Entries tagged with: Titus Andronicus
Beach Slang @ BV-CMJ at Baby's All Right 10/25/14
Mimi Hong shot a bunch of shows for us this year, and now that 2014 is coming to a close, she's gone through her pics and submitted a list of her 14 favorite photos she took in 2014. That's one above, and you can check out the rest (along with her favorite LPs) below...
Beverly / Fat White Family
For the final day of CMJ (10/25), just like last year, Brooklynvegan took over Baby's All Right from noon till the wee hours, starting with our free Saturday day party (which came after our free Friday day party).
With brunch also being served in the venue, Austin's Residual Kid started off things with a youthful bounce, making indie rock that already has J. Mascis' approval and consistently lands them choice opening slots in their hometown.
UK trio Flowers were next. While their debut abum, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do, is lovely, the band really come alive onstage, both a bit more roughed up and beautiful at the same time. Singer Rachel Kennedy, who was celebrating her birthday that day, has one of those voices that makes you pay attention and you could hear a pin drop in the Baby's performance room during their set.
Then came young LA duo Girlpool, one of the more talked-about bands at this year's CMJ. They only have one EP and a few other tracks so far but they've definitely got a sound. They're drum-less but not empty and both girls nasally shout-sing in unison. It feels a little inspired by punk and a little drone-y in a psychedelic way, but it's also not exactly either of those things.
At this point our day party kicked into high gear with Japanese band Bo Ningen. Their set was pure sensory overload with smoke machines set to 11 and strobes going off the whole time. (For some, those free Bell's Brewery sunglasses came in handy here.) The visuals -- including the band's high-flying rock moves, seen here in silhouette -- matched the Bo Ningen's genre-defying music. Overheard: "I don't know what that was, but it was incredible." We agree (with the incredible part), as does Jon Pareles at the NY Times who says the band put on his favorite performance of CMJ 2014.
At that point, most people probably needed a palate cleanser and Beverly's sweet, fun, harmony-laden music made them the perfect sonic sorbet for the packed room.
Then came White Fence whose lineup for this tour included Cate Le Bon on second guitar and backing vocals, adding a new harmony element to the band's retro-'60s style.
Things went back into insanity mode at this point with the debaucherous mayhem that is Fat White Family. It could seem like the band's love for removing layers of clothing during their set is a schtick to make up for mediocre music, but that's not the case at all. Everyone goes hard the whole show and at times the Fat Whites were straight up mesmerizing. Not to mention the light show and all the fog going on at Baby's that day was perfect for these guys. They came back to do it again at 3 AM (more on that soon) and were just as killer.
Titus Andronicus kicked off their headlining set with a bang with "A More Perfect Union," and then went on to give a sarcastic speech about how this is CMJ, and like most bands at CMJ they've got a new record coming and are hoping to catch their big break. So most of the set included new material which did sound great (and hopefully we get to hear it recorded soon), but hearing those older favorites in a small place like Baby's was really special.
Hopefully you didn't take Titus frontman Patrick Stickles' advice and leave after their set to head to Shea Stadium because our night show which happened immediately afterwards at Baby's was great (though we're sure Shea, which Bully also played again, was fun also!).
Like on Friday, we were giving out tattoos and rum courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and once again we handed out a free keg of Bell's Brewery craft beer along with koozies, bottle openers, Bo Ningen-strobe-protecting sunglasses and other fun stuff.
Pictures from Friday are HERE. More from Saturday (and video too), below...
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.
Titus Andronicus (more by Mimi Hong)
The lineup for the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Baby's All Right was already announced, and now we're excited to announce MOST of the lineup for our free Saturday day party at Baby's All Right (which is in three days from now):
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)!Like on Friday, things kick off early at noon with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts (special variety TBA),
12:00 Residual Kid
3:00 Bo Ningen
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
Headlining the show is one of the most consistently great bands in the area, Titus Andronicus. It's their only CMJ show this year and going by other recent shows, we can probably expect to hear new material.
White Fence at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)
There's also psych rockers/Ty Segall associates White Fence, indie pop band Beverly (whose album but not live show includes Frankie Rose on drums), promising Nashville poppy punk band Bully, and the young but talented beyond their years Austin band Residual Kid.
TWO MORE BANDS will be announced tomorrow.
UPDATE: Full lineup now announced.
At noon, like the day before, Matt Marcus of Three Kings Tattoo will start giving out free tattoos courtesy of Sailor Jerry Sign up at his table for the chance to win one and get inked right inside the front room of Baby's for free. (this year tattoo recipients will be picked by raffle instead of first come, first served like last year).
Complimentary Sailor Jerry rum beverages will also be flowing while supplies last, and we'll have multiple varieties of Bell's on tap for you to try out.
We're also at at Baby's All Right for our free Friday day party with Twin Peaks, Single Mothers, TWIABP, Protomartyr and more; and our official showcase on Saturday night with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).
Listen to some stuff from the artists playing the Saturday day party below...
NOTE: You can also see our events with RSVPs & tickets HERE
Pity Sex at last year's BrooklynVegan show at Baby's (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FRIDAY, Oct 24 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Dilly Dally <---- FIRST U.S. SHOW
12:45 The Wytches
2:15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
4:00 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
5:00 Single Mothers <----- ONLY CMJ SHOW
5:45 Twin Peaks
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ NOON @ Baby's --- FREE (RSVP)
12:00 Residual Kid
3:00 Bo Ningen
4:30 White Fence
5:15 Fat White Family
6:15 Titus Andronicus
SATURDAY, Oct 25 @ 8pm @ Baby's --- $15 (tickets)
8:00 Sport (France)
8:45 Cayetana (Philadelphia)
9:30 Beach Slang (Philadelphia)
10:15 Pity Sex (Ann Arbor)
11:10 The Jazz June (Philadelphia/London)
Xerxes (photo by Mary Burks)
Tuesday (10/21) at the Paper Box, BV is co-presenting the FREE No Sleep Records showcase which begins at 6 PM. That show includes a lineup of mostly post-hardcore and punk with Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps for Travelers. Those who show up early will get a free No Sleep vinyl sampler (limited to 150 copies).
Walter Schreifels w/ Quicksand in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
On Thursday (10/23) at the Acheron, BV is co-presenting the Iron Pier showcase which begins at 7 PM. That one features Self Defense Family, post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, etc) with his new band The Dead Heavens, and Deep Pockets. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted too.
Twin Peaks at Baby's All Right in August (more by PSquared)
On Friday (10/24) afternoon at Baby's All Right, we're throwing our first of two free BrooklynVegan day parties. Friday's lineup includes Twin Peaks, Single Mothers (their only CMJ show), The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Protomartyr, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tweens, The Wytches and Dilly Dally (their first NYC show). That goes from noon-7 PM, will have free tattoos and complimentary beverages courtesy of Sailor Jerry, and Bell's Brewery will be there too with multiple varieties of the craft beer available to purchase and a free keg while it lasts. It's 21+ and again, it's free (RSVP).
The second free BV day party happens Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with 9 more bands including Titus Andronicus, Fat White Family, Girlpool and many more, more complimentary Sailor Jerry and tattoos, and another free keg of Bell's while it lasts.
The Jazz June
And lastly, the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happens Saturday night (10/25) at Baby's All Right, starting at 7 PM. This one includes veteran emo band The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang (ex-Weston), Cayetana and France's Sport, with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo spinning between sets. It's the only chance to catch all of those bands (except Cayetana who have one more show) at CMJ this year. Tickets are available and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted.
Hope to see you at one. (Or all!) More flyers below...
Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Titus Andronicus just played Webster Hall earlier this month with Buzzcocks and just mentioned on Twitter that they're playing somewhere much, much smaller on Monday (9/29): Cake Shop. The show, which is billed as a "private, 21+ event" and part of the "Newcastle Brown Ale Bartender Gigs" series, is free with RSVP. Also: "Newcastle Brown Ale and snacks provided." It's the band's only date on their schedule at the moment.
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...
Photos by Greg Cristman
Buzzcocks / Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall 9/6/2014
As they hit the stage opening with "Boredom" and then, "Fast Cars," Buzzcocks seemed to have not lost their touch. Just pure adrenaline and excitement charging them on stage and the audience loved every second of it. The band, who are on tour in support of their new album, The Way, which has not been released in the U.S. yet, even guitarist Steve Diggle joked about it saying, "Here is a new song that you can't buy!" before going into "Keep On Believing." With a handful of new tracks played through the night, the latest songs sound as if they were kept in an archive from the bands heyday and seem to have not lost their touch, the same was true to their performance. - [HuffPo]UK punk legends Buzzcocks hit NYC on Saturday (9/6) at Webster Hall as part of their current North American tour around Riot Fests. The band has a new import-only album out this year (The Way), but this show was mainly a cavalcade of hits, from opener "Boredom" through the encore of "Harmony in My Head," "Ever Fallen in Love" and "Orgasm Addict." A bearded Pete Shelley and the always smiling Steve Diggle (looking remarkably like he did in 1979) seem like they're still having a blast. Pics, setlist and full video of their Webster Hall set are in this post.
The night was well matched with NJ's Titus Andronicus, making for two generations of punk rock. The band blasted through a brief, 30-minute set with almost no time for banter. Pics and video from their set, and more from Buzzcocks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
TItus Andronicus at Strawberry Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Titus Andronicus have been talking about their new rock opera for a while now, and though we still don't have many details on that, they did announce a new 7" series in a recent online press conference. There, Patrick Stickles talked about the number seven and noted that they've released seven 7"s in seven years, the first release in their new series will be a reissue of their first one, 2007's "Titus Andronicus" b/w "Fear And Loathing In Mahwah, New Jersey" and it comes out on on 7/7.
Also on July 7, the band will play a very intimate release show at 7 PM at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium. That show is sold out, but you can still get in if you subscribe to the 7" series.
The show is with Wicked Kind, who feature members of Titus Andronicus and Lost Boy?, and whose song "Sport" is on the b-side of the first 7" in the series to feature new material. The a-side of that one has a new song from Titus, "Stranded (On My Own)." You can stream both sides of that one below.
Lost Boy? are also releasing a new album, Canned, on August 5 via Double Double Whammy (home of Frankie Cosmos and ex-Titus member Liam Betson), which follows their May EP on Exploding In Sound. Stream a track from that album, with the streams of the new Titus/Wicked Kind 7" and the press conference video, below...
Beach Slang at Philly's Golden Tea House earlier this month (photo by Jessica Flynn)
Beach Slang, the new band of Weston's James Snyder, have been added as an opener to Titus Andronicus' free show happening July 11 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, making for an excellent double bill. Also on the show is Slothrust and DJ Pegasus Warning. Doors open at 7 PM, and like we said it's free, but you can RSVP to skip the line. Show flyer below.
Beach Slang put out an excellent EP earlier this year and have a followup coming out on Tiny Engines this fall. They made their NYC debut at Suburbia earlier this month, and since we last spoke about that, a video of the show emerged which you can watch below...
Buzzcocks at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Late '70s British punk pioneers Buzzcocks (who have been reformed since 1989 -- their current lineup features core members/songwriters Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle) are returning to North America for Riot Fest Chicago, Denver and Toronto, and while they're here they'll go on a short US tour too. That tour hits NYC on September 6 at Webster Hall, which is awesomely being opened by Titus Andronicus, who have headlined that venue on their own. Tickets for this great double bill go on sale today (6/20) at 10 AM. All Buzzcocks dates are listed below.
You can also catch Titus in NYC sooner when they play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 11.
Stream some classic Buzzcocks, with the list of dates, below...
Titus at Warsaw last week (more by Mimi Hong)
Titus Andronicus just played a good amount of their upcoming rock opera at Brooklyn venue Warsaw during the Northside Festival, and they've since announced another show happening here. The band will hit Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 11 for a free all ages show with other bands TBA, that will likely include yet another round of new songs. No other Titus dates announced at the moment.
The weekend they play is curated by Mailchimp/T Presents and also includes the July 12 show with David Wax Museum, River City Extension, Arum Rae, Morningsiders and DJ Pegasus Warning.
Watch a video of one of Titus' new songs being played live, below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Titus Andronicus / Eagulls @ Warsaw - 6/12/14
Brooklyn's Northside Festival began last night (6/12) with multiple shows, including Titus Andronicus / Eagulls / D'NT / Low Fat Getting High at Warsaw, one of the shows we were excited to see. LFGH and D'NT provided local support, with the former ripping through Nirvana-style (think "Negative Creep" or "Breed") punk/grunge and the latter (a duo) playing something like QOTSA-style stoner rock. Low Fat also just put out a video for "Police Cop" yesterday, which you can watch below.
Then came UK post-punks Eagulls who I'd only previously seen on CMJ/SXSW showcases, and I think benefitted from the larger stage, light show and smoke machines. (They could stand to not talk to the sound guy every 3 minutes about adjustments though.) Diversity isn't this band's game just yet (though they only have one album and one EP so far), but they're a promising group for sure and their best songs ("Nerve Endings," "Coffin") sounded on point last night.
Eagulls are also play the free outdoor Space Ninety 8 Stage on Saturday afternoon (6/14) located on Bedford between N. 5th and N. 6th. They're on at 3:40 PM and the other bands on the bill are Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, and Piers.
Finally Titus Andronicus wrapped up the show with a fairly long set (roughly two hours) that included a good amount of material off that rock opera they're working on. One would assume these songs will be pieced together in a coherent, Tommy-style matter, so I don't want to judge the new songs yet, but I will say that any fans of the last three albums are likely gonna be into these too. The songs themselves all seemed on the shorter, tighter, Local Business-y side, though they did play one borderline ballad which was a highlight of the set.
A handful of favorites were of course played from the last three albums too, and the crowd of course ate up "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ," "A More Perfect Union," "In A Big City," and the rest of them. Stage divers and moshers (or more like "pushers") galore, despite Patrick Stickles basically ridiculing both moshing and stage diving more than once throughout the set. And, like many Titus shows, a few covers were played. Patrick said his mom was in the audience, and since she grew up in the '60s he graced her and the rest of the crowd with a cover of The Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." And what seemed like was going to be a 15-second joke/teaser turned into a full cover of Semisonic's "Closing Time" (people even moshed to that!) before the actual set-closer, "The Battle of Hampton Roads." And if you're wondering if the "Closing Time" joke ever gets old, from the hundreds of people shamelessly singing along last night, I'd say it doesn't.
More pics of all four bands, videos of both Titus covers, and the Low Fat video, below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.
Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.
You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.
Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:
photos by Michael Lucio Sternbach
Titus Andronicus recently played NYU's Strawberry Festival (pics), and over the weekend the NJ band played two shows in their home state, a headlining show at Asbury Lanes on Saturday (5/24) and opening for Death Cab in Atlantic City on Sunday (5/25). Their Asbury Lanes set included two Bruce Springsteen covers, and like at Strawberry Fest, they played multiple new songs from their forthcoming rock opera (for which most details are still TBA). Pictures of the show, and the setlist, are in this post.
Titus have a few more shows in the Northeast US coming up, including a return to NYC for the Northside Festival where they'll play Warsaw on June 12 with Eagulls, D'NT and Low Fat Getting High. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside badge.
All remaining dates are listed, with more pictures and the setlist, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Titus Andronicus @ NYU Strawberry Festival - 5/9/14
Titus Andronicus headlined NYU's free, afternoon Strawberry Festival this past Friday (5/9) with a set that included a few favorites ("A More Perfect Union," "In A Big City"), a cover of The Stones' "Gimme Shelter," and a lot of new material off the upcoming rock opera the band have been talking about. Pictures of their set are in this post and on Facebook. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die also played and pictures of their set are HERE.
Titus next play NYC during the Northside Festival on June 12 at Warsaw with Eagulls and Low Fat Getting High. Tickets for that show are still available, or you can also try to get in with your Northside badge.
In related news, former Titus Andronicus member Liam Betson (who has also previously recorded as Liam the Younger) is releasing a new solo album, The Cover of Hunter, on July 22 via Double Double Whammy (pre-order). The album features contributions from Titus frontman Patrick Stickles, Julian Lynch, Luka Usmiani (Ducktails, Big Troubles), Alex Steinberg (of Alex Bleeker & The Freaks), Ian Drennan (Big Troubles), Ian Dykstra (also ex-Titus), and Titus/Real Estate producer/mixer Kevin McMahon (who also produced it).
Check out the album trailer and artwork, along with more Titus pics, their setlist and a video, below...
Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
NYU's annual Strawberry Festival is back for its 29th year with a typically great lineup of NJ punks Titus Andronicus and Connecticut emo collective The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Also on the bill is Rozwell Kid and For Everest. This year's fest happens on May 9 on LaGuardia Place between W 3rd St. and Washington Square South from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. "Many aspects of the event are restricted to those with an NYU ID, but the concert is all ages, open and free to the public."
Festival flyer and a couple videos below...
Eagulls @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
With their ripper of a debut out now, Eagulls will be spending a lot of time touring this year. The band will fly into Austin next week for SXSW where they'll play upwards of 10 shows, so if you're heading that way too you have a bunch of chances to see them. Then the band will be back in late spring for a proper North American tour which kicks off in NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 13. Near the end of the tour, the band will return to NYC for the Northside Festival, opening for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw on June 12. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now with the regular on-sale starting Friday (3/7) at noon. Tickets for the Northside show go on sale Thursday (3/6) at noon, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
Eagulls finished their last NYC run with a late-night show at Baby's All Right in January that was pure booze-fueled mayhem (though more on the part of the audience than then band). All of their SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, along with the new video for "Possessed," below...
Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
The 2014 Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15, and the initial lineup was just announced. It includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, a co-bill with Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, Beach Fossils, Omar Souleyman, Dan Croll, Mas Ysa, Luke Temple, Craft Spells, Juan Wauters, Big Ups, Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit and more. As usual, there will be two big free shows in McCarren Park on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Lineups for those shows, other specifics on the Northside schedule, and many more artists TBA. Badges are on sale now.
The film portion runs from June 16-19 and more details on that are here.
Full initial music lineup below...
The previously discussed return of NJ punks The Bouncing Souls' annual Home for the Holidays shows happens from December 26-29 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and since we last spoke, more details have been announced. One of those details is that the "special guest" main support act for 12/28 is fellow Jersey band Titus Andronicus (who just played Terminal 5 with Lucero and The Menzingers). The billboard for the shows also just went up on the Asbury traffic circle, and that's it pictured above.
Meanwhile, mysterious band Molly and the Zombies open on 12/27, and while we can't say for sure who it is, we couldn't help but notice that Bouncing Souls pal Brian Fallon has been really obsessed with zombies lately, and that his band The Gaslight Anthem seem to think this new band is cool...
Tickets for all four nights are still available, but four-night passes are sold out. Updated flyer below...
photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Sacher
Lucero / Titus Andronicus / The Menzingers
Memphis country punks Lucero have been on tour with Titus Andronicus that came to NYC for a big show at Terminal 5, which The Menzingers opened, making for a great triple bill of heartland punk. Not long before the show, Lucero had told us in an interview that they were nervous to return to the venue, because when they were last there, opening for The Black Keys, it was one of their worst shows ever with the crowd heckling them, equipment malfunctions, and more disaster. Things seemed to go over better for them this time around though. In Lorraine Schwartz's review for Examiner, she wrote positively of the show, only saying it was subdued in comparison to the drunken Brooklyn Bowl shows Lucero played pre-New Year's Eve this past December.
Lucero played a lengthy set, hitting tracks from all over their career, as far back as their self-titled 2001 debut, and as recent as this year's Texas & Tennessee EP. Co-headliners Titus Andronicus played many of the usual live favorites, a bit of new stuff, and ended with a tribute to Lou Reed by covering The Velvet Underground's Sister Ray. And though Lucero were fine this time, maybe it was openers The Menzingers plagued by the venue's size? Pictures of all three bands and Titus' setlist are in this post.
Lucero (and Titus and The Menzingers) were also recently down in Gainesville for The Fest, and speaking of country-punk bands that played The Fest, Pretty Boy Thorson (of country-punk band The Falling Angels) was down there with his band The Slow Death who play NYC tonight (11/12) at Coco66. Like I wrote in today's What's Going On Tuesday post, The Slow Death (not to be confused with Slow Warm Death) drop the "country" but keep the "songwriter punk" element, resulting in raw, anthemic jams.
As discussed, The Menzingers also have upcoming headlining shows in NYC with Modern Baseball, Banquets, and Ma Jolie (sold out); and West Chester, PA with Modern Baseball, Cayetana, and Cassavetes (tickets).
More pictures and Titus' setlist from T5 below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Menzingers at Riot Fest Brooklyn 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
As discussed, Philly punks The Menzingers are heading out on a tour this year, and since we last spoke they've been added to the NYC stop of the Lucero and Titus Andronicus tour, which happens on November 8 at Terminal 5. That makes three bands with an equal knack for punk and classic, folk-style songwriting on one bill. Tickets for the T5 show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details and updated flyer below.
The Menzingers also headline their own previously mentioned NYC show on November 29 at Bowery Ballroom, which is now sold out. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for that show too, including scrappy emo band Modern Baseball (who just played the Run for Cover CMJ showcase), Jersey City punks Banquets, and Philly post-hardcore noodlers Ma Jolie. All dates are listed, along with the updated flyer, below.
Banquets, probably the most likeminded band on the bill to The Menzingers, recently released their self-titled sophomore album via Black Numbers (the same label that put out the new Placeholder album). If you like Jersey punk bands that are very much "Jersey punk bands" or Hot Water Music, you might dig this record. You can stream it below. All of their dates, including a NJ show with The Swellers and Candy Hearts tonight (10/22) and a NJ show in November with Restorations (who also play NJ with Bouncing Souls), are listed below too.
All Menzingers dates are listed, along with a full set video from the Orlando stop on their tour with Restorations and those show flyers, below...
Spider Bags at Hopscotch 2011 (more by Alex Broadwell)
North Carolina garage rockers Spider Bags are set to head out on a tour supporting fellow NC band Superchunk later this month, which hits NYC on September 27 and 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are sold out, but you'll have another chance to catch Spider Bags in NYC when they headline the smaller Cameo Gallery on September 25. Opening the show is fellow friends of Titus Andronicus Liquor Store. Tickets for the Cameo show are on sale now.
Before Spider Bags head out with Superchunk, they'll play hometown festival Hopscotch, which is currently underway. They play a free Churchkey Records day party today (9/6) at Slim's Downtown with another Titus fave The Everymen, Queens rockers The Beets (who have upcoming NYC shows) and more. Full schedule for today's party below.
Speaking of Titus Andronicus, who we just caught in Chicago, frontman Patrick Stickles recently announced that their next album would be a 30+ song rock opera, which is expected to be released in November 2014. The album is currently available for pre-order, but will be refunded "in the event of Titus Andronicus breaking up or something." Check out a video of the band playing one of its songs, "Fatal Flaw," at a recent show, below.
All Spider Bags dates are listed, along with that Titus video and a song stream from Spider Bags' 2012 LP, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Titus @ Pier 84, 8/8/2013
Lucero spent this weekend in Little Rock hosting their Family Picnic. In a few weeks off they'll have a few west coast dates to contend with followed by a European tour followed by another set of US dates, this time with Titus Andronicus. The tour includes stops at The Fest, Index Festival and NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on November 8. Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale at noon on Wed (8/14), and go on sale to the general public starting Friday (8/16) at noon. The two bands also visit Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on 11/12 and The Haunt in Ithaca, NY on 11/13. The full set of tour dates is below.
Titus Andronicus dodged the rain last week (8/8) at the final River Rocks show of the season, with support from Ducktails and Juan Waters. We previously posted pictures from that show, but you can check out a second set from the show in this post. More of those pictures with all tour dates below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Titus' Patrick Stickles and Liam Betson last night
Less than a month removed from their three-night run at the now-closed, much-missed Maxwell's in Hoboken, Titus Andronicus headlined a River Rocks show at Pier 84 last night (8/9), the final event of the summer in that space. In addition to that sad news (where has the summer gone?), it was also bittersweet to hear that TA member Liam Betson will be departing from the band -- he's moving to Canada -- and last night was his final show. Godspeed Mr. Betson.
Joining the band was Real-Estate-related project Ducktails and The Beets' frontman Juan Waters, all three of which fought off the bursts of rain. Pictures of all three are in this post.
After a few weeks off, Titus Andronicus will embark on a new set of dates concentrated on the Midwest and Northwest. No NYC in the cards just yet, but those in that portion of the US can check them out at the dates listed below below.