The Replacements – Tickets – Forest Hills Stadium – Forest Hills, NY – September 19th, 2014

The Replacements

Bowery and Madison House Present

The Replacements

The Hold Steady, Deer Tick

Friday, Sep 19, 2014

6:30 pm

Forest Hills Stadium

Forest Hills, NY

$35.00 - $59.50

Tickets Available at the Door

The Replacements
The Replacements
Along with Prince and Husker Du, The Replacements put Minneapolis on the rock map in the 1980s. Among America's greatest alternative acts of the last two decades, The Replacements rose from chaotic noise-makers to polished craftsmen, leaving at least three unqualified masterpieces in their wake. In a perfect world, Let It Be, Tim, and Pleased To Meet Me would have all gone platinum -- but then again, endearing imperfection was always a hallmark of this band's music.

The Replacements formed in the wake of the punk explosion of the late 1970s. Their anarchic stage shows had earned them considerable notoriety in local clubs (in fact, they had to change their name from The Impediments after a particularly disruptive performance in one such nightspot). Indie label Twin/Tone took note and signed the quartet, and their first album, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash was issued in 1981. That disc and the E.P. that followed in the next year (Stink) were both pretty much standard-issue hardcore thrash.

With 1983's Hootenanny, however, audiences began to take notice of the songs beneath all the sound and fury; "Color Me Impressed" had exactly that effect on discerning rock listeners. By 1984's Let It Be, The Replacements' exponential growth as musicians – and most particularly, Paul Westerberg's growth as a writer – was undeniable. The album topped critic's polls across the country and earned The Replacements a place on the roster at Sire Records.

Many alternative music fans cringed at the thought of their beloved 'Mats on a major label, but the arrival of Tim in 1985 proved their fears unfounded. Packed with rough-hewn anthems like "Kiss Me On The Bus" that were both catchy and to-the-heart honest, the album drew at least as much acclaim as its predecessor. The band's concerts remained wildly uneven, however, and their reluctance to embrace the then-new medium of music video hampered The Replacements' chances at broader success.

When the follow-up album, Pleased To Meet Me, came out in 1987, it was minus the band's original guitarist, Bob Stinson, who'd been fired for substance abuse. The personnel change may have contributed to the record's more polished sound, but Westerberg's songs remained as wonderful as ever. It was becoming clear that The Replacements had their eye on a mainstream audience, and 1989's Don't Tell A Soul included their first near-hit, "I'll Be You," which reached #51. But the album didn't follow suit, and by the time of their final album All Shook Down in 1990, the group was ready to call it a day, with Tommy Stinson forming his own band and Westerberg embarking on a solo career.
The Hold Steady
The Hold Steady
Things to know about The Hold Steady:

* "Teeth Dreams" is the sixth album from one of America's most acclaimed rock bands.

* This is their first release in four years. Their last, "Heaven is Whenever," came out in May 2010.

* The songs on "Teeth Dreams" came together over the past three years. Many of them went through significant changes along the way. Four years is the most time between any two The Hold Steady releases.

* Guitarist Steve Selvidge joined The Hold Steady for the "Heaven is Whenever" tour. "Teeth Dreams" is the first THS release where Selvidge participated in the writing and recording. A number of the songs were written at sessions in Memphis, where Steve lives.

* The album was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has produced records by Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost and more.

* "Teeth Dreams" was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, TN. It is the first record that THS has made outside of the NYC area.

* This five-piece line up (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) of the band showcases a bigger and tougher sound. The guitars are especially present on this release.

* This is the first release on the band's own Positive Jams imprint, which is in partnership with Washington Square/Razor & Tie.

* The title "Teeth Dreams" refers to a common nighttime dream. Dreams about teeth are usually triggered by anxiety. Anxiety is a theme that shows up in a number of songs on the album.

* The band recently launched an official fan club called The Unified Scene, and released a five song covers EP to the members of the club.

* The Hold Steady played their first show in 2003. They are entering their second decade as a band. The Hold Steady has been cited as influential by numerous rock acts such as Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, Frank Turner and many others.

* THS has toured heavily, and has played at least one show in all 50 states. They achieved this in summer 2013 when they played a show in Wyoming, the last state on their list.
Deer Tick
Deer Tick
John McCauley and Deer Tick have long walked a tightwire between total despair and fractured resilience, but Negativity represents a heroic leap forward on virtually all fronts for the Providence, Rhode Island-based band. Recorded earlier this year in Portland, Oregon with legendary producer/musician Steve Berlin (The Blasters, Los Lobos, and last year's McCauley side project, Diamond Rugs), the album –Deer Tick's fifth full-length studio release, and follow-up to 2011's acclaimed Divine Providence – is McCauley's most personal work thus far as well as the band's most undeniable and universal, their famously freewheeling musical approach refined here into a gloriously cohesive whole.
Deer Tick – sounding as sure-footed as one would expect from a band who have spent a couple of hundred nights each year on stage for more than half a decade – more than match the strength of the songs by taking a more detailed approach than on some of the breakneck recordings of their past. From the sparkling baroque pop of "The Dream's In The Ditch" (penned by guitarist Ian O'Neil) to the full-blown Memphis showstopper, "Trash," Negativity sees the Tick bridging boozy punk, AM gold, bar band blues, country soul, and whatever else catches their fancy into their own profoundly American rock 'n' roll. Additional sonic color comes courtesy of magnificently arranged brass accompaniment by Austin, Texas's GRAMMY®-winning Latin fusion collective, Grupo Fantasma.
While Deer Tick have been rightfully hailed for their raucous rave-ups and substance-fueled fervor, Negativity places considerable focus on the band's nuanced and tender side, with notable highlights including the wrenching breakup ballad, "Hey Doll," and the stunning "In Our Time." Written from his father's perspective, the song is a timeless country tearjerker featuring McCauley's good friend, singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton singing duet vocals in the "role" of his mom.
"I guess I'll catch you on the other side," McCauley sings in the album's final moment, a promise that, despite the pain and fatalism and yes, negativity, he's here for the long haul. Heartbreaking, fist-pumping, and ultimately life-affirming, Negativity stands as an indisputable high water mark for Deer Tick – a defining collection from a rock 'n' roll band driven by an undying faith in the power of redemption and transcendence.