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February 12, 2016

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: La Misma at Death By Audio in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
La Misma

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.

In terms of new music: Finnish grinders Rotten Sound released a new song called "Brainwashed." Stream that below (via Metalsucks).


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...

Continue reading "Skeletonwitch have a new singer, Anvil touring, Despise You playing NYC before MDF, & more heavy news"

(photo by Vincent Arbelet)
The Soft Moon

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...

Continue reading "The Soft Moon streaming remix comp, add third Brooklyn show to tour (updated dates)"

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.

Continue reading "Arabot releasing 'The Gospel' (stream a new track, "I Run")"

by Andrew Sacher

Benny Hester

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.

Continue reading "Benny Hester giving the first-ever release to his 1972 rock album with Elvis Presley's backing band (stream a track)"

photo by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

ty segall
ty segall

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.

Continue reading "Ty Segall & The Muggers played "Candy Sam" on 'Colbert' (video)...and a secret late show at Baby's All Right"

Kanye West

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.

Continue reading "Kanye West says new album will be out today, added more tracks to it, including "30 Hours" (listen)"

by Bill Pearis

The Essex Green

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.

Continue reading "The Essex Green working on first new LP in 10 years, playing Vermont's Waking Windows fest (line-up)"

photo: Brian Wilson at Jones Beach in 2015 (more by Greg Cristman)
Brian Wilson

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.

Continue reading "Brian Wilson expands 'Pet Sounds' 50th anniversary tour"


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).


Tickets for the Lamb of God, Corrosion of Conformity, and Clutch show at The Paramount go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the New Order show at Radio City Music Hall go on BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. Use code VEGANORDER.

Tickets for the third acoustic Smashing Pumpkins/Liz Phair show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Ought and Priests show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Sonics show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Julien Baker show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Beach Slang, Potty Mouth, and Dyke Drama (Sadie from G.L.O.S.S.) show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kevin Morby and Jaye Bartell show at Rough Trade go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Chairlift matinee show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fruit Bats show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the two Bryan Ferry shows at the Beacon Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Peelander Fest with Peelander-Z , Kaiju Big Battel, and friends at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Thurston Moore Group show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the House of Pain shows at Wellmont Theatre and Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Robyn Hitchcock / Emma Swift show at Grand Victory go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Hall & Oates/Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings show at PNC Bank Arts Center go on sale tomorrow (2/13) at 10 AM.

Tickets for all six Comedy Bang Bang shows at Gramercy Theater with Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins, and Lauren Lapkus go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for that Battles show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Wild Nothing show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fat White Family/Dilly Dally shows at Baby's All Right and Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at noon.

Single Day Tickets for Governors Ball are on sale now.

Tickets for the Del the Funky Homosapien show at Brooklyn Bowl go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the two Rogue Wave shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW are on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the second Florence and the Machine/Grimes show at Barclays go on LiveNation presale today at 10 AM. There's also a Pandora presale.

There's a TIDAL presale starting at 10 AM for the Beyonce tour.

Tickets for the Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner-curated Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in Wisconsin go on sale today at 11 AM.

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.

EDM Festival Electric Daisy Carnival has revealed its (mostly lame) lineup. Tickets are still available.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.