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by Andrew Sacher

GWAR @ Riot Fest Denver 8/29/2015 (photo by @ultra5280)
GWAR at Riot Fest Denver

Riot Fest Denver 2015 began on Friday (review, video) and continued Saturday (8/29) with another load of great bands. Actually, they started a few hours earlier this time and had even more great bands, so picking highlights for day 2 was even harder. Run DMC sounded great from what I saw, but I didn't catch enough of them to really write about it. It was nice to see The Damned still doing their thing but given the vibe of the festival I wish they did more fast songs. The heightened crowd reactions for "Anti-Pope" and "Neat Neat Neat" seemed to agree.

Once again, there were so many great sets on Saturday, but here's six highlights:

GWAR: I admit that I'd never seen GWAR before, and it's sad that I didn't get to until after frontman Oderus Urungus died of an overdose in 2014. So I can't compare their Riot Fest set to how it was with Oderus, but I do know they were massively fun. They were as hilarious and shocking as I hoped they'd be. There was of course a beheading, blood sprayed onto the crowd constantly, and the storyline of this one had them bringing out (and killing) "The Internet Troll." It was one of the shorter sets of the day, but totally awesome.

JOYCE MANOR: Most of Riot Fest's highlights have been veteran bands, but Joyce Manor is the kind of band I hope one day returns to Riot Fest as a veteran. They very much come from this same world -- singer Barry Johnson talked about seeing Rancid for his first time as a teenager -- but they truly feel like a modern band. As they usually do, they stacked their set with the majority of their first and third albums and had the whole crowd bouncing around and loving every second. Joyce Manor played the festival's one indoor stage, which was the perfect fit for them. They'd probably be fine on a big outdoor stage too, but taking a break from the sunlight to see these guys up close and personal in the dark was one of the day's best moments.

DESAPARECIDOS: Conor Oberst's having a killer year with the loooong-awaited sophomore album from Desparecidos, easily his best work in a decade. I saw them celebrate the album in New York in a tiny sweaty DIY spot, which felt like the best possible setting for them, but it's no surprise that they have command over a festival crowd too. And at a festival where populist punk bands tend to get the best reactions, Desaparecidos basically have the perfect sound. It's undeniably catchy and cathartic, and it's not quite like any other band on the lineup.

THRICE: Not much has changed about Thrice's set since their great Skate & Surf appearance in May (except we thankfully got "Under A Killing Moon" this time), but it's worth mentioning again how tight these guys are. I don't nerd out over skill level too often, but it's impossible to watch Thrice and not notice how much every member excels at what they do. Whether it's a thrash-inspired song from their early days or a sludgier one from later on, Thrice are heavy as all hell. And it's not like their musicianship is the only draw here. They rock the fuck out and their screaming crowd is an inspiring thing to watch every time.

DRIVE LIKE JEHU: Since they haven't announced a tour yet, one of the big draws of Riot Fest (and a few other festivals this year) was the reunited post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu. Rick Froberg and John Reis have stayed in active in their many other bands over the years, but these were DLJ's first shows since the mid-'90s and it's great to have them back. Unlike some of their other projects, Drive Like Jehu pay no attention to the structure of a pop song, but here we got to see them zoning out on dissonant jams in a way they don't do so much anymore. Admittedly, they really aren't much of a festival act and I wish they'd bring this tour to small clubs instead of giant outdoor stages. But still a treat to see this band back in action, regardless.

RANCID: Rancid are celebrating the 20th anniversary of ...And Out Come the Wolves this year by playing it in full, and at their Riot Fest set the band ripped through its 19 songs with little to no pause in between. It's not possible for me to be at all unbiased or critical when it comes to ...And Out Come the Wolves. It was a foundational album for me, one that shaped the way I absorbed and thought about and understood punk. I had it in my CD player alarm clock for almost a year straight as a teenager, and even if I don't wake up to "Maxwell can't tell he's in hell!" anymore, it still gets a few spins every year. And at Riot Fest I saw the whole thing come alive. The bass solo in "Maxwell Murder," the raging chorus of "Roots Radicals," the skank-inspiring "Old Friend," the iconic "Ruby Soho." All of it played with exactly the kind of spirit you want out of a great punk rock show. Strangers sang in the faces of other strangers, fists were raised, and almost no one was standing still. Lars Frederiksen took a moment to give a shout out to Motorhead (who had to drop off the fest a day earlier) and dedicate a song to Lemmy. And seeing as they were playing ...And Out Come the Wolves on the night of a supermoon, he asked the crowd to howl at the moon for Lemmy.

After AOCTW they played a four-song encore that included the title track off last year's Honor Is All We Know, their massive hit "Fall Back Down" and two rippers off AOCTW's predecessor, Let's Go: "Tenderloin" and "Radio."

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver day 2: Rancid's 'And Out Come the Wolves' set, Drive Like Jehu, GWAR, more"

photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The full Riot Fest Denver and Chicago lineups were already announced, and more recently the day-by-day lineups were revealed. Check those out below.

You can still get tickets to Denver and Chicago, and now Groupon is also offering an exclusive presale on single-day tickets for Chicago.

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photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!

The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.

Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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photo: Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Weezer

The blanks have been filled in for the Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup. Most excitingly, Weezer is playing their two best albums (Blue Album and Pinkerton), and in addition to that, there's The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, Bleachers, Courage My Love and Ritual.

The new additions join Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead (who announced a tour today), Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, Against Me!, Thurston Moore, and more. This year's Riot Fest Toronto happens September 19-20 in Downsview Park.

Tickets are back on sale. Updated poster below.

Riot Fest Chicago additions here. Denver here.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup additions (Weezer playing 'Blue' and 'Pinkerton,' The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Dustin with Thrice at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Thrice

Last month, I wrote that Thrice was the best thing I saw at Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival. Their set was heavy, huge-sounding, and a good reminder that their musicianship is unrivaled by most bands in that realm. They didn't have a new album to support at that show or anything, but frontman Dustin Kensrue did drop a new solo record about a month beforehand, Cary the Fire (on Vagrant/Staple).

Some of the record retains the folk and Americana influences he explored on earlier solo albums, but other tracks like "Gallows" are right up the alley of mid-to-late period Thrice. That's the one we're premiering the video for today. It was directed by Andrew van Baal, who's also done music videos for Mark Lanegan, Eels and others, and he accompanies the dark song with a black-and-white video that follows a paranoid man through a city at night. And there's a twist ending.

Watch the video, and check out Dustin's tour dates, below. There's none in NYC, but he was here with Andy Hull in April. Thrice also have more festival appearances on the way, including Amnesia Rockfest this weekend, Wrecking Ball, Summer Ends Fest, and Riot Fest Toronto, Denver and Chicago. Their full tour schedule is below too.

Continue reading "watch Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue's paranoid video for "Gallows" +++ updated tour dates"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver 2015: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Iggy Pop, Run DMC, L7, Snoop Dogg, American Nightmare, 7Seconds, more"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

Riot Fest Toronto returns in 2015 from September 19-20 in Downsview Park, and today the initial lineup has been announced. There's Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Alexisonfire, Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, The Thurston Moore Band, DOA, The Dead Milkmen, Moneen, Atmosphere, Doomtree, Andrew WK, FIDLAR, Tyler the Creator, and many more. Two of the headliners are TBA, one of which is performing an album in full, and a few other bands will be added too.

Tickets go on sale June 16, the same day that the full lineup will be announced.

UPDATE: Chicago and Denver announced too.

All currently announced Toronto bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup: Wu-Tang, Rancid, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Bunnymen, Gwar, Babes In Toyland, more"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

American Nightmare / mewithoutYou / crowd
2015 Skate and Surf - Day 1
2015 Skate and Surf - Day 1
2015 Skate and Surf - Day 1

Asbury Park's 2015 Skate & Surf Festival went down this past Saturday (8/16) and Sunday (8/17) with a handful of great bands both days. The festival takes place right on the oceanfront by the boardwalk, with the two main stages in the grassy Bradley Park (overlooked by Convention Hall), two smaller side stages on a fenced off section of Ocean Avenue, and an even smaller tent with bands too. It was super easy to move around and see at least a portion of everyone you wanted to. It wasn't one of those festivals where you spend time waiting around for a band to come on.

An early highlight for me on Saturday was the shapeshifting mewithoutYou, who have a new record coming. They played the recently-released "Red Cow" from that, as well as one other that hasn't been released yet. Plus we got a good sampling from the rest of their catalog -- the heavy ("January 1979," "Bullet to Binary"), the epic ("In A Sweater Poorly Knit"), the whimsical ("All Circles"), and more.

I then caught a bit of Nora and I would have seen American Nightmare after that, but my misjudgment of time and the festival's long food lines (they only had two vendors besides a stand in the alcohol tent with wings and nachos) caused me to only catch two songs. On the bright side, I caught their last-minute Saint Vitus show on Sunday night, which was the best thing I saw all weekend.

The best thing I saw at the actual festival though, was Thrice. It was their first NYC-area show since ending their three-year hiatus, and despite Dustin Kensrue saying on stage that he was rusty, they were anything but. They opened with the atmospheric sludge of "Firebreather," a song that in hindsight has more in common with Baroness or Torche than most of the artists considered similar to Thrice, and immediately you knew you were watching a seasoned, impossibly tight band. They thrashed around on stage in the most natural, un-choreographed way possible, and the level of musicianship each member has is really a remarkable thing to see.

Thrice
2015 Skate and Surf - Day 1

After "Firebreather" came "The Arsonist" into "Stare at the Sun" into "All That's Left," and it pretty much seemed like this set was unstoppable. It wasn't perfect though. If you ask me, Thrice are at their best when they're at their heaviest, and their decision to follow "All That's Left" with five softer/slower songs (mostly from the latter half of their career), was kind of a lull in the set. (Personally, I would have taken more than just one song off The Illusion of Safety over that whole slower section.) Those complaints aside though, Thrice came back in strong with "The Artist in the Ambulance" into "Silhouette" (the heaviest song in the set next to "Firebreather") into "Deadbolt," the oldest song they played and still a monumental Thrice song after 13 years. Their full setlist is below.

Other highlights throughout the day included raspy punks Iron Chic, the grungy Superheaven, melodic hardcore bashers Defeater, metal/punk rippers Cancer Bats, and Celtic punk lifers Dropkick Murphys. Pictures of those bands, everyone mentioned above and more, continue below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf 2015 day 1 pics & review (American Nightmare, Thrice, mewithoutYou, Defeater, Dropkick Murphys & more)"

S&S

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...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Brand New at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
BN

Brand New are more the type to gradually reveal dates than announce a lengthy tour at once, and today their first New York show of 2015 has been announced. They'll return to Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang on August 16, the same venue they played last year with Modest Mouse. It's a good bill all around, with support from old friends Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. Additionally, at the show they'll debut the new Brand New/Ommegang beer collaboration, which will be the first-ever Brand New beer. The presale is already sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Friday (5/8) at noon.

Brand New's tour schedule also includes Shaky Knees Festival, Primavera Sound, Bunbury Festival, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Bumbershoot, ACL, and shows with Basement, Desaparecidos and more. They also headline the Friday of Arizona's Summer Ends Music Festival with Jimmy Eat World, Spoon, Thrice, Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. All dates are listed below.

Last month, Brand New released "Mene," their first single in six years, followed by the live debut of another new song, "Sealed to Me." Last week, Jesse Lacey joined Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull and Kevin Devine at Andy's NYC show to sing Manchester's "Where Have You Been?" Video of that, the two new BN songs, the list of dates, and the Cooperstown show flyer, below...

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Wrecking Ball Fest

Atlanta venue The Masquerade celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival. The lineup was just announced and its loaded with punk and punk-related bands from several generations, including Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, Samiam, Braid, The Appleseed Cast, Knapsack, Thrice, Glassjaw, Blacklisted, Small Brown Bike, Cave In, The Lawrence Arms, Pianos Become The Teeth, Yuck, Beach Slang, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos and so many more. Check out the rest of this amazing lineup below.

The fest happens August 8-9, and there's also a Karaoke pre-party on August 7 with reg Hetson of Bad Religion, Derek O'Brien of Social Distortion and The Adolescents, Eric Melvin of NOFX, and Stan Lee and Edward Tater of the Dickies. Festival tickets and pre-party tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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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"

by Andrew Sacher

Thrice
Thrice

Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.

The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.

Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.

And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Amnesia Rockfest lineup: Thrice reunion, Refused, Rancid, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents & more"

by Ian Chainey

King of the unibrow, Wally Moon. Your move, Anthony Davis
wallymoon

MLB's All-Star Game -- henceforth known as the Derek Jeter Invitational -- is in the rearview mirror and divisional battles are heating up. So, even if you're in Anthony Rendon's camp and can't stomach America's pastime, know that it's an exciting time for fans. Some fans. Jack White isn't exactly thrilled to be catching the Cubs. But, hey, suffering through a (mercifully demoted) Mike Olt plate appearance will do that to a human. At least Eddie Vedder looked chipper. Hopefully he'll be in good spirits again when he sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at tonight's (7/24) Cubs-Padres game.

Of course, those two aren't the only ones with a baseball jones. The supergroup The Baseball Project, featuring members of The Dream Syndicate and R.E.M., are in the middle of their tour which hit New Windsor, NY's Storm King and Hudson, NY's Club Helsinki earlier this week. The tour (check out all dates listed below) brings them to NYC on August 2 at Rough Trade, and to Rochester for a free show with Lucero even sooner. They'll also be playing the home of the Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York, the day before Brooklyn on August 1. That particular date should've set up a heck of a weekend in Cooperstown, with Paul Simon headlining the Hall of Fame Gala on August 2. Unfortunately, you're out of luck, as the gala has been canceled. Cliff Lee supplies the appropriate reaction for that one.

If you're looking for some baseball-themed tunes with more heft, Puig Destroyer grinds out blasts with the wild spirit of their namesake, Dodger lightning rod Yasiel Puig. The band -- which is something of a supergroup, counting members of Curl Up and Die, Kowloon Walled City and Thrice within the lineup -- made the Heavy Lowdown DL last week after their drummer caught a fastball to the face. Uh, ow. You can check out their 2013 release Wait for Spring below.

In related quick hits, Modern Baseball (nothing to actually do with baseball) will be touring again in September. Their run with Beach Slang hits Brooklyn Night Bazaar on September 5 with Chumped, and Crow Bait (free). And, finally, a minor league team in South Carolina decided to reprise Disco Demolition Night -- because the first one worked out so well -- with Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus albums and knickknacks. This one was dubbed Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It and there's video below if you want two more minutes to regret when you're laid out on your death bed. (No word if Rivers Cuomo made it there.) Old Hoss Radbourn is probably not amused.

Streams from the Baseball Project (and their tour dates), Puig Destroyer, and Modern Baseball, and the Disco Demolition video, appear below...

Continue reading "the week in Music & Baseball (The Baseball Project, Puig Destroyer, Eddie Vedder, a Paul Simon cancellation & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Felled Trees

Two different sections of the '90s underground, indie rock and emo, will be coming together with a new project called Felled Trees. The band is comprised of members of '90s emo bands Texas is the Reason, Samiam, Knapsack (plus newer bands like Thrice and RX Bandits) and more, and they've come together to record a tribute album to Dinosaur Jr.'s Where You Been for its 20th anniversary. The core lineup is bassist Ed Breckenridge (Thrice), guitarist Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam, Solea, Knapsack), and drummer/producer Roger Camero (No Motiv, Peace'd Out), and the album includes guest vocal appearances from Garrett Klahn (Texas is the Reason, Atlantic/Pacific, Solea), Jason Beebout (Samiam), Blair Sheehan (Knapsack, The Jealous Sound), Karl Larsson (Last Days of April), Davey Warsop (Suedehead, Beat Union), plus keys by Steve Choi (RX Bandits, Peace'd Out).

The first single released from the album was "Get Me" with Texas is the Reason's Garret Klahn on vocals, and the second is "Start Choppin" with Samiam's Jason Beebout on vocals, which makes its premiere in this post. It stays pretty true to the original and Jason's take on J Mascis' relaxed drawl totally captures his essence. In Jason's own words:

"Start Choppin" is rad because it is such an anthem, you can't help but sing along. Cruising through the verses with J Mascis, diggin the vibe and feeling awesome and then, like so many other good songs, when you get to the chorus there's that hard part that makes your voice crack and you are reminded that you are mortal and this band is great and you are thankful they were able to pull off such a sweet number.
And his Samiam bandmate Sergie Loobkoff added:
When 'Green Mind' came out, I was still hung up on the erroneous thought that Dinosaur had lost it or 'sold out' because a. it being on a, gasp, major label and that b. J squeezed out Murph on drums and 'some guy' replaced Lou. But in the few years that passed by the time "Where You Been' came out, I realized that J was the far superior drummer, Mike Johnson was an tasty bassist...and who cares what label a band is on?

So I put on 'Where You Been' and of course even just the opening lead of 'Out There' blew my mind. You'd think that it would be hard to match on the second song...but 'Start Choppin' was a motherfucker. The guitar riff has that feeling of familiarity...like I already knew it when I heard it for the first time. And the melody and lyrics were classic Mascis. If you relate to one of his songs...well, thematically there isn't a huge range of topics...you 'get' all of his songs.

The album comes out on October 15 via Siren Records, and it can be pre-ordered here. Check out the streams of "Start Choppin" and "Get Me," along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

In related news, Knapsack bring their previously mentioned reunion tour to NYC on November 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Have Mercy and I Hate Our Freedom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song streams and more, below...

Continue reading "members of Texas is the Reason, Knapsack, Samiam & more covering Dinosaur Jr.'s 'Where You Been' LP (stream a track)"

Thursday

Thank You

"look thrice, Imma Let you finish, but..."

Yup. Yesterday thrice, today Thursday. Crazy coincidence for two bands that have led such parallel and intersecting lives. We would've spaced our announcement out and given the dust a chance to settle but we are about to play a bunch of shows and we didn't want anyone to miss the chance to see us one more time, so here it goes...

If you're reading this long version of our statement, you've probably had some interaction with Thursday. We've been a band for thirteen years. We've played an uncountable number of shows, ranging from living rooms to stadiums. We've talked to every Zine, blog, Daily, Weekly, Monthly periodical... We've talked to every College, Commercial and Public Radio Station and sometimes we just hung out on the street talking to strangers. Maybe we met you. Maybe we worked together somewhere. Maybe you saw us or heard us with friends. Whatever the case may be, we owe you thanks. You've allowed us to be a band for thirteen years, to travel the world, to make records, to meet all of the people we've grown to love. And to open for our idols, work with our heroes, employ our friends (the best crew around) and see our dreams made real.

This year, Thursday has had so much to celebrate: our new record, No DevoluciĆ³n, came out ten years, to the week, after the record that was to become our touchstone: Full Collapse. To have one record still being celebrated a decade after it's release and another to be met with such critical acclaim was really more than we ever could've imagined. We just wanted to play basement shows in New Brunswick. It's funny... That sounds like a well-worn line now but it's absolutely the truth.

Well, if you've been touched by our music or our dedication or our embarrassingly out-of-fashion sincerity, then this is for you, friend: thank you for letting us make No DevoluciĆ³n. We hope you've heard it. We say "beg, borrow or steal... music is an idea... ideas are free" but we encourage you to support our fantastically sweet and hardworking label, Epitaph, by buying it if you can afford to.

Despite the fantastic year that the band has enjoyed, creatively, things haven't been as easy for us on a personal level. Without diving into detail, it's fair to say that this year has been an endless series of personal difficulties. We haven't had any falling out and are all still close. I'm sure that we will continue to create, in some capacity, together. We've talked about turning Thursday into something else: a non-profit, a band that only records sporadically, a collection of other projects... Underneath it all, the personal circumstances involved make it impossible to continue Thursday in the spirit that has made it special. So, we stop. For now, at least.

We hope to see many of you at these last shows. They'll be a lot of fun. We promise.

Lots of love,
Geoff & Tom & Tucker & Steve & Andrew & Tim & Lukas
(Thursday)

Thrice have no additional dates to report, but Thursday play their next show Wednesday at Irving Plaza (11/23) with Maylene & The Sons of Disaster before before continuing on tour with MewithoutYou and Screaming Females. Tickets for Irving Plaza are still available. All remaining tour dates are below.

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by Andrew Sacher

La Dispute at The Acheron in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
La Dispute

Genre bending post-hardcore outfit La Dispute will release their sophomore LP Wildlife on October 4 via No Sleep Records. Though the album title isn't nearly as epic as their 2008 debut Somewhere At the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, from the driving drum patterns of album opener, "A Departure," it's clear that Wildlife is no simpler affair. While their debut was very much an album about relationships, on Wildlife we hear frontman Jordan Dreyer frantically contemplating heavier topics such as life and death. The album's longest track, "King Park," ends with Jordan pleading, "Can I still get into heaven if I kill myself?" Musically, the album's got less riffing going on than their debut, but the band finds appeal in other forms. "Safer in the Forest/Love Song for Poor Michigan" opens with an arpeggio that recalls The Bends-era Radiohead, "A Broken Jar" is an acoustic track not unlike the material on the band's Here, Hear EPs, and "St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues" takes on a quasi-funk punk vibe. The album is currently streaming on La Dispute's website and can be pre-ordered from the No Sleep Webstore. The album art, tracklist, and a stream of album single "Harder Harmonies," is all below.

Though La Dispute can get pretty progressive on their albums, they don't tone down the aggression at live shows. I caught them at The Studio in May with Defeater and they delivered the whole show in classic hardcore fashion with nonstop moshing and crowd shoutalongs. They're about to kick off a tour opening for Thrice in support of the new album, which unfortunately won't bring them to venues as small as The Studio. It will hit the NYC-area on two separate occasions though. First on October 14 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ and then on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are available for the Starland show and the Irving Plaza show.

Speaking of Defeater, they're about to head out on a tour with Bane that kicks off in NYC on October 12 at Santos Party House and hits Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Dead End Path and Miles Away are also on the tour.

All dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Pelican

As previously reported, the Chicago boys are scheduled to head out with Black Cobra & Unearthly Trance (look for "Electrocution", out Mar 18). In addition, the instru-metallers Pelican will also play the opening slot for emo-cum-proggers Thrice and Circa Survive on an upcoming US tour. Luckily for us NYers, Pelican has announced a separate headlining show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on May 4th. Tickets go on sale Saturday Feb .16th at 10 AM. All tour dates below...

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