Tweens Add Dates w/ Murder City & Waxahatchee, Nelsonville Music Festival

Listen to “Be Mean” on Pitchfork

 

Bridget Battle’s last band might have been a high school choir, but the 21-year-old singer for Cincinnati’s Tweens is no goody two shoes. Look no further for proof than their forthcoming Self-TitledLP, the punk-tinged debut from the trash-pop trio—Battle on vocals and guitar, Peyton Copes on bass and Jerri Queen on drums—that showcases a melodic, driven and exceedingly catchy sound that’s anything but well behaved.

Tweens only formed in 2012, but has already made a name for themselves among fans—including The Breeders, who invited the band to open for them on a recent U.S. tour. The story goes that Kim Deal booked the band for one gig on the recommendation of Jim Blaze, owner of Cincinnati record shop Shake It Records, and was so impressed she brought on band to play select East Coast gigs and a full West Coast tour. Additionally, the band toured with the Black Lips, their partners in a party-centric attitude.

Despite the established friends, Tweens are very much their own band, bratty and precocious, sincere and genuine. The band’s name conjuresjust the right image: screaming hordes afflicted with Beatlemania, teenyboppers out for a good time, the underage, over-the-top punks in Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains. Think of cheery kids at their most excited, but juxtaposed with lyrics about bad boyfriends and unrelenting independency. Tweens are not a riot grrrl revisionist band, but they are a ferociously honest one.

The trio has come a long way from their early demos and previously released Live at the Mohawk EP. Tweens, is a collection of new, garage-influenced tracks—produced by Eli Janney—sprinkled with some of the band’s older, doo-wop influenced favorites. The first single, “Be Mean,” is a biting anthem, with Battle crooning, “I want you to be mean to me,” while “Forever” harkens back to a girl-gang sound, this time with driving bass. The band sites Bay Area punks The Donnas, The Trashwomen and the Bobbyteens as influences—and that bubblegum badass vibe is apparent throughout the full-length—but the sound Tweens are creating is truly their own. So rat your hair, slip on your leather jacket and hold on tight because Tweens may be young but they’re certainly not naïve, and with the release of this freshman LP, they’re breaking curfew and nobody’s safe.

 

Tour

Feb. 03  MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH*
Feb. 07  Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA^
Feb. 08  Webster Hall  New York, NY^
Feb. 09  The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD^
Mar. 06  The End – Freakin’ Weekend V  Nashville, TN
Mar. 07  Savannah Stopover – Savannah, GA
Mar. 10  LogOn Cafe – Beaumont, TX
Mar. 12-15 SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar. 17 Low Key Arts – Hot Springs, AR
Mar. 29-Jun. 1 Nelsonville Music Festival – Nelsonville, OH

* w/ Waxahatchee
^ w/ Murder City Devils

Links

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Pitchfork Music Festival Announces Remaining 2013 Lineup

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THE 2013 PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP:

 

 WIRE, YO LA TENGO, M.I.A., LOW, SOLANGE, LIL B, SAVAGES, TORO Y MOI, PHOSPHORESCENT, METZ, AUTRE NE VEUT, MIKAL CRONIN, PARQUET COURTS, MERCHANDISE, WOODS, JULIA HOLTER, GLASS CANDY, ANDY STOTT, PISSED JEANS, FRANKIE ROSE, RYAN HEMSWORTH, WAXAHATCHEE, BLOOD ORANGE, DAUGHN GIBSON, EVIAN CHRIST, KEN MODE, WHITE LUNG and DJ RASHAD

JOINING HEADLINERS R. KELLY, BJÖRK, and BELLE & SEBASTIAN

 

and PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED ACTS: JOANNA NEWSOM, THE BREEDERS play Last Splash, SWANS, RUSTIE, EL-P, CHAIRLIFT, KILLER MIKE, TNGHT, SKY FERREIRA, …AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, MAC DEMARCO, FOXYGEN, ANGEL OLSEN, TRASH TALK, and TREE

 

JULY 19-21 AT CHICAGO’S UNION PARK

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Year after year, the Pitchfork Music Festival presents new, cutting edge artists and this year continues that tradition. The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival, happening Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21 at Chicago’s Union Park, rounds out its lineup with an extremely diverse group of emerging artists and established legends. Added to Friday’s lineup are Wire, Mikal Cronin, Woods, Pissed Jeans, Daughn Gibson, and Frankie Rose. Saturday sees more performances by Andy Stott, Solange, Merchandise, Ryan Hemsworth, Metz, Low, Savages, Parquet Courts, Julia Holter, Ken Mode, and White Lung. And Sunday now includes Glass Candy, M.I.A., Evian Christ, Yo La Tengo, Autre Ne Veut, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, and DJ Rashad. It’s the summer’s most adventurous festival.

 

Three-day passes are currently on sale for $120 and single day tickets are available for $50 each. Three-day passes always sell out very quickly. As previously mentioned, for the full price three-day pass, the festival is offering a special layaway program that allows fans to purchase the pass in three installments.

 

PURCHASE PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS HERE:

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THE 2013 PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP:

 

Friday

Björk

Joanna Newsom

Wire

Woods

Mikal Cronin

Angel Olsen

Pissed Jeans

Daughn Gibson

Trash Talk

Frankie Rose

 

Saturday

Belle & Sebastian

Solange

The Breeders play Last Splash

Savages

Swans

Rustie

Low

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Phosphorescent

Andy Stott

Mac DeMarco

Ryan Hemsworth

Julia Holter

Parquet Courts

Merchandise

Metz

Ken Mode

White Lung

 

Sunday

R. Kelly

M.I.A.

Yo La Tengo

Lil B

Toro Y Moi

TNGHT

El-P

Killer Mike

Chairlift

Foxygen

Sky Ferreira

Glass Candy

Autre Ne Veut

Evian Christ

Waxahatchee

Blood Orange

DJ Rashad

Tree

 

In its eighth year, the independently run, three-day event continues to be one of the most inviting, reasonably priced, and exciting weekends of music around, offering a carefully curated lineup reflecting the best of what is happening in music.

 

In addition to its musical offerings, the Pitchfork Music Festival also features a wide array of other activities. The fest not only supports local businesses with its 50 individual vendors and specialty fairs, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole to 50,000 attendees of all ages from all over the world.

 

Pitchfork is the essential guide to independent music and beyond. With more than four million unique readers and 40 million page views per month, the site has earned an extremely loyal following and a reputation as being one of the world’s most trusted music publications.