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Beach Slang / Tim Kasher / Field Mouse @ Knitting Factory - 12/17/15
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"Hey we're Beach Slang and we're here to punch you right in the heart, man," said James Alex before launching into the first song of their sold-out BV-presented Knitting Factory Brooklyn show last night (12/17). They've seemingly been on tour all year, but last night was their first NYC show since the release of their debut album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (on Polyvinyl), and the first time they headlined a sold-out show here too. And punch us right in the heart they did.

Beach Slang were never not a tight live band, but they seemed especially on last night. They were loud, it felt like JP was pounding the drums harder than ever, and the whole band was just on. The new songs haven't even been out for two months, but they already feel like Beach Slang classics. The crowd was screaming and fist-raising to all of them as much as they were to "Filthy Luck" and "Kids," songs they've played in NYC at least eight or nine times since forming last year. We got most of the songs they've written, and they threw in quite the handful of covers this time too. They played Senseless Things' "Too Much Kissing," which they recorded for their mixtape/covers EP, and did Jawbreaker's "Boxcar" and The Replacements' "Bastards of Young" and "Can't Hardly Wait" (two bands United Nations/Noisey's Jonah Bayer mentioned in his roast of Beach Slang that introduced their set). They also joked around between songs, half-covering bits of George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone," The Doors' "The End," Danzig's "Mother" and a handful of Misfits songs. It was a super fun show.

Co-headlining was Cursive / The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher, who played solo with just an electric guitar (but was joined by Ed and JP from Beach Slang for his last song). He played deep cuts from both of his bands, solo material, and debuted some new stuff too. He told the crowd that he spent the last year making a movie and plans to release it in late 2016. He scored the movie and did the soundtrack himself, and plans to support it by performing the songs live alongside a screening. He gave us a taste of two of those tracks last night. It sounds like cool stuff.

Field Mouse opened and they were good as always, maybe even a little better than the last time I saw them. Their sets are always more rocking than their albums would lead you to believe, and last night's definitely was, ending with a shoegazy wall of sound.

More pictures of all three bands below...

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photo: Beach Slang at Gigawatts Fest in August (more by Carly Hoskins)
Beach Slang

Beach Slang are touring like crazy this year and next, and they've just added even more dates. They're doing a short co-headlining run with Tim Kasher, frontman of their past tourmates Cursive, and Field Mouse. It hits Long Island, Brooklyn and Philly.

BrooklynVegan is proud to present the Brooklyn show, which happens December 17 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on BV presale now, the password is BVSLANG. General on-sale starts Monday (9/28) at noon.

The next day, Beach Slang open Taking Back Sunday's annual holiday show in NJ. Updated dates are listed below.

Their anticipated debut album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, comes out October 30 via Polyvinyl. Listen to two songs from that below.

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Already this year, Tim Kasher has gone on a Cursive tour playing The Ugly Organ in full and contributed to the new Desaparecidos single, and now he's teaming back up with his band The Good Life for their first album in eight years. It's their fifth overall, it's called Everybody's Coming Down, and it will be out on August 14 via their longtime home Saddle Creek. It was mixed by John Congleton, who opened that Cursive tour and worked recently with Swans, Cloud Nothings, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent and more.

Stream the first single "Everybody," and check out the artwork and tracklist, below (via Pitchfork).

The band will begin a tour the day after the album's release at Maha Music Festival in their hometown of Omaha, and continue through September hitting various US cities with support from Big Harp, the band of The Good Life's Stefanie Drootin-Senseny with her husband Chris Senseny and drummer Daniel Ocanto, who have both worked with other Omaha bands (Tilly and the Wall and Icky Blossoms, respectively).

That tour hits NYC on August 27 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/29) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Earlier this year, the band reissued Novena on a Nocturn, Black Out and Album of the Year, along with demos. You can pick up the reissue bundle at the Saddle Creek webstore.

Speaking of Desaparecidos, their tour hits NYC on 6/25 at Shea with The So So Glos, 6/26 at Rough Trade with The Bandrodiz, and 8/6 at Webster Hall with both of those bands. Tickets for Webster are still available but the other two are sold out.

Good Life tour dates, song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

"just saw someone get stabbed at a Cursive show so that's a first" - Hilary Pollack

Cursive @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/10/2015

"It's nice to be playing with Gretta again after all these years," Cursive frontman Tim Kasher announced in a rare bit of onstage banter last night at New York's Bowery Ballroom. He was, of course, referring to former band member Gretta Cohn, the cellist responsible for the sweeping dramatics that dominate the band's seminal 2003 album, The Ugly Organ, which saw its reissue late last year and finds Cursive on a brief tour in support of it.

To the diehard fans, the return of Cohn is significant. To promote The Ugly Organ's re-release, a strings player has been accompanying the Omaha band on select dates, but the New York shows specifically heralded the return of the original cellist. It was a bit of nostalgia as welcome as the songs themselves, as the set played heavily off The Ugly Organ but touched on the group's full catalog. [Village Voice]

In support of the recently reissued The Ugly Organ, Cursive are on tour playing the whole thing, and the tour currently has them in NYC where they're in the midst of a three-show run. So far they've played Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (3/10) and again last night (3/11), and they wrap things up at Saint Vitus tonight (3/12). All three are/were sold out.

We caught the first night at Bowery, and as the review above points out, the NYC shows have Cursive joined by Gretta Cohn, the cellist who was in Cursive during the Ugly Organ era. They're choosing not to play the album in order, but they did play every song from it, as well as two outtakes from that era that appear as bonus tracks on the reissue, "Excerpts From Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly, Feb. 24, 1997" (originally on their 8 Teeth to Eat You split with Eastern Youth) and "Nonsense" (originally on Saddle Creek 50). For the rest of the set, they played at least one song from the rest of their '00s and '10s albums, including "The Martr," "Dorothy at Forty," "Sink to the Beat" and more. Plus, they did a seemingly-unplanned partial cover of Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike," for which an audience member came on stage to help Tim out with the lyrics (video below).

Beach Slang
Beach Slang

Opening the show was one of 2014's best new bands and recent Polyvinyl signees Beach Slang, as well as The Nighty Nite, the band of producer John Congleton, who's been behind the boards for recent albums by Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings, Swans, St. Vincent and more. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.

Though the show was great, there was an unfortunate side to the night too. Someone got stabbed after the show. Animal New York writes, "An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to ANIMAL that a 23-year-old man was taken into custody late last night in front of the Bowery Ballroom, located at 6 Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. He had stabbed a 31-year-old man in the rear right thigh during a dispute. The weapon was recovered at the scene."

More pictures, the "Hunger Strike" video, and Cursive's setlist from night 1, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Tim Kasher in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)

Old Point Light Records' "Fourward" series is a series of compilation albums that benefit the American Cancer Society and Johns Hopkins Myositis Center. The third installment is out now and features rare and previously-unreleased material from Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan, Travis Dopp of Small Brown Bike, Gordon Withers of Office of Future Plans, Dischord supergroup Alarms & Controls, ex-Indian Summer duo Ghost Trees and more.

UPDATE: As a commenter pointed out, Chuck Ragan is actually on volume two.

You can stream it on Spotify and purchase it on iTunes, and a free download of Tim Kasher's contribution, "This Again," is premiering in this post. It's a pretty stripped down song as far as Tim Kasher contributions go, but even with minimal layering his unmistakable theatricality is all over it. Check it out.

Meanwhile, Cursive are reissuing The Ugly Organ and playing with a cellist on their upcoming tour that's set to pull heavily from the Ugly Organ era. That tour hits NYC on March 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows are still available. Tim's other band The Good Life are touring too but not hitting NYC.

Stream Tim's new track and download it for free below...

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Cursive at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)

Cursive have yet to announce a followup to 2012's I Am Gemini, but they'll be celebrating the past with a reissue of 2003's excellent cello-fueled The Ugly Organ on November 24 via longtime label home Saddle Creek. They'll also be touring in 2015 and are promising a set with material from all of their albums, but that pulls heavily from The Ugly Organ. And they'll be joined by a cellist for the Ugly Organ-era songs. That tour includes NYC shows happening on March 10 & 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.

Earlier this year, Cursive spinoff The White Octave reissued an album too.

UPDATE: The full tour was announced. All dates are listed, with the reissue tracklist and a couple Ugly Organ videos, below...

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Tim Kasher w/ Cursive at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
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Cursive frontman Tim Kasher will release his second solo album, Adult Film, on October 8 via Saddle Creek. The album features contributions from Nate Kinsella (Birthmark, Joan of Arc) and Laura Stevenson. You can check out the album art and tracklist below.

Tim will also be touring the US and Canada around the time of the album's release with collaborator Laura Stevenson (whose own new album, Wheel, came out earlier this year via Don Giovanni) supporting him at the shows. The tour rolls into Brooklyn on November 6 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with the album art and tracklist, below...

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Ben Nichols of Lucero in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ben Nichols

Alt-country punks Lucero are doing their annual Lucero Family Picnic on August 10 at the Riverfest Ampitheatre in Little Rock, AR this year. At the picnic, they'll be performing their excellent 2002 album, Tennesee, in addition to "set of Lucero classics." The lineup also includes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Little Rock's John Moreland, and Guy Venable (father of Lucero's Brian Venable).

Tickets for Lucero Family Picnic 2013 are on sale now. There's also a VIP option, which includes a tailgate and BBQ with the band before doors open. Flyer for the picnic is below.

Lucero have other dates this year, including some festivals like Gainesville's The Fest, which they were recently added to, along with J. Robbins (of Jawbox), Tim Kasher (of Cursive, and who has a new album on the way), Pile and more.

Updated The Fest lineup and a list of all Lucero tour dates, which include Dallas' Index Festival, below...

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Birthmark at The Stone in 2012

Birthmark, the solo project of Nate Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Make Believe), who released his debut album, Antibodies, last year, will continue to tour internationally this month and into March. That tour includes a leg supporting Tim Kasher of Cursive and hits the NYC area on March 14 at Knitting Factory (tickets) and March 15 at Maxwell's (tickets).

Before that, Birthmark will also play his own show in NYC, which happens on February 24 at the Bowery Electric with Phone Home and Gentleman Brawlers. No advance tickets for that one at the moment.

In related news, Nate's cousin Mike Kinsella (aka Owen) just announced some shows, including a NYC-area date on March 23 at Maxwell's (tickets).

A list of all Birthmark dates and the video for Birthmark's "Big Man" are below...

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Tickets for the Iceage, White Lung, and Parquet Courts show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Solange show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Liars show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple are on ale now. Tickets for their show at the Met are still available too.

The Queers are going on tour with fellow Ramones worshippers Teenage Bottlerocket and Masked Intruder which hits NYC on March 2 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

'90s alt-lite faves Sixpence None the Richer play Knitting Factory on February 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Toots & the Maytals are playing with Galactic and Nigel Hall Band at Terminal 5 on April 13. Tickets for that show go on AmEx/Ticketmaster presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (1/11) at noon.

Birthmark (aka Nate Kinsella) has been added as an opener to the Tim Kasher shows at Knitting Factory and Maxwell's. Tickets for the Knit show and tickets for the Maxwell's show are still on sale.

Hirsute Pursuit (mem of Thee Majesty) will team with the ever controversial Boyd Rice/NON as part of a show at Europa on January 24th. Support will come from Cult of Youth and House of Blondes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Gojira, Devin Townsend, and The Atlas Moth show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Dawn Richard show at SOB's are on sale now.

Tickets for the Rockie Fresh and Lunice show at SOB's are on sale now.

Tickets for the Amon Tobin DJ gig at Le Poisson Rouge are on sale now.

Celtic punks The Tossers are playing Mercury Lounge on March 8 with Continental. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (1/11) at noon.

XXYYXX and Teen Daze are playing 285 Kent on February 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder dates are listed below...

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Tim Kasher w/ Cursive at House of Vans in August (more by Ryan Muir)

Cursive/The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher, who also has a solo LP to his name, has announced a few Northeast US dates that he'll be playing this March. Two of those dates are in the NYC area, including Knitting Factory Brooklyn on March 14 and Maxwell's on March 15. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

A list of all dates and the video for "Cold Love" from his solo LP, The Game of Monogamy, are below...

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Tim Kasher at The Rock Shop in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tim Kasher

Tim Kasher (Cursive/The Good Life) announced a tour and tour EP Bigamy: More Songs From The Monogamy Sessions. The EP will only be available on the tour and at the Saddle Creek webstore. The 7-track EP features some material recorded during the Monogamy sessions but was largely recorded separately this Spring.

The headlining tour kicks off in late August and runs through September. It hits NYC on August 24 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/17) at noon. No openers have been announced yet.

Meanwhile, Cursive play Sled Island Festival in Calgary, AB June 24-25. They also play the MAHA Music Festival on August 13 in Omaha, NE with Guided By Voices, J Mascis, Matisyahu, The Reverend Horton Heat, and others. Tickets are on sale.

All dates below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Tim Kasher

I was expecting [Tim] Kasher to perform acoustic sans backup, but he played with a full band, complete with trumpet and violin--a very appropriate touch considering the often-dramatic content of his songs.

Musically the band sounded good, but it was Kasher's lyrics and unflinching delivery that got everyone's attention. If Raymond Carver played the guitar and were still alive his songs would sound something like Kasher's. When Kasher played "Strays", he ruefully sang, "Writers are selfish, Writers are Egotists; I'm afraid I'm as bad as it gets. I keep forgetting to censor the truth, that's why I better write some kind of love song for you."

Kasher lightened things up when he sang, "There Must be Something I've Lost" - A humorous but realistic take on becoming an adult. Kasher shouted, "I want to have sex with all my old girlfriends again. I swear it's just the familiarity I miss...Aw fuck it-it's just typical male conquest. You know, the world don't revolve around your prick. Just ask your old girlfriends." -[Death & Taxes]

Tim Kasher (Cursive/The Good Life) celebrated the release of his new LP The Game of Monogamy by playing The Rock Shop on 10/6 with support from Charles Bissell of the Wrens. Kasher also played a show at Other Music one day earlier and is on tour.

More pictures, including shots of the setlists (including most of Kasher's), below...

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Tim Kasher

Tim Kasher (frontman of Cursive and The Good Life) added an in-store performance at Other Music on October 5, the same day his debut solo LP The Game of Monogamy is released. This performance is part of his tour which also includes the previously mentioned show at The Rock Shop on October 6.

The video for his new single 'Cold Love' as well as updated tour dates, including an October run with Minus the Bear (whose tour continues into December), are below...

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Tim Kasher

Cursive frontman Tim Kasher will release his debut EP, The Game, of Monogamy on October 5th via Saddle Creek Records. Cursive members Patrick Newbery and Matt Maginn on board, as well as Erin Tate (Minus The Bear), and the LP is reportedly a more "arranged" affair than his previous efforts with Cursive and The Good Life, with "strings, harp, oboe, flute, and trombone, among other instruments" all present on the record. Members of the Glacier National Symphony played the classical instrument parts.

Kasher will hit the road in celebration of the LP's release in the tail end of September, tagging The Rock Shop on October 6 (the day after the release). Tickets are on sale now (Marnie Stern plays the same venue one day earlier).

Kasher headlined a show at the Tonic Room in Chicago last month, performing material from the new album for the first time. Video from that show, as well as the tracklisting, album cover, and tour dates are below...

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words & photos by Natasha Ryan


"We're going to do our sound check now, usually we have other people do this, but it's the recession," said a joking Tim Kasher as he took the stage nearly an hour after the scheduled 11:30pm slot. Sunday night's (1/18) sold out show at Union Hall in Brooklyn was Omaha based Cursive's third stop of their brief 2009 winter tour; the night before they played Cleveland and spent Sunday making the 470 mile drive to New York. On their previous tour the band concentrated on material from their upcoming album, and Sunday's show offered much of the same, with a healthy amount of older songs dating back to the 1996 release The Disruption.

They began with appropriate opener "Some Red-Handed Sleight of Hand" off The Ugly Organ, as Kasher bellowed, "And now we proudly present / Songs perverse and songs of lament," to the rabid crowd who matched the howls and cries with eerie precision, a display of dedicated fandom always prevalent during the live shows. Using the meticulous formula of playing beloved sing-a-longs while slyly slipping in foreign tracks, Cursive found the perfect pacing for the set, keeping the energy high and the audience engaged. The sound from the unreleased album Mama, I'm Swollen is not surprisingly different than 2006's Happy Hallow; it's moodier than the vivacious rhythmic arrangements of the acclaimed album and returns to slower, darker renditions more akin to earlier recordings.

In true fashion, Cursive's songs were broken up by humorous rants from Kasher and passive aggressive exchanges with the audience teetering on the brink of seriousness yet duly self-aware of the symbiotic relationship. "Who said fuck you? Come up on stage!" Kasher screamed, in response to a cliched taunt from one audience member. "You sir, are going to buy me a double shot of Jameson for knocking my drink over. During Thanksgiving, when you're sitting with your family eating dinner- I'm going to come in and shout fuck you too!" It might seem abrasive on paper, but the playful rowdiness often serves as a notable function of his stage persona. Surprisingly, during "Art is Hard" former member Gretta Cohn did not come out on stage to play cello, though her Brooklyn based band Twin Thousands opened the show.

Towards the end of the set a giddy Kasher informed the crowd of his proposal to his girlfriend earlier that day, and then brought her up to briefly make out on stage. It was just the beginning of the strange antics that later ensued, with Kasher's frequent signature facial contortions and silly inebriated ramblings, at one point claiming he wanted to blow up a building. The loud set was rough and almost deafening at times due to the sound at Union Hall, but it never detracted from the experience. For the encore Kasher promised, "We're not pandering, we just want to play these songs," and dived off the stage during "Sierra", knocking beers over and dragging the microphone stand to belt out the anthem in the middle of the floor.

McCarthy Trenching also opened, and then Cursive played Mercury Lounge in Manhattan the next day. You can next catch Cursive in March when they play the suitably sized venues (3/09) Music Hall of Williamsburg and (3/10) Bowery Ballroom.

More pictures & Cursive's setlist below...

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by BrooklynVegan Mike

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When schizophrenic dance-punk outfit Test Icicles called it a day not long after the release of their debut album, it seemed like a one and done, flash in the pan output attached to the musical trend at the time. Fast forward a year and one of their members, Devonte Hynes, reappears with a new project called Lightspeed Champion, and one of the goofiest videos in recent memory. Musically, it was a complete turnaround from his old band in everything but one element. It was really good.

As it turned out, he had hooked up with the Saddle Creek crew and recorded an album featuring input from Tim Kasher, members of Tilly and the Wall, and Emmy the Great. With three videos already done, the debut album, Falling of the Lavender Bridge, due this month on Domino Records, is one of the most anticipated records in the UK, and will be stateside as well. And it is a Saddle Creek record in every sense of the word; lots of strings with flashes of country, folk, and emotive lyrics. We spoke with Dev about the demise of his old band, the Omaha mystique, and fanatical fans.


Lightspeed ChampionSo, should this be titled Interview: Lightspeed Champion, or Interview: Dev from Lightspeed Champion?

Dev: That's been something on my mind lately. It's really silly. I don't think I'll ever refer to myself as Lightspeed Champion, but if other people do, that would be okay.

I read in a couple of places about how Test Icicles split because, quite frankly, you guys didn't like the music which, if true, is fascinating to me. Mainly because if three friends still like each other but don't like the music, they would change the music, not the group..

It's semi true. It was taken out of context somewhat. We had just grown up. We wrote those songs when we were seventeen. Three years is a long time when you are that age. You get in and out of things. During that time, a bunch of us had the attitude of "Hey, let's form a band, play a show, and break up." We did that for a year. Test Icicles was a band that just stuck together but it got out of hand really fast.

Our live set got weird near the end. We would play thirty minutes of noise. I would imagine the fans didn't want to hear. I mean, I didn't want to hear it, either.

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