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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Pez

"As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys. So I don't think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two fuck-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and fuck-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn't do it, why should he face the consequences? That's what I think!"
- King Buzzo, to the Missoula Independent
Keeping up with the zeitgeist as always, KISS have been in the news a lot lately. We already told you that they're currently touring with Def Leppard in support of our military, but so much else is happening in the world of KISS that it warrants further discussion.

"Fucked-up alcoholic junkie guy" Ace Frehley is releasing a new solo album called Space Invader in August on eOne. He's already released a song called "Gimme a Feelin", which is streaming here.

Second of all, we'd like to remind you of the existence of 4th annual KISS Kruise which sets sail on Halloween and runs through November 4th and also involves Cheap Trick and, oddly enough, Purson, among some other acts. This places them in the rarefied air of artists like Weezer and Flogging Molly who have their own sea-bound carnivals. Full lineup below.

Immediately upon returning to land, the band will set up shop in the desert for the most appropriate Vegas Residency in the history of Vegas Residencies. KISS Rocks Vegas will run from November 5-23 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it," says Gene Simmons, with some trenchant commentary on the digital age. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM.


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Meanwhile, avowed KISS fan King Buzzo of the Melvins, who has been touring in support of his recent solo release, has, as you can see above, gotten involved in the discussion about KISS's new, Frehley and Criss-less lineup, which is apparently controversial in some circles. After receiving some hatred from Kiss fans who were upset about his "junkie" comments, Buzz was none too pleased, and retorted via his Vice-published tour diary. "So, for the record, you Kiss fan fuckheads who are giving ME shit for saying as it turns out, the exact same thing as Gene can KISS my ass!" There are a number of similarly wonderful quotes in both Buzzo articles, so I'd recommend reading them in full.

And in a final bit of musicians-talking-about-KISS-in-Vice-news, White Lung's Mish Way has apparently turned into Chuck Klosterman and is now writing about how great it is to get stoned at a KISS concert and the relative differences between rock decades. The 21st century, man.

White Lung are touring in July and September.

Buzz was just in NYC for two shows. We caught the 2nd one which was at The Wick.

Below check out the Melvins classic cover of "Goin' Blind," so you can understand where King Buzzo is coming from. Kiss dates and Kruise lineup are down there too.

Continue reading "KISS announce Vegas residency & Kruise; King Buzzo tells KISS nuts to KISS his ass (but like Mish Way, is a fan)"

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White Lung @ Saint Vitus (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Lung

Vancouver punks White Lung sped through NYC last week for two shows, a sold out one at Saint Vitus and an early one at Mercury Lounge the next day (not sold out). We already posted pictures and recapped their thrilling Vitus show. Now watch a full set video of that one, along with the setlist from that show, below. Anyone catch them at Merc? How was that?

Now that those shows are behind them, the band have added another NYC show to their upcoming tour happening later this year. They'll return to hit Glasslands on September 3. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (7/2) at 10 AM. That same tour brings them to Hudson, NY for Basilica Sound Scape with Swans, Deafheaven, Julia Holter and more.

Updated dates are listed, with the video from the Vitus show, below...

Continue reading "White Lung add Glasslands show & other dates; Watch their whole Saint Vitus show (video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

White Lung @ Saint Vitus - 6/25/14
White Lung
White Lung

The menacing Vancouver punks White Lung descended upon NYC last night (6/25) for their first of two shows here on their current tour with Pop. 1280. Last night's show was a sold out one at Saint Vitus and was easily the longest I've ever seen them play (about a half hour), and they were typically in great form. Guitarist Kenny Williams wailed away at his impossibly effortless, highly intricate riffage, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou and bassist (and Wax Idols singer) Hether Fortune kept the rhythm section tight as hell, and singer Mish Way was a powerhouse as always, a ferocious punk singer but one with rock star abilities that are way too big for Saint Vitus (in a good way).

Their set included most of their excellent new album, Deep Fantasy, plus highlights from their still-great 2012 LP Sorry ("Thick Lip," "Take The Mirror") and non-album favorites like "Blow It South." The crowd was loving all of it but it was definitely those Sorry cuts that really got the place going (the new album is only a week old). At one point Mish sarcastically remarked about the place being too quiet between songs, but as soon as "Thick Lip" started, beer was sprayed on stage and the crowd erupted.

Tourmates Pop. 1280 provided direct support with a solid set of their gothed-out post-punk, and The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform opened the show with a 5-ish minute set of hardcore-inspired noise. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.

White Lung and Pop. 1280 do it again tonight (6/26) at Mercury Lounge, which is an early-ish show (6:30 doors, over by 9 PM) and tickets are still available. Uniform next play opening for Destruction Unit at The Studio at Webster Hall next week (tickets) as part of Ascetic House's Independence Day weekend in NYC.

More pictures from last night, below...

Continue reading "White Lung & Pop. 1280 played Saint Vitus w/ Uniform (pics), do it again at Mercury Lounge tonight"

White Lung at FFF Fest 2013 (more by 2013)
White Lung

Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape already announced a great initial lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter and more, and the fest has now added more impressive names including Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry (who has a new solo LP, Music for Heart and Breath), Vancouver punk annihilators White Lung (whose singer Mish Way is also doing a reading), a reading from Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves, Endless Boogie, Guardian Alien (whose drummer Greg Fox will also play a solo set), Emily Reo, and visual artist Sterling Ruby. Tickets, including single day passes and weekend passes, are on sale now.

In related news, White Lung's tour with Pop. 1280 hits NYC for two shows next week (6/25-26).

Still more artists for Basilica TBA. Updated flyer below...

Continue reading "Basilica Sound Scape expands lineup, adds Richard Reed Parry, White Lung, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, more"

Pop. 1280 at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Erez Avissar)
Pop 1280

We already knew that NYC goth punks Pop. 1280 would be opening the Mercury Lounge stop of White Lung's tour, and since we last spoke it was announced that they're actually opening all North American dates. This includes both NYC shows -- June 25 at Saint Vitus and June 26 at Mercury Lounge -- a Philly show, and three dates in White Lung's native Canada. Tickets for Vitus and Merc are still available.

Pop. 1280 also just put out a tour video they made during their recent European tour. You can check that out, with the list of dates and the video for White Lung's "Face Down" that came out this week, below...

Continue reading "Pop. 1280 opening White Lung's North American tour (dates and new European tour video)"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at NYU in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Lung

The new White Lung album, Deep Fantasy, comes out next month (6/17) via Domino and the band have now unleashed a third track from it ahead of its release. Following "Snake Jaw" and "Drown With The Monster," new single "Face Down" is yet another example of how Deep Fantasy is one of the year's most unique punk records and a thrill to listen to. Its video is a VHS-style trip with the band in their car and on the beach (with burning scarecrows?) and that can be watched (via NPR) below.

White Lung's tour hits NYC for previously discussed shows on June 25 at Saint Vitus (tickets) and June 26 at Mercury Lounge with Pop. 1280 (tickets).

New video below...

Continue reading "White Lung share video for "Face Down" from new LP (watch)"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at NYU in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Lung

As previously mentioned, Vancouver punks White Lung signed to Domino, and since we last spoke, more details on their first album for that label have arisen. It's called Deep Fantasy, and will be out on June 17. It includes the pummeling single "Drown With The Monster" which comes out as a 7" on Domino next week (4/29), plus the brand-new single "Snake Jaw," which just premiered over at Rookie Mag where there's also a new interview with them.

As singer Mish Way has said about the new album, Deep Fantasy is a real progression from their earlier work, and "Snake Jaw" is no exception. The sound is bigger (though they're still working with Sorry producer Jesse Gander), the vocals are cleaner but still just as biting, and Kenneth William's guitar playing is still out of this world. Especially on "Snake Jaw," where he squeezes something like 20 different riffs into the song's 2-ish minutes without ever sounding like he's showing off. You can check it out below, highly recommended.

As discussed, White Lung's tour hits NYC on June 25 at Saint Vitus and June 26 at Mercury Lounge, the latter of which now includes Pop. 1280 on the bill. Tickets for VItus and Merc are still available.

Updated dates, including an Australian tour with Upset, are listed, with the new song stream and LP info, below...

Continue reading "White Lung share "Snake Jaw" from 'Deep Fantasy' LP (listen)"

Hopscotch

We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Festival 2014 initial lineup (Spoon, Mastodon, Sun Kil Moon, St. Vincent, Death, High on Fire, White Lung & more)"

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Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.

Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...

Continue reading "Sled Island 2014 initial line-up: St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt, Touche Amore, Rhye & more"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung

Vancouver punks White Lung, whose two albums (and some 7"s) including the excellent 2012 LP Sorry, have come out on Canadian punk label Deranged Records, have signed to the larger Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective). Their first release for the new label will be the "Drown With The Monster" 7", which comes out on April 29. Its title track is one of the band's heaviest and most power-chord-oriented tracks yet, and its video was filmed during one of their typically intense live shows (including Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass). Check it out, with the tracklist and artwork, below.

White Lung don't have a full tour planned at the moment, but they will return to NYC for shows on June 25 at Saint Vitus and June 26 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows aren't on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for Vitus and Ticketmaster for Merc updates.

Video, artwork and tracklist below...

Continue reading "White Lung signed to Domino, releasing a new 7", playing 2 NYC shows (watch the new video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Fucked Up via Andrew Van Beek / White Lung via BrooklynVegan Instagram
Fucked Up
White Lung

Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent officially closed its doors for good after last night's show (1/19), the last of four epic final shows that the venue hosted. First was last weekend's Laurel Halo / Autre Ne Veut / etc show, and this past weekend were the final three: Dan Deacon/etc on Friday, Deafheaven/etc on Saturday, and last night's with Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien and LODRO.

The show was a great way for the venue to go out -- celebratory, but also representing what the venue was always about, and why it will be so sorely missed. Three local bands who have called the venue home multiple times in its three-year existence (with the bands they were in last night as well as other various projects), returned to bid it farewell -- DIIV, Guardian Alien, and LODRO. But in addition to being a vital part of Brooklyn's local scene, 285 has also been a spot for bigger out of town bands to get crazier, sweatier, and more intimate with their fans while they were in town for other shows. Fucked Up did just that in 2011 when they played 285 after opening for Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5, so they were warmly welcomed back, and their Canada neighbors White Lung (who could probably headline the venue at this point) fit the spirit of the bill perfectly too.

crowd at 285 Kent last night (via Kari)
285 Kent

Anyone who's seen Fucked Up knows Damien Abraham likes to talk on stage, and last night he dedicated much of that to commemorating 285 Kent. "Of all the amazing venues we've played, this is by far the fucking coolest," he said at one point. He also encouraged the crowd saying you could do any of this, start a venue, form a band, book shows, do it yourself. Maybe in 2014 the possibilities of DIY seem more obvious than the days of Black Flag or something, but it's still inspiring to hear a band you look up to break down the fan/band/industry barriers and preach that to their fans. Maybe a 15 year old was there last night and is already forming his or her first band. 285 Kent's shows are all ages shows.

DIIV (via @chchchavez)
DIIV

Most of my good memories about 285 Kent involve the fact that you felt like you could have fun there, not just be part of a group of people standing around. I still scratch my head a bit at how mosh pits ever break out to DIIV at any show, but at 285 they always seem to, and it actually does feel right. Especially last night, when they were sandwiched between the ferocious punk of White Lung and Fucked Up.

White Lung's sets rarely cross the 20-minute mark, but last night's felt especially short (possibly shortened by their broken kick pedal) yet just as wild as usual. Their newer songs sound great, and when they played material off of Sorry, the crowd truly lost it. Fucked Up's set raged as always too. And though you can usually see through it when a band pretends they're doing an unplanned encore, it seemed legitimately spontaneous when Fucked Up discussed things on stage for a bit and then got the crowd rowdier than they'd been all night for the last-ever song played at 285 Kent, a cover of "Blitzkrieg Bop." Internet hate for all the 285 Kent commemoration often drops the line, "It's not CBGB," but hey, at least we went out with a Ramones song.

A couple more pics below...

Continue reading "Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien & LODRO played 285 Kent's last-ever show"

285 Kent

As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.

Full lineups for each show below...

Continue reading "285 Kent's final shows announced (Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Autre Ne Veut, Laurel Halo, Dan Deacon & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Ceremony / White Lung @ NYU - 12/5/13
Ceremony
White Lung

Before NYU heads into finals week, they threw a semester-end show last night (that was also open to the public) in the Kimmel Center's E&L Auditorium with four killer punk bands -- Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. The tidy and spacious auditorium may not have been everyone's ideal way of seeing this show that sounds like it'd happen in a dingy DIY space, but what's more punk than putting on a cheap show in a school?

Brooklyn's Sleepies kicked things off with the tamest set of the night, but still a rippin' one that saw them going through tracks off their 2012 Weird Wild World LP that The Men's Ben Greenberg produced, and from the way they play you can tell why a member of The Men would work with them.

Up next was Perfect Pussy, fresh off their signing to Captured Tracks, which was announced earlier that day. There's been a lot of talk about Perfect Pussy lately, thanks in part to their solid EP, but their live show is really where it's at. Singer Meredith Graves is a total force and an entertaining performer, and though when someone with that level of charisma fronts a band the attention can be entirely on her, with Perfect Pussy that's not the case. The whole band goes nuts, even the dude whose job it is to make noise with his electronics, and they are LOUD. Don't miss out on seeing this band if you can help it.

They were followed by White Lung, who were joined by Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass, like they were at Fun Fun Fun Fest and the rest of their tour. As always, White Lung put on a great show, and they used their last live appearance of 2013 to showcase some of their new material, including the stuff on their recent single. From the sound of that and the other new material they played last night, a new album from this band is much anticipated.

Once powerviolence, now garage punk band Ceremony wrapped up the show, and as always, the place went nuts for them with moshers and stage divers taking over the whole front half of the venue.

Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies played a wild show at NYU's E&L Auditorium (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Perfect Pussy at 285 Kent in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfect Pussy

One of this year's great unsigned bands, Perfect Pussy, are unsigned no longer. The Syracuse noise punk crew have announced that they've signed to Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco), and will release their debut full length on the label in early 2014. That LP will follow their 4-song I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling EP (streaming below), which they self-released earlier this year. Since that release, the band also offered another song, "Advance Upon the Real," to the new Accidental Guest Recordings compilation, Beyond Inversion (via Rookie Mag), which benefits Rachael's Women's Center in DC. You can stream that track below too.

Perfect Pussy have also announced an extensive, almost-two-month long tour. It begins with two previously discussed NYC shows, including tonight (12/5) at NYU's E&L Auditorium with Ceremony, White Lung, and Sleepies; and Friday (12/6) at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Yvette, and Flagland. Admission for the NYU show is free to students and $5 at the door to the general public, and tickets for the Shea show are on sale now.

Then, after touring to the west coast and back, Perfect Pussy will celebrate New Year's Eve at Baby's All Right. The rest of the lineup for the Baby's NYE party hasn't been announced yet, but considering the occasion, chances are we can expect other great bands too. Tickets for that show are not available yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy sign to Captured Tracks, announce tour, including 2 NYC shows this week & NYE at Baby's (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

It's year-end list season and though all White Lung really have in the way of eligible releases is their recent 7", 2013 has really been a breakout year for them. So we asked them what new albums they were listening to this year, and guitarist Kenny William contributed a top 10 list that shifts between dark rap, heavy punk, goth, experimental soundscapers and more. Check out the full thing below.

White Lung have done a ton of touring this year, and though their schedule is almost empty at the moment, before the year ends the Vancouver punk band will return to NYC for a stacked show at NYU's E&L Auditorium on Thursday (12/5) with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 at the door for the general public.

White Lung's Top 10 LPs of 2013 list below...

Continue reading "White Lung list Top 10 LPs of 2013; their show w/ Ceremony, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies is this week"

by Andrew Sacher

Eating Out

If you aren't familiar with Eating Out, there's a good chance you might be familiar with the people in the band, which includes members of Nu Sensae, White Lung, and Peace (the Vancouver band, not the UK band). The band is fronted by Nu Sensae drummer Daniel Pitout, and features Nu Sensae's Brody McKnight on guitar, White Lung singer Mish Way on bass, and Peace's Geoff Dembicki on drums.

I first saw Daniel sing when Nu Sensae opened for EMA in Brooklyn in 2012, and he came out during EMA's encore to sing a few covers with her, including one of Hole's "Miss World." That especially awesome cover sheds some light on the kind of stuff Daniel is making in Eating Out, which is much different from the gripping noise punk of Nu Sensae. The band (who are from Vancouver), tag themselves on Soundcloud as "Seattle" and "Grunge," and the video for their song "Burn" is such a '90s movie that it belongs as a bonus video on a double feature VHS of Can't Hardly Wait and Empire Records (P.S. if the right people are reading this, please make that happen).

"Burn" first appeared on a 2011 EP on Burger Records, and now they've signed to Suicide Squeeze (also home to Nu Sensae and Peace), who will release the Burn 7" on December 3. The 7" features that song, plus two other tracks, including "Come Around," which just surfaced online and can be streamed, along with the "Burn" video and tracklist, below. That's the 7" artwork above.

No shows currently scheduled for Eating Out, but as discussed, White Lung will be in NYC for a NYU show on December 5 with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 day of the show for the general public.

Eating Out stream and video below...

Continue reading "Eating Out (mems of Nu Sensae, White Lung, Peace) releasing 7" on Suicide Squeeze (video & stream)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Slayer

Walkmen
Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

NYU is putting on yet another great show before this school semester ends, and this one's an all-punk lineup with powerviolence-turned-garage-punks Ceremony, Vancouver shredders White Lung, Syracuse noisemakers Perfect Pussy, and Brooklyn punk 'n' rollers Sleepies. This excellent quadruple bill is free to students and $5 at NYU Ticket Central to the general public. It takes place on December 5 at NYU's E&L Auditorium (4th floor of Kimmel Center). More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.

Both Ceremony and White Lung have a few other dates coming up (none in NYC), all of which are listed, along with a stream of White Lung's new 7," below.

For Perfect Pussy, it's one of a few upcoming dates, including other NYC stops on November 23 at 285 Kent with Shannon and the Clams and A Rex and J Rex (tickets); and December 6 at Shea Stadium with California X, Blessed State, Flagland, and experimental art rockers Yvette, who were recently added to the bill (tickets).

All lists of dates, streams, and NYU show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy & Sleepies playing NYU; Yvette added to Perfect Pussy's Shea show (dates & streams)"

White Lung at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Lung

Vancouver punks White Lung recently posted "Blow It South" the a-side to their new 7", and now they've just let the b-side, "Down With You," loose too. Like the other track, this one's a bit bigger and more melodic than the stuff on 2012's Sorry, but no less of a ripper. Check it out below...

Continue reading "White Lung release "Down With You" from new 7" (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Lung

Vancouver's White Lung had, in my opinion, the best straight-up punk record of 2012 with Sorry, and they've put on some of the best live shows I've seen in the past year. So needless to say, the fact that they're working on their next full length is incredible news. That album hasn't been announced yet, but they're preceding it with a new 7" that will be out on Deranged Records on November 5.

Like many of the best tracks on Sorry, the 7"s A-side, "Blow It South," starts with power chords turned up to 11, leading into an unstoppable attack of lightning-fast drumming and mind-melting guitar shreds. What's different here though, is singer Mish Way's voice. On Sorry, she balanced piercing shouts with a few moments of psychedelic, hushed singing, but here she's pushed her voice to the front, sound bigger and more melodic than ever, and even working in some adept harmonies in the chorus. Mish isn't shy about her love for Courtney Love, and with that comparison in mind, if Sorry (and its predecessor It's the Evil for that matter) was White Lung's Pretty On the Inside, "Blow It South" is hinting at their Live Through This. Check out the song below.

At the end of this month, White Lung play Gainesville's The Fest, and right after that they'll head out on a west/southwest tour with Antwon. No NYC shows scheduled at the moment, but all of their dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "White Lung releasing a new 7" (track stream + updated dates)"

Antwon

San Jose rapper Antwon released a new 7", "Dying in the Pussy," earlier this year via Suicide Squeeze, and he's now just given that track the video treatment. It was directed by Cali Dewitt, who did a live video of Iceage's NYC shows in January, and you can watch it below.

Antwon also has some upcoming dates this year, including a previously discussed tour with Le1f and Lakutis which hits NYC on September 27 at Santos (tickets) and after that, a fall run of the west/southwest with White Lung.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Antwon made a new video ++ updated tour dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Swans / Solange / fans
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Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]
Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.

If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. More from day 2 below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2013 day 2 in pics: Belle & Sebastian, Solange, Low, Breeders, Swans, Metz, Merchandise, Rustie & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
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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.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fun Fun Fun Fest

As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.

Full lineup and flyer below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Kurt Vile / Fat Tony / White Lung / the scene @ 4Knots 2013
Kurt Vile and The Violators @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
White Lung @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
Fat Tony @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013
The Babies @ 4KNOTS Festival - 6/28/2013

"We're not a daytime band, this is weird," said Mish Way of White Lung during her band's set at the third annual 4Knots Music Festival on the South Street Seaport on Saturday (6/29). It's true that they're better fit for smaller, darker spaces, but despite that comment, White Lung continue to prove how powerful they can be on any stage. Even a hot outdoor sunny one.

Other bands sounded great under the sun too (which burned off any threats of thunderstorms), like Hunters (who already seem to know how to do a festival show), Parquet Courts, who were noisier than I'd see them before, The Men, who delivered their ever-changing brand of punk with country jams running through their whole set, the garage-soul of Reigning Sound, and of course Kurt Vile, who's arguably a better fit for an outdoor show than a dark venue. Kurt and his band (new drummer included) played an excellent set heavy on the first half of his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, and revisited the past for live staples like a solo acoustic performance of "Peeping Tomboy" and the set-ending noise jam, "Freak Train."

On the second stage, which was a more of a proper setup than last year's more DIY feel, there was Heliotropes (laying down Sabbath-y riffs), Fat Tony (who rapped about Guinness beer), The Babies (terrific as always), and proggy hammer-on queen, Marnie Stern.

It was an all-around good-vibes day of free music. More pictures from 4Knots 2013 below...

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