Last Thursday, Alex G performed a sold-out show at the venue The Park Church Co-Op in Williamsburg, New York. The venue was an actual church and it was not held in a basement. The show was in the main hall and people were sitting down on the benches. This was just wild but it felt cool to see a band play in a spot like this. I felt like I watching Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged where everyone sitting down and watching the band play. I believe the show had over two hundred the most. I mean by the time Alex G got on people were standing in the back.
Alex G had an opening band which was True Blue. True Blue are from Brooklyn, New York. They started to play. They had this New Wave meets Dream Pop vibe. They were very 80’s like. They played about five or six songs. One of the songs the lead singer invited Alex G on stage where she put a blonde wig on him and started to cut the hair off the wig. She was singing while this was happening. The keyboard player helped with the haircut and she just sang while cutting the hair. This was insane. Later on, she would walk down the aisle and sing right in people’s faces. Another song was her to singing to a mirror and flashing it to the audience to show the reflection. Overall this was an interesting performance. The band was good and very artsy.
Alex G took the stage. This was my second time seeing him play. I saw him two years prior opening up Title Fight and Basement in New Jersey. That performance I was not a fan of him. I found him weird and out of place at the show. Later on, his music grew on me. Now I am a fan of his music. Alex G and his band started to play. Alex G sounded great and he was sitting down most of the set. The songs he played were mostly off the new album Rocket. The band sounded fantastic and he had his brother play some songs with him. During the song “Brite Boy” Alex G had the lead singer of True Blue join in for the performance. Alex G played for over an hour and it was great. He did an encore which was all cover songs. He played Dave Matthews Band “Ants Marching”, Green Day “Good Riddance”, and Third Eye Blind “Jumper.” The Third Eye Blind cover was something else. That song got the best reaction from the crowd. Alex G’s record release was a lot of fun. Alex G is something else. He and brother are both talented. They were playing multiple instruments on stage and performed so well. He will be back in the New York City area July 7th at the Bowery Ballroom. I might be at that show but I will be seeing him in Philly the following day at Union Transfer. If you like some Indie music with some Blues, Country, and Jazz influences Alex G is for you. Check out his new album Rocket that are some good tunes on the record.
Last Thursday, Pinegrove played a sold out show at the New York City venue Bowery Ballroom. This show sold out in five hours once they went on sale. Pinegrove is currently on a small tour. Most of the dates are on the East Coast. For this show, they had Hovvdy and Lomelda opening up.
Lomelda came on stage. Lomelda is from Texas and she is a solo artist. I did not check out the music prior to the show but She came out with an electric guitar. She was by herself and played some interesting music. The songs she played were Poppy mixed with some Folk influences. I like the fact this was not an acoustic set. She was a solid opener for Pinegrove. She had over hundred people there for. I was surprised there was not more. I believe the cap room for the venue is over six hundred. Overall the set was good.
Up next was Hovvdy (Pronounced Howdy). Hovvdy is from Austin, Texas. They are an Indie band. They started to play. Hovvdy was an interesting band. They were a lot better then I thought they were going to be. They had a huge portion of the sellout crowd there for them. I did not see any people knowing words to their songs but a lot of people were grooving to them. I myself liked what I heard. This band was a straightforward Indie band. It is pretty sick that they are from Austin. Their shows down there must be sick. Overall I enjoyed this set a lot. Next time they come up here I would love to see them again. The band announced that the following day that they are releasing their new album Taster. The album is great and worth checking out.
Pinegrove took the stage. The crowd was cheering for them. The band looked so happy. This was my fifth time seeing this band. The last time I saw them was back in December of last year when they played Run For Cover fest Something In The Way. They played the Studio of Webster Hall which is the smallest room in the venue. The room was overpacked and you could not move at all. Back to last Thursday, this was my first time seeing them play a headline show. Pinegrove is a Folky Indie mixed some Alt-Country band from Montclair, New Jersey. They opened up their set with “Problems.” Most of their set was their album Cardinal and the compilation Everything So Far. Pinegrove played a great set. Most of that crowd knew every single word. It gave me the chill to hear everyone singing along. They also played a new song. They said after the brief tour they will be recording a new album. The crowd had a big reaction for that. This band is something else. The crowd was so relaxed on Thursday. No one was stage diving or moshing. I expected this and everyone just seemed they were having a good time. I notice a lot of older people at this gig. I was surprised but at the same time, Pinegrove is going to get bigger. People who are not into the Indie scene or do not follow any band fro Run For Cover are eventually going to discover Pinegrove. I hope Pinegrove becomes huge because the music they make is amazing. Last Thursday was a great show. If you have not seen them yet you are missing out because they are going to play bigger and bigger venues. Bowery Ballroom is not a big place but I would not be surprised if they play Webster Hall next headline tour. That will be something else seeing them play behind a barricade while selling out Webster. Pinegrove is taking the world by storm so you have to go see them.
Last Thursday, Balance and Composure played their first date of their Spring tour. The first date of the tour was at Revolution Music Hall in Amityville, New York. It was nice to see them opening their tour on Long Island. They had From Indian Lakes and Queen of Jeans for tour support. This was not a sold out show but there were plenty of people at this show. This was their second tour supporting their new record Light We Made.
The opening band of the night was Queen of Jeans. Queen of Jeans is from Philly. They took the stage and started to play. They had this Indie-Pop sound. The band had some early 90’s with some Shoegaze influence. Also, they reminded me of Best Coast but not so heavy on the Surf sound. I personally felt that this band could have had a better crowd reaction if they show was in Brooklyn. Long Island is usually weird to bands that have an Indie-Pop sound. Even in the Long Island, there are barely any bands that are close to that genre. Overall Queen of Jeans played a good set. They ended their set with Aaliyah “Are You That Somebody” which was so sick. A late 1990’s R&B song with some Shoegaze was awesome. I think I was the only one that knew the song.
From Indian Lakes was up next. They are an Indie band from California. I heard a lot of good things about this band. The band began to play. They had this interesting sound. I heard influences from the 90’s and 2000’s. I found that somewhat unique. I heard some Post Rock/Shoegaze vibes mixed in with 00’s Emo. It seemed like the band was a little all over the place but I love the experimentation. I thought this band was really good. I felt like they were a mix of four bands combine into one. Overall they played a good set.
Balance and Composure took the stage. This was my third time seeing this Alternative Rock band. They are from Doylestown, PA. The last time I saw them was when I saw them at Riot Fest. This was my first time seeing them for their new album Light We Made. I was not able to see them on their first run of the new album which was back in November. They played the Brooklyn venue Warsaw with Foxing and Mercury Girl opening up. They started off their set with “Midnight Zone.” This is the opening song of the album. Surprisedly people started to mosh to this song. Eventually, it would get crazier when they played older songs. When they played “Tiny Raindrop” people started to crowd surf and stage dive. I was just surprised by the reaction of the new songs. People were moshing to those songs. I found it weird because they are not aggressive and mellow. The crowd overall was weird that night. Balance played a great set, They had a good mix of all three albums. Unofrunlty they did not play “Mediocre Love” This song is my favorite song off the new album. I personally think it is the best song the band has ever written. Besides, that Balance and Composure played a good set. If you have not seen them I recommend seeing them.
Last Wednesday, Sheer Mag played Revolution Music Hall. I believe this was their first time playing Long Island. They had Iron Chic, Weed Hounds, and Somerset Thrower opened up the show. This was not a sold out show which I was not surprised. The cap that Revolution has is big but usually, when Sheer Mag plays Brooklyn venues they have the same cap. If this show was at Amityville Music Hall which is a few blocks up I think most of the venue will be sold out. I felt that over 100 people came last Wednesday. There should have been more but still, this was a good show.
The opening band of the night was Somerset Thrower. This was my sixth time seeing this 90’s Alternative Rock worship band. The last time I saw them was last December when they played Incendiary’s Holiday show. As I mention before the band is heavily influenced by the 90’s. To me, this style is my favorite so I always love seeing these guys play. The band started to play. They were not a lot of people there for them. The band setlist was a mix between their last EP and some new tunes. Somerset Thrower played a good set overall. I think they are one of the most underrated bands from Long Island. They always playing great sets and I wish more people were into them. The 90’s style is popular in the underground and these guys need more attention. If you like 90’s Alternative Rock or Grunge this band is for you.
Weed Hounds was up next. They are a Long Island/Indie band. Prior to this show, I saw their name on flyers just never got the chance to check them out. They started to play. The band reminded me a lot like Best Coast but with a heavy Shoegaze influence. They had a strong early 90’s Indie-Pop style. It was a little different for this show because everyone else was a little bit more upbeat. I liked what I heard. I would like to see this band again. I think this lineup was perfect for them. Overall I enjoyed this set. Check out their self-titled album out on Katorga Works.
Iron Chic took the stage. This was my fourth time seeing this band. The last time I saw them was when they opened up for Fucked Up at Amityville Music Hall. Iron Chic started to play. People moved up to the stage but no one was doing anything. People were just singing along or drinking their beer. This was the tamest set I ever saw Iron Chic play. I was shocked. I was expected people to go off. I was a little disappointed by this, not by the band but the fans. It was probably because not a lot of people came and there was a lot of room. I guess no one wanted to go off. Besides that Iron Chic played a fantastic set. They are one of the best Punk bands from Long Island. I believe their next Long Island show will be Wild Fest at Amityville Music Hall on May 26th. They are the headline of day one of Wild Fest. This is a benefit fest for Rob Mcallister who was the guitarist of Iron Chic and who passed away early 2016. Overall go see and support Iron Chic.
Sheer Mag was up next. For about two years I have been hearing about this band. Only recently I checked them out. I would always see their name on lineups in Brooklyn and they play a lot of sold out shows. Sheer Mag is from Philly. They have a huge 70’s influence. If you mix Led Zeppelin, Power-Pop, New York Dolls, and early Proto-Punk bands. The band came out on stage. They started to play a little jam. These guys looked like the 70’s with the long hair and facial hair. I loved it. They had a two to three-minute jam. The lead singer came out and the crowd was cheering. Just like Iron Chic they crowd was tame but Sheer Mag was so sick. They played some new songs which will be coming out in July. As for now, they have three EPs but early this year they came out with Compilation which all three Eps together. Sheer Mag rocked Revolution that night. This was my first time seeing them. I would love to see them again. Hopefully the next time it would be a show where they are more appreciation for the band. Overall Sheer Mag played a great set. I’m glad they played a Long Island but I do wish more people came out to see them. This band deserves a lot of recognition and if you never listen to them go check them out.
Last Thursday, The Menzingers came to New York City to play a sold-out show. On their tour they had Jeff Rosenstock & Rozwell Kid open up for them. The tour had two nights in New York City. The first one was last Thursday and the next was not until Sunday when they played Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show I went to was at Irving Plaza. I was there the week prior seeing Enter Shikari. A few years ago I used to go to this venue all of the time until other venues started to book great shows.
The Opening band of the night was Rozwell Kid. They are from West Virgina. This was my second time seeing this Power Pop/Indie Rock band. The last time was when they played Amityville Music Hall during their mini tour with Long Island own Soda Bomb (RIP) back in August of 2015. That set they did not impress me. It was not until a year later I gave them another chance. Listening to their albums Unmacho and Too Shabby I became a fan. The band took the stage. They had a banner behind them that said, “Jeff’s Up Next”, which is referring to Jeff Rosenstock playing next. Rozwell Kid started to play and the set was pretty good. To me, it is crazy that I saw them play to fifty people on Long island but last Thursday they played to probably 400-500 people. That must be something for them. They played some new tunes that will come out in late Spring early Summer. Rozwell Kid was a solid opener. The band reminds me of Weezer but a little bit more on the nerdy side. If you like classic Power Pop with a little bit of a Hard Rock edge this band is for you.
Jeff Rosenstock was up next. This was my third time seeing this Long Island legend. The last time I saw him was when he played with Modern Baseball and Pinegrove at the Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right. That was February of last year. Since then he released a new album Worry on Side One Dummy Records. Back to back years, Jeff Rosenstock has released albums that both made my top ten releases of the year for 2015 and 2016. Back to the show, Jeff took the stage with his band. The band members are from San Francisco and New York City. The band started to play. The opening song was “We Begged 2 Explode” which is the opening track of his new album. Right off the bat people moved up and started to sing along. This set was great. Jeff Would go into the crowd and let people play his guitar. Most of the set were from both Worry and We Cool? I do not think most of the crowd of that sold crowd was there but the ones who were there for Jeff was going. There was a lot of people singing along to his jams. The last song was crazy. The last song was “You, in Weird Cities” and during this song Jeff played his saxophone. He got up on the side area. At Irving Plaza, there is a little stage area that sometimes performers will climb up there to play or dive into the crowd. Jeff played a sax solo on there. Overall Jeff Rosenstock played an amazing set. On June 11th, he will be playing a free show at McCarren Park in Brooklyn with Thursday, PUP, and The Hotelier.
The Menzingers were up next. This was my second time seeing this Scranton, Pennslyvania band. The last time I saw them was in 2012 opening up for Rise Against, A Day To Remember, and Glassjaw. The show was at Nassau Coliseum. They were the opening band of the night and I liked them but it never made me check them out. When they released the single “Lookers” last December I absolutely loved it. That is when I started to listen to them. After the Party was released on February 3th on Epitaph Records. From start to finish that record is amazing and it is one of my top releases of this year so far. I love their Heartland Rock meets Punk Rock style. It reminds me of bands Beach Slang, Dropkick Murphys, The Clash, and Against Me! The Menzingers took the stage. The first song off the set was the first song off of After the Party which was “Tellin’ Lies”. The crowd was going off. People were moshing, crowd surfing, and singing along. I did not mention before but this show had a barricade. People who read my blog know that I am not a huge fan of barricades especially for Punk shows. Besides that The Menzingers were great and the crowd was just wonderful for them. I was not expecting it to be crazy. I mention before that I have not seen this band in over five years so their fanbase has grown. A good portion of their set that night was were songs off of the new album. They played some classics like, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore,” “In Remission,” and “The Obituaries.” The Menzingers were fantastic last Thursday. This show overall was one of the best shows so far this year. I wish I was able to get tickets for their Sunday show before hand but that sold out before I got a chance. Their next New York City show will be on a boat on June 22nd. I think I will be going to this because this Irving show was great but seeing them on a boat is going to be mind blowing so I have to go.
Last Wednesday, Touche Amore played an off date for their upcoming tour. Touche Amore will be going on tour with Basement and Thursday starting the following night in Philly. The show was a benefit for Planned Parenthood and The ACLU. The show was sold out and took place at the Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus in Greenpoint. This was an all ages show and they had Slingshot Dakota and Whipworm opening up for them.
The first band of the night was Whipworm. They are a Punk band from Philly. For their entire set, the lead singer sang on the floor where the audience was not on the stage. The entire was probably ten minutes if that. I think the set was seven and a half minutes. The crowd was just standing there. No one moved around for them. The band was okay, they were a little too generic for me. Quick Punk songs with raw vocals. This is something that has been done many times before. In a way, they reminded me of Krimewatch. Overall I was not a fan.
Up next was Slingshot Dakota. I have only seen Slingshot once and that was in 2015 when they played with Iron Chic to close out the Long Island DIY venue The Wood Shop. Slingshot are an Indie band from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Last year they released Break on Topshelf Records which I enjoyed a lot. The band started to play. They had a good crowd there to watch them. I forgot but they just came back from a headline tour which is crazy that they decided to play this last minute show. I love the fact that this band sets up by playing to each other and not the audience. If you do not know Slingshot Dakota are a duo. The singer Carly Comando is playing keyboards and facing Tom Patterson who playing the drums. Keyboards and Drums are the only instruments of this band and they make great Indie music. Overall last Wednesday, Slingshot played a wonderful set. I recommend seeing this band.
Touche Amore took the stage. Touche Amore is from Los Angeles, California. This was my fourth time seeing them play. The last time I saw them play was when I attended Chicago annual Rock festival Riot Fest. This set I knew it was going to be good because I have not seen Touche play a small venue since 2014 when they toured with Tiger’s Jaw and Dads. They started to play. Their set started off with “Flowers of You” which is the opening track off of the new album Stage Four on Epitaph Records. The rest of set was mixed with their second and third album. The band played a good portion of the new album. I actually enjoyed the new album a lot. It was my one of my top releases of last year. They got a reaction from the crowd with the new songs but when they played the old songs people went nuts. People were stage diving, moshing, and singing along. This was the best set I have ever seen at Saint Vitus. This set went by too fast. I mean once they played “Honest Sleep” they said it was over. That was the only song they played off of …To the Beat of a Dead Horse. They played nineteen songs and this was my favorite set I ever saw them play. If you have not seen Touche Amore I recommend you to do so. They are a fantastic live band and they are so much fun live. They will be playing the New York City area at the end of April on the tour I mention before. Thursday, Touche Amore, Basement, and Wax Idols will be playing Irving Plaza April 29h & 30th. I will probably be there and so should you.
Last Friday, I got I finally got a chance to see Lemuria. Lemuria played a sold out show with Cayetana and Mikey Erg. The show was located at the Brooklyn Bazaar. This was my third time being as the new Bazaar. The last one closed back in 2015 and they try to make a new one in Queens but that did not last. The band were on tour for celebrating the anniversary of their debut album Get Better on Asian Man Records. This was my first time seeing the entire lineup so I was excited for this show.
The opening act of the night was Mikey Erg. Mikey Erg is a solo Punk Rocker. He was in the Punk band The Ergs who just recently reunited last fall at the annual Punk festival The Fest. He started to play. On stage was just him and his guitar. This was not an acoustic act but an electric act. I found this pretty cool to see this guy playing Punk songs by himself with no backing bands and playing the songs electric. I thought this was pretty sick. There was a big crowd there for him. I notice some people singing along to his tunes especially when he played some Ergs songs. At one point Jeff Rosenstock and member of Cayetana got on stage and started to sing a song with Mikey. The set was good overall. Last year Mikey Erg debut his first solo album titled Tentative Decisions on Don Giovanni Records. Be sure to check this out. Since the release of the album I have been seeing his name all of the place playing shows all around the tr-state. I was glad that i got an opportunity to finally see him play.
Up next was Cayetana. Cayetana are a Indie/Punk band from Philadelphia, PA. Just like all of the other bands on the lineup I had multiple opportunities to see this band perform. Cayetana got on the stage and started to play. They had almost the entire crowd there for them. The music was good. They were a three piece and they played so tight. The crowd was singing along to them. There was not a reaction from the crowd for them which I kind of expected. Cayetana were so good. I could not believe it took me two years to finally see this band. They rocked their set and I was impressed by this. They were a perfect band for this tour and they proved last Friday. Overall you should check this band if you have not. They will be releasing a new LP later this year which you should check out when it comes out.
Lemuria took the stage. Everyone was there waiting for them to play. The room was hot and people were starting to sweat. For awhile I have been wanting to see this Buffalo Punk/Indie band. They started to play Get Better in full. The crowd was loud for this set. The band themselves sounded great. Every song they play off that album sounded great. I was just a little surprised how calm the crowd was. I expected some people to stage dive and bump into each other. It was not until they did a cover of The Ramones song, “Rockaway Beach.” This got a pit going and people went nuts. After that song they started to play other songs that got better reactions. Overall Lemuria played a fantastic set. I was so glad I was finally able to see them play. They are a great band to see live. I would love to see this band again.