Personal update: I'm trying to get back into the groove of going to at least two shows a week. I'm also I really exhausted from all the emails we get about bands I've never heard of and will most likely will never hear of because they're just "okay". To combat this, I've mostly been ignoring the majority of the emails that I get and just digging around the internet to find things on my own. Back in the day, I used to wander around record stores looking at album artwork and taking chances on art that I felt the most connected to and either give them a listen if they were at the listening bar or just straight up buy the album and take a chance. I found a lot of great music this way (VHS or Beta, Josh Rouse, Junior Jack, etc.).
I started doing this again fairly recently on Rdio and Spotify for every New Music Tuesday. I just scroll around and look for things that are interesting and give them a try. It's less sexy than the thrill of buying an album and being like, "God I hope this is good," but whatever. This is how I stumbled across Wrabel (pronounnced RAY-bell, at first I thought it was rabble, lol) about a month ago. Purely judging a book by its cover, his EP, Sideways, felt familiar. I think it's because he looks like an American version of Mr. Hudson to me. Familiarity has continued to be an ongoing theme for me with Wrabel. His voice, subject matter, etc. all sounds and feels very familiar. Kind of like I've always known him. Obviously since you are reading this post he clearly was able to tick all the boxes I require to decide to keep tabs on him.
After adding him to my extensive Twitter list to keep an eye on him, I noticed he was playing a show at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2. We should get one thing clear: I love Bowery Ballroom more than anything in this world, but there's something about Rockwood Music Hall (both original and stage 2) that holds a special place in my heart. A chance to experience any artist at Rockwood is a thing you should always do, so I decided to venture solo to see how an intimate performance from this newcomer would pan out.
Against Me! Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace To Debut AOL Original Series "True Trans With Laura Jane Grace"
Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace continues to make significant strides within the transgender community. Today AOL announced that they will be airing a 10-episode series called "True Trans With Laura Jane Grace". The first episode doesn't air until October 10th, but you can check out a preview of what's to come in the trailer below. Per the press release, "The series explores poignant moments from Laura's life that include identifying as transgender, the decision to come out publicly and the overall transition experience....Each episode will follow Laura and other powerful individuals who are part of the transgender community as they share stories about the harsh realities of growing up anxious about their own identities."
I love Against Me! I LOVE Transgender Dysphora Blues. I love Laura Jane Grace. I love people of all shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities, religions, etc. This isn't just some kind of awesome, this is all kinds of awesome. Mad props to her for doing this. Watching this trailer just made me want to hug all of them. I will be looking forward to hearing theses stories.
Bands & Brews pairs our favorite bands to their "hoppy" soul mates and dishes out the coordinates of our favorite beer joints right here in NYC.
The first stop for Bands & Brews was the cozy beer shop, Good Beer, located in the East Village. Good Beer provided the ideal space to kick off Bands & Brews besetting us on all sides with shelves of interesting labeled bottles and decorated cans. The busy atmosphere and sea of friendly faces was the perfect backdrop for discussing two things we love: music and beer. I sat down with beer slinger Matt Cincotta anxious to find the quintessential bottle of suds worthy of a band I'll always be over the moon about, Interpol. Their new album El Pintor releases on September 9th here in the United States. El Pintor's teaser track "All the Rage Back Home" effortlessly transports us back to the blanket of seduction that was the band's 2002 debut, Turn on the Brights Lights. Enticing lyrics and the come-hither chords of these two albums envelop us in Interpol's infectious warmth and take us down that libidinous labyrinth.
Whether I was swooning over songs of old like "PDA", "Hands Away", and "Leif Erikson" or excited over new songs like "Breaker 1" (my favorite from El Pintor) and "Same Town, New Story", it was evident that words like "dark,warm, and heavy" would soon invade our taste buds with the brew we chose. After much discussion and many burps later, Matt and I chose to cool off from this masterful debate of musical darkness and abandon with a "Dark, Rich, and Sexy" brew called Porter (Founders Brewing). It's a smooth dark ale at 6.5% alcohol and for you beer nerds 45 IBUs (just enough bitter for the lusty soul). Cheers to Interpol for always making sexy happen. And yes, Stella (Artois) we still love you...
El Pintor is out September 9th. Pre-order it here. Enjoy, "All The Rage Back Home" below.
DILLON FRANCIS ON TOUR:
**Denotes headline date
8/29 New Orleans, LA Mardi Gras World - Mad Decent Block Party
8/30 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Music Amp - Mad Decent Block Party
8/31 Dallas, TX Club Zouk - Mad Decent Block Party
9/5 Calgary, Canada Millennium Park - Mad Decent Block Party
9/19 Berkeley, CA Greek UC Berkeley - Mad Decent Block Party
9/20 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater - Mad Decent Block Party
9/21 Vancouver, Canada ONE Amphitheater - Mad Decent Block Party
9/27 Fairburn, GA TomorrowWorld
11/12 Miami, FL Norwegian Pearl Ship - Mad Decent Block Party
11/17 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works**
11/19 Asheville, NC Orange Peel**
11/20 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore**
11/21 Washington, DC Echo Stage**
11/22 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live**
11/25 Wallingford, CT Dome at Oakdale**
11/26 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory**
11/28 Boston, MA House of Blues**
12/1 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall**
12/5 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom**
12/6 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre**
12/9 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre**
12/10 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland**
12/12 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center**
12/13 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue**
12/18 Oakland, CA Fox Theater**
12/21 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium**
1/16 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center**
Dutch house producer Don Diablo has dropped another banger on the masses last week titled, "Back In Time". The track follows his other recent danceable time themed delights, "KnightTime" and "AnyTime". If there's one thing you can rely on Don Diablo for, it's giving you all the wobble, grit, and bass that you didn't even realize was lacking from your life. Since first experiencing him via his track with Example, "Hooligans", I have yet to be disappointed. If you're like me and think it's time (pun most certainly intended) for him to drop a new release, then it will be music to your ears to know that Diablo is slated for a new release on September 8th courtesy of Spinnin' Records.
Put on your dancing shoes and have a listen to, "Back In Time" below.
File under: HNNNGGGGH! I have been so stupid excited about Interpol's upcoming album, El Pintor, that I feel like September 9th is just never going to come. WHY MUST TIME TAKE SO LONG? "Ancient Ways" (below) follows up their debut single, "All The Rage Back Home". The band will be making an appearance at FYF fest this weekend before hitting the road bringing their always addictive sound across North America. SproutDr and I will be dancing our faces off at the Terminal 5 shows. Will you be there?
Interpol Fall Tour:
8/20 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
8/21 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
8/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
9/15 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
9/16 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount
9/17 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
9/20 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
9/24 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
9/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
9/27 - Denver, CO @ Ogden
9/29 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
9/30 - Tulsa, OK @ Cains
10/02 - Dallas, TX @ Southside
10/03 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/04 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/07 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/09 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
10/11 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
11/06 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
11/07 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
11/08 - Miami, FL @ Fillmore
11/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/11 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11/12 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/15 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theatre
11/17 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/18 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
11/20 - Montreal, QB @ Metropolis
11/21 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/24 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/26 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/29 - Washington, D.C @ 9:30 Club
11/30 - Washington, D.C @ 9:30 Club