Entries tagged with: Tigers Jaw
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...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Jess Flynn
Scranton/Philly band Three Man Cannon's history dates back to when members Dennis Mishko and Pat Brier were still playing in Tigers Jaw, but now that they've left that band, they can focus fully on Three Man Cannon who will release their new album, Pretty Many People, on May 27 via Lame-O Records (pre-order), former home of their neighbors Modern Baseball. The nasally vocals of the Pennsylvania punk scene TMC are rooted in are in place here, but it's musically much different. First single "Patiently" has the acoustic jangle of early Shins and new single "Something I Found" throws a surfy twang into the mix. Fans of There's Nothing Wrong with Love-era Built to Spill and The Photo Album-era Death Cab should check this out. "Something I Found" premieres in this post and can be streamed, along with the video for "Patiently," below.
As previously mentioned, Three Man Cannon will soon be touring with fellow Philly ex-punks Kite Party. That tour hits NYC on May 22 at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with LVL UP and Downies (mems of LVL UP and Porches). $5 at the door gets you in. All dates are listed below.
Tigers Jaw also have many dates coming up, including their tour with Pity Sex which hits NYC on June 18 at MHOW (tickets) and their tour with Touche Amore which hits the NYC-area on July 15 at Revolution (tickets).
All Three Man Cannon dates are listed, with the song stream and video, below...
LA post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore have been loving the road lately. They've already hit NYC on two tours in the past year in support of 2013's great Is Survived By (we caught them at SXSW too), and they've announced yet another string of North American dates from late June through the end of July with Tigers Jaw and Dads. There's no NYC date for this one, but they'll hit Long Island's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on July 15 and they have the day off before that, so hopefully they'll add something in NYC? Tickets for the Long Island show go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
All Touche Amore dates, including The Fest, are listed with a recent full-set live video from Tampa, below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you've read about Philly's Kite Party on the internet, you may have seen something about their punk connection. Noisey basically called them ex-skate punk kids, and they're one of the only bands of their kind to be featured on AltPress. They were also namedropped by Tom May of fellow Philly band The Menzingers in our interview with him about other Philly bands he's been listening to, they've played The Fest, and they're on the mostly-punk/emo/post-hardcore label Animal Style Records, who's put out releases by Transit, The Story So Far, Mixtapes, O'Brother and more.
Kite Party are actually pretty far from a punk band though. They're a lot closer to the chilled-out, sunny indie rock of Real Estate or Mac DeMarco than fellow Fest alumni. You can hear them for yourself on "Supervillain," the new single from their upcoming album, Come On Wandering, which premieres in this post. The album will be out on May 6 via Animal Style and can be pre-ordered here. Album artwork, tracklist and the new song, below.
Kite Party will also be heading out on a short US tour in late May with Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw) which kicks off in NYC at Bushwick DIY venue David Blaine's The Steakhouse on May 22. All dates are listed, with the new song and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you've been paying attention to Pennsylvania's thriving punk scene, you're probably fully aware of Scranton's Tigers Jaw. I have to admit, despite seeing them a couple times (once with Snowing and again with Title Fight), I was never fully sold on them, but the material they've released from their forthcoming album, Charmer, is finally winning me over. The new single "Nervous Kids" and previous single "Hum" (which came out as a 7" last year) see the band taking on the grunge/punk/indie blend that their pals Title Fight have also been perfecting with recent releases. Considering it's been almost four years since their last full length and the band underwent a major lineup change, it's not surprising that Charmer is bringing on some new sounds.
The album was recorded with Penn. punk master Will Yip (Title Fight, Paint it Black), and it will be out on June 3 via Run for Cover (Pity Sex, Modern Baseball). Check out "Nervous Kids," "Hum" and "Hum"'s b-side "Cool" (which also appears on Charmer), along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
Tigers Jaw have also announced a tour with their RFC labelmates Pity Sex, which comes to NYC on June 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also on that date and a couple others are Tigers Jaw's Scranton neighbors Petal (fronted by Kiley Lotz with a lineup that includes members of Tigers Jaw, and who recently also signed to Run for Cover) and Loose Planes (mems of Fireworks, Make Do and Mend). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/26) at noon.
All dates are listed, with streams from all four bands on the MHOW show, below...
Emo/indie rock label Run for Cover Records has announced that it will do its CMJ showcase on October 19 at Santos Party House. The lineup includes the shoegazey Pity Sex, the slow/sludgy Cloakroom, indie rapper GDP, scrappy emo punks Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking, Hostage Calm and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your CMJ badge.
Earlier today, we mentioned that Topshelf added a second showcase too. It's free and happens on 10/18 at Suburbia with The Jazz June, Caravels, The Saddest Landscape and more, before the former two join Braid for a sold-out night at Saint Vitus on 10/19.
by Andrew Sacher
Jason Shevchuck w/ Kid Dynamite at House of Vans (more by David Andrako)
Producer Will Yip has become a go-to guy in the punk scene, sitting behind the boards for Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pity Sex, Sainthood Reps, Citizen and many others, and on October 8, he'll release a compilation titled Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation (pre-order) with previously unreleased songs from those artists and a number of others he's worked with. Proceeds from the album will go towards funding his partnership at Studio 4.
One of the songs on the compilation, which makes its premiere in this post, is "That Thing That Separates Em," the first new song in years by None More Black, the band fronted by Jason Shevchuk of the once-again defunct Kid Dynamite. Check it out, in all its scrappy punk glory, along with the comp's album art and tracklist, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight at Bowery Ballroom - 11/29/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Kingston, PA punks Title Fight came to NYC for a sold out Bowery Ballroom show last night (11/29), the second to last night of their tour with Pianos Become the Teeth, SIngle Mothers, and Tigers Jaw, which wraps up in Philly tonight. The band have done some branching out from the straight ahead punk of their early days on their new record, Floral Green, and that was immediately evident last night, having opened the show with the Hum-esque "Head in the Ceiling Fan." The results of that new album have been great -- they've gained new audiences and if you ask me, Floral Green is by far the best thing the band has done to date.
But new levels of success and a growth in sound haven't tainted the band's young punk spirit a bit. They put every ounce of blood in their body into last night's show and the crowd reciprocated. They churned out rockers like "Secret Society," "Frown," and "Leaf" to raised fists, shout-alongs, and flocks of people rushing the stage. And though I mentioned that I think the new songs are their best yet, when they played older cuts "Symmetry" and "27," the floor opened up and people went apeshit. Naysayers may argue that Title Fight just sound like Hot Water Music and Braid (and they do sound like those bands), but when your music is as genuine and emotionally charged as theirs, it's too hard to ignore.
Baltimore screamo band Pianos Become the Teeth delivered a solid set as usual too, but the openers that impressed me the most were Ontario's Single Mothers. The band have been getting a bit of hype lately for their recently released self titled EP, but despite that, they bashed around on stage without any sense of entitlement. Their frontman (who sounds like a mix of Craig Finn and A-B Life-era Aaron Weiss) kept encouraging the crowd to go as nuts as he and the rest of the band were on stage. And to back his abrasive/flamboyant charisma, the rest of the band packed a huge punch of Dischord/SST post-hardcore n' roll, not unlike another hot new band, METZ.
Videos of Title Fight, Single Mothers, and Pianos Become the Teeth's full sets at their California shows, (via Cavis Tapes) are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth, and Canada's Single Mothers (who we first wrote about HERE) all pull from different aspects of the post-hardcore genre, and the three bands will be bringing their individual stylings on tour together this fall. From Title Fight, expect it of the raspy-voiced Hot Water Music-esque variety, where Pianos Become the Teeth will bring soaring, post-rock-infused hardcore, and Single Mothers' Americana punk isn't too far removed from a heavier Hold Steady. You can catch the three bands in NYC when the tour hits Bowery Ballroom on November 29. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. Tigers Jaw is also on the bill. A list of all dates and the tour flier are below.
Title Fight are also set to release their new album, Floral Green, on September 18 via SideOneDummy. You can check out the video for the album's single, "Head In The Ceiling Fan," below, where you can also download the song in exchange for your email.
A list of all dates, tour flier, that video and widget are below.
Just in time for an announcement of a new set of tour dates, Rival Schools have a new video in "Eyes Wide Open" from their latest LP Pedals. Check out that video, making its debut here, below.
Those new Rival Schools dates will kick off in October with fellow punks Hostage Calm, hitting Brooklyn at The Bell House on October 27th with Balance & Composure. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. The tour ends one day later at Mexicali Live in NJ. Full schedule is below.
Those of you in Chicago for Lollapalooza (maybe you even won your tickets!) can catch the band sooner though. They play a sold-out official afterparty with the not so punk White Lies at the Double Door in Chicago on August 6th, and at the fest at 1:45 on the Playstation Stage the next day (8/7).
All tour dates and "Eyes Wide Open" are below.
People at Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
This summer's Williamsburg Waterfront concert season begins this weekend with a free show on Saturday (6/11) (5:30pm doors). For what it's worth, that show is Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Tigers Jaw, but it is free. It's also one of three currently announced free shows (there will be five free shows total, one of which will be classical music). The other two announced free events are Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends (Patton Oswalt will be one of those friends!) and special musical guests They Might Be Giants on July 29, and a children's show with Moey's Music Party and Story Pirates (who recently hosted a benefit) on June 19 at noon.
Ticketed shows include Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, Thievery Corporation (with Dam-Funk & Master Blazter and Raphael Saadiq opening), TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes and more. Check out the full lineup with openers listed below...
Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
As I previously wrote, "there will be concerts at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. In fact, the plan is to have 10 ticketed shows and 5 free shows." And, "The five free concert dates are still TBD, but one will be of a classical/philharmonic nature, and one will be geared towards kids. The free shows may or may not be on Sundays or even on weekends, and they will definitely not have anything to do with Jelly."
Since then three ticketed shows have been announced: Kid Cudi on Wednesday, July 6th (on sale), Death Cab For Cutie/Frightened Rabbit on Tuesday, August 2nd (on sale 5/6, but a presale starts 4/29), and Sonic Youth/Wild Flag on Friday, August 12th (on sale Friday). Seven more announcements to come.
Service Charge-free tickets are available at the Best Buy Theater Box Office (44th and Broadway in Manhattan) and at Sound Fix Records (44 Berry St. at North 11th St. in Brooklyn).
Two of the five free shows have also now been announced. The first is nothing like what Jelly would have booked: Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio, and Tigers Jaw play the Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday, June 11th. The second is sort of like what Jelly might have booked, but more closely resembles what you'd get at Celebrate Brooklyn: Eugene Mirman "& Pretty Good Friends Featuring Kristen Schaal & Many Surprise Guests" open for They Might Be Giants at Wiliamsburg Waterfront on Friday, July 29th.
Assuming TMBG won't be playing a kids set, and that the comedians will tell a few dirty jokes, the free kids show announcement is still to come, as is the classical concert date info (which means just one more completely unknown free lineup to come). Both announced free shows open their doors at 5:30pm.
All five shows, ticketed and free, are part of the "2011 T-MOBILE WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY OSA" and "supported by Onitsuka Tiger, Vitamin Water, and Brooklyn Brewery."
All five shows are listed in an easy-to-read format below....