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Deafheaven at one of 285 Kent's last shows (more by PSquared)
Deafheaven

As you probably know by now, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closed for good. As the venue was hosting its final shows, Pitchfork filmed a documentary about the venue called "RIP 285 Kent." The description reads:

The film features interviews with the personalities that pushed 285 forward, including founder Todd P., booker/manager Ric Leichtung, and managers Kaitlin Browne and Siobhan McDonald, among others. It also includes discussion with local bookers Edan Wilbur, John Jacobson, John Barclay, and Pitchfork photographer Erez Avissar, plus interview and performance footage from Deafheaven, Fucked Up, DIIV, Dan Deacon, Pictureplane, Lodro, Wolf Eyes, DUST, and more.
Check it out below...

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DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - "Paper the House"

Fucked Up at SXSW 2014 (via Matador Twitter)
Fucked Up

Fucked Up, who were just down in Austin for SXSW, still haven't announced a release date for their upcoming fourth album, Glass Boys (due out via Matador), but they have announced that they'll play a record release show in NYC on June 6 at Bowery Ballroom, so presumably that means we'll get the album around then. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon.

UPDATE: The band just released the album's first single, "Paper the House," the album artwork, and tracklist. Download the track above, and watch a HQ live video of it below. They also announced that the album will be out on June 3.

The band have a few other dates announced at the moment too. All of those are listed, with the album trailer, below. As you may know, Fucked Up also release the newest entry in their zodiac series, Year of the Dragon, this year.

Continue reading "Fucked Up release new song from 'Glass Boys,' playing LP release show in NYC (MP3/video & other dates)"

Fucked up at HoV, 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean,)

Toronto punks Fucked Up have announced that they'll be releasing their fourth LP, Glass Boys this summer. While Matador will handle putting it out in the US and globally, the band is working with hometown label Arts & Crafts for the first time to release it in Canada.

The group previewed the new record by playing it live straight through at their Long Winter series show on March 7. Now Toronto was at the event (which also included karaoke, comedy and a sleepover) and writes....

The new songs feature an even wider array of unexpected influences than before, at times pushing their unique take on hardcore closer to the prog rock of Rush, and other moments the chiming power pop of Big Star. There was even a section that sounded more like a swinging psychedelic jam band. [Now Toronto]
The only other hint at what the album might sound like is a super brief teaser trailer the band posted earlier this week. Watch that below.

In addition to that record, they'll be putting out this year's entry in their zodiac series, Year of the Dragon, 12-inch on April 15 through Tank Crimes. That's available for pre-order now.

And on top of all that, Fucked Up is down in Austin this week for SXSW this week, and they are indeed one of the "artists we're excited to see." The band's SXSW schedule is listed, along with album art, and the Glass Boys teaser, below...

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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Kurt Vile

South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.

We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.

An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...

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by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher

Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Black Tusk

SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).

TUESDAY

On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.

WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.

Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.

There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.

Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.

Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)

Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.

THURSDAY

Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.

Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.

We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).

FRIDAY

It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.

During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.

That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.

The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.

SATURDAY

Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.

And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.

That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...

Continue reading "metal @ SXSW 2014 -- show previews, lineups & our top picks"

by Doug Moore

Tankcrimes

Back in January, we mentioned Brainsqueeze II, the Californian punk/metal festival organized by Tankcrimes and featuring a number of acts that have worked with the label. A few acts -- namely Connoisseur & Impaled -- have been added to the bill since, and the daily schedule & venue info have both been announced. You can check those out below.

We've got a bonus on tap, too. Tankcrimes have put together a free downloadable (or streamable, if that's your thing) compilation that we just posted over at Invisible Oranges. Unlike most recent comps, it's a reasonable length -- sixteen short songs. I consider most of these songs worth listening to in their own right, but some of them are rarer finds -- an exclusive re-recording of a sardonic Muncipal Waste song called "Insurance Fraud" from their split with Crucial Unit. It also features songs from upcoming short-format releases by Fucked Up and The Shrine. There's also a bonus cut by Obsessor, who don't appear on the fest's lineup, and a secret bonus cut that you'll have to download the comp to hear.

The Fucked Up song is a Cardboard Brains cover from the B-side of the recently-announced sixth entry in their Zodiac series. Titled Year of the Dragon, the recording features a 17-minute A-side original, the Cardboard Brains cover, and a The Ugly cover. If you're heading to SXSW, you'll be able to catch Fucked Up at Pitchfork and Stereogum's day parties, both of which fall on Thursday (3/13).

You can stream the comp below (aside from that secret cut) or download it for free. Tickets for the festival are on sale here. The comp track listing, the Brainsqueeze day-by-day lineup, and a goofy commercial for the fest are available below as well...

Continue reading "Fucked Up, Municipal Waste, The Shrine, Iron Reagan & more on Brainsqueeze II compilation (stream/free download)"

Field Trip

Toronto's Field Trip Festival began last year as a celebration of label Arts & Crafts' 10th anniversary. It's returning again this year, happening June 7 & 8 at Fort York & Garrison Common with Broken Social Scene headlining once again, but will expand beyond the Arts & Crafts roster. Interpol, The Kills, the reunited Constantines, CHVRCHES, Fucked Up, Washed Out, Lord Huron, Austra are among the other bands playing the 2014 edition. Tickets, in a variety of packages, are on sale now.

Full announced line-up is 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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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)"

By Doug Moore

Ghoul at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Ghoul

Tankcrimes is one of the preeminent punk/metal fusion labels going these days -- their Ghoul/Cannabis Corpse and Exhumed/Iron Reagan splits both ranked highly on Invisible Oranges' weekly Upcoming Metal Releases post this week.

The label has announced the preliminary lineup for their second Brainsqueeze festival, which will take place at Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland, CA from April 18 until April 20. Tickets aren't on sale yet, and some additional bands have yet to be announced (along with the schedule/running order). Still, the stuff they've got on tap so far looks impressive -- Municipal Waste is the biggest band on deck, with notable appearances from Ghoul, Final Conflict, Negative Approach, Fucked Up, and more in the offing.

Check out the full lineup and a few songs from those splits below.

Continue reading "Ghoul, Final Conflict, Negative Approach, Fucked Up & more playing 2014 Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze fest (line-up)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Dirty Nil (photo by Jonathan Ely Cass)
Dirty Nil

Canadian rockers The Dirty Nil already have some killer singles/EPs, and they're set to release another EP, Smite, in January. The new single from that EP is the rippin' "Nicotine," which is an under-2-minute blast of punk speed and aggression with a quick mid-section of J Mascis-worthy riffage. The song and its video premiere in this post, and we highly recommend checking it out below.

The Dirty Nil were supposed to cross the border for their first US show opening for Crystal Antlers at Glasslands tonight (10/28), but unfortunately visa issues have forced them to drop off. The show is still going on as planned though, and The Dirty Nil have been replaced by another solid Canadian punk band, PUP, in addition to Brooklyn's Vasillus. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, PUP just joined another Canadian punk band, Fucked Up, at a Halifax Pop Explosion show last week (10/24). After opening the show, PUP came on stage during FU's encore to back Damian Abraham during "Queen of Hearts."

Video of the Fucked Up/PUP collaboration, along with the new Dirty Nil video and the updated list of Crystal Antlers tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Dirty Nil releasing a new EP (video), replaced on tonight's Crystal Antlers show by PUP (who joined Fucked Up in Halifax)"

by Fred Pessaro

Power Trip at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Power Trip

Undisputed gods of crossover and possibly one of the greatest hardcore bands in the country, Power Trip, will head out on the road with Terror and Code Orange Kids as part of a massive US tour that will see them play with Fucked Up, Counterparts and more across the country. Fucked Up will headline dates on the West Coast, while Terror will headline shows in the East, including a stop at The Studio at Webster Hall on Oct 24 with Counterparts. Tickets are on sale.

All tour dates are listed, along with video from Power Trip's appearance at A389 Summer Extermination, below.

Continue reading "Terror schedules US tour with Power Trip & Code Orange Kids, including dates with Fucked Up & Counterparts"

by Jonathan Dick

Fucked Up

It wasn't that long ago that Canadian hardcore post punkers Fucked Up announced their indefinite hiatus. Unlike the all too chic hiatuses wrought upon the otherwise unsuspecting horde of fans, followers, and tweeters, Fucked Up were taking a break for the sake of family. That's the thing. Despite winning the 2009 Polaris Prize, multiple Best Of features, and the damn near universal acclaim from critics and fans alike, Fucked Up is essentially a side project for its members. When life provides the opportunity for the members to come together and create more music, they end up creating something like David Comes to Life. It's a fascinating thing to consider when so much of Fucked Up's music concerns the suburban odyssey and the inherent dangers of domesticity.

Having recently announced a tour including a few US dates, the concerns of fans have been allayed at least temporarily until the new album (yes, they're working on one) comes out. I had a chance to shoot lead guitarist Mike Haliechuk a few questions about the band's success and what lies ahead.

Read it below...

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Fucked Up @ House of Vans in June (more by Maclyn Bean)
Fucked Up

Fucked Up, who not too long ago played a very sweaty House of Vans show, will be back in NYC to play Le Poisson Rouge on September 28. Dope Body open the show and tickets are on sale. It's currently their only announced North American tour date.

UPDATE: Fucked have since announced a handful of tour dates. Those are listed below.

Dope Body, meanwhile, is touring with Scout Niblett this year, and playing NYC on 9/13 at Saint Vitus (tickets).

In other FU news, for those of you looking forward to Cassette Store Day (9/7), the band will be releasing 2006's Hidden World (which actually saw release on 8-track! at some point) for the occasion via Sexbeat. So look out for that at the cassette store nearest you.

Continue reading "Fucked Up reissuing 'Hidden World' for Cassette Store Day, touring this fall (dates)"

Waxahatchee @ Glasslands, April 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Waxahatchee

Though the Seaport Music Festival has come to a close for the year, fans of after-work free shows along a body of water in NYC can keep the music going at River Rocks at Hudson River Park's Pier 84, which start this week. Thursday (7/11) is this year's kickoff event with Generationals, Waxahatchee, and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. 7 PM and, again, free.

Waxahatchee were to have performed on the Chris Gethard Show tonight (7/10) at 11 PM on Time Warner's MNN cable access network (and online), but just pulled out due to being sick. As far as we know Waxahatchee are still playing Thursday's River Rocks show.

You may remember that Fucked Up were recent music guests on the Chris Gethard Show and you can watch their performance below.

There have been additions to the other two upcoming River Rocks show as well. The Aves will open for Foxygen and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down on July 25; and Juan Wauters (of The Beets) opens for Titus Andronicus and Ducktails on August 8.

Fucked up video below...

Continue reading "free River Rocks shows starts this week with Generationals, Sallie Ford and Waxahatchee"

photos by Maclyn Bean, words by Andrew Sacher

Fucked Up / Title Fight
Fucked Up
Title Fight

This summer's free House of Vans concert series kicked off last night with a stacked triple billing of Fucked Up, Title Fight, and Hop Along. Despite a bit of rain over the outdoor drink/food area (which was actually kinda nice considering how hot it was inside), it was a great start to this year's HoV season. The line was pretty long even an hour before doors, but getting inside went pretty smoothly and the lines for the free beer weren't much trouble either. All the bands were great too.

Hop Along kicked things off around 7:45, and though they were the calmest band on the bill, they were no less intense to watch. Frances Quinlan is seriously such a powerhouse singer, wailing away with no interest in taming her voice, which she wouldn't need to do anyway. Frances opened the show with one song solo, and then was joined by her band for the rest of the set, which was pretty similar to their recent Bowery Ballroom show. It included a bunch of Get Disowned standouts and their recently released single, "Sister Cities."

Next up was Title Fight, who had the biggest and wildest crowd of the night, and they wasted no time making that happen. With little to no introduction the band tore right into their first song with Ned Russin swinging his bass and jumping around on stage while screaming into his mic. The crowd was packed with devoted fans yelling every word and starting all kinds of raucous pits throughout the show. The set was heavy on last year's excellent Floral Green album, but included a couple early cuts for the longtime fans (who, as you may have guessed, went totally apeshit for them).

Finally, Fucked Up closed out the night, and though the place had cleared out a bit after Title Fight, Fucked Up were excellent as always and had themselves a fairly wild crowd too. Damien was characteristically funny on stage (he debuted his 4 year old son's new song, whose lyrics consisted only of "I love the word 'penis'" repeatedly), and of course, he spent about 80% of the show in the crowd. They played a couple new ones, in addition to their usual trek through the David Comes to Life material and some other live staples like "I Hate Summer" and "Son The Father."

The next House of Vans show is Toro y Moi, Shlohmo, and Jonwayne on 7/11 (RSVP is maxed out). More pictures and videos (via (((unartig)))) of all three bands from last night's show below...

Continue reading "Fucked Up, Title Fight and Hop Along played a wild opening night at House of Vans (pics, videos)"

Fucked Up @ Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Fucked Up

The Chris Gethard Show airs on Time Warner Cable's Manhattan Neighborhood Network every Wednesday at 11 PM. He gets some pretty great musical guests for a cable access show but has really scored for tonight's show (6/26):

Also this week we have one of our best musical guests ever - FUCKED UP! If you don't know Fucked Up, you are missing out. They're playing our show in advance of their Thursday House of Vans show. Fucked Up blends hardcore, punk, and indie rock into albums that are universally hailed as great and innovative and super inspiring and cool. And if you haven't seen them live, you are missing out on a show that transcends what most musical acts do and creates one of the most awesome and intense live entertainment experiences I've had the pleasure of being a part of. I can't wait to see how that legendary energy mixes with our gang of losers and oddballs in the studio!
As mentioned above (and elsewhere), Fucked Up are in town for their free, sure-to-be-sweaty House of Vans show on Thursday (6/27) with Title Fight and Hop Along which maxed out the RVSPs a while back.

NXNE

While Bonnaroo is happening in Tennessee and Northside is going down here in Brooklyn, up in Toronto, ON it's time again for NXNE. Much like SXSW, the festival spans film, interactive, comedy and art, but the music portion runs tonight (6/12) and runs through Sunday (6/16) at various venues all over city. The centerpieces are the free big concerts thrown at Younge Dundas Square. This year's Social Distortion on Thursday (6/13), The National on Friday (6/14), Billy Talent on Saturday (6/15), and Ludacris with Joey Bada$$, Deniro Farrar, The Underachievers, Fat Tony, and more on Sunday (6/16).

Our friends at M for Montreal are throwing two parties at NXNE. The first is at Sneaky Dee's on Friday with with Mauves, Webster, UN, Brazos, plus Julian Lynch and The Luyas who are on a collaborative tour (that plays Northside too). There's also a "special guest" at 2 AM and for the real partiers, Psyche Tounge at 3 AM.

Then on Saturday (6/15) its the Panache Booking and M for Montreal Bruise Cruise (which they did last year too) with Mikal Cronin, We are Wolves, Odonis Odonis and Fat Tony... on a boat! Flyer for both parties is below.

There are over 1000 acts playing NXNE this year, including Fucked Up, Dan Deacon, Villagers, Still Corners, FLAG, Mikal Cronin, Calexico, Why?, Merchandise, just to name a new -- check out the full NXNE schedule. BV photographer David Andrako will be there covering the action so look for pictures in the coming days.

Sloan, who moved from Halifax, NS to Toronto a long time ago, are celebrating the 21st anniversary of their label, murderecords, with a party at Great Hall on Friday June 14. Sloan will perform the entirety of their first EP, Peppermint, which was the label's innagural release, The Super Friendz (which at times included Sloan's Chris Murphy) and and Mike O'Neill who some of you may remember from his '90s band The Inbreds. There's also a limited-edition box set of murderecords 12 7" singles they released in the '90s that will come with a commemorative book. Only 500 of these are being made and will go on sale next week via Sloan's Website. Sloan, you may remember, also recently released a hardcore tribute 7". You can check out a video about the murderecords box set, along with a flyer for the NXNE party, below.

In addition to those free shows (and the other ones we mentioned above), there's a bunch of other shows we're looking forward to at NXNE. Take a look at what those are, and where/when you can see them, below...

Continue reading "NXNE is kicking off in Toronto this week: The National, Bruise Cruise, Sloan 'murderecords' party & more"

Fucked Up at Governors Ball on Saturday (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fucked Up

As mentioned, the free, all ages House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) shows are returning this summer with some pretty great lineups. RSVP for the first show in the series, which happens on June 27 and includes Fucked Up, Title Fight, and Hop Along, opens today (6/11) at 11 AM. All shows are free but RSVP is required for entry.

Fucked Up just played a muddy, sweaty, awesome set at this past weekend's Governors Ball festival on Randall's Island. If you haven't yet, you can check out pictures of that set HERE.

Meanwhile, Title FIght have other upcoming shows including another previously discussed NYC date happening even sooner. It's a Rocks Off Cruise on June 16, which is a Shirts For A Cure presented show, and includes "a very special guest." Tickets for that show are still available. They also just announced a bunch of other dates, all of which are listed below.

And, in case you missed it, Hop Along recently released a new song.

All Title Fight dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "RSVP open for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show at House of Vans"

by Fred Pessaro

Career Suicide at Acheron on Saturday (more by Sarja Hasan)
Career Suicide

After playing a muddy Governor's Ball, Jonah Falco from Fucked Up headed over to The Acheron on Saturday night (June 8) to headline a rare appearance with another punk-leaning undertaking, Career Suicide. Enlisting support from Vaginors, Bloodkrow Butcher, Herpes, Virginia Tech and Primitive Pact, the sold-out show was pure fury, causing raised fists, sing-alongs and general mayhem in the space. Pictures from The Acheron on Saturday night are up at Invisible Oranges.

The day after playing Acheron, Career Suicide headed over to WFMU to record a session set to air Wednesday (6/12) at 7PM as part of Distort Jersey City.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Fucked Up / Guns N Roses / Azealia Banks
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

We just posted pictures of day 2 (6/8) of NYC festival Governors Ball, which went down on Randall's Island this weekend, and here's more in this post. This time, we've got shots of Guns N' Roses, Animal Collective (who rival Kanye West for best light show of the festival), Cut Copy, Fucked Up and more.

Fucked Up's set was one of the craziest at the festival. Damien performed in the crowd and on the barrier as usual, but due to Friday's weather, this was by far the messiest I've ever seen it get. He was covered in mud, sweat, and beer by song 2 and so was a huge chunk of the crowd, who didn't let the swampy ground stop them from breaking out into a mosh pit. The set included the usual live favorites, "Son The Father," "Turn The Season, "I Hate Summer," etc, a rant about marijuana, and a tons of comments about how grateful they were for their fans. One of the best Fucked Up shows I've seen yet.

Cut Copy debuted a new song, "Explorers," earlier this week on tour (via Consequence of Sound). You can watch a video of that below.

Pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE. More day 2 pictures are HERE. Videos and setlist of Kanye's day 3 set are HERE, and still more coverage is on the way. Even more pictures of day 2 below...

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Katrina and the Waves

Back in 2010 we asked tUnE-YarDs, Fucked Up, Sam Amidon, Doveman, and Deer Tick to cover songs by Katrina & the Waves for a tribute CD in celebration of their hit song "Walking on Sunshine" (which Sam and FU both covered). We released those five tracks online, but the EP never got an official digital release until now! Find all five songs, along with a bonus one recorded by Dawn Landes, at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify AND RDIO.

Meanwhile, Sam Amidon just released an album on Nonesuch and is touring. Fucked Up play Governors Ball this weekend and House of Vans this summer. Doveman aka Thomas Bartlett just played with the National at Barclays Center and is producing a new record for Dawn Landes who is currently touring Europe but will be back to play Rockwood Music Hall on July 9. Tune-Yards recently played the Tibet House Benefit and played with Roomful of Teeth at Lincoln Center where Thomas Bartlett (Dovemen)'s band (one of the many) The Gloaming is playing outside in July. Deer Tick recently played two nights in Chicago and is on the lineup of a new Boston fest happening this fall.

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by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along

At Hop Along's recent Bowery Ballroom show opening for The Thermals and Screaming Females, they played a new song during their set and mentioned that it would debut on June 5. Well here we are on June 5, and that song, titled "Sister Cities," is out now. It's got a country-punk inspired rhythm rolling through it, and singer Frances Quinlan is at her most expressive, switching back and forth between her folky whisper and her unpolished roar. You can stream the song for below and download it for free at the Weathervane Music Bandcamp.

Weathervane Music is also the organization who just featured "Sister Cities" in their "Shaking Through" documentary series about the "Birth of a Song." In the series, bands record a new song in two days and the process is captured on film. You can watch two videos of that session, which splice together recording and interviews, below. Read more about the session at the Shaking Through website.

Hop Along will be returning to NYC for a free House of Vans show on June 27 with an incredible lineup that also includes Fucked Up and Title Fight (who play NYC even sooner). Though the show is free, RSVP is required, and it opens on Tuesday (6/11).

Videos and song stream below...

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Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Grizzly Bear

As we realized/mentioned today in our Cut Copy post and our Feist post, single day tickets for Governors Ball are back on sale.

The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...

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Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Kid Dynamite

As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop Along
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
All shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.

Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...

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