Tour Alert: The Dirty Nil

Dig out your best dancing boots, ladies and gentlemen, because The Dirty Nil are headed out on tour.

They’re from Toronto, and they are, seriously, just the best. Grab a beverage of your choice, wriggle up to the barricade and get ready to sing with them and/or bang your head.

Nil Summer Tour Poster

This is their latest single:

This is another awesome song:

For more updates: Official Facebook.

Tour Alert: Jail Weddings “After Dark”

Attention all fans of high quality rock and roll: JAIL WEDDINGS IS TOURING OFF THE WEST COAST.

You can see them at the following times and places:


They are going out on this jaunt in support of their second record, Meltdown: A Declaration of Unpopular Emotion, which has just been turned loose upon the world.

Some excerpts, to whet your appetite:

And in conclusion, the video for Summer Fades:

Jail Weddings - Summer Fades

Tour Alert: Into The Sun, The March Violets

Heads up, West Coast of America (and also Las Vegas), The March Violets are coming to visit you this June:


Yes, it’s really them! They’re back! They’ve got a new record, too! It’s called Made Glorious, and you can check it out at their bandcamp page. Here are some excerpts to whet your appetite:

And here is the video for Dandelion King, which features, among other things, a tremendously awesome headdress:

The March Violets - Dandelion King

Video: Fall Out Boy feat. 2 Chainz, My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)

So, y’all, this is how my day went today:

7:15 AM: While going about my normal morning business of GChatting with a friend and scrolling through Tumblr, I clicked on something purporting to be the “New FOB single!!” – rumors have been swirling for a while now, but more intensely in the last week or so; evidence had surfaced of their appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show later this month; and my pre-caffeine judgement is often poor – and was Taylor Swift-rolled.

Well, I suppose I deserved that, I typed into the GChat window, as the strains of We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together emanated from my computer. (Yes, I left it on. That one and I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In have grown on me, and not like a fungus, either.)

My friend commiserated with my rueful amusement, and the conversation moved on.

8:15 AM: Hum Hallelujah floats up on shuffle as I’m walking to the train. I spend a few minutes pondering pop music; Pete Wentz’s pirate smile and tendency to throw himself off the stage and into the pit; the shimmery golden quality of light in Harlem in the morning; whether it is really so terrible that I enjoy popular pop music that makes me feel things (conclusion: no); the frequently frustrating and often agonizing condition of being a fan of a band that is on “hiatus” or “is working on a new record” and how those things often go together and sometimes lead to one another; and the various bands for whom I have waited, including Guns N’ Roses (well, really Axl Rose)(15 years), Mötley Crüe (8 years), Bon Jovi (2 years and 3 years, for separate hiatuses) My Chemical Romance (2 years) and Panic! at the Disco (18 months), and Ryan Ross (2 years and counting); and how the internet and Internet Time have probably warped my sense of what constitutes a long time to wait.

9:15 AM: I check in with the intertubes and discover that somewhere in the time I left the house and got to work, Fall Out Boy came off hiatus.

That there is a song, a video, a record, a bunch of shows in tiny clubs planned the next month – for tomorrow, in New York – and a bigger tour scheduled for May.

I wasn’t able to get a ticket for the show tomorrow, but I’m not the tiniest bit upset. Why? Because five years ago when I fell (back) into being a rock fan, I also fell into a community of fans – some local, some far away, all connected via the internet – and in the last five years, we have mourned a lot of bands. Today we got one back, and that shared joy is just the best feeling.

Also, the song they released is the best thing I’ve heard for a while. Hand claps, thudding, roaring drums, aggressive guitars, sly and lacerating lyrics, and Patrick Stump soaring upwards over the tumult. It doesn’t get better than that, ladies and gentlemen.

Tour Alert: Beast Friends Forever: Lucas Carpenter, Mark Rose, Jon Walker

Lucas Carpenter, Mark Rose and Jon Walker are headed out on the road together once again. This time around they’ll be playing it songwriters circle style, i.e. rotating through songs and accompanying each other. And if you think the tour poster is as adorable as I do, you can snag yourself one at the shows.

As enticement and introduction, some videos. First up is Lucas Carpenter:
Reasons Lucas Carpenter is awesome: 1) Totally cool with people who cackle loudly when something funny happens during his set, as I did last fall, when he busted out the fancy vintage live-looping machine and, you guys, it honked; yes I am secretly twelve and also 2) Writes songs that are by turns poignant and hilarious and also make snarky references to emoticons.

Next is Mark Rose (Spitalfield):

Mark Rose live at Lincoln Hall

Highlight of his set in September: That moment he dropped a little bit of Smells Like Teen Spirit neatly and seamlessly into one of his songs without even breaking the rhythm.
And then Jon Walker (The Young Veins, Panic[!] at the Disco), freshly returned from a sojourn in Costa Rica:
Fairytale by Jon Walker [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Jon Walker barefoot and playing the guitar means all is right with the world and everything is in its proper place.

Special note: later in July he’s opening for Gold Motel at their shows in Indianapolis (7/25 @ Hoosier Dome), Chicago, IL (7/26, Schubas) and St. Louis, MO (7/27, @ The Firebird.)

Tour dates below are as of 7/7/2012; for updates/more information go to the Beast Friends Tour Tumblr.

07-07: Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Club Lounge (5PM | ALL AGES)

07-08: Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions (4PM | ALL AGES)

07-09: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup (7PM | ALL AGES | $5 COVER)

07-10: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern (8PM | ALL AGES)

07-11: Ardmore, PA (Philly) @ Milkboy (8PM | ALL AGES)

07-12: Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog (5:30PM | ALL AGES)

07-13: Morgantown, WV @ The Cue (7PM | ALL AGES | $7 COVER)

07-14: Dayton, OH @ Ghostlight Coffee (8PM | ALL AGES | $3 COVER)

07-15: Bloomington, IL @ Coffee Nation (7:30PM | ALL AGES)

07-16: Online Show – “Live! at Threadless” @ (8PM (CST) | ONLINE TIX (PAY WHAT YOU WANT) | LIVE TAPING [in Chicago] TIX ([$7,] 30 AVAIL))