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photos by Mimi Hong
KD & Matthew Caws / KD & Meredith Graves / Tigers Jaw / Owen
We already posted pictures and a review from the Brooklyn date of Kevin Devine's BV-presented Devinyl Splits, and now we've got pictures of the Philly show -- Saturday (12/12) at The TLA. Pictures of Kevin, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (who all collaborated together) are HERE, and pictures of Tigers Jaw, Owen (aka Mike Kinsella), Nada Surf singer Matthew Caws, and Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves are in this post.
Like in Brooklyn, Joe from Cymbals and KD&GDB backed Meredith on her solo songs, Matthew and Kevin collaborated on each other's songs, and Tigers Jaw and Kevin did too (and covered The Cure). Watch a video of Meredith, Joe and KD in Brooklyn here.
The third and final show happened in Cambridge on Sunday. More pictures from Philly (including one of the setlist) below...
PLUS: Watch Meredith play a new solo song backed by Joe from Cymbals Eat Guitars and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Meredith/Kevin/Joe, Kevin/Matthew, Kevin/Tigers Jaw
Kevin Devine was telling a story on stage at The Bell House last night (12/11) about instantly loving Tigers Jaw's music after Jon Simmons from Balance & Composure showed it to him in a car ride on tour. Talking about them, he said something to the effect of there being good and bad sides to being part of a scene. It was just a quick side note, but it resonated with me throughout the entire night because the show itself broke down barriers of several scenes. It was the first of three BV-presented release shows for Kevin's new Devinyl Splits series, and each artist he worked with was coming from a distinctly different "scene" but the whole show was one cohesive thing. It wasn't like Kevin just having a few bands he likes open for him either. It was set up like a variety show, with Kevin both opening and closing, and bringing a new guest out every few songs (sometimes more than one at a time). It kept the place packed from start to finish.
Along with Kevin and Tigers Jaw, the show had Brooklyn's folky, punky singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson (in solo acoustic folk mode last night), Meredith Graves from the hardcore band Perfect Pussy trying out some shoegazier material, the consistently solid indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars, and two veterans with notably different histories. There was Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, who were mainstream for a second in the mid-'90s but then started a fruitful indie career instead. And Mike Kinsella (aka Owen), who probably had way less fans in the mid-'90s but became legendary over time, and never stopped writing great music across several projects.
The first guest was Laura Stevenson, whose whole set was solo and included a cover of Elliott Smith's "Angel in the Snow." Then the next was Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw, who sang harmonies with Kevin on his song "For Eugene." After that, her bandmate Ben Walsh came out and the two of them did "Teen Rocket" and "I Saw Water" acoustic. Then Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band joined as their backing band for a cover of The Cure's "In Between Days" and a version of Tigers Jaw's "Cool" where Kevin sang lead on the last verse. (He released a cover of the song last month.) That Cure cover is the song Tigers Jaw contributed to their split with Kevin. His contribution was a cover of "Lovesong," which he played after Ben and Brianna left the stage.
Cymbals Eat Guitars
After an intermission, Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage on their own for "Aerobed" off their split with Kevin, and two songs off last year's excellent LOSE. Theirs was the most like seeing a regular Cymbals Eat Guitar set (and great as always), even if it was just three songs. It wouldn't be the last time their singer Joe D'Agostino would be on stage, but more on that in a bit.
Another KD set followed, and then Kevin began telling a story of how great Mike Kinsella is and how when they toured together with Andy Hull in 2007, Mike didn't give a shit about a lot of the things musicians in his place normally would. (Unbeknownst to Kevin for the first half of the story, Mike was watching him say all this from backstage.) As anyone who's seen Owen knows, one thing he doesn't give a shit about is messing up his songs every now and then, which he did a few times last night. But it's always charming and never frustrating. Probably because, like last night, his sets are always gorgeous.
Up next was Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves. She was known mostly for short blasts of noise punk before her shoegazy solo song on her split with Kevin. She played that, and a new one that I thought sounded even better. She was belting her voice on that one more than I'd ever heard her do before, and it turns out she's a good singer! For both songs, she was backed by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and Joe from Cymbal Eat Guitars, who created exactly the kind of wall of noise Meredith sounds best with.
Meredith and Joe left and KD&GDB stayed, eventually bringing out Kevin's wife Carey Brandenburg for "Lonesome Town" and then Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws to duet with him on "Brooklyn Boy." Matthew then did Nada Surf's "Blizzard of '77" solo, and then played his cover of Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff" (that he recorded for their split). He told us how he was singing it to himself in the cab on the way to the show, and the driver was apparently moved by the lyrics. He wrapped up with Nada Surf's "Inside of Love" and "See These Bones," with Kevin joining him again.
Then to end the show, just like it started, was another set from Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. They gave us a ton of favorites from throughout Kevin's career over the course of the night -- "Ballgame," "Cotton Crush," "Another Bag of Bones," "Brother's Blood," etc -- and played a good amount off his newest album too. The guests made the night extra special, but it was also clear that it was Kevin's show and Kevin's crowd. Several songs had the crowd singing every single word in unison louder than Kevin even was.
The Devinyl Splits shows continue in Philly tonight (12/12) with Brand New's Jesse Lacey replacing Laura Stevenson, and then Cambridge on Sunday (12/13) with The Front Bottoms' Brian Sella. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Laura Stevenson play Brooklyn together again on Monday (12/14).
A video of Meredith's new song (with KD&GDB and Joe from CEG), some other clips from throughout the night, more pictures and the setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Kississippi were formed after Zoë Allaire Reynolds and Colin James Kupson met on Tinder in 2014 (true story), and a few months later they dropped the I Can Feel You In My Hair Still EP. This week they'll release its followup, We Have No Future, We're All Doomed, which they recorded with Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald. It comes out on Soft Speak Records and can be pre-ordered here. It's indie rock that has folky qualities but certainly would never be called "folk music," and Zoe's likable voice is no small part of what makes this good. You can check it out for yourself, the full EP stream premieres below.
Kississippi were in NYC earlier this month for a Bronx show with Diet Cig (anyone catch that?) and their only upcoming dates at the moment are in Harrisburg, PA with Tigers Jaw on December 5 and a Philly show the next night.
photo: The Menzingers at BV-RBSS at Court Tavern (more by Drew Gurian)
The Scranton-raised (but now Philly-based) melodic punk band The Menzingers are once again celebrating the holidays in their former hometown on December 19 at the Scranton Cultural Center. The all-ages show is an all-Scranton lineup with the great Tigers Jaw, Menzingers co-frontman Greg Barnett's brother Bob's band Captain We're Sinking, Tigers Jaw-related bands Petal and Three Man Cannon, and The Sw!ms. Tickets are on sale now, and "all proceeds for the show with benefit Arts Live, which is a music and arts program, funded by the state for children in grades 2 through 12, as well as other youth music and arts programs." Flyer below.
The Menzingers are on tour now with the amazing lineup of mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and Restorations. The tour lands in NYC on November 27 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, Kevin Devine (who just released a split 7" of Cure covers with Tigers Jaw) filmed a video of himself covering Tigers Jaw's "Cool." Watch below (via Punk News). Tigers Jaw, Kevin Devine, and many other cool bands are playing the BV-presented release shows for his split 7" series in December.
photo: Jesse Lacey w/ Brand New in Queens in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
As you may know, Kevin Devine is celebrating his Devinyl Splits series with BrooklynVegan-presented release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge this December. The shows all already included Matthw Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Owen, and we're now excited to announce the final special guest for each city.
At the Brooklyn show (12/11 at The Bell House) they'll be joined by Laura Stevenson, the Philly show (12/12 at the TLA) will have Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey, and Cambridge (12/13 at The Sinclair) will have The Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella. Tickets for all three shows are still available (click the venue links). Flyers below.
Flyers and some music below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Petal @ BV-CMJ at Baby's All Right - 10/17/15
One of my favorite acts I caught at CMJ was Petal, at their early 12:15 PM set at the BrooklynVegan Saturday party at Baby's All Right. Petal is singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz and a revolving lineup, and she said that the three-piece backing band she had (which included Tom from Run For Cover) was assembled just for CMJ. I thought they sounded like the real deal though, even if it was just a temporary version of the band. Kiley will probably be fine no matter who she plays with though, she looked and sounded ready to be taking on bigger venues as a headliner. Let's hope the demand for that comes soon, because these songs deserve to be heard.
On record, Kiley is joined by Tigers Jaw's core members Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, and Run For Cover is set to release her debut album Shame this week (pre-order). There are some real standouts on there -- first single "Sooner," "Tommy," "Camera Lens II" -- and anyone into catchy guitar-driven indie/alt rock should find something to dig. The whole thing is now streaming and you can listen below (via SPIN).
Pictures from Petal's set at the BV CMJ show are in this post too, and more pictures from the rest of that day are coming very soon. Petal went on just minutes after we started giving out a free keg of Bell's Brewery Octoberfest, which went until about 2 PM.
More pictures and the album stream below...
The BrooklynVegan-presented Kevin Devine split 7" release shows with Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) are on sale now. Get yours using the following links:
Brooklyn: 12/11 at The Bell HouseMore info on the 7" series here.
Philly: 12/12 at The TLA
Cambridge: 12/13 at The Sinclair
As you may know, Kevin Devine is doing a split 7" single series this year called Devinyl Splits, which so far has included splits with Tigers Jaw, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. The next two will be with Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, etc) and Cymbals Eat Guitars, and there's one more TBA.
To celebrate the splits, there will be release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge with Kevin and all six of his split-mates, which BrooklynVegan is proudly presenting. The shows happen at The Bell House on December 11 in Brooklyn, The TLA on December 12 in Philly, and The Sinclair on December 13 in Cambridge. Tickets for all three are on artist presale now.
Stay tuned for info on that TBA artist and song streams from the Owen and CEG splits. Meanwhile, you can stream the first three below and pick up vinyl copies via Bad Timing Records.
UPDATE: Kevin Devine has also announced a ton of tour dates which are now also listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
We recently mentioned that Petal is touring soon and that her debut album for Run for Cover had still yet to be announced, but now the details and first single are finally here. It's called Shame and comes out via RFC on October 23 (pre-order). That's the artwork above and the tracklist and a stream of "Sooner" are below.
Petal is the project of singer Kiley Lotz but her band includes Tigers Jaw's two main members, Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, and if you liked that band's 2014 LP Charmer, you're almost definitely going to like the new Petal single. A few of the melodic changes feel influenced by that band and it's got similar warm fuzzy guitars (Will Yip also produced both albums), but Petal is definitely its own beast. Kiley's belting chorus could have made for an instant hit when alternative rock bands that aren't the Foo Fighters actually scored hits, and now it sounds like the kind of indie rock that's been buzzing on a smaller level. Like many of their RFC labelmates, it's music that's unafraid of big hooks and open-hearted sincerity. If you like music that makes you feel something, you should give Petal a spin.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Petal at Bowery Ballroom on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Petal, the project of Kiley Lotz that also features Tigers Jaw's two main members Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh, will tour this September with their Scranton, PA neighbors Captain We're Sinking. The tour hits NYC on 9/12 at Black Bear Bar. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates, including a Long Island show, are listed below.
Still no word on Petal's first release for Run For Cover, which she signed to last year, but Kiley and Brianna did recently debut the song "Heaven" in an acoustic Cozy Couch Session. You can check that out below.
Tigers Jaw, who recently released an acoustic LP and went on an acoustic tour, are contributing to the third installment of Kevin Devine's split 7" series, Devinyl Splits (following Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws). This installment has both artists covering The Cure, with Tigers Jaw taking on "In Between Days" and Kevin doing "Lovesong." Tigers Jaw's cover is out now and can be streamed below. The band will return to NYC to open for popular pop punk bands New Found Glory and Yellowcard at Best Buy Theater on 10/24 (tickets).
by Andrew Sacher
Tigers Jaw are going on a short acoustic tour this week, and opening those shows will be The Sidekicks guitarist Matt Scheuermann's other project, lowercase roses (previously known simply as roses). Matt released the three-song self-titled lowercases roses EP on Christmas last year, and it's good stuff. They're somber acoustic songs that fall somewhere between early Death Cab and The Microphones, and should work well on an acoustic tour with Tigers Jaw. That's the EP's artwork above (designed by Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan) and you can stream the whole thing below.
The tour is in Philly tonight, Somerville on Friday, and NYC on Saturday. As discussed, that NYC show happens at Le Poisson Rouge (6/27). Tickets are still available.
For Tigers Jaw, the tour is in support of their new acoustic album, Studio 4 Acoustic Session. As you may know, Studio 4 is the studio of producer Will Yip, who recorded Tigers Jaw's last album, and recent albums by Title Fight, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth, Pity Sex and so many more. (It was just announced today that he's working on the new Nothing album too.) Will also partnered with Run for Cover Records (which Tigers Jaw is signed to) to launch his own imprint, Memory Music, which is the label putting out Tigers Jaw's acoustic album next week. You can stream it in full below and pre-order it here.
Tigers Jaw also have full-band shows coming up, but they're opening for New Found Glory and Yellowcard. If you're into that sorta thing, you can see that tour in NYC on 10/24 at Best Buy Theater (tickets). All TJ dates below.
Lastly, speaking of The Sidekicks, they have a few shows with All Dogs coming up. None in NYC, but they'll be nearby for an Asbury Park show on August 20 at Asbury Lanes with ROMP (tickets). That same month, All Dogs are releasing their new album, Kicking Every Day, on Salinas Records (8/28). Teaser video, album artwork, tracklist and list of dates, below.
Hall & Oates are playing Jones Beach Theatre on July 15. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Indie punks Tigers Jaw were just here for two NYC shows, and they have an acoustic NYC show coming up on June 27 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). They also recently announced a tour opening for two much poppier bands, New Found Glory and Yellowcard, which hits NYC on October 24 at Best Buy Theater. If you're into that kinda thing, you can get tickets starting today at noon.
Folk popsters Of Monsters and Men are playing Beacon Theatre on September 22 and Kings Theater on September 24. Tickets for those shows go on venue presales Thursday (6/4) at 11 AM with general on sales starting Friday, 6/5 at 11 AM. AmEx presale for Kings starts Wednesday (6/3) at 10 AM and AmEx for Beacon starts Thursday at 11.
Cuban-French duo Ibeyi recently released their self-titled debut album on XL, and will play NYC on October 2 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale.
Hip hop/classical violionist Emily Wells is playing with Peptalk and Stranger Cat at Baby's All Right on June 17. Tickets are on sale now. It's a record release show for Peptalk, who include members of Xiu Xiu and Tyondai Braxton's respective live bands.
Say Lou Lou are playing Bowery Ballroom on September 9. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Heliotropes, Dead Stars, Spritzer and Holy Tunics are playing Rough Trade on July 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Shura is playing Mercury Lounge on July 28. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Hardcore vets Shai Hulud, no longer with their original singer, play Webster Hall on August 11. That bill also includes XBishopX and VICE HC. Tickets are on sale.
Get your tickets to the BrooklynVegan-presented L7 show at Warsaw (9/9).
Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, New Riders of the Purple Sage's Michael Falzarano, and Hot Tuna's Barry Mitterhoff are playing under the moniker Kaukarona for the The Marjorie Thompson Memorial Concert on June 6 at Notre Dame Hall, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn. You can pick up tickets for $65 at Brooklyn Art (7709 5th Ave) or get them for $70 via email (email@example.com>) or phone (718-745-7734).
The Weaks are playing a free afternoon show at Rough Trade on June 6.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photo: Tigers Jaw at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Scranton indie rockers Tigers Jaw were just in NYC on their tour with Lemuria and Somos earlier this month, and at that show they said they'd be playing a seated acoustic show at Le Poisson Rouge in June. That show has officially been announced, and will happen 6/27 at LPR. Tickets are on sale now. They've yet to reveal the full tour schedule, but a few other acoustic dates have been scheduled.
All known dates are listed, with a video of Tigers Jaw playing an acoustic set in 2013 (where they're introduced by Touche Amore singer Jeremy Bolm), below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tigers Jaw / Lemuria / Somos
Tigers Jaw brought their tour to NYC this week for two shows, Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (5/6) and Bowery Ballroom last night (5/7). Like their last time here, we got most of their excellent 2014 album, Charmer, as well as older favorites from its predecessors. Opening both shows (and the whole tour) were two other bands who toe the line between indie and punk, Lemuria and Somos. Pictures of the Bowery Ballroom show are in this post.
Tigers Jaw mentioned on stage that they'd be back in June for a seated acoustic show at Le Poisson Rouge, but that hasn't been officially announced yet so stay tuned. More Bowery pictures below...
by Andrew Sacher
Scranton, PA rockers Tigers Jaw made one of our favorite albums of 2014 with Charmer, and now they'll be hitting the road once again in support of it this spring. They've got excellent support lined up from two other bands that blur the lines between punk and indie rock, Buffalo's Lemuria and Boston's Somos. The tour hits NYC twice for shows on May 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and May 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (1/14). All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Somos were supposed to tour with Dads and Roger Harvey in February, but had to drop off due to mental health issues. You can read their statement on that here. Roger Harvey will play NYC this month for the BV-presented Sidekicks release show with Cayetana and All Dogs, and later on at Grand Victory with Chumped. Dads will play NYC on their tour with Field Mouse and Kevin Devine.
All Tigers Jaw/Lemuria/Somos dates, the tour flyer and some videos, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
"THE 3000 MILE TRIP TO SEE #RAINERMARIA IN NYC WAS PROBABLY ONE OF MY BEST DECISIONS IN THE LAST DECADE" - @Successlessness
"i attended 75 concerts in 2014, many of them great; but Rainer Maria's reunion show tonight was just epic. such a perfect way to start 2015." - @LHH_CC53
"God damn. For a band that broke up eight years ago, Rainer Maria absolutely destroyed @ Bowery Ballroom tonight." - Lauren Barker
One of the many New Year's Eve concerts in NYC this year was the reunited Rainer Maria playing their first show since 2006 at Bowery Ballroom. The show wasn't sold out, but it was pretty close, and it seemed like most people were huge fans and knew all the words. And judging by some tweets, like the one above about making a 3,000 mile trip or this person who came from Texas, people traveled from all over to come. They sounded great, were super tight, and looked like no time had passed since their initial run as a band. They seemed to be having a blast on stage too, smiling the whole time and getting really into every song. They played tons of favorites from all of their albums, including "Artificial Light," "Catastrophe," "Planetary," "Ears Ring," "Tinfoil" and plenty more.
Opening the show was Petal, the project of Scranton, PA's Kiley Lotz with Tigers Jaw singer Ben Walsh on drums, who were a good match for Rainer Maria and in the holiday spirit, dressed up and wearing New Year's tiaras. Then came Moss Icon, who have been reunited for a while now but were pioneers of the '90s emo scene that birthed Rainer Maria and other bands from that era. While RM were mostly bouncy and upbeat, Moss Icon provided a darker contrast with the kind of stuff that mesmerizes you rather than gets you singing and dancing.
Rainer Maria's reunion continues in Chicago on Valentine's Day. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, with videos and the setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.
Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.
In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Foxing at Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The totally stacked Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Foxing / Crying / Somos tour lands in NYC for its first of two shows tonight (12/12). Tonight's show is at Gramercy Theater and then they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (12/15). You can still get tickets to Monday's show but tonight is sold out. Updated dates are listed below.
If you haven't seen Foxing live, they're the kind of band you really have to see for yourself to get the full experience. But to at least get an idea of what to expect, you can check out the band's new live video for "Rory" that they filmed at The Fest this year. Watch it below.
Four Foxing members also gave us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. One of the lists includes Cymbals Eat Guitars who also included Foxing on their own list and also play NYC tonight. Check those out lists and the Fest video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Certain corners of the internet punk community have been up in arms this week after Joyce Manor "shamed" a stage diver at their Jacksonville, FL show this past Sunday (9/21). Themusic.com.au described the incident, writing:
The "grown man" in question -- got up on stage during one of Joyce Manor's songs and proceeded to stage-dive onto a group of young fans, overwhelmingly described since as being no older than high-school-age. Johnson, noticing the commotion, abruptly stopped the song and pulled the diver up on stage.They've also got a video of the whole thing going down which you can watch (starting at the 1:00 mark) below.
"Hey man, how tall are you?" Johnson asked the stage-diver. "How much do you weigh, if you don't mind me asking?"
Upon being told he weighs about 190 pounds (86 kilograms), Johnson turns to a girl in the audience: "How much do you weigh? Sorry, that's really rude. You're much smaller than him, right? It's completely unacceptable for him to impose himself on top of you. Completely unacceptable, right? Under no circumstances is that acceptable? OK."
[Barry] Johnson, though, sensed something sinister happening. He asked: "Ever been watching a sensitive pop-punk band," and "get your head walked on?"At Bowery Ballroom, he was met with cheers, but of course this is the type of thing that gets a lot of other people angry. Stuffyouwillhate.com called them "old men who don't understand the lifestyles of the youth." Idioteq.com wrote of the video of the Jacksonville incident, "No stage diving at punk rock shows?! Haha, you simply have to watch this video. Barry Johnson really embarassed himself with this cheesy move." Some people tweeted things like, "Seriously that infuriates me so fucking much Joyce Manor are a bunch of fucking pussies. Don't support them," or like, "Just saw a video of a kid getting thrown out cause he stage dived to Joyce manor. Fuck that band. Your supposed to encourage dives pussies," or like, "Lmao fuck Joyce manor, calling out a guy for stage diving." The Runout points to a screenshot of pop punk band American Verse posting, "Fuck these pussies. Stage dives forever."
...He noticed a few bad actors. He recognized the type, he said: "hardcore guys with Morrissey haircuts" who think nothing of "using a teenage girl's face for leverage" to climb on top of the crowd. "I'm not about that," he added. Indeed, at least two young women retreated from the center of the crowd clutching body parts in pain, though they both merrily returned.
Midshow, one of the Morrissey-haircut guys climbed onstage for the second time, and Mr. Johnson motioned to a security guard at the side, who chased him down and forcibly removed him.
Joyce Manor defended their stance though, tweeting:
Seeing a lot of people online saying I'm a "pussy" and a "bitch" for calling out that grown man trying to crush a group of teenage girls. So far on this tour I've seen a girl with a black eye, a girl with a concussion, and a girl with a dislocated knee. Great way to make young women feel safe at a show when the rest of the fucking world is hostile towards them already. I love a crazy show as much as any1 else I just don't think any1 should have to go 2 the hospital cuz of sum idiot w a tank top & Moz hair.Barry also added later on, "Not sayin every1 who stage dives is an asshole. Ppl been gettin hurt & maybe we should cool it? Myself included," along with a picture of himself stage diving with his guitar. Other bands took to Twitter to voice their support for them, including Balance & Composure, Candy Hearts, The Sidekicks, Code Orange, Spraynard and Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm.
Placeholder's Brandon Gepfer wrote his own response on The Runout, saying:
I get that some people want to have fun, and I've been stage diving since 2006. I used to go to the Wonder Years' shows, too. It's totally cool. The line gets drawn, however, when the performer says that it isn't cool. Why is it so confusing, rather; why is it so outrageous to listen? At the end of the day, you are an attendant at a show and you made the decision to support a band. However, there are a number of people, including bands that call Barry Johnson from Joyce Manor a 'pussy' and say that's not 'punk rock.' You know what's not punk rock? A disrespectful teenager calling someone a 'pussy' because you disagree with their view point.Read the full, very interesting thing here.
This highlights the actual problem in punk rock. The attendees of the show think that they are owed something because they have an opinion. A lot of people got into punk rock because they were made fun of. I was called a 'pussy' from fifth grade all the way up until right now because of the opinions I hold, you know that simple opinion called equality. I hate the bro aspect of pop-punk and how these dorks infiltrated punk rock. The same type of people that beat me up as a kid listen to hardcore and punk rock now. They come to shows and hit people (not even dancing, just pushing each other for the hell of it), they jump off the stage literally every three minutes because I guess that's how they express themselves, I don't know.
The band's gotten support from many others too. Rookie Mag/Pitchfork Review editor Jessica Hopper tweeted, "THANK YOU @JoyceManor for respecting the rights and safety of show going teenage girl fans." Pitchfork's Ian Cohen tweeted, "@JoyceManor stays being the best." AltPress' Scott Heisel tweeted, "I stand with @JoyceManor on this one. Stage-diving = inconsiderate, selfish and potentially harmful. That's not punk." And plenty of others on Twitter expressed favorable opinions like "Thank you @JoyceManor Girls to the front!," and "Bless Joyce Manor's tweets right now. Fuck those huge dudes that stage dive & crush everyone in the crowd, especially tiny girls," and "Major respect to @JoyceManor, i was the one at fault for not giving a 200lb sweaty dude a boost up on my shoulders so he could crowdsurf."
People getting overly and unnecessarily rowdy and violent at punk shows has been happening since at least the '80s -- most people reading this probably know Fugazi is famous for taking a stand against it -- and of course this is part of why people feel confident refuting Joyce Manor by saying something along the lines of "that's just what happens at punk shows." But just because it's gone on for over two decades doesn't mean it's wrong to still take a stand against it. In 2011 I saw Screaming Females ask their crowd to calm down. After the crowd didn't listen and ended up breaking one of the band's drum stands, they walked off stage as at least one person sarcastically yelled "Fugazi!" at them. Earlier this year Titus Andronicus said something about it at a Brooklyn show and Joanna Gruesome did too. And it's not unrelated that Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex had to ask fans not to touch someone without consent, only for them to be made fun of much like Joyce Manor has been.
Watch the video of Joyce Manor's Jacksonville incident below...
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Queen Jesus is the band led by former Tigers Jaw drummer Pat Brier. He also currently drums in Three Man Cannon, and in Queen Jesus he's backed by other members of that band and Kite Party. You may recognize Pat's voice from the slowcore/shoegaze-inspired track on Tigers Jaw's Charmer, "I Envy Your Apathy," and that sort of slow sad stuff is what he makes in Queen Jesus too. QJ is a little more raw and reverby than Tigers Jaw though, sounding like the lo-fi introverts of '90s indie.
Queen Jesus will release their debut album, Darkness, Yeah, Yeah on September 23 via Stereophonodon and its new single, "Water From The Rock," premieres in this post. Check it out below.
Queen Jesus have a hometown show with Scott & Charlene's Wedding happening this month and then they'll kick off a tour with Philly's The Spirit of the Beehive (who just toured with Cayetana). That tour hits NYC on October 3 at The Flat with Field Guides.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Touche Amore / Tigers Jaw @ Revolution - 7/15/14
Touche Amore brought their ongoing tour with Tigers Jaw and Dads through the NYC-area for a sold-out Long Island show at Revolution Bar & Music Hall Tuesday night (7/15). TA mostly split the set between their two most recent albums, Is Survived By and Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, but included others as well, like early fan favorite "Honest Sleep," the song from their Pianos Become the Teeth split, and a cover of The National's "Available" with clean vocals (!) until the song's ending, of course. Check out a very short clip of that with Jeremy Bolm doing his best Matt Berninger impression, below. The recording will appear on the upcoming No Sleep compilation.
Tigers Jaw (who currently share a drummer with TA, and whose Brianna Collins briefly joined Touche during their set) went on right before, playing a 15-song set split between highlights off their excellent new album, Charmer, as well as older cuts like "Plane Vs. Tank Vs. Submarine" and "I Saw Water." Pictures of the show are in this post.
Touche Amore will be back in the NYC-area when their tour with Rise Against and Radkey hits Best Buy Theater on September 26 and Wellmont Theatre on September 30. Tickets for those shows are still available.
More pictures, with Touche and Tigers Jaw's setlists, below...
Tigers Jaw at MHOW last week (more by Mimi Hong)
Last week at the Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a crowd member jumped on stage and kissed the female members of both bands (Brianna Collins and Britty Drake, respectively). Tigers Jaw responded to the man on stage, saying it was a violation of personal space, and later Brianna posted a lengthy statement explaining why you cannot touch people without their consent. Tigers Jaw rightfully received a lot of support for their sentiments (including the majority of the crowd at MHOW), but apparently some did not agree.
Rumors came in that singer Ryan Rockwell of pop punk band Mixtapes allegedly said something along the lines of "Fuck Tigers Jaw, kiss whoever you want" during their set at Warped Tour on Friday (6/20). Ryan hardly responded to the accusation, though after two people had said they witnessed it, Tigers Jaw tweeted, "@RyanRockswelLOL disappointing. You had an opportunity to promote respectful behavior towards others and you did the opposite. Bad look."
Maura Weaver of Mixtapes since gave a statement to AbsolutePunk where she said:
To clear the air a bit:Disappointingly, another (broken up) pop punk band The Dangerous Summer fully backed what Ryan said. (Or at least band member Cody Payne, who most likely tweeted that and who has said this kind of thing before, as AbsolutePunk founder Jason Tate pointed out.)
First of all, I wanted to say that what Ryan said was wrong and that I'm sorry for it, even if he isn't.
As many of you may know who know Mixtapes, what was said on stage the other day was meant to be a joke and was said in a sarcastic manner. Ryan corrected himself on stage shortly after.
That being said, there are some things that just shouldn't be joked about in the first place and sexual assault is one of them. I know personally as I've been kissed and touched without permission multiple times on stage and off since being in Mixtapes and having people make light of that or act like it is nothing is super damaging.
I don't support this in any way and on my behalf, am really sorry that this was said.
This all comes one week after Wondering Sound posted an article on Warped Tour's Woman Problem.
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Tigers Jaw / Pity Sex @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/18/14
Last night (6/18), Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex brought their tour to NYC for a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pity Sex played to the largest and wildest crowd I've seen them play to in NYC, and it seemed like the band may have agreed with that. They looked genuinely amazed at the packed crowd's reaction, which included tons of people singing along, a lot of stage diving, and a few push pits too. The crowd at one point also started a "PIH-TEE SEX" chant like they were at a football game. Pretty nuts for what you could basically call a shoegaze band.
Then Tigers Jaw headlined, playing a ton of their great new album Charmer (which came out two weeks ago) and older cuts as well. As you may know, Tigers Jaw had some lineup changes before the new record, leaving Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins as the only original members, but former member Adam McIlwee did contribute lead vocals to many of Charmer's songs. Needless to say, this left some doubt as to how they would come off live without him, but Ben handled his parts expertly and more than met expectations.
I'm personally a bigger fan of the mopier Charmer than anything else they've done, but the older cuts sounded just as good as the new ones last night. They even sort of worked them out to sound a little more like Charmer. A song like "Plane Vs Take Vs Submarine," which recorded is a scrappy emo-folk song, last night sounded as crisp and full as show highlight "Slow Come On" from the new record. Ben and Brianna's harmonies were as sharp live as they are on record too, especially on "Hum," another highlight of the show and one where Brianna's voice truly gets to shine.
Pictures of the show, including openers Loose Planes (who I missed), are in this post. Petal was also supposed to open but had to drop off due to a family emergency.
You can catch Tigers Jaw in the NYC-area again when their tour with Touche Amore hits Revolution on July 15 (sold out), and Pity Sex will be back when their tour with Basement hits Webster Hall on August 19 (tickets). Basement also recently announced a new EP, Further Sky, which will be out on July 29 via Run For Cover. Stream the very promising lead track "Summer's Colour," below.
In less positive news, some dude jumped on stage during both Pity Sex and Tiger's Jaw's sets, and tried to kiss Britty Drake of Pity Sex and Brianna of Tigers Jaw. (The same dude both times.) Tigers Jaw kept playing but as soon as the song ended, Ben from the band called him out and said, "To the fucking asshole who just tried to kiss her, you can probably leave right now." After the next song he continued, "It's a violation of someone's personal space." And Brianna added, "Just because I'm up here and I'm a girl, does not give you the right to touch me." The crowd cheered both of them on and responded to the dude who did it with an "asshole" chant. Britty has since tweeted, "Sucks that a culture of entitlement has engrained that its cool to kiss nonconsenting strangers so well that he didn't know what he did wrong," and Brianna released a statement to her band's tumblr. According to a venue representative, the person was eventually kicked out of the show. Some depressing pictures of the incident are over at Nerve.
Read her statement in full, with more pictures, TJ's setlist from MHOW, and the new Basement song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
NYC-area chiptune band Crying, who put out their Get Olde EP on Double Double Whammy last year, recently announced that they've signed to larger label Run For Cover (Modern Baseball, Basement), who say new music is coming soon. The band have played locally a lot, and they currently have many tour dates lined up including a bunch more in and around NYC. They play Brooklyn Launch Pad on May 31, then Hamden, CT's The Space on June 7 with Saintseneca (tickets). After that they'll go on a short tour with Teen Suicide that includes an Asbury Lanes (6/15) show with Pity Sex and Nothing (tickets) and a Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium (6/19). Then they go on a much longer tour with Told Slant which includes yet another Brooklyn show on July 4 at The Ho_se with Frankie Cosmos. All Crying dates are listed below.
In other Run For Cover news, the label releases the new Tigers Jaw album, Charmer, next week (6/3) which you can now stream in full on Pitchfork and pre-order for only $5. Like I said when singles "Nervous Kids" and "Hum" were released, it sounded like Tigers Jaw was going on a different direction than their previous material, and now that the whole thing's out there it can safely be said this is like nothing they've done before. The band haven't fully abandoned their punk roots -- there's still an edge here -- but like their tourmates/labelmates Pity Sex, Charmer is much more overtly indie rock than many releases by their peers. The vocals echo '80s mope rock, and the songs themselves are driving but never really go past mid-tempo. The harmonies Brianna Collins contributes are always on point too. Highly recommended album.
Tigers Jaw's tour with Pity Sex hits NYC on 6/18 at MHOW with Petal and Loose Planes (tickets). After that, they go on a tour with Touche Amore and Dads which doesn't hit NYC but hits Long Island on July 15 at Revolution (tickets).
RFC also recently reissued the 2013 sophomore album by Sweden's Makthaverskan, II. While II is '80s-inspired post-punk through and through, which is far from a unique description of a band in 2014, Makthaverskan really don't sound like many other groups at the moment. They very much remember that post-punk did indeed stem from punk, but not by cranking up the distortion. The guitars are all relatively clean, and the leads soar like Joy Division or Cure leads, but there's a backbone to the rhythm section. On a song like "Distance," all those guitars would need to do is switch to power chords and they'd have themselves a Black Flag song. But what really sets Makthaverskan apart from the rest is Maja Milner's powerhouse voice and her lyrics. While post-punk can often be about being moody or apathetic, Maja sounds quite the opposite, wailing in a way that sounds like she demands to be heard. And when she kicks off the album with a chorus of "Fuck you"s, only to belt out "Fuck you for fucking me when I was seventeen" on album standout "No Mercy" seven songs later, it's not hard to see why those demands are met. Take a listen to II for yourself below. No word on US dates yet but hopefully they come over here soon.
Run For Cover also recently signed Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids), who we caught at Webster Hall Studio not long ago. Adventures' first release for the label will be a split 7" with Pity Sex that includes a new song by each band, plus a cover of Turning Point's "Behind This Wall" by Adventures and a Pixies cover by Pity Sex.
Camera Shy, the duo of Nick Bassett (who is currently in Whirr and Nothing and previously of Deafheaven) and former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte, recently joined the label as well and put out an acoustic dreamy pop track "Spin Me," which you can spin below. (Alexandra isn't the only former Whirr vocalist with a release on RFC.)
Nothing at Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speaking of Nothing, they bring their tour with RFC-signed Superheaven (formerly Daylight) to NYC on June 14 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, UnWed (mems Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike) were added to that show. Tickets for that one are still available.
Speaking of Small Brown Bike, they'll release a collaborative 12" with The Casket Lottery on Run for Cover on June 17. You can stream one of those tracks, "Wrong Hometown," below. Able Baker Fox, who feature members of both Small Brown Bike and The Casket Lottery, are breaking their silence with a Michigan show and a set at The Fest this year. No other dates announced at the moment.
To go back to Superheaven and Pity Sex, both of those bands open for their UK labelmates Basement on that band's reunion tour which hits NYC on August 19 at Webster Hall (tickets). Ovlov is also on that show and they just premiered a new song from their split with Little Big League (due in August via Tiny Engines) over at Stereogum. It's called "The Great Crocodile" and can be heard below.
All mentioned streams and the list of Crying dates, below...