Review: Joyce Manor at the Phoenix Theater

Joyce Manor (photo: Derek Nielsen) Droves of eager post-emo and punk kids filed into the Phoenix Theater on a chilly May evening, where jackets quickly peeled off, giving way to the seductive pull of a mosh pit. Under the vibrant haunt of red and green lights, Brown Bags exploded onto the Phoenix’s practiced stage, guiding the crowd closer, as if letting them in on a precious secret. The youthful mass (and their somewhat older counterparts) leaned into the lure of Brown Bags’ airtight melodies and impassioned singing, hanging on to every chord with an appreciative bob of the head. Brown [...]

Get ready to headbang May 3 – Brown Bags is opening for Joyce Manor

Indie rock will collide with pop-punk in the raddest of ways when Brown Bags and awakebutstillinbed open for Joyce Manor at Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater on Thursday, May 3. Brown Bags hails from Santa Rosa, California, and is no stranger to the graffiti-splashed walls of the Phoenix, where hoodie-swaddled concert goers wear nostalgia and love for the seasoned venue like a badge of the highest honor. This past January, Brown Bags released their second album, Twenty-Something Mutant Nobodies via Side With Us Records. Impassioned songs like “Walnuts” and “No Matter” dig under your skin and remain there, feeling somehow familiar and [...]

Review + Photos: Joyce Manor, WAVVES, Culture Abuse at the UC Theatre

Joyce Manor (photos: Estefany Gonzalez) Going out and partying the night before Thanksgiving has become a tradition in itself, making Wednesday night a satisfying bookend for Joyce Manor, Wavves, and Culture Abuse's US tour at the UC Theatre in Berkeley. California is home to all three acts, but the homecoming was particularly triumphant for Culture Abuse. The last two years have been a hell of ride for the San Fransisco punks — their debut album Peach was on Best of 2016 lists across the board and they have spent every waking moment since then touring the world. As guitarist Nick Bruder began punching [...]

Review: Frances Quinlan made us cry and Barry Johnson was at the Chapel

On January 13, 2016, Frances Quinlan of Hop Along and Barry Johnson of Joyce Manor did something they rarely do, play solo. This will always be remembered as the night Frances Quinlan made me cry and Barry Johnson made me admit I like Joyce Manor. The crowd was a good mix of young and younger. Lots of plaid, baseball caps, and black clothes. Gladly there was less of those loud pop punk screaming fans. These fans seemed more real. They were there to listen, and actually take in the music of these musicians. When Frances Quinlan came on stage, the [...]

Barry Johnson & Frances Quinlan to play solo at The Chapel on Jan 13

Whenever you are connected to the phrase “pop-punk” it’s harder to be taken seriously. I’ve seen Joyce Manor live a couple of times, twice when they were opening for Conor Oberst’s punk band, Desaparecidos. I had almost no clue who Joyce Manor was or what to expect from them. What I caught myself in was a massive amount of enthusiastic teens throwing their bodies around the crowd and my shoulders. Teens that used “pop-punk” as a compliment, a way to describe their way of life and even their favorite pizza place. I am still not sure if I should be [...]

Joyce Manor, Desaparecidos, Touche Amore to play Regency Ballroom

Joyce Manor Last summer, Joyce Manor released Never Hungover Again – their 20-minute Epitaph debut that see's the band clearly moving their sound forward and looking towards a career playing their brand of nostalgic pop-punk. Their music has drawn comparisons to Jawbreaker, The Descendent's, and The Smiths, but never feels like a cheap replica. The Jawbreaker comparison is apt more than just as a sonic reference point- Joyce Manors primary singer/songwriter Barry Johnson has developed a culty fan base much like Jawbreakers Blake Schwarzenbach. This culty fervor has carried Joyce Manor from house shows in Torrance to a slot at 2015's Coachella Festival. Never Hungover [...]

Giveaway: Desaparecidos with Touché Amoré at The Regency

Fronted by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame, Desaparecidos are returning to The Regency on April 16 with an impressive cast of openers. Joining the Nebraska emo-punks will be two equally catchy Southern California hardcore bands — Touché Amoré and Joyce Manor. Lucky for you, we're giving away two pairs of tickets for this stacked bill. I've seen all of these bands play FYF Fest in Los Angeles and none of them let the energy drop for even a moment during their respective sets. It seems fair to assume April's show will be no different. To enter for a chance to [...]

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