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Teen-Beat 26th Anniversary Performances

Teen-Beat newsletter no. 79 : Teen-Beat 318


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UNREST
TEEN-BEAT 26TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCES

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See the clubs' websites for details.

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
July 6,
at Johnny Brenda's
UNREST,
THE ROPERS,
KEVIN BARKER (Currituck Co.)
MC: Jonny Cohen

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY
July 7,
at Maxwell's
UNREST,
THE ROPERS,
BLOODY AMATEUR (Tel Aviv/Prosaics)

CAMBRIDGE, MA
July 8,
at T.T. the Bear's Place
UNREST,
BOSSANOVA,
ROBERT SCHIPUL,
YASMIN KUHN (Flying Saucer)

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
July 9,
at The Bell House
UNREST,
VERSUS,
THE RONDELLES (original trio),
BOSSANOVA,
COTTON CANDY
MC: Patrick Bryant (SOMERVILLE SPEAKOUT)

WASHINGTON, D.C.
July 10,
at The Black Cat
UNREST (Bridget, Phil, Mark)
UNREST ('83-'86, Phil and Mark with Tim Moran, short set),
UNREST ('88-'89, Phil and Mark Dave Park, short set),
VERSUS,
THE RONDELLES (original trio),
BOSSANOVA
MCs: Jonny Cohen and Patrick Bryant

CARRBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
July 11,
at Cat's Cradle
TRUE LOVE ALWAYS,
BOSSANOVA
MC: Patrick Bryant (SOMERVILLE SPEAKOUT)



UNREST will be reuniting to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Teen-Beat this summer. Six east coast concerts will feature other Teen-Beat bands as well, some of whom are contemporary and some of whom who will also be reuniting and playing their first shows in years.

From 1991 to 1994, Unrest's line-up of Bridget Cross, Phil Krauth, and Mark Robinson lit up the indie-rock world with their many seven-inch singles, their seminal "Imperial f.f.r.r." album, and their "Perfect Teeth" album co-released with 4AD and produced by Duran DuranÕs Simon LeBon. Spin magazine named their landmark "Imperial f.f.r.r." album album as one of the top ten of 1992 and in 2009 Amazon.com ranked it as the fifth greatest indie-rock album of all-time. Teen-Beat recently reissued the album on deluxe edition CD and 180gram colored vinyl LP.

This is only the second time the band have performed together in the last sixteen years. They performed a one-off show at the Teen-Beat 20th Anniversary concert at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2005. The Washington, D.C. show will not only feature a headlining set by Bridget, Phil, and Mark, but will also feature a performace by the original Unrest line-up of Phil, Mark, and Tim Moran and yet another set with Phil, Mark, and Dave Park, who was in the band during the Malcolm X Park and Kustom Karnal Blackxploitation albums. Tajinder Chadha, who performed with the band at the 1984 Wakefield High School talent show, might also sing one or two songs.

THE RONDELLES' original trio of Yukiko Moynihan, Oakley Munson, and Juliet Swango will be performing for the first time in over ten years. Formed at high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the band moved to Washington, D.C. in 1998. In 2008, Teen-Beat released "In Your Face," a collection of the band's first demos, and "Good Enough for Gravy" a live and studio collection of material from the band's last year.

VERSUS played scores of shows with UNREST in the early 1990s and the two bands appear together for the first time in 16 years. The New York City band are also indie-rock pioneers. The recently re-formed trio line-up of Ed Baluyut, Richard Baluyut, and Fontaine Toups released the classic "The Stars are Insane" album for the Teen-Beat label in 1994 and have a brand new album due on Merge Records in August of 2010.

THE ROPERS are one of Slumberland Records' greatest exports. The band released their last album, "The World is Fire," on the Teen-Beat label in 1997, and has played only two shows in the past 10 years.

BOSSANOVA's song "Blue Bossanova" is the best-selling download from the Teen-Beat catalog. Leader and song-writer Chris Storrow put together one of the best albums of the decade with the band's "Hey, Sugar" album. These will be some of the band's first east coast shows.

TRUE LOVE ALWAYS' John Lindaman attended Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia with Teen-Beat founder Mark Robinson. True Love Always have released five albums and a handful of singles of their breezy bossanova-inspired indie-pop on Teen-Beat. Drummer Matt Datesman also plays in Teen-Beat trio Flin Flon, and bassist Tony Zanella performs frequently with +/- {Plus/Minus}.

ROBERT SCHIPUL made his first demo tape of piano-based songs for Teen-Beat at the ripe young age of 13 in 1994. This tape has been remastered and will be released on June 1, 2010 under the title "Cute-Core." He has performed only a handful of times and lives in the Boston area.

BLOODY AMATEUR is Andy Comer who was a founding member of Teen-Beat band Tel Aviv and Matador Records band Prosaics. Bloody Amateur's debut album is due out on Teen-Beat later in 2010.

YASMIN KUHN's old band FLYING SAUCER released a seven-inch single on the Teen-Beat label in 1991. She recorded a (still) unreleased album for Teen-Beat under the moniker Cobalt in 1993 and has since played in Boston band Bottleneck Drag. She lives in Providence and designs jewelry.

PATRICK BRYANT (SOMERVILLE SPEAKOUT) of WMBR radio at MIT reads the gripes and groans of his fellow Somervillans every week on his radio programme. In 2009 he released the entertaining "Somerville Speakout" greatest hits compilation on Teen-Beat.

JONNY COHEN has been associated with Teen-Beat for over twenty years. He sings both humorous and thoughtful acapella songs. Not to be missed!

COTTON CANDY is the newest project from Unrest's Mark Robinson and Evelyn Hurley (Blast Off Country Style). They sing obscure AM radio jingles of yore and throw in their own catchy indie-pop as well. Their debut album was released in 2010 on Teen-Beat.
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