In case your calendar missed the memo, the next party at the House of Vans is coming up on Thursday, 8/18. Tokyo Police Club, Against Me!, Big Freedia/Japanther, and Team Robespierre are ready to take on Brooklyn and we are more than stoked to have them.
Webcast details are comin’ up soon. Check vans.com/houseparties for more info or to RSVP for the show.
While you’re waiting on that, Keith Morris from OFF! gives us the lowdown on rad places to see and eat in Brooklyn. Featuring live clips from House Party #2 with OFF!, Lemuria, and Superchunk last month.
Check it out on OffTheWall.TV
Our good friends in OFF! have launched a sick contest for you to win some hard to find items and a pair of kicks. Entering is simple and you’ve got a few chances to win- just like the band on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and join their mailing list. All the details are over at OFFofficial.com. Best of luck to everyone!
Up for grabs are a few prize packages that will include:
A Limited Edition Vans OFF! The Wall Raymond Pettibon T-shirt:
OFF! - Compared To What/Rotten Apple 7” Vinyl
(1st pressing Vans cover on Southern Lord - OUT OF PRINT)
Signed by all 4 members
And a pair of Vans Old Skools
(style and color subject to availability)
Keith hangs out after the OFF! set of our showcase and talks with us for a few. He lets us know the band’s plans after SXSW, who he’s listening to and how many pairs of Vans he’s been through:
We have another amazing photo set from our new photo contributor Colleen Allison! Last week she checked out OFF! at the Echoplex. Check out her shots from the show:
This tour sounds like a match made in heaven. OFF! (Keith Morris’ new band) and Trash Talk will be hitting the road together this spring for an east coast run. I know that I say to go to all the tours that I post here, but this is the one you really, truly and honestly can’t miss, ok? Ok. Cool.
3/22 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
3/23 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
3/24 Washington, DC @ The Red Palace
3/25 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
3/26 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
3/28 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
3/30 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
3/31 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/1 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
4/2 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/3 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Keith Morris…you know…the Keith Morris, has a brand spankin’ new music video for his newest project OFF! The song is called “Upside Down” and will be the band’s first release appropriately titled First EP.
It’s art, skateboarding and punk rock. What more could you ask for in a music video?
Just to jog your memory on exactly why OFF! is such a big deal, it features Steve McDonald from Redd Kross on bass, Dimitri Coats from the Burning Brides on guitar and Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket From The Crypt on drums.
First EP comes out on October 12th only on 7” courtesy of Vice Records and is the first of a four part series. You can pre-game by checking out their music video below:
On our third night in Austin, we didn’t have a showcase or anything sponsorship related, so Kurt and I took off to check out some bands we had heard of and catch a few of our buddies play. We wound up at 4 or 5 different venues throughout the night and ran into the same crazy, wonderful people that I’ve met since I’ve been here. We had a good time despite the fact very few things went according to plan.
Early in the day, we took a peak at Fair to Midland, a band on Serjical Strike. You want to talk about some pipes and range, I tell ya. And this guy is really strong live. He’s got an interesting tone to it as well. They are metal-sih, progressive-ish, rock-ish and just a little screaming mixed all together.
First up for the night though was Off!. Ok. I didn’t realize why we were going to see them at first because I had never heard of them. Turns out, it’s Keith Morris’s new project. Keith Morris…of Black Flag and The Circle Jerks. Can anyone say legend? And! It has members from Rocket To The Crypt, Burning Bridges and Earthless. To top it off, this was also one of their first shows they played together in the new band. In true punk-rock fashion, the set was 15 minutes long and the crowd was full of people who just knew what was up. What a way to start the night.
We rolled out to catch a band that for whatever reason is no more, so there wasn’t a set. We took off to see our friends Ninjasonik, but their showcase was running really behind as well! However, we stayed to check out a little bit of a hip hop duo called Hollywood Holt. Full of energy and check it out! Vans represent!
I think the highlight of my night was getting to watch Man Man later at the Billboard Bungalow. I haven’t seen these guys since 2006 at MacROCK that went out at my college. I like, don’t even know how to describe these guys other than phenomenal. Really- how many other bands do you know that put on war pant before their set? Simply amazing.
A little later we headed off to Red 7 to check out 2 bands: Off With Their Heads and Riverboat Gamblers. Off With Their Heads recently signed to Epitaph in December of last year. Those guys are going to be in good hands over there and after watching them, are going to find their way to your ears- I have no doubt. Such an old school punk feel. As for Riverboat Gamblers, this was my first time really seeing them play. And they are my new favorite band. I am SO glad they are on Warped this summer. It makes me happy that bands like these remind me that punk rock isn’t dead.
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