Entries tagged with: Zero Boys
by Ian Chainey
Monkey cover art
After the unfortunate cancellation of their European summer tour, the reunited Zero Boys will be playing select US dates this August in support of their new album Monkey, their first long-player since 1993's The Heimlich Maneuver. The Indianapolis punk rockers, who played NYC last year, will hit the East Coast with 7 Seconds in Philadelphia and Allston, Massachusetts before checking in to NYC's the Grand Victory on August 3 as the lone headliners (full lineup TBA). Tickets are available now.
Monkey simmers with the same heat as Zero Boys' blistering full-length debut, 1981's Vicious Circle, but it comes by way of a different delivery. Where hardcore once raged, the band now play around with a garage-y stomp as evidenced by the video for "Third Strike" that you can watch below. Of course, Zero Boys can still hit high speeds. "Monkey Meat" races along for two all-too-quick minutes, though that's more than enough time for singer Paul Mahern to charismatically nail down an earworm hook.
All tour dates are listed, along with streams for two Monkey tracks and Vicious Circle, below.
photos by Sarja Hasan
Zero Boys @ Europa, 8/29/2013
Reunited Indianapolis punk band Zero Boys headlined Europa on Friady (8/29), supported by tourmates Night Birds as part of a round of dates together. The show featured local support from Nuclear Santa Claust and SpEd, and pictures from their appearance together are in this post.
As discussed, the next NYC show for the Night Birds goes down at The Studio at Webster Hall on 10/12 supporting Modern Life is War. MLIW just added ANOTHER show at Saint Vitus after the appearance at The Studio.
More pics from Friday's show at Europa below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Brooklyn's Nude Beach have a new 7" due out in July (stream both tracks below) and are currently on a tour that will culminate in a hometown show on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets for that show are still available.
Not long after that show,
Nude Beach will play another hometown show on July 17 at Death by Audio with a solid lineup of Nuclear Spring, The Red Dons, and Ylajali. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Updated Nude Beach dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Nude Beach, it turns out, are NOT playing the DbA show after all (though it was listed on DbA's site).
Nuclear Spring in Budapest - 6/10/13 (photo by Tamas Bernath)
Brooklyn punks Nuclear Spring, who have past/present members of CREEM and Nomos, will be returning home from a European tour (pictured above) with CREEM for this show. Earlier this year, they put out a 7" on Hysteria Records, which contains 6 tracks of menacing punk in just over 10 minutes. Not unlike contemporaries White Lung or Neon Piss, Nuclear Spring's melodies and riffs pull more from post-punk, but they play with the speed and ferocity of hardcore. If you're into that kind of stuff, don't sleep on this. You can download the EP for free (legally) on MediaFire and stream two tracks below.
For Portland's The Red Dons (ex-The Observers), the Death by Audio show is the first date on their July East Coast tour. That tour also includes three NYC-area shows with NJ/Brooklyn surf punks Night Birds. The first of those is in New Brunswick on July 24 at Alamo with Loose Ends and Easy Rider; then Manhattan on July 25 at Cake Shop with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) new band Livds and Brooklyn garage punks Foster Care; then Long Island on July 26 at No Fun Club with Iron Chic. The Red Dons are a pretty likeminded band to Nuclear Spring and Night Birds, and any of those shows should be a great way to see them. You can stream their most recent full length, 2010's Fake Meets Failure, in its entirety below, and download it for free at bandcamp. All of their dates are listed below too.
Night Birds at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Meanwhile, you can catch Night Birds, whose new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia drops 7/9 via Grave Mistake, in NYC even sooner when they play a release show for the new album on July 12 at Death by Audio with Omegas, Don Giovanni-signed Nuclear Santa Claust (who also play with Iron Reagan and Dropead on Friday, 6/28), and Give, plus Chris Gethard is hosting. Night Birds also play Europa on August 29 with Zero Boys (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from their LP, below.
Night Birds at Grand Victory (more by Harriet Roberts)
NJ/Brooklyn punk quartet Night Birds are readying their new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia, for release on July 9 via Grave Mistake. You can check out a couple tracks off the album now -- including a premiere of "Modern Morons" which you can stream below.
Asmentioned, Night Birds have their record release party at Death by Audio on July 12th with Omegas, and will then be touring with Zero Boys which hits NYC at Europa on August 29 (tickets). All dates are listed below.
photos by Keith Marlowe, Harriet Roberts
Night Birds @ Grand Victory last month
Night Birds are readying the release of Born to Die in Suburbia, the band's new LP due on July 9 via Grave Mistake. The record, which was recorded at Seaside Lounge this past winter, features guest appearances from Eric Davidson (New Bomb Turks, The Livids) and Miranda Taylor (Hunchback, Black Wine). Check out the album art and the tracklisting below.
The band has a bunch of tour dates to go with the release announcement, including dates toward Chaos in Tejas, Death By Audio on July 12 with Omegas and Chris Gethard, PLUS a weekend with Zero Boys that includes the previously discussed show at Europa on 8/29 (tickets). Full tour schedule is below.
Night Birds played with Tenement on April 11 at Grand Victory, and you can check out some belated pictures from the show below.
Zero Boys at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
It came out of nowhere in 1982, this punk rock/hardcore fireball with the bright yellow sleeve. In one sense, The Zero Boys' Vicious Circle was yet another example of how U.S. punk seemed to peak coast to coast that year. But unlike most coastal punk, the Zero Boys were pointing the way to a scene that could accommodate heaping helpings of melody, intelligence, and rock 'n' roll sus, not just turbo-charged ferocity.Indiana punk band Zero Boys have reunited off and on since the 90s, including Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011. Now the band has not only the new Pro Dirt EP on the way via 1,2,3,4 Go Records, but also promises dates in the US and Europe. An NYC show has emerged; look for the band to join forces with Night Birds on August 29 at Europa. Tickets are on sale.
From 1979 into '83, the Indianapolis based ZBs were the finest hardcore blitz in the Midwest if not all the lower 48 states. Proof is Vicious Circle and the two decades since of copyists, bootleggers, practitioners and reunion concert pogoers.
Though before and after that LP's 1982 release they recorded the Livin' in the 80's 7", songs for three comps and released the post-mortem History Of... cassette revealing their transformation into a toured band warming to the metaphysical and their demise while still waving torches of rock 'n' roll panache
All currently know tour dates are listed, along with a stream of "Monkey Meat" from the new EP, below.
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.