Brenden Kelly, of The Lawrence Arms, reflects on the last six-years of blogging.
As for things I’ve learned that aren’t about the craft of writing: Don’t say shit that’s controversial or antagonistic unless you’re sure you mean it or you REALLY don’t care. The internet is full of trolls and all they want to do is hurt people who make stuff (even stuff as inconsequential as a dumb blog or thought catalog listicle). That’s just their general MO. If you insult something they like, watch the fuck out.
Jason Tate on 04/16/14 - 11:53 AM
The Lawrence Arms have announced some Midwest tour dates for May and June. Check the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/15/14 - 11:16 AM
Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms has written a blog about getting old in punk-rock. Or something like that ... my own old age has led to me having to squint to read the text on the screen.
That’s why people were so blown away when a band like the Starting Line made these songs that resonated with so many people. “That kid’s only fucking 17!” motherfuckers were saying, and that’s why when Nomeansno put out the spectacular All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt a few years back, people were like, “DAAAAMN! These old ass men have not lost a SINGLE FUCKING STEP!!! They’re still THE BEST!” (go listen to the song Mr. In Between if you doubt the fury of the mighty, unbreakable power of Nomeansno, and...
Jason Tate on 03/19/14 - 08:00 PM
Brendan Kelly's latest blog is for all aspiring musicians out there.
Get out there and play as soon and as often as possible, because you’ll never be good until you start figuring out what you really sound like, and the only way to do that is to watch strangers, who don’t give a fuck about your feelings, get bored and walk away during your long, meticulous intro or guitar solo. Comedians talk a lot about how the only way to get good at standup is to bomb, and the same goes for playing rock and roll. Until you’ve tried ‘em out on other people, chances are, you THINK your ideas are way cooler than they are. Playing in front of people will slap your blinders off fast. The best crash course...
Jason Tate on 02/07/14 - 03:19 PM
"You were vintage clothes, simple prose, the eighth wonder of the world"
Staff ReviewsThe Lawrence Arms - Metropole (Scott Weber)
You Me At Six - Cavalier Youth (Jack Appleby)
Hailey, It Happens - Under the Brilliant Lights (Craig Manning)
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags (Chris Collum)
Driftwood - Driftwood (Gregory Robson)
The Square (Jonathan Bautts)
Chris Collum on 01/27/14 - 08:39 PM
We recently interviewed Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms about what went into the making of the band's first full-length record in almost 8 years. Metropole will be officially released on Tuesday through Epitaph.
There’s something fascinating to me about living in a huge metropolitan area and being totally alone even though you’re surrounded by people. That feeling of being lost in a crowd or alone in a group, it’s one of the thematic drivers that we really latched onto when we were making this record.
Deborah Remus on 01/22/14 - 08:13 AM
"Your tells are so obvious."
ReviewsSecond Story - Not The Same As Last Year EP (Ryan Gardner)
Lakefield - Swan Song (Craig Manning)
Blitz Kids - The Good Youth (Andy Biddulph)
Abram Shook - Sun Marquee (Gregory Robson)
Young the Giant - Mind Over Matter (Gregory Robson)
The Past (Jonathan Bautts)
InterviewThe Lawrence Arms (Deborah Remus)
Ryan Gardner on 01/22/14 - 07:40 AM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) has written up a new blog talking about some of the philisophies behind why they play songs, as well as addressing a few comments he's seen about the band's new album.
Two things though, real quick before I go, and these are only tangentially related to the above musings: 1) a few people have expressed disappointment in the fact that there are references to Twitter on this album. The arguments seem to be either A) that’s gonna date this record, bro… besides, technology is kind of a faux pas in general when it comes to creating stuff of a certain caliber or B) Twitter is too stupid to sing about. But I disagree with both of these assessments and here’s...
Jason Tate on 01/21/14 - 11:14 AM
You can stream the new album from The Lawrence Arms, Metropole, in the replies. You should definitely do that. And if you missed our recent podcast talking about the album, check that out after.
Jason Tate on 01/20/14 - 11:28 AM
Watch The Lawrence Arms' music video for "Seventeener (17th and 37th)" on Spin.
Alex DiVincenzo on 01/06/14 - 07:06 AM
The Lawrence Arms will be touring the United States next year and you can find the dates in the replies.
Deborah Remus on 12/23/13 - 01:58 PM
Brendan Kelly's latest blog is about how we all fucking hate each other.
You’re a religious guy? There’s some asshole atheist out there who thinks you’re fucking stuuuupid. You’re into sports? Here’s someone who is angry about the hegemony of warrior/slave culture. You’re angry about the hegemony of warrior/slave culture? We’re just trying to party over here, bro, don’t fucking break my stride with that shit. You just want everyone to have enough food to eat? You’re a communist. You’re quiet? Speak up, loser. You’re loud? Shut the fuck up. It goes on and on like this. Fuck, even if you’re a total centrist on every single position, extremists think you’re a pussy and the rest of us think...
Jason Tate on 11/25/13 - 01:41 PM
The Lawrence Arms will release Metropole on January 28th. The album artwork work can be found in the replies.

Track Listing
1) Chilean District
2) You Are Here
3) Hickey Avenue
4) Seventeener (17th & 37th)
5) Beautiful Things
6) Ancheron River
7) Metropole
8) Drunk Tweets
9) The YMCA Down The Street From The Clinic
10) Never Fade Away
11) Paradise Shitty
12) October Blood
Jason Tate on 11/22/13 - 09:56 AM
The Lawrence Arms will release Metropole, their sixth studio album, first for Epitaph Records and first in eight years, on January 28, 2014. The first song released from that album, "You Are Here," is streaming on Noisey (read an interview there, too) and in the replies.
Thomas Nassiff on 11/18/13 - 09:31 AM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) has written a blog about the why we need bands of all politics in music.
There are plenty of bands who don’t give a shit. There are plenty of bands who are morally ambiguous. There are plenty of bands who whip the crowd into a frenzy and plenty of bands who don’t give two fucks if there are any women in the bands they play with. Isn’t it awesome that there’s a band out there that ISN’T that? You don’t have to love em. But it’s so fucking important that they exist, if for no other reason than because they’re putting the boundary marker waaaaay out there for us all to see, so that when we consider the potential for a political bent in a band, it gets all...
Jason Tate on 11/13/13 - 12:41 PM
The Lawrence Arms will be playing a New Years Eve show at Concord Music Hall in Chicago.

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Jason Tate on 11/12/13 - 10:43 AM
The Lawrence Arms have signed to Epitaph Records.
We’re super excited to announce that the Lawrence Arms have signed to Epitaph. We went and visited them in LA, we had some laughs and some grilled cheeses. We talked to Brett underneath the original painting of the Against the Grain cover (awesome!) and we thought that, shit, what better way to come back from a long break than on the label that put out most of the records that got us into punk rock in the first place? You know what? That’s all true, but sheesh…why do we even need to explain this to anyone? It used to be, a band just made a move and people were left to whisper about what happened, why, how it’ll change shit etc. like a...
Alex DiVincenzo on 11/04/13 - 08:21 AM
Boys Night Out's Make Yourself Sick, Matchbook Romance's Stories and Alibis, The Lawrence Arms' The Greatest Story Ever Told and Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below all came out 10 years ago today. Which one(s) do you still find yourself listening to?
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/23/13 - 08:36 AM
We recently interviewed Chris McCaughan to discuss his new Sundowner record and what's going on with The Lawrence Arms. Neon Fiction is being released this coming Tuesday through Fat Wreck Chords.
I think that’s kind of the idea, to me we’re making a record that’s not just an acoustic record from a guy in a punk band. This is something fully thought out, fleshed out, in a different way.
Deborah Remus on 08/29/13 - 01:17 PM
In the replies, you can watch some live video PropertyOfZack shot of Nick Diener of The Swellers' Warped Tour Acoustic Basement set in which he covers The Lawrence Arms and Weezer as well as performing an original song.
Drew Beringer on 08/02/13 - 12:26 PM
The Lawrence Arms are teasing new album info later this week.

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Jason Tate on 07/29/13 - 10:22 AM
Comedian Kyle Kinane and some of his friends (among which is musical guest Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms) put together a self-proclaimed 'love letter to Chicago' comedy show a few months ago, and the general public is finally able to purchase it starting today. Entitled 'Dancing Around the S*** Fire,' it highlights Kinane's "return to a sold out crowd to confess his hilariously true stories and hijinks of living in the ‘Windy City’." You can check out the purchase optionshere.
Cody Nelson on 07/23/13 - 08:22 AM
The Lawrence Arms have finished tracking their new record.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 06/12/13 - 08:59 AM
Although it's tough to hear, you can head to the replies to watch The Lawrence Arms' performing an untitled new song.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 05/25/13 - 11:59 AM
The Lawrence Arms are in the studio to begin work on their sixth full-length.

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Chris Collum on 05/09/13 - 05:54 AM
Brendan Kelly has updated his blog discussing straight edge, 15 years later.
When it began, straight edge was a term coined by Ian MacKaye in a Minor Threat tune and it had to do with his personal technique for keeping it together and how it sometimes made him feel like an outsider. He’s been pretty vocal about the fact that he never set it up to be a dogma or anything. In fact, in the very song where he lists off what gives him his ‘straight edge,’ he literally says “listen, there’s no set of rules.” However, like so many people who condemn homodom based on scripture, yet persist in eating shellfish, a lot of people took the “I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t fuck” section to be...
Jason Tate on 02/07/13 - 11:48 AM
The Lawrence Arms will release an album this year. They've got eight demos done and they're finishing three more tonight.
From The BandWell, well, well, after 7 of the most boring years ever, we are finally back up to speed with this 'making records' shit. We've got 8 demos in the can, we're doing 3 more tonight. That's an album, folks. After Australia, we'll lay it down for you people proper like. Get stoked, turdlets.
Keagan Ilvonen on 01/27/13 - 11:05 AM
The always quotable Brendan Kelly recently sat down for a very in-depth interview with The Inertia.
From the InterviewSo I was thinking about this interview I read with Billie Joe Armstrong around ‘99, and he said something to the effect of: “The way I know if my lyrics are good is if I’m nervous to sing them in front of people.” Like, if the content kind of freaks you out, that’s when you know you’re getting somewhere. So these songs were coming out kind of weird, and I was like, “Let’s push them to be even more…dark.” And I am nervous, and that’s why the song about cutting up little kids and stuff, that kind of came out of that entire notion.
Jason Tate on 01/23/13 - 12:19 PM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) has updated his blog talking a little about mental health and our nation's current problems.
From the Blog The funny thing is, here in America, we’ve closed down all the supercomputer repair shops except for the ones that are located inside jails. Beyond that, because these computers are SO powerful, we, as a nation have decided to be very, very afraid of people with malfunctioning computers to the point where we stigmatize and marginalize them. Consider that.
Jason Tate on 12/17/12 - 11:28 AM
Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) offers some advice for would-be interviewers.
From the BlogSo, here’s the worst possible interview questions that you can be asked, in no particular order: “What does your band sound like, for those people out there who haven’t heard you?” “Who are your influences?” “What does your band name mean?” and finally, my personal least favorite “What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on tour?” Let’s go through these one by one and discuss why they’re questions that suck.

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Jason Tate on 12/03/12 - 12:45 PM
Brendan Kelly has confirmed that The Lawrence Arms have recorded five demos for the upcoming record.
From His BlogLook, I don’t know. I don’t know what this record is gonna be, but it definitely continues the Lawrence Arms tradition of being totally different than what we did before. It’s not Oh! Calcutta! and it’s not Buttsweat and Tears. In fact, we were talking about this last night and if you’re the kind of dork that spends way too much time thinking on the Lawrence Arms catalog (and that’s exactly the kind of dork I am) then this next bit may be interesting. If you’re not, you may want to just skip it and get on with your life.
Deborah Remus on 11/22/12 - 07:45 AM
Asian Man Records is re-pressing The Lawrence Arms' Ghost Stories and Cocktails & Dreams. More information coming soon.

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Drew Beringer on 11/06/12 - 11:00 AM
Looks like Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) is contributing some back-up vocals for Alkaline Trio's upcoming album.
Drew Beringer on 10/23/12 - 02:55 PM
Watch Brendan Kelly perform a new song titled "The Profiteers" in the replies. The track might find its way onto the upcoming record by The Lawrence Arms.
Deborah Remus on 09/13/12 - 02:39 PM
Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms recently performed a new song called "These Pigs Seem to be Getting the Best of Me" -- Kelly said that the song would probably appear on the band's next album. Check it in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/10/12 - 12:24 PM
Check out our interview with Brendan Kelly here. We discuss his new project, The Lawrence Arms, his blog and more.
From the InterviewMe and Chris have gotten together three times already to show each other stuff. Right now we’re in the beginning stages of getting our footing back and remembering what the band sounded like. I’ve got three songs that I’ve showed him along with some other ideas and he's showed me two songs himself. It’s in the early stages, but that stuff has the tendency to start rolling pretty fast once it’s been started. We’re hoping to get in the studio sometime before the summer ends.
Deborah Remus on 04/27/12 - 08:51 AM
We'll be interviewing Brendan Kelly this week so feel free to leave any questions you might have in the replies.

EDIT: Interview is completed and will be posted soon.
Deborah Remus on 04/23/12 - 04:02 PM
Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms stopped by "Complete Control with Joe Sib" and performed a track from his current project. Check it out in the replies.
Jason Tate on 03/26/12 - 04:03 PM
The Lawrence Arms will release a DVD titled An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstance on June 5th. The trailer is in the replies and pre-orders can be found here.
Deborah Remus on 03/15/12 - 01:21 PM
Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms has a new project called Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds. A three song digital EP, A Man With The Passion of Tennessee Williams, will be released on December 27. A full-length will be released in February though Red Scare.
Deborah Remus on 12/07/11 - 11:01 AM
The Lawrence Arms will release An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstance sometime late this summer. A preview can be seen here.
Deborah Remus on 04/08/11 - 06:20 PM
Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms and Toby Jeg from Red Scare recently did an interview with Propagandhi. Watch it here.
Deborah Remus on 01/31/11 - 04:03 PM
Anchorless Records announced that they will start to release a four way split 7" series this spring. The first one will feature Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms, Mike Hale from Gunmoll/In The Red, Chris Cresswell from The Flatliners and Jeff Rowe.
Deborah Remus on 01/18/11 - 07:49 PM
Over the weekend Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba and The Lawrence Arms' Brendan Kelly shared an on-stage kiss at the bottom lounge in Chicago. Head to the replies to watch the video.

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Matthew Tsai on 11/30/10 - 08:58 PM
The Lawrence Arms, AM Taxi, and White Wives will be playing a few shows together. Dates are in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/29/10 - 10:48 AM
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