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"The Great Defender"

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August 9 at Glasslands.

the Rock*a*Teens are one of my all-time favorite bands. i grew up in Atlanta and these guys shaped my musical brain in so many wonderful and twisted ways. the inspiration for our band name was taken from a RATs album, Sweet Bird of Youth, which Merge is reissuing on vinyl on June 3.

they are an incredible band and everyone should come to this show. good bye.


LP2 is Almost Done & We’re Crawling Out of Our Hole to Play a Show

that’s right. we’re playing on Thursday, January 23 at The Rock Shop with Seth Sherman & Delusions of Grand Street. we have new songs, new hair, some new faces and most importantly – A NEW SENSATION.

get tix here.

on another note, our new album is basically finished. sadly no one in my band will let me call it Street Pizza. more details/news on all of this very soon.

it’s 2013. we’re in the studio. we can’t be stopped.

yes, we’ve been rather quiet lately. no, it’s not because we don’t like you or that you smell or anything like that. we’ve just been in the studio hard at work on album #2 and it’s all very exciting.

we also just booked our first show of the new year – Friday, February 15 at Union Pool in Brooklyn opening for the inimitable Ken Stringfellow (Big Star! The Posies! more!). this is also very exciting and we’re gonna play a ton of new songs and it’s going to be wondrous so please come.

We have a Soundcloud page. Go to it.


we’ve hunkered down for the winter to work on new songs and prep for album #2. this means a lot of writing, demo’ing, more writing, more demo’ing and a fair amount of goofing off in our practice space. luckily the goofing often results in fun things like spontaneous covers, which we plan to periodically record and post to our SoundCloud page to remind you that we still exist. there’s a cover of “Nine Times Blue” by Mike Nesmith up there now.


check back regularly for more.


also: Nesmith for President.




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Saturday, May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Matchless w/Tuff Sunshine + Sky Picnic + Jumpers

•••••••••••••••PAST SHOWS•••••••••••••••

Sunday, January 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool w/Soft Gang + Ancient Sky

Friday, November 14 – New York, NY – The Cake Shop w/Doug Gillard + Tinnarose + Heavy Lights

Monday, November 3 – New York, NY – HiFi w/Kevin Devine

Saturday, August 9 – Brooklyn NY – Glasslands w/THE ROCK*A*TEENS

Thursday, January 23 – Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop w/Seth Sherman + Delusions of Grand Street – tix here

Friday, February 15, 2013 – Brooklyn, NYUnion Pool w/Ken Stringfellow + Sky White Tiger

October 16, 2012 – New York NY (CMJ)HiFi w/Ben Gibbard

March 23, 2012 – Brooklyn NY – The Rock Shop w/Harlan + Matt LeMay – tix

January 7, 2012 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s w/Kevine Devine – tix

December 2, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/Will Sheff + Sondre Lerche 

September 29, 2011 – Brooklyn NY – Union Hall w/Amy Klein (of Titus Andronicus) – tix

August 18, 2011 – New York NY – The Living Room – 9pm

June 16, 2011 – Washington, DC The Red Palace w/Kathryn Calder – tix

June 15, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA World Café w/Kathryn Calder – tix

June 13, 2011  –  Boston, MAT.T. The Bear’s w/Kathryn Calder tix

June 9, 2011 – Brooklyn NYThe Rock Shop – RECORD RELEASE SHOW w/Chris Mills + Niall Connolly – tix

May 10, 2011 – Brooklyn NYThe Rock ShopTower of Song featuring Jennifer O’Connor, Beth Wawerna, Dawn Landes & Kaia Wilson

April 14, 2011 – Brooklyn NY – The Rock Shop w/Rebecca Gates & The Consortium

November 30, 2010 – Brooklyn NY The Rock Shop w/ Palomar + The Wrens

August 10, 2010 – New York, NY – residency @ The Living Room w/Will Sheff of Okkervil River

August 17, 2010 – New York, NY – residency @ The Living Room w/Kendall Meade of Mascott

August 24, 2010 – New York, NY – residency @ The Living Room w/Charles Bissell of The Wrens

August 31, 2010 – New York, NY – residency @ The Living Room w/Timothy Bracy’s Collection Agency + Matthew Caws of Nada Surf


July 14, 2010 – New York, NYArs Nova – The 54/10 Music Marathon


June 24, 2010Brooklyn NYCoco 66 – The Northside Festival

May 25, 2010 – New York NYWebster Hall w/Roky Erickson + Okkervil River

March 20, 2010 – Austin TX – SXSW – Kung Fu Saloon – Piano’s Showcase


March 19, 2010 – Austin TX – SXSW – Rusty Spurs – Musebox/Pirate! Promotion Showcase

October 24, 2009 – New York NY – CMJ – The Living RoomMusicSnobbery Showcase


August 22, 2009 – Brooklyn NY – Union Hall w/Jennifer O’Connor, Clint Michigan and Choo Choo La Rouge

August 6, 2009 – Brooklyn NY The Bell House w/Nicole Atkins + Other Hymns


July 18, 2009 – New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge w/Mark Eitzel

June 24, 2009 – Brooklyn, NY The Bell House w/The Wooden Birds


June 1, 2009 – New York NYThe Cake Shop w/Rock Plaza Central

April 15, 2009 – New York NY The Mercury Lounge w/Hesta Prynn, Awesome New Republic, Rumspringa


March 20, 2009 – Austin TX – SXSW – The ParishConstant Artists Showcase

December 20, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Masonic Lodge
w/Will Sheff of Okkervil River and The Tallest Man on Earth

December 19, 2008 – San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord w/Will Sheff of Okkervil River


December 11, 2008 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/Will Sheff and Charles Bissell of The Wrens

November 15, 2008 – Brooklyn NY The Bell House w/AC Newman of The New Pornographers and Oranges Band


Bird of Youth (info@birdofyouth.com)

Beth Wawerna’s involvement with rock music started a couple minutes after she was born, when her 14-year-old brother stubbornly insisted she be named for the 1976 KISS power ballad”Beth.” Her parents consented – thus unwittingly sealing their daughter’s fate.

Beth now fronts her own rock band, Bird of Youth, whose debut album Defender (out May 24) was produced by Will Sheff of Okkervil River and Phil Palazzolo (The New Pornographers, Ted Leo, Neko Case), with acast of players that includes members of The Wrens, Nada Surf, The National, Okkervil River and The Mendoza Line.

Growing up in Atlanta, GA, Beth spent her formative years sifting through her brother’s abandoned record collection. She became taken with artists like Elvis Costello and The Replacements, whose rowdy intellect fit in nicely with the Southern indie-rock she’d already been exposed to – bands like R.E.M., Pylon and The Rock*A*Teens. When it came time to leave the South, Beth got a job, moved to Brooklyn, got laid off, went to bars and stayed up late with her musician friends – drinking beer and singing songs. But she was also writing songs of her own – songsthat felt both brainy and tough, thoughtful and tossed-off, vicious and vulnerable. For so long, Beth had been the consummate green-room insider, but dubious creative outsider – comfortable hanging backstage, but terrified of being on it. For that reason, she wrote for years before sharing so much as a note.But she kept writing, and the number of songs grew. Then finally, a few years down the road – armed with a collection of home-recorded demos – she mustered the courage to send them to friends, and they encouraged her to make an album.

Defender recalls the classic and college rock Beth grew up with, as well as the swagger of old New York girl groups and the insight and sarcasm the early new wave songwriters. Inherent in Beth’s voice is a cool stoicism – a dry, knowing wink that is as affecting in Defender’s moments of dark humor and ornate storytelling as it is in its flashes of unvarnished heartbreak. Beth’s dry delivery finds a perfect match in lead guitarist Clinton Newman, whose lush, multilayered harmonies and intertwining guitar parts give this record its distinctive sound – something like Chrissie Hynde fronting Squeeze orNico signed to Stiff Records. As intricate pop songcraft crumbles into gauzy atmospherics and literate observations devolve into boozy chaos, Bird of Youth’s rave-ups and kiss-offs turn indie-rock braininess back on itself with a casual frivolity.

Over the past few years, Beth has put that wonderfully unstable marriage to the test on stage, appearing with The Wrens, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, The Mendoza Line, Okkervil River, Roky Erickson, A.C. Newman, Mark Eitzel and others. With the band’s permanent lineup rounded out by bassist Johnny North, drummer Ben Lord and keyboardist Eli Thomas, Bird of Youth are currently in the studio working on their second album