelli Pop, The Mystery Lights, Scully @ Don Pedro
Peach Kelli Pop (aka White Wires drummer Allie Hanlon's other band) make sugary bubblegum garage confections like on the band's new single. This is their second of two NYC shows.

North Highlands, Ablebody, Bennio Qwerty, Cowboy @ Glasslands
North Highlands are going their separate ways -- singer Brenda Malvani is leaving NYC -- but on good terms, playing one last show together. We'll miss ya, NH!

Typhoon, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Wild Ones @ Webster Hall
This is a pretty good triple bill with art pop ensemble Typhoon, the folky Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Typhoon's Portland neighbors Wild Ones.

Tiger & Woods, Poolside (DJ Set), DJ Spun @ Output
Electronic duo Tiger & Woods return to NYC for Output's weekly INPUT party, and dancey duo Poolside are on the bill DJing as well.

Allah-Las, Spires, The Black Hollies @ Rough Trade
Los Angeles band Allah-Las look and sound like they're from 1966, making sweet 12-string jangly pop. This is a rescheduled show from December and a one-off for the band.

Rakim @ SOB's
Rakim still plays his hometown a good amount, and tonight's another good opportunity to catch the legendary rapper.

JD Samson & MEN @ The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum's Wind Up series continues tonight with a live set from ex-Le Tigre member JD Samson's band MEN. There will also be "interactive art making activities, tours of the new exhibition Other Primary Structures, and an open bar with beer and wine."

Svper, Arm Candy, Blizzard Babies @ Silent Barn
Barcelona duo SVPER make motorik synthpop that sounds a bit like Broadcast's Trish Keenan fronting "Electricity"-era Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

The So So Glos, Heeney, Pictureplane DJ set, Tony Quattro DJ set, Nick Gazin DJ set @ The Flat
Mishka is celebrating the 5-year anniversary of its flagship store (350 Broadway in Brooklyn) tonight with an in-store reception from 7 to 10 PM, and after that there's an afterparty at The Flat with local rock bands The So So Glos and Heeney, plus numerous DJs.

Hiro Kone, Dutch E Germ, Drew McDowall, Soren @ Baby's All Right
NYC electronic musician Hiro Kone celebrates his new album tonight at Baby's All Right with support from ex-Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ and others.

The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.

Joe Mande, Wyatt Cenac, Max Silvestri @ The Bell House
The very funny Joe Mande left NYC to live in LA a few years ago, but tonight he'll be back on his #BITCHFACE tour, and solid support comes from current NYC residents Wyatt Cenac and Max Silvestri.

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

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Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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The Front Bottoms at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Say Anything is another of the 2000s bands that were almost entirely ignored by indie music critics, though I still maintain that if 2004's ...Is a Real Boy and all of the earlier material leading up to it (that they reissued as All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities last year) had come out during the #emorevival, it'd be treated far more nicely. Max Bemis & co. just announced that they'll release a new album, Hebrews, via Equal Vision this year (6/10), but Say Anything haven't ever really put out a great followup to ...Is a Real Boy, so #emorevival or not, their time to shine just might be behind them.

To further the Say Anything/#emorevival discussion, the band has just announced a tour which features support from The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, and You Blew It!, three bands that have definitely crossed over to indie rock fans/critics lately, and who we are definitely currently fans of. Not to mention none of these bands are wildly different from Say Anything. (Okay, well The So So Glos don't fall under the "emo" umbrella, but they're at least "pop punk" and did just open for Brand New and now this, so...)

The tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater and also includes nearby stops in Philly, NJ, Connecticut and upstate NY. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Thursday, April 3 at noon. All dates are listed, with some streams/videos, below...

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