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The Teen Age

Out In The Streets Festival comes to Ridgewood, Queens on 7/16 and 7/17

Whoever said Queens isn’t cool (hey! it's the new Brooklyn!) surely must not have heard of the Out In The Streets Festival coming to the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood for its fourth year on July 16-17.  Filled with some of our favorite local artists, such as The So So Glos and Frankie Rose, the festival is primarily a rock'n'roll fest. Bands will be playing with a backdrop of art, food and the Ridgewood market.  We’ve prepared a playlist to give a taste of the artists playing this weekend, but be sure to head over to the Out In The Streets festival to hear them for yourself. - Madeleine Grossman

The Teen Age plays Rough Trade tonight (03.31) and tomorrow (04.01)

Even though The Teen Age's recently released EP 'Bad Seed' was written as an “ode to growing older,” single “Backwards” feels emotionally rooted in the now. Under the production eye of Jason Finkel at Converse Rubber Tracks studios, the band makes the most out of immediately catchy guitar riffs and a joyously propulsive rhythm. While the verses may bring to mind early days of The Strokes, the chorus serves to elevate the track into an instant classic.  With its pairing of a guitar line melody with the vocal hook “I don’t want to live without you – I just keep on falling backwards,” the song is bound to woo fans of the heart-tugging surf-pop of Beach Fossils. This week the garagey quartet is playing two consecutive nights at Rough Trade: the first show is tonight (03.31) with Slaves,  the second one tomorrow (4/1) with two other Deli NYC favorites Celestial Shore and Monogold. - Dave Cromwell


The Teen Age celebrates release of new EP at Mercury Lounge on 3.3

Listening to The Teen Age is like running into old high school acquaintances – the ones that walked the line between fun, rebellion and recklessness – and realizing that they have grown up. The Brooklyn band has managed to retain the wonder of adolescent fervor within their matured sound, polished but with an edge. And their new EP Bad Seeds is a testimony to that; its youthful energy coursing through the verve of sprightly guitar riffs - and sagacity attained only through time.
Having cut their teeth performing for bands such as Twin Peaks, Diarrhea Planet, and Palma Violets, you know that this is a band that can pack a punch and blow you away in a live performance. They release their new EP on March 4 and are celebrating with a party on 3.3 at Mercury Lounge. Can’t wait two weeks to see them, then don’t worry. They’re playing Union Pool 2.19 and Pianos 2.23. - Adriana S. Ballester


The Teen Age celebrates release of single "Low Cunning" tomorrow (04.07) at Shea Stadium

The Teen Age have been active for quite some time in the Brooklyn scene, but their mix of Punk and traditional American Rock hasn't lost any of its power and attitude. They recently teamed up with Brooklyn's Old Flame Records to release a new digital single entitled "Low Cunning," streaming below. They will be celebrating this release tomorrow (April 7th) at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best punk/garage songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Weekly Feature: The Teen Age plays three NYC shows in November

Expectations for your mid-20s are fuzzy at best, and The Teen Age seem set upon doing what comes naturally. The band creates some of the best locally-sourced, fuzzed out garage rock (although brewed in Brooklyn basements), but what really sets them apart is an ability to seamlessly incorporate styles like doo-woop and surf punk into their sound. Buried under waves of reverb, The Teen Age write songs about an extended adolescence, told through experienced eye. Songs for, maybe not a lost generation, but definitely one waiting for that next band to sweep them off their feet.

- Read Emilio Herce's interview with The Teen Age.
- See The Teen Age live at Pianos on November 11 and 18, and at Mercury Lounge on 11.24.


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