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Pitchfork

First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

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intro by Andrew Sacher

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There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)

Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.

Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...

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Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.

Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.

The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.

DG year-end lists below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.

For a little more flavor you can check out the individual ballots and AV Club's annual "Least Essential Albums" list which is always entertaining.

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You Blew It!

Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.

You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).

The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.

In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.

Browse the Topshelf lists below...

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by Johnny Zachman

Swans
Basilica

Basilica Sound Scape happened this weekend in Hudson, NY. Among the artists playing were Swans, Richard Reed Parry, Deafheaven (who also played MHOW the next night), Tim Hecker and White Lung (who also played the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Friday night).

I attended Saturday's (9/13) portion, which was presented by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy. I drove to the festival, but Basilica Hudson is also accessible from New York City via the Amtrak, whose Hudson stop is only a block away from the venue.

Basilica Hudson is a gorgeous setting for live music. The venue is a reclaimed 19th century factory with many of the door and window frames left open, creating a pleasant indoor-outdoor ambiance. Most of the food and beer vendors were also outside, allowing attendees to hang in the refreshing autumn weather and rest our ears under the starry Hudson skies. The whole event felt dreamlike and far enough removed from everyday life to really be something memorable.

The mixed media component of the festival further added to the surreal atmosphere. There were record sellers, book sellers, film clips projected in the alcoves of the building - and even a performance artist sleeping in a Buddha booth later in the night. I arrived around 8:45 to find Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) reading from an opening in the wall of the main room, fifteen feet above our heads. Later in the night, Greg Fox (of Liturgy/Guardian Alien) would perform a drum solo in the same space.

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Meredith's reading, which has now been posted in full at The Talkhouse, is about Andrew WK, Lana Del Rey and the double standard applied to male and female performers regarding authenticity. Here's an excerpt:

It is twisted that people only seemed to love the idea of Andrew W.K. more after the truth came out. The truth is so interesting! He's fearless, talented, he has a dark theoretical and critical mind. He's on television with Glenn Beck talking about being afraid of abortion. But it was transformation into a party dude at the hands of the music industry that made people pay attention to him. Meanwhile he's up there with Ian Svenonius at the Guggenheim talking about how his early experiences exploring the interstices between "pure music" and "unwanted sound" have shaped his intentionality in the "Andrew W.K. presentation." The kids in Katowice were there to have fun and get wasted. It's Harmony Korine playing dumb for Letterman back in the '90s, over and over and over again. In a way, everybody loses. It's like nobody was listening when he himself told them at point-blank range that he isn't real.

But when a female musician is in any way fake, she's denied creative agency, written off as uninventive and talentless. Beyoncé is accused of lip-synching, even when she isn't. Music rags run articles exposing pop stars' real names, highlighting Lorde, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus. But being that these are the most successful female artists in the world, one has to assume that their fakeness -- or, as we should be calling it, "reinvention" -- is necessary for women to succeed in the music industry. It's the basic principle of survival, period: adapt and evolve, or die. And of the women I listed above, look at what they've done that gets them called fake: taking on more seductive names and more assertive personas, getting breast and butt lifts and lip fillers and wearing makeup, wearing more elaborate, sexy, sometimes borderline-fetish costumes -- everything that men claim they want out of women! But no, that's not good enough -- those qualities have to be both present and completely natural in order for spectators to be satisfied.

Read the whole very interesting thing at The Talkhouse.

I caught the full performances by White Lung, Deafheaven and Swans, who all delivered thunderously rapturous sets. I've come to expect nothing but excellence from these three acts, but it was refreshing to see them in a completely new context - and one that each managed to fit effortlessly among. I caught up with White Lung's Mish Way shortly after her set and restrained myself from telling her how obsessed I've been with "Wrong Star" ever since her Noisey Acoustic Sessions with Katie Crutchfield was released. I did, however, manage to discuss the unfortunate incident from Friday night's show when she was forced to confront an audience member who was harassing and even attempting to punch her during her performance.

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"It's been awhile since I've had to do something like that," she said, "but I'm glad it happened. And I'm glad to end our tour here. It feels good. It feels special. And... (smiling) I'm really glad my reading went well."

I'm looking forward to more unique experiences at next year's festival, to which I will certainly be returning.

A few more pictures (by Molly Moltzen) and a few videos below...

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photos by Ryan Muir & Amanda Hatfield, videos by unARTig, words by Andrew Sacher

White Lung / Power Trip / Sick Feeling
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Power Trip
Sick Feeling

Vancouver's White Lung wrapped up their tour at Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday (9/13), but not before playing a last-minute late set at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades on Friday (well really Saturday morning) with co-headliners Power Trip and openers Sick Feeling.

After the earlier Shannon & the Clams show emptied out of the venue, doors opened for the late show around 12:30 AM and Sick Feeling went on some time after 1. The new-ish Brooklyn band features current and former members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk and others, and they were a great primer for the two bands to come. All they've got out at the moment are a few tracks on Soundcloud, but they've got a full length coming this fall on Geoff Rickly's Collect Records and Ethan Silverman & Chris Taylor's Terrible Records, and assuming they played a lot of that, it's a record to look forward to. It was frenetic hardcore with a fittingly wild frontman, but they stayed melodic too.

Power Trip followed with their killer take on crossover and early thrash, and while their sounds are rooted in two or three-decade old bands, they're no nostalgia trip. Their crowds go apeshit crazy pretty much every time, and the Palisades show was no exception. The whole front half of the room was a circle pit the entire set and at one point a fan jumped off the 10-ish foot high PA speaker. It was a mess (in the best way). Power Trip did it again late the next night at an even more last minute show at Acheron. Anyone catch that?

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Power Trip

Finally White Lung came on around 2:50 AM to a crowd that seemed a bit smaller than Power Trip's, but still packed in pretty well considering the sun would be up in about three hours. They were on fire as always, with Mish Way failing to be anything less than a powerhouse, Kenny William's dizzying fretwork and their relentless rhythm section. Earlier that day, bassist Hether Fortune (who fronts Wax Idols) had tweeted it'd be her "last NYC appearance with White Lung for who knows how long". We hope it won't be too long, but they've left us for now on a high note.

Though their set was great, it unfortunately wasn't all high notes. There was a guy in the audience who Mish said was flipping her the bird and calling her a cunt. She responded by pulling him over and they ended up grabbing at each other while she was still on stage. She eventually pushed him off and yelled "Get the fuck out!" during the song and a few seconds later she went in the crowd, singled him out, and started throwing punches. When the song ended, Hether and another crowd member rushed him toward the back of the room where he quickly exited the venue as Mish yelled into the mic, "Get the fuck out of here! Don't you dare lay a finger on me, motherfucker! Get out of here, motherfucker! Oh man, you know what? As a woman, I have fucked enough shitty dudes, I have put my way, FUCK OFF! FUCK YOU!"

You can watch the whole upsetting thing go down in the full set video below. Full set videos of Power Trip and Sick Feeling and more pictures of all three bands are below as well.

Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, Palisades, Alice, Ric, poster designer Jay Morris, and everyone who came out.

White Lung also just premiered a new live video filmed in LA for Urban Outfitters' 'UO Live' series today. The black and white footage is of them playing "I Believe You" off the new album. You can check that out below as well.

Continue reading "White Lung, Power Trip & Sick Feeling played the BV-RBSS show at Palisades (pics & full set videos)"

photos by James Richards IV

White Lung @ Subterranean -- 9/11/2014
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As we speak, White Lung are driving from Chicago to Brooklyn for TONIGHT'S MIDNIGHT SHOW at Palisades in Brooklyn. The BrooklynVegan-curated Friday night event also includes Power Trip and Don Devore's new band Sick Feeling on the bill. It's only $3 with RSVP, so hurry up and RSVP before it's too late.

Tonight's show should be a good one all around (if we do say so ourselves). White Lung continue to be of the most exciting punk bands around, this year's excellent Domino-released Deep Fantasy being no exception. Co-headliners Power Trip, on the other hand, bring us back to the early days of thrash and crossover and they do it well. The night should kick off with a bang too. Brooklyn's Sick Feeling (featuring members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead and more) make grimy punk true to their name.

Meanwhile, White Lung were in Chicago to play a show at Sub-t with Mormon Crosses and Den last night (9/11). Pictures from that show are in this post.

Mormon Crosses also opened for White Lung at Glasslands on 9/3. If you missed that Brooklyn show, and don't have tickets to the sold out Basilica Sound Scape Fest on Saturday, Palisades is your last chance to catch White Lung in the NYC-area for now, though the band also has some dates elsewhere in North America coming up in December. All dates are listed with more Chicago pics, below...

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The 2014 Basilica Sound Scape festival is this weekend (September 12 & 13) in Hudson, NY with performances from Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, Julia Holter and more. Eleanor Friedberger was supposed to have played but has since dropped off. Two-day passes and tickets to Saturday (9/13) with Swans, Deafheaven and more are sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday (9/12) with Julia Holter, Tim Hecker, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and more. The daily lineups and performances schedules are listed below.

If you'd like to go to both nights for free, we're giving away a pair of two-day passes. Details on that below.

You can also see White Lung in NYC for $3 this Friday (9/12) at MIDNIGHT (so really 9/13) when they play the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades (906 Broadway) with Power Trip and Sick Feeling. RSVP HERE for $3 admission at the door (it's $10 if you don't).

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We're excited to announce that Vancouver punk band White Lung are the special guest playing our recently announced BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT.

The show takes place at new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn) Friday, September 12 at MIDNIGHT (so technically 9/13) with White Lung, Texas thrashers Power Trip, and Brooklyn punks Sick Feeling (mem Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk, etc) opening.

Admission for our all ages (not 21+ as previously anouunced) show is $3 at the door if you RSVP and $10 at the door without. Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

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White Lung at Saint Vitus in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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White Lung just played Glasslands and are on tour now. They hit Basilica Sound Scape with Swans, Deafheaven and others in Hudson, NY on Saturday (9/13). Their newest album is this year's Domino-released Deep Fantasy, which we highly recommend if you haven't heard it yet. Hope to see you at the show!

Watch a video from the LP, with their updated list of dates, below...

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White Lung singer Mish Way and Waxahatchee singer Katie Crutchfield recently teamed up to film a collaborative Noisey Acoustics Session on a rooftop on the Lower East Side. They take on one track from each of their bands -- White Lung's "Wrong Star" and Waxahatchee's "Coast to Coast" -- with Katie on guitar and both of them singing. Waxahatchee's normally-full-band "Coast to Coast" unsurprisingly sounds great acoustic, and much more surprisingly, the fast and heavy "Wrong Star" does too. Watch the videos below.

Waxahatchee recently announced a solo tour where she'll be previewing music from her upcoming record. The tour hits NYC on November 10 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now.

White Lung are also touring, hitting NYC on September 3 at Glasslands with Mormon Crosses and Flykills (tickets), and also playing NY's Basilica Sound Scape. They've added more dates to their tour too. All are listed, with the videos, below.

Continue reading "White Lung's Mish Way & Waxhatchee's Katie Crutchfield play each other's songs in new acoustic session (watch)"

Majical Cloudz at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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The full lineup for Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape (9/12-13) has now been announced. Joining the lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Julia Holter, Tim Hecker and more will be Majical Cloudz, Eleanor Friedberger, British folk veteran Michael Chapman, Torn Hawk, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw, Gold Dime with Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal) and more. Full lineup and more details, via Pitchfork who were involved in organizing the fest, below.

Additionally, the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days after Basilica will be played in full every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.

For Majical Cloudz, this festival happens right before their tour with Lorde hits NYC for three dates.

Tickets for the festival are still available. More details below...

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photos by Erina Uemura

Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
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The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."

Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]

The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.

Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

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"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.

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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