Night Birds stream Muscle Beach, tour (2015)

New Jersey punks Night Birds are streaming their heavily anticipiated third LP Mutiny at Muscle Beach today via IMPOSE who said of it, “An old-school punk voice rings loudly on this record. These songs, 12 in all, clocking in at 25-minutes, are infused with pure attitude bopping from melodic, singalong anthem choruses with killer backup vocals, to catchy surf sensibilities, to sickly fast three-chord bangers throughout.”

Mutiny at Muscle Beach is also now available for pre-order from Fat Wreck Chords and will be officially released this Friday, October 2, 2015.

Listen to Mutiny at Muscle Beach

Mutiny at Muscle Beach, Night Bird’s third full-length and first for Fat Wreck Chords, was recorded at engineer Mitch Rackin’s Seaside Lounge Recording Studio in Brooklyn and produced by former Doc Hopper frontman Chris Pierce, who has previously worked with The Ergs!, The Measure [SA] and others.  Like their previous LPs, 2011′s The Other Side of Darkness and 2013′s Born to Die in Suburbia (both on Grave Mistake Records), Mutiny at Muscle Beach is chock full of pop culture references from Kids in the Hall to professional wrestling to Seinfeld to horror movies and was recorded analog, forcing each member to be as proficient as possible.  One again, Night Birds serve up exactly the sort of ADD-addled, surf-influenced punk rock they have built their name on. Cover art and tracklisting are below.

Night Birds released a video for the title track “Mutiny at Muscle Beach” earlier this month.  Directed by rising horror filmmaker Chris LaMartina, best known for his 2014 film Call Girl of Cthulhu, the video features exactly the short of bloodshed you’d expect from the horror-influenced punks.

The band will embark on a run of U.S. tour dates this fall starting on Friday, including supporting Dillinger Four on several dates.  All dates can be seen below.

10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door* (SOLD OUT)
10/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird*
10/04 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon*
10/09 – Philly, PA @ First Unitarian Church* (SOLD OUT)
10/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Hall of Music* (SOLD OUT)
10/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus* (SOLD OUT)
10/17 – Warren, NJ @ Warren American Legion w/ Executors, Hot Blood, No Parole
10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Not Dead Yet Fest
10/30 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 14
10/31 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 14
11/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Ravagers, Advlts, Flying Faders
11/21 – Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Craft Brewery
11/27 – Brattleboro, VT @ Headroom Stages w/ Negative Approach, Dropdead, Child Bite
11/28 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Casanovas in Heat
12/03 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ Angry Snowmans, VHS, The Loss, Wolfgang Fuck
12/04 – Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria w/ The Jolts, Angry Snowmans
12/05 – Portland, OR @ Black Water

* = w/ Dillinger Four

Riverboat Gamblers share “Time To Let Her Go,” tour (2015)

The Riverboat Gamblers have announced a new single and tour dates (see Brooklyn Vegan debut).  This is the first in a series of singles the band is putting out on End Sounds over the next year.

Listen/Post “Time To Let Her Go”

“Time To Let Her Go” is the a-side, with a cover of The Soft Boys’ “I Wanna Destroy You” written by Robyn Hitchcock on the flip side.  Fans of the Something To Crow About LP from the Gamblers will be stoked to know the single was produced by Grammy Award Winner Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Rocket From The Crypt, Reigning Sound, Modest Mouse, Jets To Brazil, Loretta Lynn), and mastered by Jason Allen (Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls, Hot Water Music, Propagandhi).

There was a point in time before everything fit into neat subgenres, a period when rock music and the nascent punk scene were still discovering their sound and anything seemed possible. Looking back it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when these two genres converged but if you had to sum it up sonically it would probably sound a lot like the Riverboat Gamblers.

Riverboat Gamblers on tour!

Oct 07 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

Oct 08 San Diego, CA – The Hideout

Oct 09 Thousand Oaks, CA – Borderline

Oct 10 San Bernardino, CA – It’s Not Dead Fest

Oct 11 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

Oct 12 Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room

Oct 13 Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits

Oct 14 San Antonio, TX – Korova

Oct 28 New Orleans, LA – Siberia Nola (w/ Broken Gold)

Oct 29 Tampa, FL – Tequilas (Inside) (Pre-The Fest w/ Underground Railroad To Candyland, Beach Slang, Meat Wave, The Creeps, Tim Barry, and more)

Oct 30 Gainesville, FL – Cowboys (The Fest)

Oct 31 Atlantic Beach, FL – Harbor Tavern (w/ Broken Gold)

Nov 02 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall (w/ Lagwagon, Runaway Kids, Pears, Broken Gold)

Dec. 11 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock (w/ Broken Gold)

Dec. 12th – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds (w/ Broken Gold)

Attention Dayton: Communivale returns this weekend

Communivale, the annual music picnic, is happening in Springfield, Ohio. It’s free and friendly.

Deets are below:

Poptek presents Communivale

Saturday October 3, 2015
5 PM Free All-ages
The Scaglia Compound
4675 Upper Valley Pike
Springfield, Ohio 45502

** Use 4691 Upper Valley Pike in Google Maps and Waze. 4675 Upper Valley maps correctly in Apple Maps **

- A musical picnic of friendship, food and perfect pop songs.

- Please bring food to share.

- Kid-friendly event.

- Carpooling will be a great help.,+Springfield,+OH+45502/@39.9943538,-83.8378509,572m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x883f44baca708c91:0xe7c849004aa928ee


5:00-5:30/ Colossal Brother

5:45-6:15/ Gabe Maas + The Bruins

6:30-7:00/ Jill + Micah
7:15-7:45/ The 1984 Draft
8:00-8:30/ Daniel Dye + the Miller Road Band
8:45-9:15/ The Florals
Bonfire Artists

9:20-09:40/ Andy Smith (Me Time)
09:45-10:05/ Spencer Apple (Lonely Year)
10:10-10:30/ Michael Tomlinson

10:35-10:55/ Tamplynn Family Band


- The Scaglia Compound is accessible and fairly easy to find off of Upper Valley Pike, North of the Upper Vally Mall, past the Kone Korner, but South of Tremont City. Google and Waze get confused though. The long driveway that supplies the 5 neighboring houses is at 4691 Upper Valley Pike. Use that for your mapping app. If your directions take you to St. Paris Pike and have you walk through the woods, then it is wrong.

- Do call me if you get lost. 937 232 6883

- If you reach Tremont City, you have gone too far North. And since the “city’s” only industry is speeding tickets, don’t go faster than 25 mph as you turn around.

Pup record new LP

Pup have posted a picture of themselves in the studio. They have announced that they are currently recording their new LP. They released PUP in 2014.

State Champs ready Around The World and Back, tour (2015)

Albany, NY’s pop rock heavyweights, State Champs, have teamed with Substream Magazine to premiere the title track from their highly anticipated sophomore album, Around The World and Back, due out October 16 via Pure Noise Records.

“Around The World and Back” proves that State Champs know their way around a huge hook even without their typical distorted guitars. The mostly-acoustic track showcases the band’s more subdued side and features vocals from Jule Vera’s Ansley Newman. Substream noted that State Champs’ music is “anthemic, energetic and oh-so-poppy. But the band has won over plenty of people due to their softer side too…” and called the song “a gorgeous acoustic duet.”

Pre-orders for Around The World and Back are available now. Catch State Champs on the road as they wrap up their European headlining dates and then dive into their tour with The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, and You Blew It!.

Listen to “Around The World and Back” via Substream Magazine:

The Albany, NY pop punk band has had a busy 2015, between supporting All Time Low on their US tour, touring Australia supporting 5 Seconds of Summer and most recently a headlining US run.  The band will continue their heavy touring schedule throughout the fall with a headlining European tour that kicks off this month followed by an US tour with The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack and You Blew It! (all tour dates below)

Formed in 2010, State Champs have released 2 EPs on Pure Noise and their 2013 debut LP The Finer Things which charted at #131 on the Billboard Top 200.  Committed road warriors, they have toured the US and Europe multiple times with the likes of Motion City Soundtrack, Bayside, The Wonder Years, The Story So Far and the entirety of the Vans 2014 Warped Tour.

Around the World and Back was engineered by Kyle Black (Paramore, New Found Glory, Strung Out) and produced by Black and State Champs vocalist Derek Discanio.

09/29 – Paris, France @ Backstage By The Mill ^
09/30 – Hamburg, Germany @ Logo ^
10/01 – Cologne, Germany @ MTC ^
10/02 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Winston ^
10/03 – Kingston, UK @ Hippodrome ^
10/17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall*
10/18 – New York, NY@ Webster Hall*
10/20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*
10/21 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall%
10/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre*
10/23 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore*
10/24 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
10/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue*
10/27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre*
10/28 – Murray, UT @ Murray Theater*
10/30 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House*
10/31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market*
11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom*
11/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern*
11/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
11/06 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory*
11/07 – San Diego, CA @ Soma*
11/08 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee*
11/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall*
11/11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues*
11/12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues*
11/13 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note*
11/14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant*
11/16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom*
11/18 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor*
11/19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution*
11/20 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues*
11/21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade*
11/23 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ SouthEnd
11/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!*
11/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
11/27 – Sayreville, NY @ Starland Ballroom

^ = w/ Knuckle Puck & Roam
* = w/ The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, You Blew It!
% = w/ The Wonder Years, You Blew It!

Martin Kearns of Bolt Thrower dies

British death metal pioneers Bolt Thrower have announced the passing of drummer Martin Kearns, who died in his sleep on Monday at age 38. Here is a statement from the band:

“With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.

“After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

“He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.

“Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.”

Mal Blum shares “Robert Frost,” tours (2015)

Mal Blum’s fifth studio album You Look a Lot Like Me is slated for release October 2 via Don Giovanni Records. In anticipation, the band reveals the second teaser track “Robert Frost” today via BrooklynVegan featuring airy vocals and an ecstatic guitar driven growl, playing touchingly against the emotive and fittingly poetic lyrics about depression, anxiety and fear of the unknown.

Produced by Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster and mixed by engineer and Swearin’ guitarist Kyle Gilbride the album features a tighter, plugged-in version of Mal’s signature sound, emphasized by big guitar hooks, crunchy distortion, and the vocal flare and lyrical ingenuity that has always characterized Mal’s work.  Though lyrical narrative sits at the forefront of any Mal Blum record, this collaborative effort resulted in a stripped-down, punk-influenced, indie rock record.

Blum is set to kick off a national tour in NYC on October 5, followed up by a slew of North American dates as direct support for Allison Weiss. Be sure to catch the band in a city near you!

* = Headlining
# = Direct support for Allison Weiss

10/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory NY *
10/9: Philadelphia, PA @ LAVA Space *
10/10: Cambridge, MA @ Lily Pad
10/12: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage *
10/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project *
10/18: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall #
10/20: Portland, OR @ Analog Theater (Upstairs) #
10/21: Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project #
10/23: Boise, ID @ The Watercooler #
10/24: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock #
10/25: Denver, CO @ Moon Room #
10/27: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room #
10/28: Minneapolis, MN @ The Nether Bar #
10/29: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen #
10/30: Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot #
10/31: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness #
11/2: Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel #
11/3: Montreal, QC @ Bar La Ritz PDB #
11/5: Hamden, CT @ The Space #
11/6: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge #
11/8: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge #
11/9: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage #
11/10: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 #
11/12: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory #
11/13: Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar #
11/14: Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem #
11/16: Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live #
11/17: San Antonio, TX @ Korova Basement #
11/19: Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom #
11/21: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge #
11/22: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah #
11/24: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #

Good Fight Music adds Bottomfeeder to roster

Good Fight Music welcomes Bottomfeeder to its family of bands.

Representing Jersey City, from Good Fight’s home state of New Jersey, Bottomfeeder is the newest incarnation of some longtime friends of the label, including drummer Benny Horowitz of The Gaslight Anthem and members of Let Me Run, Gates, and Jaguar Shark.

Good Fight will release Bottomfeeder’s new EP, titled II, this winter. On II, the band drives hard with epic, melodic hardcore designed to grip the heart and boil the blood. It is a grand, fully-realized sound, as only veterans of the scene can make. Fans of Grade, Time In Malta, and New Brunswick basement shows, stay tuned and prepare to rejoice.

Good Fight owner Carl Severson made this statement: “After a 15 year friendship with Benny, and knowing the rest of the guys through the New Jersey scene, it was awesome to find a project to work together on. We’ve added a lot of awesome bands to the Good Fight family and we’ve been lucky to do so, but there’s a special spot here for NJ’s finest.”

Birds In Row share video for “Weary” from forthcoming Personal War

Blurring the lines between hardcore, punk, and related sub-genres, Birds In Row (from Laval, France) offer something of substantial weight to their listeners. Collectively carrying somber hearts and poignant souls, they navigate through melancholic seas to shape beautifully hook-laden songs unlike anything else out there today.

Personal War is the new seven-track outpouring from Birds In Row.  First proper song “Torches” breaks into a sprint from the get go.  Drenched in expressive guitar work, it tells the tale of life’s light overcoming death’s darkness.  The race continues with “O Dear” and “Weary”, two musically infectious songs that are lyrically entangled in the complexity of love.  “Worried” then wanders into view as a beautifully melodic piece, slowing to an introspective shuffle before the chaotic “Snakes” picks up the pace.  Again, all of this leads to emotional closer “Marathon”, a song that serves as Birds In Row’s declaration ethical and emotional compromise.  Personal War is available for pre-order now from Deathwish direct before its October 30 street date.

More news coming soon.  For now, check out the music video for track four, “Weary” on YouTube and keep up with Birds In Row on Facebook.

Dusk shares “(Do The) Bored Recluse,” plays shows (2015)

Amos Pitsch of critically acclaimed Appleton, WI band, Tenement, just can’t slow down when it comes to making new music. Having already released an expansive double album and a surprise EP this year with Tenement, the prolific musician has now teamed with Forward Records to release (Do The) Bored Recluse b/w Too Sweet, the debut single from DUSK. With DUSK, Pitsch has teamed with some of Appleton’s best musicians to explore his lifelong love of classic Country, Soul, and of course, Rock & Roll. These musicians include vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Julia Blair, whose smokey soulful voice makes a huge impact on the two song debut single.

(Do The) Bored Recluse b/w Too Sweet is available for preorder now from Forward Records, and Noisey has premiered the A-side calling it, “country inflected through and through, with touches of classic blue-eyed-soul along the way.”

DUSK is a group that walks the shadowed path. It’s well known in the rural pastures of Wisconsin, where all of the members of this group were raised, that the traditional music of the common people is Polka, but the most respected form of musical expression is Country and Western. DUSK walks cleanly between these two worlds; pulling influence from both but most strongly associating with Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues. Thanks to Forward Records, the band’s first single will see the light of day; a strong, informed, melodic statement that draws a line between themselves and the recent trend of bubble gum pop and country-influenced mall schlock.

The group consists of vocalist Julia Blair on Wurlitzer electric piano, Colin “Wild Man” Wilde on drums and percussion, and is led by Amos Pitsch, of Tenement, on guitar, pedal steel, and vocal duties. The three core members are joined on this single by Tyler Ditter on bass guitar and Matt Stranger on guitar and backup vocal. The record was engineered and mixed at Crutch Of Memory in Appleton, Wisconsin by Amos Pitsch and mastered by long time Tenement collaborating engineer Justin Perkins at The Mystery Room in Milwaukee. It was a mostly self-produced affair; full of subtleties and rhythmic nuances that bring to mind 60′s garage and R&B groups like NRBQ and The Lovin Spoonful, early 70′s country rock pioneers The Flying Burrito Brothers, and at times the primitive rock and roll sound of a group like The Velvet Underground.

DUSK hint at all these things, even as something in their music seems to breathe modern air. It’s a feeling that few musicians that attempt to nod to prior generations can capture without bastardizing the very music that they intended to salute. DUSK have done it well, and in this debut release, you’ll find this plain truth among many exciting secrets.

 (Do The) Bored Recluse b/w Too Sweet is due out October 9 via Forward Records.

Upcoming Shows:
09/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Circle A
11/20 Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe w/ Shellshag