Entries tagged with: Up for Nothing
by Andrew Sacher
Chumped at BK Bazaar earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
We recently mentioned that following their two EPs, Brooklyn's Chumped would be releasing their first full length later this year. It's now been announced that the album's called Teenage Retirement and it will be out on November 18 via Anchorless Records. Its first single, "Songs About Boats," recently premiered over at Noisey and from the sound of it, Chumped are continuing to make terrifically executed real-deal pop punk. If the term "pop punk" still puts a bad taste in your mouth, "Songs About Boats" is the kind of song that could remind you that you do in fact have a scratched-up copy of Dookie at your parents' house, and that there is a part of you that sometimes wants nothing more than palm-muted power chords done right. Chumped do it right, so take a listen for yourself, below.
Chumped also have a bunch of tour dates coming up, including three in their hometown. First, they open the NYC stop of the Cheap Girls / Beach Slang / Lee Corey Oswald / Signals Midwest tour happening October 14 at Saint Vitus (tickets), and then as discussed their tour with PUP hits Mercury Lounge on November 7 (tickets). Since we last spoke, Typefighter were added to that show too. Right before the year ends, Chumped play Acheron on December 30 with the reactivated Plow United headlining, plus Mikey Erg, Up for Nothing and Hatrabbits (tickets). Updated list of Chumped's dates below.
Speaking of Beach Slang, their excellent new EP is out today (9/30) via Tiny Engines, and that can be streamed in full below as well...
Minneapolis punks Banner Pilot recently put out their new album, Souvenir, via Fat Wreck Chords. In their own words, "We sound a little like Jawbreaker, Lawrence Arms, Dillinger Four, and other bands like that," so one's trying to reinvent the wheel here, but if you're looking for more stuff like that Banner Pilot's got it. They're on tour now and will hit NYC on May 24 at Knitting Factory with local bands Sad & French and The Jukebox Romantics. Tickets are on sale now. Stream a track from the new album, with their list of dates, below.
Speaking of modern Fat Wreck Chords bands devoted to sounding like older ones, Masked Intruder (who literally perform masked) are touring with their former Red Scare labelmates Direct Hit! and directly hitting NYC on June 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with The Priceduifkes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Yet another Fat band, The Flatliners, will team up with melodic hardcore vets A Wilhelm Scream in NYC on July 12 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Local pop punk faves Chumped are on that show too, as well as A Balance Between. Tickets are on sale.
To see some actual '90s skate punks in NYC, Guttermouth will be at Santos Party House on June 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Captain, We're Sinking
CWS singer Ben Barnett's brother Greg's band, The Menzingers, are also touring with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana and will hit NYC on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. Read our recent interview with The Menzingers.
NYC gets its own punk festival with tons of veteran bands, Black N' Blue Bowl, which happens on May 17 & 18 at The Well with Discharge, Agnostic Front, 7 Seconds and more. You can get single day passes or 2-day passes.
In related news, punk's upbeat, often-maligned yet often-beloved cousin, ska, will also be represented in NYC in the upcoming few months.
Tonight (5/7), the fun-loving theatrical weirdos The Aquabats hit Irving Plaza, and tickets are still available.
Irving also hosts a two-day ska festival, The Apple Stomp, on May 31 & June 1 with Five Iron Frenzy, Big D and the Kids Table, The Toasters and more. Tickets, including single-day and 2-day pass options, are on sale.
Mustard Plug play Knitting Factory on May 17 with Deal's Gone Bad, Butcher Knives and The Fad. Tickets are on sale.
Mad Caddies play Santos on May 16 with Mrs. Skannotto and Across the Aisle. You can get tickets.
The Pietasters go on a Rocks Off Cruise on July 25. Tickets are on sale for that.
And The Slackers also go on a Rocks Off Cruise on August 23. Tickets are on sale for that as well.
Of course there are always other punk and ska shows coming up in NYC too. What did we miss?
Some videos and streams, with the lists of Banner Pilot and Masked Intruder/Direct Hit! tour dates, below. Oh, and did you hear Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' new Christina Aguilera cover?
UK punk vets Cockney Rejects were supposed to return to the US for a tour this spring, which would have included an east coast run with NYC's Cro-Mags, a west coast run with fellow UK punk vets Anti-Nowhere League, and Punk Rock Bowling. Unfortunately though, Cockney Rejects have cancelled their whole US tour.
The run with Cro-Mags would have hit NYC on May 30 at Irving Plaza, and that show is actually still happening, but Anti-Nowhere League were added as the replacement headliner. Also since we last spoke, local skate/surf punks Night Birds, who just played the Don Giovanni showcase and opened for The Queers, were added to that show too. The rest of the bill is Mephiskapheles, Up for Nothing and DJ the Guvnor. Tickets are still available.
All Anti-Nowhere League dates, including Punk Rock Bowling, are listed below...
Irish retro garage rockers The Strypes, whose debut LP Snapshot placed at #43 on Rough Trade Shops' Top LPs of 2013 list, are playing a NYC show on January 22 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
An all punk lineup of Timeshares, Up For Nothing, Mikey Erg, Freelance Romantic, and Brian McGee (of Plow United) are playing Union Hall on January 4. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Andrew Cedermark, Average Girl, and Cosmonaut are playing tonight (12/6) at Cameo Gallery. Tickets to that show are available.
Francis And The Lights are playing Rough Trade on January 17. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
"On December 11th, join Selected Shorts for a night celebrating food, fiction and commentary with Lucky Peach. Chef David Chang and writer Peter Meehan introduce tales from their quarterly journal of food and writing. Readings and commentary by David Cross (Arrested Development), chef Mario Batali, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), and Gaby Hoffmann (Crystal Fairy, Sleepless in Seattle). Featuring stories by Nelly Reifler, and others. Selected Shorts is hosted by BD Wong. Launched in 2011 by Chang, Meehan, and editor-in-chief Chris Ying, each issue of Lucky Peach explores a single topic through essays, art, photography, and recipes." Tickets are on sale.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Wire @ MHOW, April 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Wire, Bear In Heaven @ Bowery Ballroom
Has any band aged better than art punks, Wire? Thirty-five years into their career, they're still making great records, like this year's great Change Becomes Us. Setlists on this tour look pretty good. Bear in Heaven open. Sold out.
La Luz, The Numerators, Chalk & Numbers @ Shea Stadium
Seattle surf combo La Luz charmed the pants off the Mercury Lounge crowd on Sunday night. If you missed it, the band play again tonight. They're a lot of fun.
The Specials, Little Hurricane @ Ive Concert Park (Danbury, CT)
These Two Tone vets inspired so much mediocre music, it's sometimes easy to forget that The Specials' debut album is just about perfect, and still sounds great today.
NRBQ @ B.B. King Blues Club
Terry Adams is the only remaining original member, but the "world's greatest bar band" still have a great catalog of underappreciated pop gems to choose from.
Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples, The Internet @ Hammerstein Ballroom
We're not too interested in the headliner, but all three openers on this bill are worth catching. The Internet are an Odd Future-affiliated production duo, and both Chance and Vince are touring behind solid new mixtapes, which should make the show a pretty great time. Maybe Earl Sweatshirt will show up?
Cosmonaut, Spires, Interest Group, Turnip King @ Pianos
Spires July residency at Pianos continues tonight, with a nice group of bands rounding out the bill. Stick around after Spires set for Cosmonaut whose EP from last year is pretty damn catchy.
Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell's
NJ's Titus Andronicus (who have a new video and were just added to The Fest) have pretty much become one of their home state's success stories at this point, and in honor of the closing of legendary home state venue Maxwell's, they're doing a 3-night run at the venue this week, which wraps up tonight.
Slaughterhouse @ Highline Ballroom
Hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse (aka Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5'9") last joined forces in NYC this past September and tonight they'll hit the stage again for a Highline Ballroom show.
Up For Nothing, The Marine Electric, Edmonton, Chumped @ Saint Vitus
Three quality Brooklyn pop punk bands -- Up For Nothing, The Marine Electric, and Chumped -- are teaming for a show at hometown venue Saint Vitus tonight, and Gainesville's Edmonton round out the bill too.
Highway Gimps, Filmstrip, Martin Bisi @ Cake Shop
Cleveland's Filmstrip make a similar kind of post-slowcore indie rock to Pedro the Lion, as you can hear in two of their recently released tracks, "Stuck On Explode" and "Up On The Promenade," which are streaming below. Their current tour brought them to Death by Audio yesterday and it hits Cake Shop tonight.
Monkey: Journey to the West @ David H. Koch Theater
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales is part opera, part Cirque du Soleil.
Other notable shows tonight include Zula, Quiet Loudly, Isn't Ours @ Silent Barn, KNTRLR, What Model Citizens, Video Daughters, Alien Triology @ Muchmore's, See Through, Desert Stars, Shining Mirrors, Caveman (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery, and The Bad Plus @ The Village Vanguard.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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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.
Make Music New York's Punk Island is back for a sixth year! From 11am until 10pm on June 22nd, hear more than 90 bands from every corner of the punk scene performing for 11 hours on seven stages, all curated by ABC No Rio's punk/hardcore collective.Check out the initial line-up for free Punk Island 2013 below...
Due to summer construction on Governors Island, Punk Island will move across the harbor to Staten Island's enormous "Coast Guard" pier, 100 yards south of the Ferry Terminal in St. George, Staten Island.
by Andrew Sacher
We've seen lots of bands lately that cross over between punk (or pop punk) and indie scenes, and Brooklyn's Candy Hearts is one of those with a crossover audience. Their most recent release, The Best Ways to Disappear EP, came out last year via Bridge 9 Records and Violently Happy Records, and they have a full length in the works for this year. The EP is six tracks of charming lyrical pop punk that's sugary and clean around the edges, but frontwoman Mariel Loveland has attitude and is a very human songwriter. You can stream one of those tracks, "Bad Idea," at the bottom of this post.
Candy Hearts last played NYC in December when they were on tour with New Found Glory (whose guitarist Chad Gilbert produced the Candy Hearts EP and runs Violently Happy Records) but if seeing them with NFG isn't your thing, you might rather catch them at a small, sweaty show with other local DIY punk bands. They'll do just that when they headline a Hurricane Sandy benefit in Brooklyn on January 26 at The Grand Victory (245 Grand St) with Banquets, Model Home, Up For Nothing, and Sad and French. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Candy Hearts recently filmed a live acoustic video of "Miles & Interstates" for Property of Zack. You can watch that video and stream "Bad Idea" below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by fan & show promoter Jake Szufnarowski
The Bouncing Souls love to set up shop in New York City. In 2006 when they released The Gold Record, they celebrated that joyous occasion by playing six nights in a row at the old Knitting Factory culminating with the Gold Record in its entirety. Six nights was pretty fitting considering that record was released on June 6, 2006. The day of the beast!
That run of shows ignited a desire in the band to play multiple night stands of shows in their hometown, and the following year they started the "Home For the Holidays" tradition - a run of multiple nights in their adopted home turf of Asbury Park. This past December the band decided to do something special with "Home for the Holidays" and play all 8 of their albums - in order - over the course of 4 nights.
Sadly Mother Nature intervened and the Great Blizzard of 2010 blanketed everybody's favorite shore town in more snow than even the White Castle could surmount. That left the band snowed in, along with hundreds of fans who had come from all over these great United States - and even abroad - and the Stone Pony was unable to open their doors. The band of course took those lemons and made lemonade and gave a blistering show at the Asbury Lanes to anyone who could trudge through the mountainous snowdrifts to make it. They ended up rescheduling that run of shows for February and had so much fun they then decided to literally take the show on the road! And that, my friends, is the legend of "For All the Unheard - All 8 Records in 4 Nights!"
Never ones to shy away from a big idea, the Bouncing Souls are taking this concept worldwide and started the assault in Chicago and Boston before bringing it all back home again to New York, NY!
For the band that has seemingly done it all - the one major club they had yet to play is where they chose to put up stakes and settle this travelling circus down for 4 nights - the Highline Ballroom.
There's something funny about bands playing entire albums in their entirety. If you already know what the band is going to play, then how are they gonna make it exciting? Well the Souls let us know right off the bat, on the first of four nights (July 6th), that this wasn't going to be any ordinary night. After great opening sets by Hostage Calm, then a solo set by Dave Hause of the Loved Ones and a blistering set of classics by their 90's contemporaries Weston, it was time to get down to business.
With a single spotlight shining in the center of the stage - out strode the tuxedoed man of class and savoire faire, "Gentleman" Jim Norton. Reminiscent of the finest boxing announcers, he told the crowd "Let's Get Ready to Rumble!!!!" and proceeded to lay down an introduction that would make Michael Buffer blush. He informed us that "Tonight's proceedings are overseen by the New York State Athletic Commission - the judges' scores will be final - this bout is for the undisputed 'Heavyweight Punk Rock Belt," and a foxy ring card girl strode back and forth across the stage holding high an oversized replica of the cover of "The Good! The Baaaaaad! Aaaaaand the AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGYYYYYYYYYYLLLLLEEEE!"
With that, the band bounded onto the stage and with the opening notes of "I Like Your Mom" proceeded to whip the capacity crowd into a fervor that did not let up until the end of the "first round". Round 2 was once again preceded by the boxing intro of Gentleman Jim with his announcement of the challenger, "Maniacal Laughter!!!!". The band kept up their relentless pace. So relentless that a guy in a wheelchair crowd surfed his way onto the stage - not once but TWICE! Equal opportunity moshing!!!
There was stage diving, circle pits, and there wasn't a single song that wasn't a singalong. Sing Along Forever indeed!
The mayhem continued for three more nights. On Thursday the Souls played their Self Titled LP and "Hopeless Romantic" Opening bands Star Fucking Hipsters, Yuppicide and Wildstreet kicked things off. Friday night saw the Souls tear through "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" and "Anchors Aweigh" which were the first two albums featuring their 2nd and current drummer Michael McDermott. This was the first night of the run to sell out and maybe the one that saw the band most spirited; During the intro for "No Comply" singer Greg Attonito remarked to the crowd "You guys keep surfing up onto the stage and smashing the monitors and knocking over mic stands - Im gonna do that too!" - as he tossed a few mic stands aside and, with a huge smile on his face jumped into the crowd - leaving guitarist Pete Steinkopf and bassist Bryan Keinlan to sing the song. Amazing Attonito made a huge crowd surfing circle around the entire floor of the Highline Ballroom and back to the stage. He looked like he was swimming while doing it. Check out the video below. Friday also featured opening sets by: The Loved Ones, Up For Nothing and Iron Chic. Pictures from that show are in this post.
The final night of the run featured the albums "The Gold Record" and "Ghosts on the Boardwalk", an album which was a collection of songs released as digital singles and 7" singles during their "20th Anniversary Celebration". Openers on Saturday night were Lost in Society, a reunited Grey Area, and the one and only Tim Barry of AVAIL. Tim delivered an amazing set - always an astounding amount of energy for a solo act and the crowd was singing along so loudly and passionately you would have thought he was headlining. The highlight of his set came during "Idle Idyllist" where Barry abandoned the stage, lights, and PA system and jumped down into the crowd and sang the song at the top of his lungs from the middle of the packed Highline Ballroom floor. We've seen him do that before at the comparatively tiny Knitting Factory and Mercury Lounge, but seeing it at the Highline was something else - as was the fact the the entire venue went silent so everyone could hear the fully acoustic strains of the man's voice and his guitar. Music for the people. God bless Tim Barry. And god bless the Bouncing Souls for 4 nights of awesomeness.
More tour dates HERE. More pictures from Night Three and a couple of videos below...