It’s Spring. Dingus is on a crash course of internal improvement and now we’re here to present to the second in our now repeating show series, No More Love. For nearly two years we’ve hosted twenty-nine events, completely free for our fans; now it’s time to step it up. Get ready for an art show from the Freesnacks Collective and performances from Napoleon, The Harmonica Lewinskies, Sons of an Illustrious Father, Lexie Roth and Nine Violet. We’ll be wishing a safe and successful journey to the SOAIF summer tour and digging deep into our pockets to provide you with a revamped bar and new installation art for the main concert space at Freecandy. Come on out and support the bands- then black out and forget the night ever happened… until next time. Don’t forget to RSVP on our facebook event page so we know how much booze to buy for you crazy kids. [Facebook Event] @Dingusonmusic
On April 19th we had an epic show over on our home turf at Freecandy. The line up was composed of The Gradients, Lil Kids, Napoleon, Ghost Pal and Happy Lives. 1.21 Gigawatts, one of Brooklyn’s most grassroots publications, organized a fine arts show for the gallery space and all was swell. Traditionally, we got fucked up and had an amazing time. Thank got nobody got knocked out this time. Emotions run high. And now for some photos from Adhat Campos. @Dingusonmusic
Having just released their latest album, Wyldlife played at Maxwells to celebrate and introduce their fine new tracks. I wasn’t about to miss this one. For those who have never seen Wyldlife play live, let me explain to you what it’s like: it’s high energy, a lot of jumping and sweating and most important, a lot of great music. Their album release show was no different. As soon as the band took the stage in front of a packed house, Dangerous Dave steps up to the mic and states “this is our new album”. Without missing a beat the band starts playing track 1, ‘The Right!’. After that it was one after the other, track by track, exactly how it reads on the back of the album sleeve.
Their songs are fast and come at you even faster. You have to be ready. You have to be ready to possibly get your foot stomped on or get pushed backwards and forwards. Not at all in an aggressive way but more in a “hey, we’re all friends here, let’s dance.” By the end of the night your mouth hurts from smiling and laughing so much, seriously, it’s all in good fun. With the crowd going wild with each song and the band started to engage their faithful audience. Samm and Spencer leaped into the crowd and got carried by the sea of people shouting out their lyrics. I always get nervous when they do that because I don’t want to see them hit the ground and smash their heads or more importantly, their guitars. Of course they didn’t fall and the crowd sent them safely (debatable) back to the stage.
With the sweat dripping down my face and my hair a total mess, the boys finished playing The Time Has Come To Rock And Roll in it’s entirety. However, we weren’t done with them. We wanted more and wouldn’t be satisfied until we got another song out of our rock and roll heroes. They obliged and played ‘City Of Inbreds’, a track off their first album. Every single person in the room sang at the top of their lungs and ate up every last second to fulfill their need for rock music. As the night ended and I made my way home, I couldn’t help but smile and replay the night in my head. Rock and roll isn’t dead, it’s very much alive and it’s waiting for you to listen. @LeahLovecat
Today I sit here. It is noon. Sasha Geffen is landing from Chicago and Freecandy is gearing up. In twelve hours- with a joint in hand, I will turn twenty four. Today, tonight we re-invent events. We bring back the Blue Blood and Fresh Arrest records for those who missed the early days. The days when a man asked not what his band could do for him, but what he could do for his band. But least important of all is the fact that I’ve been putting one foot in front of the other for twenty four short years. Short they are, when you do what you love- and goddamn do I love Dingus and all it stands for in audio culture.
God Save MCFK by Ghost Pal (Brooklyn, New York) *
Tonight we pay our respects to some of the greats- pioneers; talent filled faces that pour their hearts into your earbuds so that morning commute, that long drive, that dark night is consoled. God Save MCFK. God save us all. This one’s for the bands busting out new material: The Gradients, Ghost Pal, Happy Lives, Lil Kids, & Napoleon. Some of my best friends, some of my best enemies- all drunk tonight, together, for the start of something new.
Now a toast. To a year and a half of bare knuckle boxing in preparation for the title fight. To the music we grew up with, the music we challenge. We’re here to represent you and your heart- so send us your songs. [Facebook Event/RSVP] @Dingusonmusic
‘Don’t Tell Me’ by Empress Of (Brooklyn, New York) *
Four months ago, Empress Of released ‘Dont Tell Me‘- the single with a crushing turn around, a singular dynamic play that emphasized the epic interstellar sound creating perfection. Then I find out that she (Lorely Rodriguez) is playing tonight at Muchmore’s. I’ll see you there. @Dingusonmusic
Tonight, our beloved partnership with Meme Movement is about to pay up yet again for you show-goers. Only two weeks fresh from our last showcase, the next event will feature headlining heroes, Porches supported by one of my personal favorite line-ups; a line up that I’ve had the distinct pleasure of booking. Year on a Mountain, Viva Mayday, Battle Ave and Nelsonvillains will be striving for enlightenment from the time the doors open (at 830pm), assuring a night of powerful indie rock to help frame that dangerous ego. Join us, as we break in one of Brooklyn’s finest venues, Freecandy, and remember, it’s always free admission before 930pm, at our shows ($5 after). Make sure to invite your friends – don’t let live music die. Dingus
One of my most recent NYC finds is the insanely memorable Jesse Scheinin Band. I was first exposed to their contagious brand of experimental, jazz-infused indie rock at Evan Shinners’ New Cull; I was immediately attracted to their long winded, thoughtfully elaborate melodies. But don’t take my word for it, here’s their impromptu performance in Central Park.
This past week I’ve been talking, a lot, about an event we call New Cull – last night was number 8. It’s a special little gathering put together by the esteemed Evan Shinners and my very own Meme Movement with a unique little twist: there’s no way you’re getting in. New Cull is an exclusive event, for performers, by performers, where every member of the audience has, or will play at the event. It’s in this quiet little apartment, transformed into art space, that some of the most progressive, forward thinking artists of our generation come together to showcase new ideas, get drunk, and goof off. As always, the night began with a Shinners poem, setting a mood intrinsic to the gathering; a satirical darkness, a laughable seriousness. And from that moment on, well, I’ll let the videos do the talking. We were graced with performances by (in order of video) The Jesse Scheinin Band, Michael Thurber, and Adrianne Lenker.
If your local in New York City tonight, come down to Hank’s on the corner of 3rd Ave. and Atlantic, and see the Itchy Hearts play along side PopulationControl and Bears in a Temple for Midgets (yes). The Hearts, for years, have been one of the most powerful folk-punk infusions in the DIY scene. Take advantage of this opportunity while they’re still playing the Big Apple because you never know when Andy Cobb and his crew will be packing up for tour, again (spoiler alert, it’s soon).
If there’s a New York city rock guru alive and well these days, it’s certainly Alfonso Velez. Perfectly pacing his live performances, when Velez takes the stage, nothing feels more natural. Rockwood Music Hall is his Meadowlands, so come out on March 10th and be a part of one of the warmest shows in town. Get the details from the omniscient facebook.
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