Entries tagged with: Violent Bullshit
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Early-mid '00s post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers are reunited this year, and having already played FYF Fest and a hometown Seattle show, they finally made their way to NYC over the weekend where they first played Central Park's Modern Sky Fest and then headlined a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw last night (10/5). The show was opened by Violent Bullshit, the current band of Orchid's Jayson Green, who mentioned on stage that The Blood Brothers' first tour was opening for his old band ("and look at me now").
The show sold out way in advance and was packed for The Blood Brothers. The entire front half of Warsaw was a moving organism for a lot of the show and was full of huge fans. Almost all the people you could see were yelling along, raising fists in unison and generally having a killer time. Lots of moshing, stage diving and crowd surfing, especially towards the end, and including co-frontman Johnny Whitney who jumped into the crowd while continuing to sing multiple times. The band sounded awesome and were way into the show themselves. Granted, they haven't been away as long as some of the other bands reuniting recently, but still it was hard to believe this was their fourth show together since 2007. A few of the people we talked to after the show even agreed they were better now than the first time around.
Blood Orange's Dev Hynes was there, which may seem a little surprising considering his recent output but not when you consider his old band Test Icicles (who Oh My Rockness said "sound like The Blood Brothers meets Death From Above 1979" in 2006). Also in attendance was Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who played with Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers in Head Wound City, their short-lived side project with the Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian who just played their second show ever (and first in nine years) in LA last month (two new songs included). Maybe Head Wound City will play NYC too? Let's hope.
The Blood Brothers' only two remaining shows that are currently announced are part of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November (one is an aftershow). More pictures from the Warsaw show, videos of both bands, and The Blood Brothers' 22-song setlist, below...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Post-hardcore greats The Blood Brothers announced a reunion this year, which already includes appearances at FYF Fest, FFF Fest, and a hometown show with Naomi Punk in Seattle. The reunion keeps expanding and we're excited to announce that it includes a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show on October 5 at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave). That show will be opened by Violent Bullshit, the current band fronted by Jayson Green of The Blood Brothers' fellow screamo innovators Orchid, and later of Panthers. Tickets go on sale at this link Friday (8/8) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (8/7) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the presale password.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
The day before the Warsaw show, Blood Brothers also play the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park which also features Cat Power, Stars, Liars, a William Onyeabor tribute and more. All currently known dates are listed, with some classic song streams, below...
Sky Ferreira at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Sky Ferreira @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This show is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation which "funds Transcendental Meditation (TM) programs for at-risk students; veterans with PTSD; women who are survivors of domestic violence; American Indians suffering from diabetes; the homeless and incarcerated." Sold out.
The Latin Alternative Music Conference continues today, and among the day's events is a free multi-genre show at Central Park Summerstage with The Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch.
Crosby, Stills and Nash @ Beacon Theater
One of the most distinctive harmony styles in rock music, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash's music has endured for over 40 years. This is the second of three nights at the Beacon.
Pokey LaFarge, Sturgill Simpson @ Bowery Ballroom
Pokey LaFarge's last album was his self-titled LP that came out last year via Third Man. It's a collection of old-timey folk with unpolished acoustic instrumentation that ignores modern folk trends, and instead sounds decades-old.
The Defibulators @ Bryant Park
And if old-timey sounds are your thing, you might wanna catch this early Defibulators show (6-7 PM) before heading to Bowery for Pokey.
Nightmares on Wax @ Irving Plaza
Nightmares on Wax helped pioneer the trip-hop sound while never being fully associated with the genre and has had records out on Mo'Wax, Warp, and Matador.
Yes, Syd Arthur @ Radio City Music Hall
The prog rock vets -- which are currently Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, and new(ish) vocalist Jon Davison -- hit one of NYC's toniest venues. If you're going, do check out openers Syd Arthur who do an appealing modern take on the genre.
Violent Bullshit, A Touch of North America, Ice Balloons, Colombian Necktie @ The Acheron
It's a good bill at Acheron tonight with heavy NYC punks Violent Bullshit (mems Orchid, Les Savy Fav, etc), psychedelic art punks Ice Balloons (mem TV on the Radio) and more.
Snoop Dogg @ The Capitol Theatre
Regardless of your thoughts on Snoop Dogg's recent name change to Snoop Lion and new reggae direction, it's undeniable that he's put out some of best rap of the golden era and plenty of unstoppable hits since then too. Plus, his live shows are always a great time. Tonight's his second of two NYC-area shows this week.
Greg Barris, Reggie Watts @ Union Hall
This is Greg Barris' "UNBUNNED" show which is a good chance to see Watts who just headlined Town Hall. Union Hall is slightly smaller. Tickets are still available.
The Felice Brothers, Robert Ellis @ Webster Hall
The Felice Brothers offer more of their rootsy folk rock on this year's Favorite Waitress, and tonight the band who played a handful of smaller NYC shows earlier this year, step up to the big Webster Hall.
Yung Lean, Don Christian, Black Kray (early and late shows) @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Teenage Swedish rapper Yung Lean is currently in the US where he'll play three NYC shows. Two at Marlin Room tonight, and a much smaller one at Palisades tomorrow.
Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, Jonah Tolchin with the Lonesome Angels @ City Winery
Dave and Phil Alvin are/were both members of veteran roots rock band The Blasters whose debut LP came out in 1980, and the pair just put out a new album together on Yep Roc this year. Their labelmate Jonah Tolchin also put one out on that label this year, which features a guest spot from Deer Tick's John McCauley.
Spazzkid, Ricky Eat Acid, Young Yeller, Photay @ Glasslands
It's a good night for electronic sounds at Glasslands tonight with the synth pop of Spazzkid, Ricky Eat Acid's sample-based music, former Chrome Sparks member Jesse Brickel's Young Yeller project, and IDM producer Photay.
French Style Furs, Sacco, Modern Vices @ Rough Trade
French Style Furs feature members of Cold War Kids and We Are Barbarians, and make the kind of anthemic indie you might expect. Chicago's Modern Vices open the show with their soulful take on garage pop.
Aye Nako, Pony Bones, Ovlov, Black Norse, Francis @ Silent Barn
NYC's Aye Nako make excellent melodic punk, and Pony Bones is the current band of Matt Robidoux who's currently on hiatus from Speedy Ortiz.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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photos by Keith Marlowe
Negative Approach @ Grand Victory, 4/14/2013
Hardcore legends Negative Approach played the tiny Williamsburg venue Grand Victory last night (4/15), snagging support from Violent Bullshit, Two Man Advantage and Crushed. The show was part of a weekend of dates for the band that also included a stop at festival Damaged City in DC where the band teamed with bands like Dropdead (who also played NYC last night).
More pics from Grand Victory (minus Crushed who we missed), plus NA's setlist, are below.
Bitch Magnet / Moss Icon @ LPR, 10/25/2012
Post-hardcore pioneers Bitch Magnet and Moss Icon played Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/25), one of two NYC shows scheduled for the former and the solitary and possibly only NYC show for the latter. Though both bands have not played NYC in decades, Moss Icon treated the crowd to a new song "George" during their set of favorites.
If you missed it, Bitch Magnet play Knitting Factory tonight with Turing Machine & Violent Bullshit (tickets). Until then, gear up for Knit with a recap of last night in pictures, video and setlists below.
We Are Scientists at SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series kicks off this weekend (5/26). Since we last spoke, the lineups and schedules for most of the series has been announced. This is what it's looking like so far:
BAM! SUMMER THUNDER BANDS ANNOUNCED! CHECK IT!This weekend's kickoff event is with dub/reggae/dancehall DJ crew Rocksteady Yeti and you can check out the flyer for the show below. Turing Machine and Violent Bullshit, who play 6/23 with Midnight Magic, just shared a bill at the venue last week (5/18). That sweaty sold out show was a record release show for Turing Machine's What Is The Meaning Of What LP, which is out now via Temporary Residence.
•MAY 26TH - ROCKSTEADY YETI DAYTIME BLOWOUT
•JUNE 9TH - RAIN MACHINE/ERIC COPELAND/SAWYER-YEH-WOOLLEY TRIO
•JUNE 23RD - TURING MACHINE/MIDNIGHT MAGIC/VIOLENT BULLSHIT
•JULY 14TH - SIGHTINGS/SMOOTA/LONEWOLF + BEN VIDA
•JULY 21ST - BUBBLES/TEEN/TEST HOUSE
•AUGUST 4TH - TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4TH!
•AUGUST 18 - TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 4TH!
ALL START AT 3PM•ALL FREE•BUNCHES OF FREE BOOZE
SEE YOU ALL SOON!
In addition to Summer Thunder, Union Pool continues to host other shows and tonight (5/25) they've got We Are Scientists, KUROMA, and Beach Arabs. The rather small show is their only US date before they head to the UK for a tour in July. Advance tickets are no longer on sale, but "tickets may still be available at the door." All WAS dates are listed below.
Other interesting shows on Union Pool's calendar include the previously discussed Leda (formerly Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band) show (6/1) and the Other Music Northside showcase on 6/14 with Nude Beach, Ex Cops, and The Everymen.
All We Are Scientists dates listed below...
Freshkills at #HotelVegan (more by Tim Griffin)
Freshkills have commissioned Blockhead to lay his touches upon "New Folk Songs For New Buildings", a track from their recent LP out now. You can stream it below.
Freshkills are playing this Saturday (5/26) at Grand Victory with The Unstoppable Death Machines, Violent Bullshit, Filthy Savage and DJs Jah Jah (NinjaSonik) and Maxwell 57. Tickets are still available. They'll also be playing the Northside Festival next month, though date and venue are still TBA.
Though tickets for the previously discussed Turing Machine/Violent Bullshit show at Union Pool on 5/18 have flown out the door (it is now sold out), at least you didn't entirely miss the train. Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue Union Pool have announced both bands, along with names like Eric Copeland (Black Dice), Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV on The Radio), Bubbles, TEEN, Ryan Sawyer / Nate Wooley / C. Spencer Yeh, LONE WOLF and Test House, as the first batch of artists in their Summer Thunder Series, their annual set of FREE shows taking place on the patio on every other Saturday afternoon from May 26th until August 18th. Summer Thunder 2012 is being curated by the venue along with Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf/Tall Firs/Glass Rock) and Summer Thunder creator and artist J. Penry, with each week promising free music, "drink specials, free koozies, T-shirts for purchase by J. Penry, and lots of Jameson". That last part just sold me.
Exact dates are on the poster above. Exact lineups TBA soon.
Shortly after Turing Machine began to work on what would become What Is The Meaning Of What, Fuchs tragically passed away. In his absence, guitarist Justin Chearno and bassist Scott DeSimon spent the better part of a year completing the album, with a little help from a plethora of friends, including Disappears vocalist Brian Case, and a host of musicians from the DFA roster, including Andrew Raposo and Caito Sanchez (both of Midnight Magic), Abe Seiferth, DJ McNany, and Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem).Jerry Fuchs appears on the release (his final recordings), which hits stores on May 8th via Temporary Residence Limited.
Catch Turing Machine in five-piece formation (with Chris Egan of Computer Magic/SpaceCamp/Adam Green/Lightspeed Champion, Dennis McNany of Jee Day/Run Roc, and Abe Seiferth of Tippy Toes and the producer of the newest LP) at a record release show at Union Pool on May 18th where they'll be joined Violent Bullshit. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Violent Bullshit (current & ex-mems of Les Savy Fav, Panthers, Orchid and more) are preparing to release their new LP Adult Problems and you can order your copy via the band. The band will also play Grand Victory on May 26th.
Stream the recent Turing Machine single and the previous Violent Bullshit record (available for free download) below...
by Bill Pearis
Unrest @ The Bell House
Doing anything besides swimming or laying in front of a powerful A/C unit hasn't been appealing this week, let alone going into some club or DIY venue with poor ventilation, but temperatures are dropping and there are a lot of fun things to do this weekend, so it's time to buck up, camper, and go see some rock.
As you may have previously read, tonight is the first show at new Park Slope club The Rock Shop. Curiosity is enough to get me there but for those who didn't get tickets to the TeenBeat 26th Anniversary show tomorrow can see The Rondelles play tonight for free. If you liked Elastica or Veruca Salt or fellow TeenBeat band Tuscadero, you should definitely clear some time to check out The Rondelles who sit nicely amongst their '90s peers. Broken up for nearly a decade, this might be your only chance to see them again (apart from tomorrow night). Also playing are The Love Loves. Did I mention it's free? The Rock Shop is supposed to have a very nice rooftop deck as well.
Tuscadero @ The Bell House
While I'm on the subject, I went to the first of the TeenBeat 26th Anniversary shows at the Bell House this past Monday (7/5) and it was a good time. Unrest were a little rusty at first but the muscle memory kicked in around "Makeout Club" and the crowd got into it, and the parade of classics ("Isabelle," "Cherry Cream On," "Cath Carrol") undeniable. But I'm pretty certain Tuscadero stole the night, with a lot of fans there just for them, psyched to hear "Dime a Dozen," "Dr. Doom" and others. Too bad they're not also on the bill for Friday's sold-out show. They've still got it.
True Love Always, who I'd never seen before, were good too. There's video at the bottom of this post from Monday's show. Must add that the merch table is pretty sweet too. I picked up a reissue of Unrest's Imperial F.f.r.r. on clear vinyl for only $10, and got a new version of an old Unrest t-shirt I used to own back in the day.
We've got two bands from Lawrence, KS in town -- Bandit Teeth and Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk -- playing three shows together: Friday night (7/9) at Cake Shop, a free show Saturday (7/10) afternoon at Union Pool and then Saturday night at Death By Audio. Both bands are worth checking out.
Bandit Teeth got their start in the late '90s but went on hiatus while singer Brad Shanks moved to NYC with his sister Courtney when their band Blood on the Wall took off. Brad moved back to Kansas a few years ago and reactivated Bandit Teeth with Zach Campbell of Rooftop Vigilantes. They're sort of sloppy, snotty and nasally -- not unlike the Jacuzzi Boys -- and you can check out "Encouragement" at the top of this post.
Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk features another Rooftop Vigilante, Oscar Allen, and put out records and cassettes at an alarming rate. Their hazy miasma of sound falls within the Altered Zones demographic but there is poppy song structures under the hiss and reverb. You can check out one of their more straightforward recordings, "I'm Not a Nintendo," at the top of this post.
Rooftop Vigilantes new album, Real Pony Glue, is due out hopefully before the end of the year. Closer on the horizon is a 7" single that should hit shops in late August or September.
UK band Wetdog are gracing us with another visit, playing Monster Island Basement Friday (7/9) with fellow Captured Tracks band MINKS (who I profiled last week), plus YellowFever (who are out of jail!), and Larkin Grimm. I caught Wetdog back in April at Glasslands and they are definitely worth seeing, definitely within that 1979 postpunk milleiu without sounding exactly like any band of that era. The drummer's minimalist playing style, one leg propped on top of the kick, was something else. The band are playing a few East Coast shows, and all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
And some day-by-day picks
THURSDAY, JULY 8 (TONIGHT)
In addition to tomorrow night's show, YellowFever are also playing Cake Shop tonight with Dream Diary (who have gotten really good), The Numerators, and Pterodactyl. Has anyone been to Cake Shop this week? Wondering if they've got their A/C working.
by Bill Pearis
Diamond Nights, who also play Coco 66 the night before (2/12), haven't played together since 2007. For a while it seemed like they were going to be the next big thing with their mix of Thin Lizzy and The Cars and a song -- "The Girl's Attractive" -- that was everywhere for a while. They were also a fun, super-tight live band. But Diamond Nights dissolved soon after the release of their debut album, Popsicle, and singer Morgan Phalen moved to California and guitarist Rob Laakso joined Amazing Baby. Pretty sure these two shows are for the fun of it, but as someone who thought they ended too soon, maybe playing live again will rekindle things.
Meanwhile Cheeseburger (who played at least a few shows in 2009) have just put the finishing touches on their second album and have grown from a bassless trio to having two guitarists and a full rhythm section and one of our premier party-rock bands. I've heard some of the new record and while it would be incorrect to say they've grown up, they've definitely matured as songwriters and musicians. Live shows are still mayhem, though more from the fans than on-stage shenanigans these days. I hope shiny Brooklyn Bowl knows what it's in for.
However, this won't be your typical Cheeseburger show. Singer Joe Bradley is due to be a new father any minute and won't be there. Instead, the band is getting a different guest vocalist for every song, including comedian Jon Glaser (Adult Swim's Delocated), Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington and Andy Reuland, Jason Green of Violent Bullshit, Diamond Nights' Morgan Phalen, and some surprise guests. Personally, I think they should rename themselves Cheeseburger Deluxe for this gig but that's just me.
A couple Diamond Nights and Cheeseburger videos after the jump...
photos by Chloe Rice, words by Black Bubblegum
These Arms Are Snakes @ Shea Stadium
The wildmen of These Arms Are Snakes were back at it on Friday 9/25 at Shea Stadium, when the band teamed up with Violent Bullshit (mems Panthers, Orchid, Black Army Jacket, Half Man, etc) and DD/MM/YY.
The Shea Stadium gig was one of two in NYC for the band. The second was Mercury Lounge the next day (9/27). How were they?
Unfortunately, due to circumstances completely out of our control, we have had to drop of of our tour with Thursday. Apologies to all but our attention is needed at home right now.All the best to the band.
A big thanks to the Thursday crew for taking us out and being extremely supportive of what we do; it means a lot.
You can look for us to make up the dates in the next 2 months with our friends Russian Circles. We'll also be playing a bunch of new material, so we hope to see you on the road.
All affected Thursday dates, with more pics of TAAS & Violent Bullshit from Shea Stadium (Chloe was at Santos shooting Rorschach reunion just before this show, so she missed DD/MM/YY and the other openers), below...