The Rock*A*Teens
August 9-10, 2014

Here’s a pair of shows we never thought we’d get to see, let alone help to make happen: the first NYC-area performances since 2002 by the glorious and recently reunited Atlanta band The Rock*a*Teens. Opening these insanely special shows will be Bird of Youth (on August 9, at Glasslands, in Brooklyn) and Will Sheff of Okkervil River (August 10, at Le Poisson Rouge). But don’t take our word for it:

“In that they were ‘arguably’ the best American rock ’n roll band of the ’90s, it is safe to say that the Rock*A*Teens were also the most underrated American rock ’n roll band of the ’90s.” —Dan Bejar, Destroyer

“I often make the outrageous drunken claim that the Rock*A*Teens were the best rock and roll band of the 1990s. It’s sort of ridiculous to say, but as I write this sentence stone sober and drinking a glass of juice, I still kind of believe it. I keep waiting to not believe it, as I very frequently don’t believe all kinds of outrageous claims that I make, but…I’m pretty much ready to double down; this disastrously scrappy Atlanta band with their not-very-good-sounding recordings and their name half-swiped from a 50’s rockabilly outfit were…okay, let’s not say the ‘best,’ because I don’t really believe there’s any objective truth when it comes to evaluating music – let’s say they were my favorite.  They had more great records than Nirvana (although no defining masterpiece), were (a tiny bit) smarter and had more at stake than Pavement, were more consistent than Guided by Voices, and had better all-around songs than Galaxie 500. So, though I love all those other bands, I’m going with them.”  —Will Sheff, Okkervil River

with Bird of Youth
8pm doors / 9pm show / 21+
289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
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with Will Sheff (Okkervil River)
& Ricer
7pm doors / 8pm show / all ages
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NYC
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