Entries tagged with: Titus Andronicus
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.
photos by Tracy Allison; words by Andrew Sacher
The Gaslight Anthem / The Hold Steady @ Pier 26, 7/28/2013
The Gaslight Anthem just brought their tour through NYC this past weekend for three NYC shows. We already posted pictures of the Irving Plaza show, and now we've got a set from their Sunday show (7/28) on Pier 26 with The Hold Steady.
Despite this being the show where fans chanting "BRUUUUUUCE" led Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon to write a blog post addressing their identity as a band, it otherwise went over really well. The Hold Steady, who helped lay the groundwork for bands like The Gaslight Anthem, weren't treated as "openers" by any means; they played a 16-song set (about an hour), and got tons of love from the crowd. Their set was most heavy on Boys and Girls in America and Stay Positive, and also included some new songs from an album Craig Finn told the crowd the band has been working on. And as an added bonus, Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles (whose birthday was that day) joined the band to sing lead vocals on "Cattle and the Creeping Things" (video of that below).
When The Gaslight Anthem were playing their own songs, and neither the band nor the crowd were talking about covers, the crowd was loving it. Sure, songs like "The '59 Sound" and "45" got the biggest reactions, but this was really a crowd who seemed to know every word to almost every song. They played almost all of the newest album, Handwritten, including kicking the show off anthemically with its title track, and getting the crowd grabbing their friends and swaying on "Too Much Blood." There were older favorites played too, like "Great Expectations and "We Came to Dance," and all this talk of covers aside, it seemed like everyone on and off stage had a good time during the set-ending cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley."
More pictures and the setlists from both bands, and that video of Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, below...
Titus Andronicus at Maxwell's - 7/16/13 (via @suchashorttime)
Titus Andronicus played their last three Maxwell's shows ever this week (7/14-16) as part of the final run of shows at their soon to close home state venue. The shows were all pretty special for the band, reaching the three-hour mark and hitting significant amounts of all three full lengths, in addition to non-album tracks, covers, and new songs. Each night also had a different special guest opener. On the first night, it was Liquor Store (who also opened Titus' Local Business release show at Shea Stadium), on the second it was Titus' friends/past tourmates Screaming Females, and finally on the last night it was Heeney, who were joined by Titus drummer Eric Harm for their set. (Heeney also plays Shea on Friday [7/19] with Roomrunner, Greys, and Weird Womb.)
Of the covers that Titus did, one of them, which they did on night 3, was Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" (joined by Heeney), which has extra significance because Bruce filmed the video for that at Maxwell's. You can watch a video of Titus covering that song below. Their setlist from night 2 is below too.
Earlier this summer, The Felice Brothers also played a Maxwell's show and had surprise opener Conor Oberst (who recently had Ian Felice open for him) join them for a cover of "Glory Days" too. You can also watch that video below.
Marissa w/ Screaming Females in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As discussed, Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster is producing the new Modern Hut (the project of Don Giovanni co-founder Joe Steinhardt) album, Generic Treasure (due out 8/6), and she's now announced that she'll be taking her solo project, Noun, on a short Northeast tour with Modern Hut around the time of the album's release. The tour hits NYC on August 9 at Death by Audio with their labelmates Shellshag, who will be playing unplugged, Lauren Measure's current band, Worriers, and singer/songwriter Mal Blum, making for an all-around great bill. Admission for that show is $7 at the door. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Marissa's band Screaming Females were the special guest opener at Titus Andronicus' Maxwell's show last night, their second of three shows (the final one is tonight, 7/16). CoolDadMusic caught the show, and wrote:
Marissa Paternoster showed up in her usual black, though in short sleeves and collarless this time, perhaps in a nod to the sweltering temperatures. The band opened with "I Don't Mind It" from 2010's Castle Talk and blazed through other favorites like "Expire," "Extinction," and "It All Means Nothing" from 2012's Ugly and "Poison Arrow" from this year's Chalk Tape EP. Paternoster's fingers appeared never to cease moving, while the rhythm section of King Mike and Jarrett D kept everything moving forcefully ever-forward.Screaming Females play their own Maxwell's show on Sunday (7/21) with Nuclear Santa Claust (sold out). It's an early show before Ted Leo and Shellshag play (also sold out).
Then, as just mentioned, Screaming Females will head out on the road with labelmates Waxahatchee and Tenement for a tour that hits the NYC-area on 9/14 at MHOW, 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom, and 9/28 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon. Check Asbury Lanes' site for ticket info on that show.
All dates on the Modern Hut/Noun tour are listed, along with the tour flyer and some song streams, below...
still from Phoenix's "Trying to Be Cool"
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Rhye on 'Jimmy Kimmel', Fucked Up on the Chris Gethard Show, Ex Cops in the BV Studios, Jherek Bischoff and David Byrne, Katerine, Jaguar Shark, and more. But of course we don't get to post about all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catchup. Check out videos from Phoenix, The Julie Ruin, Speedy Ortiz, Lindstrøm, Titus Andronicus, a trailer for a documentary about M.I.A., the new episode of Weird Vibes, and more, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
If you're not getting out of the city for the long Independence Day Weekend, there are lots of options for those sticking around.
Like last year, the Macy's Fireworks ("inspired and directed by Usher") happen on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them (9:20 PM) fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV. Brooklyn gets the shaft again.
The Statue of Liberty also reopens after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy last fall.
While on the subject of NYC Independence Day traditions, there's always the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Noon.
For afternoon options, if you're not invited to a friend's backyard barbeque, you could head to Rockaway to Roberta's-related Rippers where they're hosting an afternoon of grilled food, surf and quality indie rock. You can catch Friend Roullette, Celestial Shore, pow wow!, Hippy and The Library is on Fire. The party is free but donations are suggested for still-needed Hurricane Sandy relief. 1 PM - 8 PM. Flyer is below.
Silent Barn, meanwhile, has an afternoon show with Thrill Jockey recording artist Glenn Jones, whose new album, My Garden State, was recently released on the label. The show also features D. Charles Speer & the Double Helix, and Pork Chop Willie. 3 PM, $10.
A nice late afternoon option is Ex Cops who will be playing the kickoff to the Museum of Modern Art's "MoMA Nights" series. The event happens in the Sculpture Garden and goes from 5:30 PM to 8PM. Free with Museum admission.
Moving into the evening, Roberta's Pizza will be throwing a nighttime bash at The Knockdown Center (where they just held a few Tiki Disco parties), with Endless Boogie, 1-800 Band and Dirty Fences playing live. Pizza, beer, rock music, what more do you need? 8PM, $5. Flyer is below.
The Fourth of July also means The Feelies, who start a three-night run at their hometown venue of choice, Hoboken's Maxwell's. These will surely be bittersweet, as the club is closing its doors at the end of the month. No surprise, all three shows are sold out. For those going, expect marathon sets and lot of covers. If you're going on Thursday, the show doesn't start till 10 PM, after the fireworks.
If there wasn't enough explosions over Manhattan for ya, the boom will come to 285 Kent with shoegazey metal courtesy Deafheaven and Marriages which is being presented by InvisibleOranges. Aun and Theologian also play, and Shaun from Weekend is your evening's DJ. Doors are at 10 PM and tickets are still available.
Not only will Shea Stadium be celebrating our country's birthday, but it's their birthday too (yeah). The Bushwick venue turns five and the birthday bash is headlined by The Shea Stadium All-Stars, featuring members of So-So Glos, Guardian Alien and Titus Andronicus. You can stream them covering Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" at Soundcloud and that probably gives you a good indication of what to expect. White Bike and Pregnant also play. $5 at the door, 6 PM.
Mike Simonetti (aka co-founder of Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy/Desire) will be DJing Output's weekly INPUT party that day, but in honor of the Fourth of July, it's going to be a free BBQ on the roof (aka Canopy Bar) that starts at 3 PM. Also on the bill is Lamin Fofana and Max McFerren (who has releases on Lamin Fofana's Sci-FI & Fantasy label). The party is rain or shine. Flyer below.
For a completely different kind of night, there's Midsummer Night's Swing in Damrosch Park, near Lincoln Center. Tonight's event is billed as "Battle of the Bands," pitting The George Gee Swing Orchestra against Mora's Modern Rhythmists. If you don't know how to swing, there are dance lessons (6:30 PM) before the concert begins (7:30 PM). Tickets are still available.
Not that far away in Philadelphia, The Roots are throwing their annual 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with J. Cole, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, and more.
Whatever you do, have a safe and happy Independence Day!
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Diarrhea Planet in Chicago in May (more by Jeff Ryan)
Two bands that Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles is very fond of, Diarrhea Planet and The So So Glos, are teaming up for a NYC show on August 30 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.
Diarrhea Planet are set to release their new album, I'm RIch Beyond Your WIldest Dreams, on August 20 via Infinity Cat. You can check out two garage-rockin' cuts from that album, "Separations" and "Kids," below. They also have a bunch of tour dates with Futurebirds before the Mercury Lounge show, all of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, as usual, you can catch The So So Glos in their hometown of NYC even sooner than that show. They've been added as an opener to the previously discussed Bass Drum of Death show happening at Glasslands on July 9 as part of BDOD's tour that also hits Shea Stadium a day earlier (where members of So So Glos work). The Glasslands show is also with Baked, and tickets for that show are still available.
All Diarrhea Planet and So So Glos dates are listed, along with those DP streams, below...