Following a whirlwind album cycle last fall, Worriers are back at it once again. The recently-Philly punk band, led by vocalist/songwriter Lauren Denitzio, is currently out on tour, but found time to contribute a song to the latest installment in musician Kevin Devine’s Devinyl Splits series.
The song, “No More Bad News,” is a last-minute addition to the series, after scheduling conflicts forced the next slated Devinyl release to be delayed. But you couldn’t tell by listening to it. Matching the tone of Worriers’ latest LP Survival Pop, “No More Bad News” is a steady, slow-burning meditation on what makes us keep living our lives each day in a world constantly bombarded by bad news. Continue reading →
The Instigator Tour, which consisted of Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, Julien Baker, Pinegrove, and Petal, kicked off in the beginning of last month in Baltimore. On Sunday night, this amazing tour came full circle after touring the whole country and performed its last show in Philly at the beloved Union Transfer. Unfortunately, Julien Baker wasn’t able to be there, as she only performed on the first 8 dates of the tour, the stacked bill still put on a stellar show for the Philly crowd. Continue reading →
New Jersey indie studs Pinegrove and Scranton favs Petal will join Kevin Devine on a November/December tour that ends at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 11. Sheesh. Now that’s an awesome show.
Devine announced the tour Monday in support of his his ninth studio album, Instigator, of which the release date has not yet been revealed. He also put out two live albums in the past year. Matter Of Time was recorded a few years back with The Goddam Band in studio, while Live at St. Pancras Old Church came from the recordings of a few solo performances across the pond. Both are very well done and span Devine’s lengthy discography. Continue reading →
After a series of 7” split EP’s, Brooklyn’s Kevin Devine is reenlisting his Devinyl Split Series partners—Meredith Graves from Perfect Pussy, Matthew Caws from Nada Surf, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins from Tigers Jaw, and Mike Kinsella from Owen and American Football—to bring a massive live show to the TLA tonight. Think of Devine as the ringleader—or the head coach who is also the starting point guard. Continue reading →
Last month Atlanta-based indie rock band Manchester Orchestra released their fourth studio album, Cope, via Favorite Gentlemen, the band’s own independent label. To support their new record, the band has been on an extensive spring tour of the US and Canada with Doylestown’s Balance and Composure as well as Kevin Devine (who’s also in Bad Books, band with Manchester’s frontman Andy Hull).
The tour sold out two nights at the Theater of the Living Arts well in advance, and as soon as the doors opened on night two, the crowd rushed inside and two the front. Devine appeared on stage first, dancing and clapping his hands, getting the crowd pumped to songs such as “Cotton Crush” and “I Could Be With Anyone”. Throughout his set, Devine jumped up, down and across the stage, always rushing back to the microphone to make sure he didn’t miss a lyric. He closed his set with “Brother’s Blood,” performed full band, leaving the crowd in awe.
Next to take the stage was melodic indie-rock band Balance and Composure, on tour in support of their second LP The Things We Think We’re Missing, which was released last year via No Sleep Records. Opening their set with “Quake” off of their first LP, Separation, Balance made a perfect entrance. A majority of the set drew from their newest record including singles “Reflection” and “Tiny Raindrop.” On stage, the band used fog machines which might have made it difficult to see the band members, but it did enhance their set aesthetically. Closing with two new songs, Balance and Composure played a powerful set championing their latest material.
Manchester Orchestra opening their headlining set with the acoustic track “Deer”, the first song off of their LP, Simple Math, and the crowd was instantly covered with goose bumps. Playing a different set than the night before, the band played an interesting array of songs, including a Bad Books song with Kevin Devine. Promoting their new record, Cope, Manchester Orchestra performed “Top Notch,” as well as album title track, which the crowd enjoyed (based off of the crowd surfing and the mosh pit). The set closed with slower songs “Virgin” and the title track from Simple Math (which they did not play the night before). After their set, the crowd cheering “one more song” for several minutes chanting for an encore that never came – the sound engineer announced after fifteen minutes that the show was over and asked the crowd to leave. Even so, Manchester Orchestra played a tremendous set that left me and the audience speechless.
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The founding member Sonic Youth has created an impressive solo career over the last couple of decades, most recently releasing Between the Times and the Tides in 2012 (ahead of an XPoNential Music Festival appearance) and Last Night on Earth in 2013. In-between, Ranaldo has performed the works of John Cage in intriguing and experimental ways (check out an interview about it here). Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Steve Gunn can be found here. Watch Ranaldo and his band perform “Lecce, Leaving” on Conan below.
Indie rock singer-songwriter Kevin Devine plays Union Transfer tonight. Devine put out two new records last month on his own label, showing two distinct sides to himself – Bubblegum is an amped-up rock and roll collection, while Bulldozer comes from a singer-songwriter direction. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch the video for “Bubblegum” below.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and indie rock and roller Kevin Devine has been one busy fellow. He’s got two new collections of music on the way with his group, The Goddamn Band. Both albums – Bulldozer, and Bubblegum – are being released on his own label Devinyl Records.
Bubblegum, produced by Jesse Lacey of Brand New, is a full on rock and roll record. Bulldozer was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck) and reveals the more singer-songwriter side of Devine’s talents. There’s quite a difference between the two records; what threads them together however is Devine’s excellent songwriting talents. With his latest records, not only does Devine continue his streak of making excellent music, he’s become quite the business person as well, starting his own label and raising over $100,000 on Kickstarter to make his records. There’s an excellent interview with Kevin that you can read here on Purevolume. however when asked what drove him to self-release the two album, he said:
I wasn’t super satisfied with the experience I had with the most recent record label I worked with and I also have enough self-awareness to see that they were the sixth record label i’ve worked with over six albums in ten years so the fault doesn’t lie exclusively with them. There’s either something about what I do or the way I do it where it doesn’t seem to connect in the best way with the traditional structure. I think that also has something to do with the fact that these places are financially struggling and I’m not the kind of person who would make a label a lot of money at this point in my career.
I kind of thought the crowd-funding thing was interesting but I had a whole mess of fear based somewhat ethical concerns. Most of which I addressed pretty explicitly in the essay that accompanies the Kickstarter campaign but I ultimately decided to do it because I wanted to do something different and see if either A, I was super misguided in thinking I had the kind of connection with the audience that I thought I had or B, I was correct in assuming that they’re not concerned where the records come out label-wise as long as I keep making them and playing shows and thankfully the latter was what ended up happening.
Devine and The Goddamn Band play Union Transfer on Thursday, November 21st. Go here for tickets. Below, listen to “Fiscal Cliff,” and “Bloodhound.”