Recent Posts in music - Page 2
February 12, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: La Misma at Death By Audio in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As always, there's a ton of metal and hardcore stuff happening in the NYC area. Here's a roundup of some of the latest.
As we get ready for the annual giant Decibel tour that this year features Abbath, High On Fire, Tribulation and Skeletonwitch, we recently found out that, following the sad departure of longtime Skeletonwitch frontman Chance Garnette, the new vocalist on this tour and beyond will be Adam Clemans of the great Wolvhammer. As we wait to see whether he can fill those shoes, here are some recently-announced shows you might be interested in.
'80s dudes Anvil are touring a ton in in 2016, including a show in NYC at Black Bear on May 14 and in Long Branch, NJ at Brighton Bar on May 13. Tickets for Black Bear are on sale now, while you can get the NJ tickets at the door.
Local punks Crazy Spirit and Warthog have a show coming up at Palisades on March 12 with Sadist, Savageheads, Mommy, Nandas, Murderer and Spitehouse. Tickets are on sale now.
Also at Palisades, hardcore band La Misma will be playing with Sadist, Green Beret, Pure Disgust and Blood Pressure on April 15, and tickets for that are on sale now. La Misma are also opening for Framtid when they play the Acheron on March 25.
LA powerviolence legends Despise You are playing a NYC show right before they hit Maryland Deathfest. They'll be playing a show at Saint Vitus on May 26 with Yacoepsae, Sanitys Dawn, Whoresnation, Six Brew Bantha and Backslider. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Over at the Acheron on March 14, you'll have a chance to see the killer double-bill of LA blackened thrashers Witchaven and like-minded Dallas rippers Steel-Bearing Hand. Tickets for that are on sale now.
You can always do well to scope out what's going on with our metal experts over at Invisible Oranges. Like this week they've plumbed the depths of bandcamp to find some great stuff that you probably have never heard of. And they reviewed the excellent new Ghostlimb album, which you can stream below.
Now on to some reminders. Since we last spoke, much has been announced, like Black Dahlia Murder, Nails, Magic Circle/Ecstatic Vision, Krieg, Lamb of God/Corrosion of Conformity/Clutch, Graves at Sea, and Royal Thunder.
There's also five Killswitch Engage shows, Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, Grim Reaper, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse and Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell.
Not to mention Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
Thought there wasn't more? Think again. Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. Check out music from Steel-Bearing Hand, Witchaven, Warthog, Rotten Sound, Ghostlimb, and tour dates for Anvil, below...
(photo by Vincent Arbelet)
The Soft Moon will be in NYC this weekend for shows at Market Hotel and Saint Vitus, both of which are now sold out. If you want more, you're in luck: The Soft Moon have just added another show, playing Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on Thursday, February 18. That's a late show (midnight doors) and tickets are on sale now.
On the minus side: the band's van was broken into in Oakland, CA a couple weeks back, and thieves made off with synths, guitars, merch and other stuff. There's a Go-Fund-Me set up if you'd like to help out.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with a stream of their upcoming remix LP, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot will follow last year's You Bunch of Idiots EP with their first full length since 2013's self-titled, The Gospel, on February 26 via Fysisk Format. So far they've released two songs, and we've now got the premiere of a third, "I Run." It's got vocal angst that's almost Nirvana-ish, but with sinister piano parts that make it much more than grunge revival. Listen, with the other two songs, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Singer/songwriter Benny Hester got most famous as a contemporary Christian artist (including his hit "When God Ran"), but before that he was a rock musician who recorded an album in 1972 that never got released. It was recorded with Elvis Presley's backing group, The TCB Band, which included Ron Tutt, James Burton, Glen Hardin and Jerry Scheff, as well as Larry Muhoberac and Joe Osborn. The album, titled Benny..., very much sounds like a rock album of that era, and the music will likely be a lot more interesting to readers of this website than "When God Ran." The album comes out next week (2/19) via Moraine Music Group (pre-order via PledgeMusic), and we've got an early listen of its track "Give Your Love Forever." Check it out below.
photo by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Ty Segall & The Muggers were in NYC last night to play The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They performed "Candy Sam" from Emotional Mugger, and going with the title, Ty showered the audience with assorted sweets. Video of that is below.
After that, Ty and the band (which includes King Tuff, Mikal Cronin and Cory Hanson from Wand) headed to Baby's All Right for their own (secret) late show -- playing a wild, tequila-soaked set that started well after 2 AM. Can't complain about the start time too much, it was free. We'll have a full set of pics and report of the mayhem soon. Stay tuned.
Kanye West still hasn't actually released his new album, but now he tweeted "Now that the album is finally finished it's back to Good Fridays" and released a new song. It's called "30 Hours." It samples Arthur Russell's "Answers Me." Listen below.
UPDATE: Now he says, "The album is being mastered and will be out today... added on a couple of tracks." (Leave it to Kanye to add more tracks after hosting the album listening party at Madison Square Garden.) "30 Hours" is one of the tracks. Check out the new tracklist below.
by Bill Pearis
Former Brooklynites and makers of '60s-inspired baroque psych pop, The Essex Green, have been, for the most part, in hibernation since 2006's Merge-released Cannibal Sea. They regrouped last year and are finishing up work on their first album in 10 years. The band's website offers up the portrait above and promises "details soon" of a new record and tour, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can listen to 2003's The Long Goodbye and Cannibal Sea.
The Essex Green have announced they'll be playing the sixth edition of the Waking Windows Festival takes place May 6-8 in downtown Winooski, VT. This year's lineup also includes includes YACHT, Protomartyr, Waxahatchee, Mac MacCaughan, Speedy Ortiz, Plants and Animals, Low Cut Connie, Lady Lamb and more. Tickets are on sale, and the full lineup is listed below.
photo: Brian Wilson at Jones Beach in 2015 (more by Greg Cristman)
Brian Wilson recently announced that he's playing the second-best Beach Boys album Pet Sounds in full on tour this year for its 50th anniversary. That tour, which includes NJ, CT, Levitation in Austin, Primavera Sound in Spain, and more, has now been expanded. Still no NYC show, but you can check out the list of updated dates below. As mentioned, Brian and his band will be joined by fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.
If you missed it, read our list of Beach Boys Albums Ranked Worst to Best.
Yesterday, Kanye West debuted his new album The Life of Pablo at MSG, and one particular that took the internet by storm was "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that bitch famous." First TMZ reported that Taylor Swift approved of it in advance, and then Jon Caramanica revealed that her spokesperson actually said she "declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a song misogynistic message." Now Kanye has responded in a series of numbered tweets:
Meanwhile, still no actual sign of his album being released. Update: He insists the album will be out today (with additional tracks).
Jake Bugg plays Bowery Ballroom on March 21. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Big Black Delta plays Baby's All Right on May 11.Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.