Monday, October 27, 2014

Picture Dump 10.28.2014: CMJ Edition

The Shows: Sunset Guns (Derek Hawkins and Jon Mann, SZ #10) at Legion w/ Faux Ferocious (TN), iVAMANOS!, The Unders, Fine Peduncle (TN) Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hearts Bleed Radio Official CMJ showcase presents The Planes (Stephen Perry, SZ #2 and Brian LaRue SZ #30), The Jeanies (Joey Farber, SZ #23), The Black Black (Jon Daily, SZ #26), and Sunset Guns at Legion w/ pow-wow!, GHOST PUNCH, Light Therapy — Friday, October 24, 2014.

Depicted below: The Unders, iVAMANOS!, The Black Black, pow-wow!, The Planes, GHOST PUNCH.


— DJH, BW, + JM

Tuesday, October 21

The Unders:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Square Zeros #30: Brian LaRue (The Planes, Shelter Dogs, The Blowout! Dialogue From A Silent Film, Women's Basketball, Pet Rescue)

It’s tough to know where to start with Brian LaRue, because he’s such a damn talented dude and has a hand in such a cool batch of projects.

You might know him as the Telecaster wizard in the indie rock outfit The Planes, which you’ll find playing scruffy pop tunes all over the north Brooklyn circuit. Or maybe you recognize him as the crooner at the front of the more aggressive four-piece Shelter Dogs or the bassist in brooding post-punkers Dialogue From A Silent Film. Have you been to a show at Pet Rescue, the cozy, off-the-grid DIY space by Cooper Park? Brian’s the brains behind that. And if you’re really lucky, you might have caught him performing a solo set as Women’s Basketball. He’s also a hell of a good writer, especially when it comes to music.

If there’s a way to package all that, it’s this: when Brian leaves his stamp on something, it’s unmistakable. You can hear it in his knack for vocal melody, his proclivity for big yet tasteful guitar riffing, and his mordant and often hilarious lyrical emanations. No fucking pretense.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ZeroFest Pictures: Chris Giorgione Edition

Y'all might have noticed a handsome devil with a nice camera lurking in the crowd during ZeroFest. That's our pal Chris Giorgione, a videographer based here in Brooklyn. He's a music lover, an ace with a Canon Rebel, and an all around solid dude, and he does a lot of work on behalf local bands. He shot a bunch of great video and photo during ZeroFest and we'll be posting it here over the next couple weeks. For starters, here's a taste of night one at Human Head Records, featuring Spaghetti Blacc, Clean Girls, The Amputees, and your beautiful faces.

Square Zeros Show Listings, CMJ Edition, Tues–Sat, Oct. 21–25

Square Zeros Show Listings, CMJ Edition, Tuesday–Saturday, October 21–25

[[TUESDAY, October 21:]]

If the event name bears out, this might be the first and last CMJ show you attend. Ginger Core Kills CMJ presents our favorite psychic slack rockers Chimes (Win Scarlett, SZ #18) via a staggered pricing system that pays you in pizza to come early and charges you not unfairly to come later. Show up fashionably early to get down w/ Dream Police, Survival, Psychic Blood, Natural Velvet, Sediment Club at Silent Barn 5:30pm FREE before 8pm/$5 8-10pm/$10 10pm-2am LINK


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Square Zeros #29: Leah Wellbaum (Slothrust, Slothbox)

"...Oh — you want that one? ...Yeah, alright, sure." — Leah Wellbaum, when asked if we could use Slothbox, "Did You Hear About the Devil?" for Square Zeros

Here at Square Zeros, we never claim that it's going to be easy to pull out old recordings and reveal them to strangers, or even your fans. We're continually impressed with our guests' willingness to pull out the tapes and blast those old songs; more often, we're impressed by how awesome those songs are.

When we contacted Leah Wellbaum of riffy Brooklyn indie rockers Slothrust about coming on the show, we got a positive response and one of those brilliant moments that reminds us why we do this:

p.s. my old project is solo and it is called Slothbox! I think there is a tape coming out of it actually. It's a lot of old casio keys and me singing about vomit and kidnapping.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, October 15–19

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, October 15–19

[[WEDNESDAY, October 15:]]


Now, we tend not to promote out-of-town shows, because a lot of bands we feature are touring bands, and it'd get way, way out of hand to list all of them. That said, when you take a bruise like Chris from GYMSHORTS (SZ #27) did at Don Pedro last weekend entertaining our Brooklyn family, you acquire certain perks and privileges that reach beyond mere in-town show promotion. So hey, if you're in Providence tonight — hell, you probably don't need us telling you to see GYMSHORTS — but we'll do it anyway: get your ass down to their homecoming show, because you know a band's never better than when they've got homefield advantage at the end of a long string of shows w/ Whore Paint, Hard Nips, Downtown Boys at AS220 8:30pm $6 LINK

Pictures of your post-homecoming show bruises should be directed to squarezeros(at)gmail(dot)com.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Picture Dump 10.14.14: The Mad Doctors, Gymshorts, Big Huge

The show:  The Mad Doctors release show and tour kickoff (Greg Hanson and Seth Applebaum, SZ#20, with Josh Park), Gymshorts (SZ#27), Big HugeThe Rizzos, Graveyard Lovers, Friday, October 10, Don Pedro. 

Depicted below
:  The Mad Doctors, Gymshorts, Big Huge. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

In Defense Of: Dashboard Confessional

This In Defense Of was contributed by Alexandra Smyth, a Brooklyn-based writer, poet, and Swiss Army Romantic.

I'm cringing, just a little, as I write this.
Chris Carrabba. Photo: CC, freschwill.

Now, don't get me wrong — I am one thousand percent here to defend Dashboard Confessional to you, dear reader. But the very essence of what I think makes Dashboard Confessional worth defending — their earnestness — is the very thing making me cringe right now. I'm betting deep down that earnestness is what makes you bag on them too.

Think back to when you were 16. For the sake of this essay, I'm going to talk about myself, but I want you to think about who you were at that tender age as well. At 16, I was chubby and excruciatingly awkward girl growing out an ill-advised pixie haircut. I made my own T-shirts emblazoned with phrases like "geek rock" and took photos of decaying things for my photography class. I had a terrible crush on a boy with a hot pink mohawk who in turn was in love with the prettiest punk girl in our neighborhood. My entire existence that year was that of a perpetually skinned knee — raw and obvious and oozing. Everything felt painful all the time, and it makes me squirm just to think about it. Maybe you're wincing too, thinking about your former self.

I was already listening to emo — of course I was — the usual Vagrant Records and Saddle Creek suspects, but when I heard The Swiss Army Romance for the first time it felt like I had made a tremendous discovery. Here was a man completely exposed and unafraid to tell the world how he was really feeling: Chris Carrabba was practically drowning in his own vulnerability. I had never heard anything like it. Dashboard Confessional was a band that embraced the feelings I had trouble expressing, who wrote songs that even seemed to celebrate these unpleasant feelings, in their own odd way.

With lyrics like "as for now I'm gonna hear the saddest songs / and sit alone and wonder how you're making out," and "close lipped / another good night kiss / is robbed of all its passion," I finally felt like someone got it. Now, I'm not here to defend the quality of these lyrics. This is not good writing, by any means, but I do think there's a real, if misguided, bravery present here. For many people, and more specifically, for many awkward 16 year old girls, it's not easy to say how you really feel, especially when the feelings are this jagged. It takes a certain level of courage to make declarations like “this is where I say I’ve had enough / and no one should ever feel the way that I feel now / a walking open wound / a trophy display of bruises / and I don’t believe that I’m getting any better." At 16, I ate it up. At 28, I want to give Carrabba a hug and ask him if he needs help finding a therapist. The lyrics are borderline histrionic, but he’s obviously feeling these feelings, and at 16 I felt them too. It’s hard to listen to, and it’s painful to remember.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Picture Dump 10.07.2014: ZeroFest Special Edition, Night Four

The Show: ZEROFEST 2014, October 2–5.

Night Four, Don Pedro

Depicted below The Rizzos, The Big Parade, Chandeli'ers, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky, Big Quiet, The Neighbors, The Othermen

Saturday, October 5

The Rizzos:

Picture Dump 10.07.2014: ZeroFest Special Edition, Night Three

The Show: ZEROFEST 2014, October 2–5.

Night Three, Shea Stadium

Depicted below: The Meaning of Life, Mumblr, Space Merchants, Chimes, Crazy Pills

Saturday, October 4

The Meaning of Life:

Picture Dump 10.07.2014: ZeroFest Special Edition, Night Two

The Show: ZEROFEST 2014, October 2–5.

Night Two, Bermuda Triangle

Depicted below: The Planes, The Black Black, Mad Doctors, Sunset Guns, Hounds Basket 

Friday, October 3

The Planes:

Picture Dump 10.07.2014: ZeroFest Special Edition

The Show: ZEROFEST 2014, October 2–5.

Thus concludes the inaugural ZeroFest. What a weekend! You guys are awesome. Never underestimate just how many incredibly creative and talented and positive people there are around you all the time, kicking ass and making great art. Rest assured we're already planning the next one. We were totally prepared to learn from our mistakes, and then everything went perfectly at every moment.

Except the police action at Bermuda Triangle, of course. That was unfortunate, and we apologize to Vulture Shit, who didn't get to play, and their friends, who didn't get to see them. We also apologize to the righteously unapologetic Stephanie Browne of Bermuda Triangle, who hosted one of the best shows we've ever seen and handled those cops like a pro.

Thanks to everyone who helped organize ZeroFest, the twenty-plus bands that played (that's like eighty individual musicians!), everyone at the excellent venues that hosted us, and everyone who came out or showed support.

In fact, this seems like the perfect opportunity to introduce you all to Bettina Warshaw, who's been behind the scenes of all of this, running our social media game and basically making sure you knew when and where to be and who was going to be on stage. She's officially a part of the Square Zeros family now, and her involvement in ZeroFest was absolutely indispensable. Here she is, slugging drums for The Rizzos, literally embodying everything we do.

Without further ado, we've got four nights of craziness to document. And these are just our personal photos; expect more photos from our homeys who are better behind the lens. And hey — if you're good with a camera and ever want to help us out at one of our shows, you know where to find us at squarezeros(at)gmail(dot)com.

Depicted below:

Night One at Human Head Records: Spaghetti Blacc, Clean Girls, The Amputees
Night Two at Bermuda Triangle: The Planes, The Black Black, Mad Doctors, Sunset Guns, Hounds Basket
Night Three at Shea Stadium: The Meaning of Life, Mumblr, Space Merchants, Chimes, Crazy Pills
Night Four at Don Pedro: The Rizzos, The Big Parade, Chandeli'ers, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky, Big Quiet, The Neighbors, The Othermen

Thanks so much, guys. Seriously.

— DJH, BW, + JM

Thursday, October 2

Spaghetti Blacc: