Entries tagged with: Title Fight
photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pianos Become the Teeth went on a short headlining tour last year in support of their great 2014 album Keep You, and they've now announced a much longer one. Like last time, this one will include support from Gates, as well as hardcore rippers Loma Prieta.
Pianos also play two nearby festivals: Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on 3/28 with Title Fight, Defeater and more (tickets); and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf on 5/16 & 17 with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more (tickets).
In addition to those, they also play SXSW and two other fests. Before Skate & Surf they play Cleveland's Spring Fling Festival (5/15) with The Movielife, mewithoutYou, Defeater, Iron Chic, Loma Prieta and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.
And a few days after Skate & Surf they play Michigan's Bled Fest (5/23) with Touche Amore, Modern Life Is War, The Early November, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Restorations and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Vincent Rizzotti
Long Island fuzz punks Soda Bomb have a new LP on the way titled Wanna Jam? due out April 7 via Derrick from TWIABP's label Broken World Media. We've got the premiere of the video for "Brainbuster" (shot & edited by Colin Bonilla), a catchy blast of slacker/stoner lo-fi that fans of Wavves should definitely check out. Watch, and see the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Soda Bomb have a handful of shows in their hometown area coming up too. The first is a free show this weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (2/27) with Have Mercy, Banquets, Republic of Wolves and Heeney.
They're back in Brooklyn on April 3 at Aviv with Vulture Shit, Show Me The Body, Flagland, Death Vacation, Nonsense and Huffers.
And finally, heading to Connecticut for the unfortunately sold-out Broken World Fest with label heads The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), I Kill Giants (reunion), Glocca Morra, Joie De Vivre, John Galm (ex-Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death), Told Slant and more.
In the midst of all that, they'll be heading out on a tour with Mumblr which includes a TBA Brooklyn date on April 24. Full dates/cities schedule for that tour, with the new video and album info, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight have already released three songs from their upcoming third album and first for ANTI-, Hyperview, and now they've made the whole thing available for streaming ahead of its February 3 release date. As you probably figured out by now if you've listened to the singles, Hyperview has the ever-changing punk band going full-on shoegaze. It wasn't a totally unexpected move -- "Head in the Ceiling Fan" off 2012's Floral Green explored the style most directly and it's there a bit in the guitars of "Lefty," "Numb But I Still Feel It" and "In-Between," not to mention Title Fight's never made the same record twice.
And the new sound suits them well. Songs like "Dizzy," "Your Pain Is Mine Now" and "Liars Love" are on par with any good shoegazey indie rock band of late, and if you want that old Title Fight, it does pop up on a few songs ("Mrahc" is probably the best of these). The whole record's great. Listen on NPR.
Title Fight will be on tour soon, including a run with La Dispute and The Hotelier that hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall (sold out). They also play a Long Island fest the next day with Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater and more, which is not sold out.
Streams of the album's three singles and updated list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Susy Cereijo
punks shoegazers Title Fight have unleashed a third track from their upcoming album Hyperview, which drops February 3 via ANTI-. Following "Chlorine" and "Rose of Sharon," new single "Your Pain Is Mine Now" is the lightest song from the new album we've heard so far. "Chlorine" had some Sonic Youth noise and "Rose of Sharon" retained their punk roots more than most of the new stuff, but this is swirling clean guitars and pillowy dream pop all the way. Listen, via Vogue, below.
Title Fight's tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall, which has since sold out.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Title Fight already gave us "Chlorine" from their upcoming album, Hyperview (due 2/3 via ANTI-), and they're now back with the video for its brand new second single, "Rose of Sharon" (dir. Hannah Roman, starring Kieran Sherry). Like "Chlorine," the new song has the Kingston, PA punks moving significantly further into straight up shoegaze, though their roots do show a bit more on this one. Title Fight have never made the same album twice, so this shouldn't feel too drastic of a shift for old fans, and here's to hoping it brings aboard some new ones. Check it out below (via Pitchfork).
As discussed, TF are going on a co-headlining tour with La Dispute and support from The Hotelier, and that amazing triple bill hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall (tickets). As we found out today, Make Do And Mend are playing the basement of that same venue that day.
They also have another amazing triple-billed tour with Merchandise and Power Trip before that, which doesn't come to the East Coast. All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in October (more by Mimi Hong)
Title Fight already have an awesomely billed tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier coming up that hits NYC on 3/27 at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since added another appearance happening in the NYC-area that same weekend. They headline Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday, March 28 at Revolution which includes a stacked lineup of Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card and Soda Bomb. Tickets for that are on sale now. Show flyer and updated list of TF dates below.
That's not the only upcoming bill Pianos Become the Teeth and Superheaven share. They also team up with Diamond Youth (Topshelf) and Black Clouds (Geoff Rickly's label) later this month in Baltimore for what will be Pianos' first hometown show in over a year and a half. All Pianos dates are listed below.
Pianos Become the Teeth also gave us a list of their favorite records of 2014 (Title Fight recently told us theirs). It's a diverse list, ranging from metal vets At the Gates to EDM producer Porter Robinson to Sun Kil Moon. Check out their whole list, with commentary, and those lists of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
La Dispute at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in November (more by Mimi Hong)
Two of best current bands in post-hardcore have announced a tour together for 2015: La Dispute, who put out the excellent Rooms of the House this year, and Title Fight, who recently put out the shoegazey single off their upcoming 2015 LP Hyperview. If that wasn't enough, The Hotelier are opening which makes for a pretty awesome triple bill. The tour hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/12).
Ahead of this tour, TF is going on a run (which unfortunately doesn't hit the east coast) with two other great bands, Merchandise and Power Trip. All dates are listed, with videos from TF, LD and The Hotelier, below...
Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in November (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, Title Fight are releasing their new album, Hyperview, on February 3 via ANTI- and recently put out its first single, "Chlorine," which sees them diving further into shoegaze than ever before. If you've still yet to hear that one, you can listen below.
They've also been on a tour with Circa Survive and Pianos Become the Teeth. We posted pictures of the NYC stop (which didn't have PBTT, who played their own NYC show not long before), and now you can check out a full-set high-quality video of the LA show (11/29). They haven't been playing any of the new album on this tour, instead relying mostly on 2012's Floral Green as well as a few earlier cuts and one off their 2013 EP. Watch that video, with the setlist from LA, below.
Title Fight's Ned Russin has also given us a list of his ten favorite albums of 2014, which includes the heavy (Cold World, Raspberry Bulbs), the post-punk (Merchandise), the indie folk (Saintseneca) and more. Check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in November (more by Mimi Hong)
Earlier this year, Title Fight announced that they signed to ANTI- for their upcoming third album (fourth if you count The Last Thing You Forget as an album), which Will Yip is producing. It's now been officially announced that the album is called Hyperview, due out on February 3, and the first single "Chlorine" is out. So far every Title Fight album has been a progression from the last, and from the sounds of "Chlorine," Hyperview will be no different. It dives deeper into the heavy shoegaze TF experimented with on Floral Green and the Spring Songs EP, and it ends in a Sonic Youth-style noise jam which is entirely new territory for the band. Check out the Jonny Look-directed video for the song (via FADER), along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
The band have also been on a tour with Circa Survive (which we caught in NYC last month) and that's got about two weeks left, with Pianos Become the Teeth on the bill as well. All remaining dates are listed below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Title Fight @ Best Buy Theater - 11/11/14
Title Fight signed to ANTI- and have a new Will Yip-produced album on the way (most details still TBA), but ahead of that they've been on a tour opening for Circa Survive which hit NYC this past Tuesday (11/11) at Best Buy Theater. TF played a 15-song set, mostly focused on favorites from 2012's Floral Green like "Secret Society," "Numb, But I Still Feel It," "Lefty," "Head in the Ceiling Fan" and more, as well as a couple from their 2013 EP and a few earlier cuts too.
Math rockers Tera Melos opened the show but unfortunately we missed them. More pictures of the other two bands, plus TF's setlist and a couple videos from their set, below...
Nick Reinhart, guitarist/vocalist for math rockers Tera Melos, is celebrating Halloween with Scary Sounds II, the spooky-sounding guitar-only followup to last year's similarly themed Scary Sounds. Every sound you hear on the album was made with a guitar, and it definitely lives up to its name. You can download it at bandcamp for $6.66 and stream it in full below.
Tera Melos was also added to the first leg of the Circa Survive / Title Fight tour. (Pianos Become the Teeth, who just played NYC, are on the second.) That includes the NYC show happening on November 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tera Melos also play a Halloween show in Houston tonight. All of their dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack
Jane's Addiction / GWAR fans / Title Fight
Riot Fest Chicago is currently underway at Chicago's beautiful Humboldt Park. It kicked off on Friday (9/12) and that first day was plagued by light to heavy rains that pretty much continued from doors until the headliners. But the weather didn't seem to slow down the bands or the audience much at all, and it was an opening day with something for everyone. On the heavier end, there was American thrash kings Slayer performing Reign In Blood in its entirety, resilient interplanetary scumdogs Gwar, and Mastodon; classic punks Stiff Little Fingers and ALL; alternative rock flag bearers Jane's Addiction; anthemic and melodic punks The Offspring (performing Smash), Gogol Bordello, The Hotelier, Pity Sex, and Title Fight; the excellent Pussy Riot -- Discussion Panel; and much more packed in there.
We began day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago by catching Boston-based melodic punks Somos at the Revolt Stage -- one of the festival's two smaller setups. The four-piece drew a decent crowd with their punchy output, including the especially catchy "Dead Wrong" and "Lives of Others" from their 2014 debut Temple of Plenty. Title Fight were up next, over at the larger Roots Stage. The Pennsylvania-based road dogs impressed with tunes from their debut LP, huge-sounding 2012 album Floral Green, and their many EPs. They got the crowd moving with the Hot Water Music-like "Secret Society," and kept the momentum up throughout their set, which closed with the thrashy "27." After the combination attack opening of "Numb, But I Still Feel It," "Shed," and "Like a Ritual," the band brought things down a bit with the great Floral Green shoegaze number "Head in the Ceiling Fan."
GWAR have a hell of a lot to be proud of, and not just the troves of blood-caked fans who were easy to spot throughout the park for the remainder of the day. The Oderus-less (RIP) outfit are indeed back in fine form, with a thrilling new stage show in Dave Brockie's honor. The interplanetary warriors delivered seven-songs (or acts) throughout their set, each coming from a different album. Bloody Pit of Horror's "Hail, Genocide!" was the absolute highlight, with blood baths both by way of a rotating circular saw and vocalist Blothar (aka Michael Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty)'s chest. Yummy.
Taking things down a notch from GWAR were Worcester, MA's The Hotelier, who we caught next on the Revolt Stage. Christian Holden and his band gave 110% while delivering nearly all of their anthemic second album Home, Like Noplace Is There. The packed crowd braced along with Holden and co. for the multiple cathartic full-band crashes, as well as the din of the album's more subdued and vocal-only moments. After a few tunes, Holden seemed as if he couldn't help but to share that this was the largest crowd that had ever paid attention to the band at once. He also had his bass turned waaaay up, which cranked up the intensity for punchy numbers like "The Scope of All of This Rebuilding" and "In Framing."
We then headed over to the one-day Riot Fest Speaks stage to watch a bit of the Pussy Riot Discussion Panel go down. The Henry Rollins-moderated panel consisted of Pussy Riot/Zona Prava members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina, with guests Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (writer/activist), and Michael A. Petryshyn (Riot Fest Founder - aka Riot Mike). As we approached, Rollins and Karp were in the middle of a back-and-forth about feminist journalism in relation to the now six-month-old Zona Prava. Karp spoke of writing provocative messages on her and friends' bare chests, and Rollins brought up the old flyers he made while in Black Flag (ie "cop with a boner handing a child a lollipop with Black Flag scrawled across the top of the page"). It was an insightful discussion. Hopefully they bring the Riot Fest Speaks stage back in years to come.
Mastodon was the next mark we hit, over at the Rebel Stage. Touring on this year's classic rock-ish Once More 'Round the Sun, the band delivered a few tunes from that album -- including the fun single "High Road" -- some from The Hunter, as well as a bunch of their older meatier tunes. We got "Aqua Dementia" and "Hearts Alive" off Leviathan, "Bladecatcher" and "Crystal Skull" from Blood Mountain, and Crack the Skye favorites "Divinations" and "Oblivion." They were as tight as ever.
We capped off the night by catching alternative rock giants Jane's Addiction, who were performing their 1988 debut studio effort Nothing's Shocking in its entirety. Pit against American thrash gods Slayer playing Reign In Blood at the other side of the park, Perry Farrell and co. went for a much flashier approach while delivering the attitude-packed hits like "Jane Says," "Mountain Song," and "Ocean Size." It was nice to finish off the night with a feel-good set of songs.
Day 2 pics and review are HERE. Day 3 HERE. Pictures of all the day 1 bands mentioned above, plus a few others like Clutch, NOFX (they performed Punk In Drublic) and Radkey, are in this post. They continue below...
Title Fight at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Title Fight recently announced that they've signed to ANTI- for their anticipated third full-length album, and though details are still forthcoming on that, they've now just announced a lengthy tour for this fall. They'll be supporting Circa Survive on a run that hits NYC on November 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. Many of the dates are also with the great Pianos Become the Teeth (whose new album should also be coming soon), but unfortunately not the NYC stop. All dates are listed below.
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
Title Fight at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Title Fight have launched a new Instagram account where they announced that they've signed to ANTI- and are currently in the studio working on a new album with producer Will Yip (who did their last LP, the new Braid, and a ton of other stuff). This now makes them labelmates with The Antlers, Simian Mobile Disco, and Dr. Dog.
This Is Hardcore kicks off today (7/24) and runs through Sunday (7/27). The lineup also includes Converge, Madball, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, CIV, Crowbar, Bold, and many more. Tickets are still available.
Watch the Instagram video announcing TF's signing, below...
by Andrew Sacher
United Nations (photo by Pablo Van Winkle)
The tracks keep coming the highly anticipated sophomore album from United Nations, The Next Four Years (due 7/15 via Temporary Residence Ltd). You've already heard "Serious Business" and "Meanwhile on Main St" and the band have now unleashed a third, "United Nations vs United Nations." When I saw UN play this song at 285 Kent last year, singer Geoff Rickly introduced it by saying that the other United Nations sued them over their name, and said he thinks it's really easy for people with money and power to push around people without money and power, so they did a little pushing back. Hence, "United Nations vs United Nations." Check it out below.
United Nations isn't the only thing Geoff Rickly has been up to lately though. The former Thursday frontman also recently re-launched his label, Collect Records. The label was already responsible for releasing the first Touche Amore album (with 6131) and the first United Nations album (with Eyeball), and currently has new 7" releases planned from Touche Amore, Title Fight, Saves the Day and more.
Collect also just released the a-side of the new single from No Devotion, aka the new band of Geoff Rickly (vocals) plus the members of Lostprophets (you may know that Lostprophets' singer is in jail for some unspeakable crimes). The single will be out July 22 but you can now stream "Stay," a track more akin to arena goth than United Nations' searing hardcore. Check it out below.
Stream the new UN and No Devotion songs, below...
Night Birds at Death by Audio in 2013 (more by Sarja Hasan)
NJ skate/surf punks Night Birds released the Maimed for the Masses 7" on Fat Wreck Chords in 2013 (ahead of their full length on Grave Mistake) and played the label's CMJ showcase that same year. Now they've officially announced that they've signed to Fat and will release their next full length on the label, which they're currently writing. Singer Brian Gorsegner says about the signing:
We are excited to announce we are in the early stages of a writing a new album for Fat Wreck Chords to be released some time in 2015. It was a soul crushing, stir crazy winter and we're really looking forward to getting that grossness out and onto a slab of wax for your listening pleasure. Prepare for what is bound to be next year's feel bad album of the year.Night Birds also have many tour dates coming up, including their previously discussed House of Vans show on 7/3 with Black Lips and a special guest. Just before that though, they'll play Howell, NJ's Shorestock at Gamechanger World on June 28 with Title Fight, Get Real, Full Speed Ahead, Stick Together, The Little Rascals, Blind Justice and Heavy Chains. Before Title Fight's set, the "Shore Style Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament" will take place at the event. Tickets for that are on sale now.
All Night Birds dates are listed, with a video, below...
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.
As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.
Full initial Toronto lineup below...
Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.
The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.
Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...
Kevin Whittemore (right) w/ La Dispute at Acheron, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
La Dispute just wrapped up their tour in support of this year's excellent Rooms of the House in Cleveland last night (4/14). (We caught the tour in NYC a few days earlier at the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg.) It's now been confirmed by the band's publicist that those were the last shows for guitarist Kevin Whittemore, who has chosen to leave the band. Kevin co-founded La Dispute along with current vocalist Jordan Dreyer and current drummer Brad Vander Lugt back in 2004, and this is the band's first lineup change since before the release of their first album. UPDATE (4/18): Official statement released. Read it below.
In other "New Wave of Post-Hardcore" news, Title Fight played Coachella over the weekend, much to the confusion of some in the crowd who weren't ready for a mosh pit to break out. Check out our full set of pictures from Friday at Coachella for more from their set.
Watch La Dispute's video for "For Mayor In Splitsville" from the new LP, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
astronaut / Kate Nash / Replacements / Haim / Girl Talk
At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...
The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]
Blacklisted at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Brian Reilly)
Boston hardcore traditionalists The Rival Mob, Philly boundary pushers Blacklisted, World War 4 (fronted by Mark Porter of NJHC band Floorpunch, plus other members of that band, The Rival Mob, and more), and Wilkes-Barre straightedge band Stick Together (whose lineup includes Ned Russin of Title Fight, plus members of War Hungry and Bad Seed) all played This Is Hardcore in Philly last year, and they'll soon team back up for what will be a very solid quadruple bill in NYC on June 7 at Le Poisson Rouge (co-presented by Hardcore Gig Volume and Noisey). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Le Poisson Rouge still feels like a weird location for hardcore shows, but they do happen there. In fact, as previously discussed, two will happen there this month as part of the second annual New York's Alright (which Rival Mob played last year). This year's shows at LPR include Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog and Mercenary on 4/18 (tickets), and Infernoh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, and Murderer on 4/19 (tickets). You can check out the lineups for other NY's Alright shows here.
Meanwhile, even sooner than that is Damaged City Fest in DC this weekend (4/11 & 4/12), which The Rival Mob also play, in addition to Infest, Los Crudos, Boston Strangler, Priests, Good Throb, Coke Bust and more.
And speaking of This Is Hardcore, the 2014 lineup for the Philly festival was recently announced, including Converge, Title Fight, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Full of Hell and many more. This year's fest happens from July 24-27 and tickets for that go on sale Saturday (4/12).
Converge also headline both nights of the inaugural Deathwish Fest which happens in Boston right before TIH (July 22 & 23), and also includes Blacklisted frontman George Hirsch's solo project Harm Wulf, plus Code Orange Kids, Modern Life Is War, Oathbreaker, Trap Them, Cult Leader, Self Defense Family, Doomriders and more. Tickets for that fest go on AmEx presale today (4/9) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (4/11) at noon.
Stream some Rival Mob, Blacklisted (and Harm Wulf), World War 4 and Stick Together below...
This Is Hardcore returns to Philly's Electric Factory from July 24-27 and as usual it's got a great lineup spanning generations of hardcore including Converge, Title Fight, Madball, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Noisem, Power Trip, Incendiary, Full of Hell, Crowbar, Coke Bust, Ringworm and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale April 12 via the festival's website.
Full lineup, with a playlist of all bands playing and the announcement video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along / Swearin' @ Saint Vitus - 2/24/14
Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder took over Saint Vitus in NYC last night (2/24) as part of a free show presented by Shiner in conjunction with Transmission in Austin, and us at BrooklynVegan. It was a great show and the second time in three days that I saw the Crutchfield sisters sharing a stage in Brooklyn.
Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (who currently fronts Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (of Swearin' and the current drummer of Waxahatchee's live band), kicked off the night with Katie and Keith trading songs, switching between acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and keyboard. Especially since both members have such active bands, Great Thunder can come off like a "just for fun" kind of project, but the songs they played last night were too strong for that. Some rivaled the best moments of the members' main bands.
Great as they were, there's no denying when Keith took the stage again for the Swearin' set that followed, the energy in the packed room drastically increased. Swearin' have put in many solid NYC appearances over the last few years, but this had to be the best I've seen them. With their great new album, Surfing Strange, which is bigger, heavier, and more collaborative than their still-great debut, Swearin' have developed into a serious live force. The interplay between co-lead singers Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride is spot on, and it increasingly diversifies the set. They've got the passionate slow(er) burners ("Movie Star"), the rockers ("Unwanted Place"), and the in between ("Dust in the Gold Sack").
The show wrapped up with the great as always Hop Along. They're finally getting around to following up 2012's excellent Get Disowned, and they used the show to try out some new material, which was sounding pretty great. The new album is definitely one to look forward to. The crowd seemed into it too, but of course it was the older stuff that really got them going. New-ish single "Sister Cities" didn't feel new-ish anymore, as it's now a live staple and most of the crowd seemed familiar, and on closing song "Tibetan Pop Stars," from just about anywhere in the room you could hear the crowd shouting along over Frances Quinlan's own voice. Really fun night, and you can check out pictures of the whole thing in this post.
Hop Along return to NYC to open for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 8 with Night Birds and Bad Canoes (fronted by Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster). Free. Hop Along are also planning to tour with Title Fight and Waxahatchee on the west coast surrounding those two bands' appearances at Coachella. Tour flyer (with all dates) below.
More pictures and videos from Saint Vitus below...