Death From Above announce tour dates (2016)

Sonic assailants Death From Above have announced that they will hit the road with their friends Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for a co-headlining U.S. tour this fall with support from Deap Vally. The tour kicks off on October 11 in Cleveland and crisscrosses the country.

Various pre-sales will take place before tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 13, at 10am local time. Citi card holders can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning today, May 10, at 10 am local time. A Bandsintown presale begins on Wednesday, May 11, at 10 am local time. Visit for more information.

DFA have this to say about the upcoming co-headline tour w/ BRMC & Deap Vally:

“Life and death. If you’re lucky you’re not scared of either one. Well, we’re not afraid and to prove it we’re going to keep touring this year. Death From Above is pleased to announce a co-headline Fall 2016 US tour with our friends Black Rebel Motorcycle Club! We’re hitting all the usual cities, and a couple of unusual ones too (you know who you are!). We’re also thrilled to have our sisters in Deap Vally coming along for the ride. 100% Certified Organic Rock and Roll. Don’t be scared, come live your lives with us,”

DFA (Jesse Keeler - bass, keys, and Sebastien Grainger - vocals, drums), are touring in support of their current album The Physical World. They are working on its follow-up.

As previously announced, DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 LIVE FROM THIRD MAN RECORDS has been released and is available here. The resultant explosive 11-tracks were recorded live at Third man Records Blue Room on Sep 20, 2015 in Nashville.  Listen to a track from the album now:

As well, DFA will hit the road for a tour with AWOLNATION on June 18th. DFA co-headlining tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. All upcoming tour dates as follows:

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Oct 11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

Oct 15 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live

Oct 17 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

Oct 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

Oct 20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO

Oct 21 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

+ Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic

Oct 28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Oct 29 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre

Nov 01 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

Nov 02 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

Nov 03 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

Nov 05 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Nov 07 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

^ Nov 08 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

Nov 11 – Washington, DC – The Fillmore

Previously announced tour dates:

May 20 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range Festival

* = Supporting shows with AWOLNATION

*June 18 – Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre

*June 21 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier

*June 23 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

*June 24 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

*June 25 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage

*June 28 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion

*June 30 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center

*July 1 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

*July 6 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!

*July 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

*July 9 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

*July 10 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

*July 12 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theater

*July 13 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

*July 17 – Green Bay, WI – Sandlot Entertainment Complex

*July 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

*July 20 – Chicago, IL – First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

*July 21 – Whites Creek, TN – Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater

letlive. share “Reluctantly Dead,” tour (2016)

Radical Los Angeles soul punk band letlive. has revealed a new track from their forthcoming album If I’m The Devil…. out June 10 on Epitaph. “Reluctantly Dead” further exemplifies the diverse pallet of sounds that letlive. incorporates on their fourth album. The track soars to an anthemic chorus, steered by searing riffs and fuelled by impassioned vocals from Jason Aalon Butler.

Listen to “Reluctantly Dead”:

letlive. is a band that reflects humanity as a collection of emotional, frontal-lobe beings, and uses their ambition to ignite the same passion with their fans. Since their beginning, letlive. has been a band that is not easy to categorize. In fact, they refuse to be constrained by the ideas of a “scene” – whether it is punk, metal, indie, or rap. However, should If I’m The Devil… necessitate a genre classification, one could posit it revolutionary counterculture music – a punk rock Run The Jewels, a more emotional Rage Against the Machine, and Public Enemy with more inclusive politics.

letlive. will embark on a headline tour of the U.S. in June to support the album’s release. Full tour dates are listed below. Pre-orders for If I’m The Devil… are available at:

Letlive. Tour Dates:

June 14 Los Angeles, CA – The El Rey

June 15 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater

June 17 Odessa, TX – Club Patron

June 18 Dallas, TX – The Door

June 19 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard

June 21 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box

June 22 Houston, TX – Scout Bar

June 24 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Hell

June 25 Orlando, FL – The Social

June 26 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

June 28 Jacksonville, FL – 1094 Music Hall

June 29 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s

June 30 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts

July 05 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

July 06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

July 08 Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s

July 09 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

July 10 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

July 12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre and Ballroom

July 15 Columbus, OH – Park Street Salon

July 16 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

July 17 Bridgeview, IL – Toyota Park

July 18 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater

July 20 St. Louis, MO – Fubar

July 21 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

July 22 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall

July 23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

July 25 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom – Social Club (Upstairs)

July 27 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

July 29 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk

July 30 San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF

July 31 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Spotlights release Tidals via Crowquill Records

Spotlights’ debut album, Tidals, is now streaming in full via CVLT Nation.

Listen, here:

Tidals is available on Crowquill Records. Order here:

Spotlights is the Brooklyn-based married couple of Mario and Sarah Quintero, both formerly of Sleep Lady, whose 2012 album So Long Lonely Ghost was produced by Aaron Harris of Isis.

In Spotlights, the Quinteros summon a supreme sound, equally heavy and dreamy. A tar-pit sludge-rock foundation is blanketed by layers of shimmering shoegaze. Tidals’ songs rock hard and memorably, bringing to mind hints of bands, from Failure to My Bloody Valentine to Godflesh to Smashing Pumpkins and beyond.

The album was recorded and mixed by Mario Quintero at various locations in Brooklyn, including Converse’s Rubber Tracks Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Fucked Up, Mutoid Man, Nails).

Dust Moth to release Scale

Dust Moth will be releasing their debut full-length Scale on July 22. NPR just premiered the first single from the album, Lift. You can hear it HERE. U.S. tour dates are currently in the works for this summer and fall. Those dates will be announced soon, as well as pre-order information. Scale is the follow up to their acclaimed debut EP Dragon Mouth (2014, The Mylene Sheath). 

Mikey Erg shares “Comme Si About Me,” readies LP for Don Giovanni

Mikey Erg has played in a LOT of bands. Many fans of DIY punk rock and basement shows will know him from his namesake band, The Ergs, but he’s contributed to countless projects. After accompanying so many artists on their music, Mikey Erg is releasing his first true solo effort, Tentative Decisions, set to drop June 24 via Don Giovanni Records. The debut track, “Comme Si About Me,” premiered on A.V. Club.

Though they started as a project by a bunch of high school kids from New Jersey, The Ergs went on to be a nationally recognized and beloved punk band. After they disbanded in 2008, Mikey Erg (keeping the moniker earned while playing in The Ergs) went on to contribute to numerous projects: he’s played in, toured with, and performed on records with Dirt Bike Annie, The Unlovables, The Dopamines, Star Fucking Hipsters, House Boat, and Worriers, even sitting in with Weston at their recent reunion shows. He also played drums in the house band for The Chris Gethard Show, a weirdo, fringe late night TV show hosted by fellow Don Giovanni Records alum Chris Gethard. Between all those projects, Mikey Erg has also fostered a Billy Bragg-style solo project, where he performs with just a mic and an electric guitar, all over the world.

Having played on so many other people’s records, Tentative Decisions is the first true Mikey Erg solo effort. It’s also the first album of original material he’s released since the Ergs’ Upstairs/ Downstairs, released nearly ten years ago. Debut track “Comme Si About Me” is a perfect snippet of what fans can expect from this album: the familiar, second-generation Ramones worship is intact, but there are moments that touch on almost Celtic and British folk influences which act to refine the blaring down-stroked power chords and driving mid-tempo pop punk drum patterns.

“Most of the songs were written in the latter half of the last year,” Mikey says. “It came together pretty quickly which I love. Everything about the record fell into place totally organically.” The album was produced by fellow renowned DIY artist Jeff Rosenstock and comes out June 24th via Don Giovanni Records. Be sure to check out debut track “Comme Si About Me.”

The Feelies play reunion shows (2016)

New Jersey-based avant-pop pioneers the Feelies will be performing a pair of40th Anniversary Celebration shows at The Woodlands in Maplewood, New Jersey on Friday and Saturday June 10 and 11. Both shows will see the band joined onstage by friends and very special guests.

The presenter of these concerts is the non-profit organization Rent Party ( Started in 2009, Rent Party is a once-a-month live music event at The Woodlands. The proceeds from these shows help fight hunger in our community. Rent Party supports three local food pantries. They built and maintain a large community garden on the front lawn of the South Orange Elks that raises fresh produce for the pantries they support. Rent Party’s BackPack Pals program provides a weekend’s worth of nutritious food to about 100 food-insecure kids in our schools.

Bar/None Records is re-releasing the band’s  third and fourth albums, Only Life and Time for a Witness.  Both albums are being issued March 11. As a special Record Store Day (April 16) release Bar None/Coyote Records will co-release the Feelies Uncovered.  This will be a limited edition 12 ” EP featuring studio recordings of four cover songs, none commercially available before: ”Seven Days” (Bob Dylan), “Take It As It Comes” (The Doors), “Dancing Barefoot” (Patti Smith), and “Bar Stool Blues” (Neil Young). In addition, the Feelies recently wrapped up work on a brand new studio album, expected to be released later this year.

Formed in Haledon NJ in 1976, The Feelies released 4 albums- including their critically acclaimed and influential debut Crazy Rhythms, which was voted 49 in the top 100 albums of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine and chosen by Spin Magazine as 49 of the best alternative records of all time. Supporting the release of their first four albums the band appeared on the The Late Show With David Letterman and in concerts with The Patti Smith Group, REM, and Bob Dylan as well as touring with Lou Reed. The twin-guitar attack of songwriters and founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million is the infectious sound of the group. Paired with driving drums and percussion, it has left an indelible mark on the landscape of rock and roll.

In 2008, the Feelies re-united to open for long time admirers Sonic Youth at Battery Park and then resurrected their tradition of playing low key gigs at strategic intervals throughout the year rather than doing lengthy tours. In 2009 Bar/None re-issued Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth, this being the first band-sanctioned CD release of the former.  In 2011, they released a new studio album Here Before. They continue to regularly perform live. Their music has been featured in the films Married to the Mob, Something Wild, Prelude to a Kiss, The Truth About Charlie, The Squid & the Whale and Ricki and the Flash.

Originally released in 1988, Only Life is their third album and the first that received major label promotional support. It was produced by Steve Rinkoff, Bill Million & Glenn Mercer with basic tracking done at the Powerstation in NYC and additional recording done at Mixolydian Studios in Boonton, NJ. The album includes classic originals like “Deep Fascination” and “The Undertow”. A cover of the Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On” made Lou Reed take notice and he chose them as touring partners, sometimes joining them onstage for encores. The re-issue features a bonus download card giving access to  a new acoustic version of “It’s Only Life” with live tracks from their last show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken NJ before the venue was shuttered. It features liner notes by novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm, Garden State).

The Feelies’ fourth album Time For A Witness (1991) found the band’s sound becoming a bit heavier, anticipating the grunge-era that Nirvana would usher in six months after this record was released.  Basic tracks were laid down at Long View Farm in North Brookfield, MA and additional work done at Mixolydian; the album was produced by Bill Million and Glenn Mercer with Gary Smith. A cover of the Stooges’ “Real Cool Time” and their own excellent alt-radio hit “Doin’ It Again” are stand-outs. Michael Azerrad’s (This Band Could Be Your Life) liner notes for this re-issue recount the events that would eventually lead to a seventeen-year hiatus for the group. The re-issue also comes with a bonus download card giving access to a new acoustic version of “Find A Way”, also with live tracks from that last show at Maxwell’s.

Alex Calder shares “Shaking My Years Away,” tours (2016)

Following the success of his debut LP, Alex Calder returns with a cassette release of home recordings and a handful of select tour dates along the east coast. Featuring the single, “Shaking My Years Away,” the 15 tracks on the release were recorded between 2013 – 2015, when Calder was in the midst of gaining huge momentum as a solo artist. BEND will be officially released on June 8, 2016.

Click Here to Stream Single “Shaking My Years Away”

Tour Dates (co-headlining with Freak Heat Waves)

07/16 - Ritz P.D.B, Montreal, QC

07/17 - Radio Bean, Burlington, VT

07/18 - Out Of The Blue Too Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA

07/19 - Palisades, Brooklyn, NY

07/20 - Songbyrd, Washington, DC

07/21 - Ortlieb’s, Philadelphia, PA

07/23 - Cake Shop, New York, NY

07/25 - Black Forge, Pittsburgh, PA

07/26 - Subterranean, Chicago, IL

07/27 - PJ’s Lager House, Detroit, MI

08/02 - Ti Petac, Trois-Rivières, QC

Wolves In The Throne Room announce more tour dates (2016)

Wolves In The Throne Room. has added additional performances to their upcoming East Coast tour this September, following the re-issue of their debut LP, Diadem Of 12 Stars.

Since the upcoming live dates were recently announced, a second show at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar was added, both shows selling out immediately. Due to this, a third NYC show has been added, which will now see the band playing at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on September 11th. Additionally, WITTR’s performance at Pop Montreal has been confirmed, which will see the band joining the likes of The Kills, John Waters, Wally Badarou, Diet Cig, and many more.

9/11/2016 Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY [info]

9/12/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [SOLD OUT]

9/13/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [SOLD OUT]

9/14/2016 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

9/15/2016 DC9 – Washington, DC

9/17/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

9/18/2016 The Earl – Atlanta, GA

9/19/2016 Sisters In Christ – New Orleans, LA

9/20/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX

9/21/2016 Dada – Dallas, TX

9/22/2016 Riot Room – Lawrence, KS

9/23/2016 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL

9/24/2016 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON

9/25/2016 Pop Montreal – Montreal, QC [info]

9/26/2016 Space Gallery – Portland, ME

9/27/2016 Cuisine En Locale – Somerville, MA

Modern Baseball release Holy Ghost, tour (2016)

Holy Ghost is the much anticipated third LP from Philadelphia indie punk quartet Modern Baseball on Run For Cover Records. The band has received early praise from The New York Times (who ran a feature on the band in the Arts section), NPR, Pitchfork, Boston Globe, Stereogum, Alternative Press, AV Club, SPIN and many other publications of note.

Listen to Holy Ghost

Modern Baseball is Jacob Ewald (guitar/vocals), Brendan Lukens (guitar/vocals), Ian Farmer (bass) and Sean Huber (drums). Holy Ghost was recorded by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia.

The band released their debut LP Sports through Lame-O Records in 2012, and quickly gained the attention of Run For Cover Records, who signed the young punks in early 2013. By the time they released their follow up record You’re Gonna Miss It All in 2014, Modern Baseball had built a solid foundation of buzz and deeply passionate fans. The record charted at #97 on Billboard’s Top 200 and led them to tours across the globe with bands like The Wonder Years, The Menzingers, and Say Anything.

2015 saw Modern Baseball releasing The Perfect Cast EP and selling out headline shows across several continents; 2016 looks to launch the band into even greater things.

Modern Baseball will embark on a headlining North American tour beginning in May with support from Joyce Manor and Thin Lips (all tour dates below).


Tour Dates (all dates w/ Joyce Manor & Thin Lips):

5/25 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In

5/27 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

5/28 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

5/29 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

5/31 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom

6/1 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

6/2 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

6/3 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House

6/4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex

6/5 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

6/7 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

6/8 – Seattle, WA – Showbox

6/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

6/11 – Denver, CO – The Summit

6/12 – Lawrence, KS – Granada

6/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

6/15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

6/16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room

6/17 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts

6/18 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater

6/19 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House

6/21 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

6/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

6/23 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues

6/24 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

6/25 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

6/26 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

6/28 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

6/29 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry

6/30 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

7/1 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater

7/2 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

7/3 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

True Love readies Heaven’s Too Good For Us for Bridge Nine

Listen to “Your Side”, the first single from TRUE LOVE‘s B9 debut album Heaven’s Too Good For Us, here.  Recorded in the summer of 2015 with Andy Nelson at Chicago’s Bricktop Studios, Heaven’s Too Good For Us is thirteen songs of razor sharp hardcore, clocking in at a breathless 17 minutes. TRUE LOVE races and pummels through anthems of taking back what’s owed, straight edge fury, broken vows, and the real truths of love lost and sometimes found. Tracks like “Your Side” and “Where It Ends” ache and twist with promises of forever, backed by crushing walls of guitars and “nobody stands still” breaks; while tracks “Kill For That” and “Stay True” showcase TRUE LOVE’s ability to slow from frenetic, breakneck speeds to a mid-paced groove that leads to a controlled chaos. Heaven’s Too Good For Us also features guest vocals from Turnstile’s Brendan Yates and Forced Order’s Nick Samayoa.

As far as the lyrical world created by singer Dominic Vargaz is concerned, listeners are either with him, or against him. While TRUE LOVE initially started as an attempt to resurrect a forgotten sound, with the dual buzzsaw attack from guitarists Alec Faber and Brad Walker, and rhythms driven by bassist Joe Palleschi and drummer Derrick Daniel, the sound becomes entirely their own. Whether they’re playing blistering sets on their home turf of Detroit, or playing shows across the country with peers and the bands that defined their sound — their vision is uncompromising.

Pre-order Heaven’s Too Good For Us here.


August 7  Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore Fest