Spray Paint shares song, tours (2015)

After an action-packed year of touring the world, Spray Paint return with their second LP of 2015, Dopers.  It was recorded last August in the middle of 87 shows in 66 cities and in 12 different countries by Chris Woodhouse (The Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Mayyors). You can almost hear the tape melting on this record. Easily the most hi fi they have ever been recorded, but without losing the scum. Moments of Jesus Lizard, Glenn Branca, Sister-era Sonic Youth come to mind at different points. One side of the record adds in a bass guitar which is a new thing for their sound. Dopers is set for release October 23 on Monofonus Press and you can check out the first smasher that debuted on Noisey.

Spray Paint on Dopers: “It was very hot and wildfires were burning all the while on the drive from Portland to Sacramento. The studio we recorded at was surrounded by a harsh scene of bleakness, sadness, and homelessness. Step outside for a cigarette and junkies basically swarm to beg coins, smokes, and things I won’t mention. We ate at a 24 hour casino diner for pretty much every meal, and half of the songs are about things that were happening there in the wee hours. We were on a very tight schedule and did what we had to in lieu of sleep”.

These idiots can’t stop touring so here we go again…they play the east coast, midwest and cities in between this October and will be at this year’s CMJ – full list of dates below. Don’t miss Spray Paint’s tour documentary ‘A Classic Slog’ that’ll give you a glimpse into what their lives on the road for almost two year has been like.






10/14 -16: NEW YORK CITY, NY – CMJ






$ – w/ NOTS



Foxing share “The Magdalene,” announce tour dates (2015)

St. Louis, Missouri quintet Foxing announced their sophomore full-length Dealer today, out October 30, 2015 on Triple Crown Records.  NPR premiered the first track off Dealer today, saying “The Magdalene” is among one of Foxing’s most muted offerings, devotional in tone but pulsing with curiosity. It’s lushly textured with guitars that play off pizzicato violin and the briefest of smooth-jazz sax, a winking nod to the sacred-n-sexy goings-on. But as the song builds to a climax through synths darting to the heavens and a violin that takes over the melody sung by Murphy, the raging guitars are mixed underneath it all, as if they cower in fear of damnation.”

Dealer is available for pre-order beginning today from Triple Crown at http://triplecrownrecords.merchdirect.com.  Foxing also announced a fall US co-headlining tour earlier this week with The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die with support from TTNG and Brightside (all tour dates below).

Produced by Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, Mastodon), Dealer sees Foxing transcending their widely acclaimed 2015 debut full-length The Albatross, which won widespread acclaim from outlets such as Pitchfork, The AV Club and Stereogum.  Honest, lush, and fragile, Dealer sees Foxing pushing both their songwriting and their musical boundaries, risks that pay off in spades across the album’s 11 tracks.

The band has spent much of the past year taking their captivating live performance on the road, supporting everyone from Brand New to mewithoutYou to Modern Baseball to their current European tour with Tigers Jaw.  Undoubtedly this fall holds many more exciting new adventures for Foxing.

11/02 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder *
11/04 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
11/05 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
11/06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
11/07 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
11/08 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
11/10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
11/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
11/12 – Reno, NV – The Holland Project
11/13 – Portland, OR – Analog Theater
11/14 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
11/15 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
11/17 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop
11/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre
11/20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
11/21 – El Paso, TX – Mesa Music Hall
11/23 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
11/24 – Austin, TX – Sidewinder
11/25 – Houston, TX – Walters
11/27 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/28 – Nashville, TN – The End
11/30 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
12/01 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St
12/02 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
12/03 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/04 – Philadelphia, PA -  Union Transfer
12/05 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt *
12/06 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair *

All tour dates w/ Foxing, The World Is a Beautiful Place, TTNG, Brightside except
* = Foxing, The World Is a Beautiful Place, Brightside

Speak Low If You Speak Love shares video for “Knots,” tours (2015)

Indie singer-songwriter and State Champs bassist Ryan Scott Graham has debuted a new video for his song “Knots” from his solo project Speak Low If You Speak Love. The new video directed by Elliott Ingham and can be viewed now at BaebleMusic.com. The song is featured on Speak Low If You Speak Love’s debut album, Everything But What You Need, which is available now from Pure Noise Records at SpeakLow.MerchNow.com.

“”Knots” was the last song written for Everything But What You Need but it’s probably my favorite track on the record,” says Graham. “I wanted to capture the urgent theme of the song, so I went to shoot the video in my favorite place in the world, Japan, and storyboard there. It’s about not settling and fighting for your place. It’s about rewriting the ending to your story. I think the video encapsulated that incredibly well and I can’t thank Elliott Ingham enough for breathing some new life into the song.”

Graham will be taking Speak Low If You Speak Love on tour with Four Year Strong in September, and will be releasing a new record called Around The World And Back with State Champs on October 16. Follow Graham at https://www.facebook.com/speaklowmusic for additional updates.

Speak Low If You Speak Love Tour Dates (w/Four Year Strong):

Sep 1 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

Sep 2 – Detroit, MI – Shelter

Sep 3 – Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge

Sep 4 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club

Sep 5 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird

Sep 6 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room

Sep 8 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

Sep 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Sep 11 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

Sep 12 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

Hawthorne Heights ready HURT, tour (2015)

Hawthorne Heights have posted their new single “The Darkest Times” off of their new EP titled Hurt out September 18. You can hear the new single here OR at the InVogue Records YouTube Channel. HURT is the final EP in the band’s three-EP series. The previous two EPs were titled HOPE and HATE and are available now.

You can pre-order HURT here.

All pre-orders include an immediate download of Ohio is For Covers, a five song bonus EP of cover songs recorded by the band for this special release.

Catch HH at one of the following upcoming shows.

August 28 @ NMSU Corbett Outdoor Stage, Las Cruces, NM
August 29 @ ICE 757 Fest @ Peabody’s, Virginia Beach, VA
September 12 @ Park Rock Fest 2015, Mechanicsville, MD
September 13 @ The Champ, Lemoyne, PA
September 25 @ The Outpost, Kent, OH
September 26 @ KOI Fest, Kitchener, ON
October 18 @ The Slidebar, Fullerton, CA
October 23 @ Hawaiin Brian’s, Honolulu, HI
October 25 @ Hard Rock Cafe Maui, Lahaina, HI
December 18 @ The Warehouse, Washington Courthouse, OH
December 19 @ The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Worriers share video for “Chasing,” tour (2015)

Political punk act, Worriers, reveal their new video “Chasing” with Stereogum from Imaginary Life, the band’s debut LP out now via Don Giovanni Records. Toying with the idea of seeing things for what they really are versus wishful thinking, the “Chasing” video places the album’s central themes of youth, passion, rebellion, and truth at the forefront.

Imaginary Life is a collection of fast and infectious guitars, anthemic lyrics and unyielding vocals that reinforce the powerful punk prowess fans have come to expect.  Produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and recorded/mixed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, Against Me!), the record solidifies Worriers’ formidable voice, resonating stronger than ever in both sound and message.

The “Chasing” video premiered today with Stereogum.

In celebration of the new album, Worriers are currently set on a North American tour that will continue into the fall with Beach Slang and Lithuania.  Be sure to catch their energetic live show in a city near you.

* = w/ Beach Slang and Lithuania

9/18: Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
9/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
9/20: Worchester, MA @ The Firehouse
9/21: Portland, ME @ Poland Street
9/22: Boston, MA @ The Middle East – Upstairs
9/23: Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
9/24: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups (w/ Sheer Mag)
9/25: Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex
9/26: Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
9/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
9/28: Milwaukee, WI @ High Dive
9/30: Bloomington, IN @ Kreuger Castle
10/2: Syracuse, NY @ Spark
10/3: Ithaca, NY @ Chanti-Loft
10/29: Tampa, FL @ Pre-Fest
10/31:Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/2: Nashville, TN @ The End*
11/3: St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird*
11/4: Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall*
11/7: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*
11/8: Boise, ID @ The Watercooler*
11/9: Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project*
11/10: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt*
11/11: Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe*
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop*
11/14: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg*
11/15: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge*
11/17: Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
11/18: Dallas, TX @ Doubewide*
11/20: Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom*
11/22: Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar*
11/23: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place — The Cave*
11/24: Allston MA @ Great Scott*

Reverse The Curse perform LP recordings at back-to-back shows

Ohio indie rock outfit Reverse The Curse has announced plans to perform the band’s two full-length recordings in full at two exclusive shows next month.  The two shows will take place on back-to-back nights at The Stone Tavern in Kent, Ohio.  The band will perform their 2011 release Hither & Yon the first night with their 2015 full-length Existent (Escapist Records) on the following evening.  Additionally, each night will feature a few other songs from the band’s discography.

9/25 – Reverse The Curse w/ Heart Attack Man, Trash Mountain


9/26 – Reverse The Curse w/ My Mouth is the Speaker, The Duvalby Brothers

Additionally, the band is currently writing for their third full-length effort, which the band hopes to record and release in 2016.

You Indie Feature: Photos of Cave In from The Wrecking Ball, Atlanta, Georgia, August 9, 2015

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Massachusetts’ Cave In, who’ve mostly been in a hiatus state since 2011, performed a rare appearance at the Wrecking Ball Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, on the Music Park Stage.

David Altherr caught the set and said it was awesome. Here’s proof.

You Indie Feature: Photos of Samiam from The Wrecking Ball, Atlanta, Georgia, August 8, 2015

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Berkley, California’s Samiam, who released their last record a half-decade ago, made a rare appearance on the Heaven Stage at The Wrecking Ball Festival in Atlanta, Georgia to a packed room of middle-aged emo diehards.

Although the set covered the highlights of their career, guitarist Sean Kennerly told me that the band ran out of time and that Sergie Loobkoof was to blame for cutting “Capsized” from the setlist. For shame Sergie.

Here are pics David Altherr took of the set.

You Indie Feature: An interview with Paige Beller about Ladyfest 2015

Ladyfest 2015

Ladyfest 2015

Ladyfest 2015, which takes place in Dayton, Ohio, brings together and inspires people through music, art, and education. While the festival itself is a celebration of women in the arts, they provide a safe and welcoming environment no matter your gender identity.

On top of enjoying some of the best live music from Dayton and its neighbors, attendees make a direct contribution to the community.  Past Ladyfests have benefitted PUSH DaytonArtemis Center, and Planned Parenthood. This year, they will be donating a bulk of the proceeds to WE CARE ARTS.

The event takes place at Yellow Cab, 700 E. 4th Street, August 28 and 29.

You indie recently spoke with event organizer and one of the performers schedule for the event, Paige Beller about the undertaking.

What is the goal of Ladyfest?

The goal of Ladyfest is to unite the community in a mutual appreciation of women in the arts, and to raise funds for local charities in our community. This year the proceeds will go to We Care Arts.

What should people expect from the event?

People should expect  to be overstimulated! We will have over 30 musical acts, including bands, acoustic acts and dance. There will also be poetry, comedy, vendors, food trucks, an adults and children’s fashion show, and a visual art show that will span both days and feature 19 local artists.

Who curated the lineup for the event?

Acts for this year’s Ladyfest were brought in by myself (Paige Beller) and Gretchen Kelly. Mary Katherine Burnside brought in our dancers and is also curating the fashion shows for the event.

What other activities will take place at Ladyfest?

Vendors, food trucks, beer, visual art, fire spinning, and Gem City Podcast will be there interviewing bands and attendees. There will also be ton of educational information floating around, be it in the form of pamphlets, zines, or representatives of local organizations. I just received word today that We Care will be on hand Saturday to do art projects with kids!

Is this a family-friendly event?

Both days will be family friendly, and kids under 12 are free with adult admission. The acts have been staggered throughout the day to make sure that the kids can come out, and when the sun goes down the adults can start the party! During the day Saturday we will be featuring some of our young local talent in the form of “A-Minor Student Showcase” where young women taking guitar lessons from one of our other performers (Kyleen Downes) get to show off what they’ve learned. Clash Dayton has put together a childrens fashion show as well. Plus there will be lots of amazing female role models on the grounds. Children can come and be inspired by the amazing artwork that surrounds them in our city.

Proceeds from the event go to We Care Arts?  What is your relationship with the organization and how will this benefit them?

I found out about We Care Arts through the work they did with The Motel Beds on their album cover. Gretchen brought them up at one of our meetings, and we instantly knew it was the right choice. I just had the chance to meet with one of their main people organizers there, and they really are doing wonderful things. They will receive all of the proceeds from ticket sales after expenses. My biggest challenge as an organizer is to try and keep costs as low as possible, which has actually been surprisingly easy. As soon as I bring up the name We Care Arts, people jump at the opportunity to lend equipment or hand.

There is also a raffle to benefit Planned Parenthood, right?

Correct. Inside there will be a separate raffle both days that will benefit Planned Parenthood. “We Care” was definitely a conscious decision in the fact that is crosses all gender/religious/political lines and focuses on the community as a whole. That being said, Ladyfest has always been about supporting women and celebrating women. We believe that Planned Parenthood is an important partner in women’s health. Healthy women, healthy world. We also understand that not everyone agrees with Planned Parenthood, and the beauty of this is that you can still come and choose to opt out of the raffle while still contributing to a great cause and enjoying some of the local area’s finest talent.

Is this the fifth year of the event?  Why hasn’t there been one in recent years?

Putting together an event of any size takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. I can personally say that I was definitely over ambitious this year because of the gap. I really wanted to make it a blow out! But based on the amount of time I’ve spent (not to mention the lack of sleep), it’s totally understandable how something of this magnitude could fall to the wayside. It is 100% volunteer run, and the only real return to anyone is the satisfaction of handing over a (hopefully) comically large check to the charity at the end of it all. People begin with good intentions, but life has a habit of getting in the way. I am very proud of what we as a team (Sara George, Lisa Bird, Jessica Holt, Gretchen Kelly, Mary Katherine Burnside, Rachael Lare, Lily Whitehead, Amy Burchette, Whitney Marie, Adam Rohr, Eric Liddic, countless others…) have put together in a short amount of time. It’s been a huge learning experience, and I can safely say I’ve screwed up everything I could have screwed up. Kidding, of course. There’s still plenty of time for me to screw up!       

What about the event are you most excited about?

I will be most excited if it doesn’t rain. My summer has been filled with stress dreams of protestors and rain. I am also really excited about some of the bands we’ve got lined up. Babe Rage, Jaynes Sachs Band, Good English, Sharon Lane, SMUT, Eye Swatter….and on and on and on and on….

Why is it important that Dayton supports this event?

If somehow you are not into ANY of the MANY, MANY things we have over the two days,  I will direct you to
www.wecarearts.org . Watch the videos on their website and see the interviews of the people they are helping every day. That alone is worth the price of admission.

(Ladyfest 2015 is all ages. children under 12 free with adult admission.


More information is available here: http://ladyfestdayton2015.weebly.com/)

You Indie Feature: Photos of Failure from The Wrecking Ball, Atlanta, Georgia, August 8, 2015

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Los Angeles’ Failure are back with a vengeance; their new record, The Heart is a Monster, has included a reunion run that kicked off in early 2014 and has included dates with Jane’s Addiction and Hum. The band made a stop at the Wrecking Ball Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, playing the Heaven stage on August 8. 

David Altherr captured the action.