Big Eyes share Stake My Claim, tour (2016)

Big Eyes is now streaming their highly anticipated third full-length Stake My Claim via Noisey, a week ahead of the official release via Don Giovanni Records. The Brooklyn-based four-piece toes the line between a punk band with pop sensibilities and a power pop group with a hard rock edge, and Stake My Claim sees the band owning their bi-partisanship with self-assuredness and vivacity. Says Kait, “[It’s] about putting your foot down and stepping forward. It’s about taking control of your life and not letting people take advantage of your insecurities. It’s about taking a long hard look at your life and working out the kinks.”

In late 2009, after the split of the collaborative pop punk and rock & roll bands of her late teens (Cheeky and Used Kids), 21 year old New Yorker Kait Eldridge began to channel her post-adolescent frustrations into a handful of solo demos that would become the first Big Eyes 7”. Now at age 28, Eldridge shows growth and maturity while harnessing the attitude and energy of her youth, exhibiting the songwriting evolution from a discontent kid to an introspective adult.

In 2011, immediately following the release of Big Eyes’ debut album Hard Life, Kait relocated to Seattle to make Big Eyes a full time band. With a rotating crew of talented friends, she hit the ground running. Between 2011 and 2014, Big Eyes cranked out multiple 7 inches and a second full length, Almost Famous, while touring the US and Europe extensively (including a 4 week US tour opening for Against Me!). In late 2014, Kait returned back home to NYC, and with a batch of new songs and newly assembled lineup, made the decision to slow things down a bit and figure out exactly what she wanted for the next Big Eyes release. The band has expanded from a power trio to a four piece, featuring Paul Ridenour on guitar and backup vocals, Malcolm Donaldson on bass, and Griffin Harrison on drums, for a more complete and finessed sound than ever before.

Stake My Claim, the band’s third full length, was recorded throughout the fall and winter of 2015. It opens with their heaviest song to date, the title track, which sets a tone of Kait at a crossroad: “‘Cause nothing stays the same / stake my claim.” Her lyrics are centered around dissatisfaction and a need for change. Throughout the entirety of Big Eyes’ discography, there is an undercurrent of sadness and frustration, but within Stake My Claim, Kait has found a sense of acceptance and her own distinct balance between punk, hard rock, and pop.

Catch Big Eyes on Tour This August:

8/27 – Columbus OH @ Rumba
8/28 – Buffalo NY @ Mohawk Place
8/29 – Boston MA @ Great Scott
8/30 – Kingston NY @ BSP
9/18 – Asbury Park NJ @ New Alternative Music Festival (Convention Hall

The Menzingers tour with Bayside (2016)

Philadelphian indie-punk band The Menzingers have shared a new song called “Lookers” care of Noisey. This is the first new song for the band since their universally-admired 2014 release Rented World. Listen to the song now at Noisey. Additionally, The Menzingers kicked off a 31-date tour supporting Bayside today in Fort Lauderdale at Revolution. The tour concludes on September 18 in Nashville at Exit/In.

Formed in Scranton, PA in 2006, The Menzingers have released four studio albums including A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology (2007), Chamberlain Waits (2010), On the Impossible Past (2012), and Rented World (2014).

THE MENZINGERS TOUR DATES

08-27   Tinley Park, IL – Tinley Park Convention Center
08-28   Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
08-30   Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
08-31   Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09-02   Seattle, WA – The Showbox @ The Market
09-03   Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
09-04   San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
09-06   Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
09-07   Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
09-08   San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
09-09   Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
09-10   Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
09-11   Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
09-13   Atlanta, GA – Alamo City Music Hall
09-14   Houston, TX – House of Blues
09-15   Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
09-16   Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
09-17   St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
09-18   Nashville, TN – Exit/In

[all dates with Bayside and Sorority Noise]

Neaux ready debut for Iron Pier, tour (2016)

Fell Off The Deep End is the debut release by Neaux, the songwriting partnership of Sierra Kay (VersaEmerge) and Nick Fit (Trash Talk, Loss Leader), joined by Ryan Briggs and Chris Peters.  This new album will be released September 16 on Iron Pier and the music video for the album’s first single “Make Me Stay” is premiering now on BrooklynVegan.

Neaux formed in Brooklyn, NY by coincidence and fate. Their partnership began with Kay and Fit’s previous groups appearing at the same festival. “[He was] some kid sidestage at all our shows,” reminisces Kay, and a musical and personal bond formed. They describe themselves as “old friends making new noise”, but what a potent noise – Kay’s expressive vocal approach meets songs that give a nod to shoegaze and Sonic Youth in equal measure.

The members cut their teeth in diverse genres  - experimental, synth pop, straight-edge hardcore – but Fell Off The Deep End is a rewarding collision of worlds. Far more than simply another one-off in a discography full of them, this engaging 8-song release establishes Neaux as a band to look out for in 2016.

See Neaux on tour now through the end of August with God Alone and Belonger:

Neaux Tour with God Alone and Belonger:

8/27 • Grand Rapids, MI • the upper room

8/28 • Wyandotte, MI • the rockery 

8/29 • Pittsburg, PA • mr. Roboto project 

8/30 • Columbus, OH • double happiness 

8/31- Nashville, TN • TBA

Street Sects share “Our Lesions” from forthcoming debut for The Flenser

Disgusted with life but eager for catharsis, the duo of Leo Ashline and Shaun Ringsmuth – aka STREET SECTS – formed in 2013.  They embraced the experimental attitude and disillusionment of early industrial music pioneers, eschewing traditional rock music instrumentation and arrangement in favor of modern sampling technology and harsh electronics.   Together they released a series of singles but are now preparing for their debut full-length, End Position, to be released on September 16 from The Flenser.

The album utilizes  frantic, uncompromising rhythms and a variety of electronic screeches and screams, showcasing a feverish marriage between suicidal industrial music and punk rock. With their debut album, End Position, they unleash a relentless, dystopian vision upon the world.

Street Sects have released another new song from the album – this one titled “Our Lesions” – via Impose Magazine.  The band commented on the track:

“Have you ever loved someone who didn’t love themselves? Have you ever loved someone because they didn’t love themselves? Have you ever fantasized about killing someone you loved? Have you ever fantasized about killing yourself? Have you ever walked alone down a crowded street and felt the camera of your mind pull back away from yourself, into the sky, so that you could see yourself crawling among the other rats, just as ugly but somehow different, somehow better? Have you ever wanted to wave your hand through the air and feel the people around you break and shatter like glass, splintering into silence, leaving you standing there alone, the master of your own private reality?  Have you ever wished with all of your heart that you had the power to just fucking end everything?

Sister Crayon changes name to Rituals of Mine, tour with Deftones (2016)

Sacramento duo Sister Crayon officially announced that they have changed their name to Rituals of Mine. The duo, which is Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez, released a statement that read in part: “Change is always scary territory but we feel that the Sister Crayon name is something that no longer represents who we are. This project has undeniably grown.” Read the rest of their statement at Facebook.com/ritualsofmine.  The name change comes following the duo’s signing with Warner Bros. Records, who will release a remastered version of their critically acclaimed 2015 album Devoted on September 30. The album is available for preorder today, and those who preorder will receive an instant download of the first single “Ride or Die.”

Pre-order Devoted:

http://smarturl.it/RoMDevoted

Listen “Ride or Die”:

http://bit.ly/2bRspnv

Produced alongside Wes Jones and Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In), Devoted‘s initial release in 2015 landed it on many indie “Top Ten Albums of 2015″ lists. Due to its ultra-limited initial release, Warner Bros. Records decided to remix, remaster and re-release the album after the duo signed with the label in February of 2016. Devoted‘s newly mastered by studio legend Tom Coyne (Led Zeppelin, Adele).

Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez have been making their mark on the West Coast as electronic workhorses since 2009. After years of building a loyal fanbase in California by playing countless house shows and selling out local establishments, the duo began touring relentlessly throughout the states with the likes of The Album Leaf, Built to Spill, Antemasque, Le Butcherettes, Maps & Atlases, Doomtree and more. With independent releases Bellow (2011) and Cynic (2013), the band earned widespread acclaim for their ghostly 21st century trip hop séance of soulful vocals, heavy beats, and breathy catharsis.

2015 saw the recording and quiet indie release of Devoted, and also saw Terra unexpectedly lose two prominent figures in her life: in September 2015, Terra lost her father to suicide, and less than six months later, she suffered another harrowing blow when her best friend Lucas Johnson passed away in a tragic accident. The band felt the need to put the Sister Crayon name to rest with them, and thus landed on the new name Rituals of Mine. Terra writes “It was a mantra that I repeated under my breath on a daily basis when the loss I was experiencing felt too heavy at times. Music, the act of creating, performing, touring, writing, singing, experimenting – all the rituals we have created to get through life.”

Rituals of Mine are on tour now with label mates DEFTONES and Yelawolf, and this September will join The Album Leaf on the road across the U.S. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

Rituals of Mine Tour Dates:
8.27     Eugene, OR                Cuthbert Amphitheater*
8.29     San Diego                   CCCU Open Air Theater at SDSU*
8.30     Las Vegas, NV            The Joint at Hard Rock*
8.31     Meza, AZ                    Mesa Amphitheater*

9.08     El Paso, TX                 Tricky Falls^

9.10     Austin, TX                   Parish Austin^

9.12     Atlanta, GA                 Terminal West^

9.13     Asheville, NC              The Mothlight^

9.14     Washington, DC          U Street Music Hall^

9.15     Philadelphia, PA          Johnny Brenda’s^

9.16     East New York, NY    Littlefield^

9.17     New York, NY             Poisson Rouge^

9.18     Cambridge, MA          The Sinclair^

9.23     Lincoln, NE                 Vega^

9.24     Denver, CO                Bluebird Theater^

12.12   Portland, OR               Doug Fir Lounge^

* w/ Deftones, Yelawolf

^ w/ The Album Leaf

Every Time I Die share “C++ (Love Will Get You Killed),” tour (2016)

Buffalo hardcore band Every Time I Die has shared a new song “C++ (Love Will Get You Killed)” at Billboard. “C++ (Love Will Get You Killed)” is the third song revealed from the band’s new album Low Teens, out September 23.

Much of the album is about the night front man Keith Buckley left the tour and raced home to be with his wife who had experienced a life-threatening pregnancy complication. Though both are okay now, the ordeal shaped the lyrical scope of Low Teens. Regarding “C++”, Buckley explains, “if you ever get to a moment in your life where mania and melancholy are coexisting in equal measures, it will feel like the end of the world. This song is about that moment.”

Listen to “C++ (Love Will Get You Killed)” Now:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7487649/exclusive-lyric-video-every-time-i-die-c-love-will-get-you-killed

The Buffalo, New York band have been forging their own musical path their 18+ years as a band. Keith Buckley (vocals), Andy Williams (guitar), Jordan Buckley (guitar), Daniel Davison (drums) and Steve Micciche (bass) continued in doing so when they recorded Low Teens with producer/engineer Will Putney (Acacia Strain, Body Count, Exhumed). Low Teens is the band’s most poignant and impassioned album in a career full of sardonic illuminations and pit-inciting fervor. The band was on tour in Toronto in December when Keith received a phone call that his wife was in the hospital with a life-threatening pregnancy complication. It was a harrowing night as Buckley left the tour and raced home to overwhelming uncertainty. Both wife and daughter survived the ordeal, but the moment of crisis had a lasting impact on Buckley and an inevitable role in shaping the lyrical scope of Low Teens.

And as previously reported, Every Time I Die will tour this fall with Beartooth, Fit For a King, and Old Wounds. Tickets are on sale now.

EVERY TIME I DIE TOUR DATES:

10/2- Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/4- Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City
10/5- Denver, CO @ Summit
10/6- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/8- Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/9- Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/10- Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
10/11- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/12- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
10/14- San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/15- Phoenix, AZ @ Nile
10/17- San Antonio, TX @ Backstage
10/18- Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/19- Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/21- Tampa, FL @ State Theater
10/22- Orlando, FL @ Beacham
10/23- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/24- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/25- Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
10/27- Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
10/28- Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
10/29- Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/30- Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
10/31- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/2- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/3- Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
11/4- Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/5- Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
11/6- Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/8- Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/9- St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
11/11- Columbus, OH @ Express Live!

All dates supporting Beartooth

BABYMETAL tour with Chili Peppers (2016)

Acclaimed Japanese all-girl  heavy metal/teen-pop phenom BABYMETAL has been confirmed as direct tour support for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first UK tour in five years. BABYMETAL’s sophomore album Metal Resistance(released in April via Sony/RAL) made an impressive debut atop Billboard’s “World Albums” chart and iTunes’ “Top Heavy Metal Albums” chart, while simultaneously entering at #2 on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart, #17 on Billboard’s “Top Album Sales” chart and #39 on the overall Billboard 200. BABYMETAL recently became the first Japanese act to headline London’s Webley Arena, where they achieved the highest-ever merch sales at the massive venue (capacity 12,500 people).

The J-pop teen metal hybrid group, featuring 18-year-old SU-METAL and 16-year-olds YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL, have taken the world by storm since their formation in 2010. Recently completing a sold-out 2016 US Tour, the band has gained attention from the likes of  The New York Times, VOGUE, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly and Esquire.

Their latest album METAL RESISTANCE peaked at number fifteen on the UK Albums Chart, the highest position reached by a Japanese band. The music video for their single “Karate” has surpassed 19.6 Million views on YouTube.

Tickets for the UK shows go on general sale 10am Friday 2 September from MYTICKET.CO.UK / SEETICKETS.COM

Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Red Hot Chili Peppers

Monday 5 December                 London The O2

Tuesday 6 December                 London The O2

Thursday 8 December               Glasgow The SSE Hydro

Saturday 10 December             Birmingham Genting Arena

Sunday 11 December                Birmingham Genting Arena

Wednesday 14 December          Manchester Arena

Thursday 15 December             Manchester Arena

The Mahones ready greatest hits record, tour (2016)

Pioneers of Irish punk rock, The Mahones, have released their anticipated  greatest hits compilation, The Very Best: 25 Years Of Irish Punk today with Sailor’s Grave Records. The album features new, re-recorded versions of the band’s most popular songs spanning their celebrated 25+ year career. Today, fans can purchase one of the greatest collections of Irish punk rock at iTunes and http://revhq.com/store.revhq.

The Mahones also have partnered with DyingScene.com to stream the record in its entirety. Listen now at http://bit.ly/2bQukJ7.

Formed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990 in Kingston, ON by Irish born McConnell, The Mahones have become an institution of Irish punk rock for the last 25 years. Their list of accolades and achievements during that time is nearly endless, from having their track “Paint The Town Red” featured in a pivotal part of Academy Award winning film “The Fighter” to being awarded Celtic Rock Album of the Year by Punk.ie (Ireland) for their 2014 record The Hunger & The Fight..

The Mahones are comprised of McConnell (lead vocals/guitar/mandolin), Katie Kaboom (accordion/keyboards/mandolin/vocals), Sean Winter (banjo/mandolin/harmonica/vocals), Sean “Riot” Ryan (bass guitar/vocals), Michael O’Grady (accordion/tin whistle/guitar/vocals) and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes/tin whistle/guitar/vocals) who has re-joined the band after spending 2003-2015 with Dropkick Murphys and rounds out the group. Together, the band is revisiting and re-recording some of their most beloved songs from the last two decades and half for 25 Years of Irish Punk!

The Mahones – Tour Dates:

THE MAHONES – IRISH PUNK BRIGADE TOUR 2016

Sept 10 – Fort Henry Celtic Festival – Kingston, ON Canada

Sept 23 – Get Shamrocked Festival – Murrieta, CA USA

Oct 14 – Joiners – Southhampton, England

Oct 15 – Queens Hall – Nuneaton, England

Oct 16 – Sound Control – Manchester, England

Oct 17 – Cathouse – Glasgow, Scotland

Oct 18 – Boston Music Rooms – London, England

Oct 20 – Bugerweeshuis – Deventer, Netherlands

Oct 21 – Ex-Haus – Trier, Germany

Oct 22 – MTC – Cologne, Germany

Oct 23 – Musik & Frieden – Berlin, Germany

Oct 25 – Derur Kert – Budapest, Hungary

Oct 26 – Arena – VIenna, Austria

Oct 27 – Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland

Oct 28 – Raindogs House – Savona, Italy

Oct 29 – Dublin House – San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Oct 30 – Swamp Club – Massa, Italy

Oct 31 – Centrale Rock Club – Erba, Italy

 

UK SUBS (w. Finny McConnell as guest guitarist)

Sept 01 – Barrie, ON Canada

Sept 02 – Festival – Rouyn-Noranda, QC Canada

Sept 03 – Coop Katacombes – Montreal, QC Canada

Sept 04 – L’Anti, Quebec – QC Canada

Sept 05 – The Mansion – Kingston, ON Canada

Sept 06 – Salle des 4 BarllsSaguenay – QC Canada

Sept 07 – Drummondville – QC Canada

Sept 08 – House of Targ – Ottawa, ON Canada

Sept 09 – Call The Office – London, ON Canada

Sept 10 – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON Canada

Sept 11 – Absinthe, Hamilton – ON Canada

Dale Crover releases 12-sided record via Joyful Noise

Dale Crover, best known as the drummer of the Melvins, teamed up with Joyful Noise Recordings to create a 12-sided record called Skins. The first release of its kind, the unique art object was hand made by lathe virtuoso Mike Dixon and is limited to 127 signed copies. Each record features six spindle holes, which correspond to twelve short songs written by Crover (six on side A and six on side B.) Joyful Noise created an instructional video demonstrating how to access each track.

This unique format required Crover to work within a highly constraining framework, creating individual pieces of music that almost mimic haikus. Each piece is less than 30 seconds in length, and these distinct works ultimately became the seed for Crover’s upcoming full-length album, slated for release in 2017.

Because each record was individually cut using 1940s technology (on a 1942 Presto 6N record lathe), these are lo-fi, mono records that will not possess the same fidelity as a modern record. Each of the 127 copies available required more than an hour of work to produce. See below for additional notes on playing the record.

Turntable Setup: Lathe-cut records have more shallow grooves than pressed records, which can make them difficult to play. Adjustments to your standard turntable setup may be required. If the only turntable you own is a Crosley, do not buy this record. Not only will it not play on your setup, but you’ll likely damage the record in the process. Due to the multi-spindle-hole design, we cannot guarantee that this record will be playable on all turntables.

A note about the price: Yes, it would be totally insane to pay $100 for 5 minutes of audio. But music is not all you are buying here. This is one of the most unique records ever made in the history of music. Each of the 127 copies required over an hour of work to make, not to mention the countless hours that were put into the design, composition and recording. If you cannot afford this art object, feel free to wait for Dale’s full-length. But to those who can, you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that in the not-too-distant future, this record will be sold on eBay for a far more obscene amount of money

 

Nina Diaz (Girl In A Coma) readies The Beat Is Dead, tours with Cyndi Lauper (2016)

Nina Diaz has announced her blazing debut full-length album The Beat Is Dead to be released October 28 via Cosmica Artists. This is the first solo album of the revered frontwoman of Girl In A Coma, the critically hailed indie-punk band that was famously nurtured by Joan Jett, opened for Morrissey and Tegan and Sara, and earned multiple Independent Music Awards.

Written exactly fifteen years after the passing of her grandmother, “January 9th” is a bittersweet ballad that opens the door to her electrifying new album. “January 9th” premiered with PAPER HERE. Nina performs the track as well as offering an early taste of “Dig” and “For You” off the new album in her NPR Tiny Desk Concert out today.

The Beat Is Dead effortlessly showcases the eclectic influences of Nina Diaz. Album opener “Trick Candle” is a wailing indie-electro banger about Michael Hutchence from INXS who she says is “somebody who’ll never burn out.” Equally as at home in an industrial goth rave as a nightclub, the sturm und drang of “Screaming Without a Sound” illustrates the anxiety-ridden process of staving off addiction. Punk-cabaret “Rebirth” slams open with a viscous vocal line and challenges listeners to try not to move their hips. She shares, “When you know yourself, that’s when you can hate yourself the most. But that’s part of being reborn. No birth is easy. It’s painful.”

Hailed for enrapturing crowds with her wildly seductive live performance & warm sense of humor, Nina Diaz recently will play a handful of dates next week. Full list of tour dates here. The Beat Is Dead shines a light on Nina’s electrifying rock’n’roll tendencies and introspective nature, simultaneously tapping into a dark emotive place and the triumphant strength of her journey to sobriety.

Pre-order The Beat Is Dead

Live Dates Incl. Opening For Cyndi Lauper 9/17

8/27: Mammoth Lakes, CA @ The Rafters
8/28: Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
9/10: San Marcos, TX @ SMTX Pride
910: San Antonio, TX @ Mission Pachanga (World Heritage Fest), Mission County Pavilion
9/17: Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino (w/ Cyndi Lauper)
9/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
9/24: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall