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February 9, 2016

photo: Krieg at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Krieg

Neill Jameson's black metal outfit Krieg is playing some shows in 2016. A full tour hasn't been announced, but we know they're at least playing Baltimore and NYC.

The NYC show happens at Saint Vitus on August 13 with FIN, Angmar, Unholy Spirits and Dumal. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Krieg released their collaboration with The Body late last year. You can stream a track from that below...

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photo: Magic Circle at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Magic Circle

Boston doom band Magic Circle are playing some shows here and there in 2016 after releasing the excellent LP Journey Blind in 2015. They'll be in NYC in March playing Saint Vitus on March 11 with support provided by Ecstatic Vision (who also put out a solid album last year), Sanhedrin and Polygamist. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream Journey Blind and check out tour dates below...

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photo: George Clinton & P-Funk @ Beekman Beer Garden, 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
George Clinton

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Fetty Wap, Post Malone, Monty @ Irving Plaza
Fetty Wap's debut album spawned four charting singles and about twice as many could-be singles, but you already know this because you couldn't leave your house last year without hearing them. Tonight's the first of two Irving Plaza shows with frequent collaborator Monty and "White Iverson" rapper Post Malone.

Matthew Logan Vasquez, Hideout @ Baby's All Right
Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez is taking the solo route this year, and going by what we've heard from his new project so far, it's definitely on the rockin' side.

Baio, The Range, Griffin Camper @ Bowery Ballroom
The new Vampire Weekend album is supposedly in the works, but in the meantime bassist Chris Baio is taking time to focus on his solo career. (And as you probably know, Rostam left the band.) If you like VW's unique brand of pop, you'll probably dig Baio too.

George Clinton And Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King Blues Club
The sound of R&B and hip hop would be very different today without George Clinton and P-Funk's pioneering, out-there sounds. He still pilots the mothership with skill and grooves.

Mardi Gras Bash w/ Hungry March Band, Jonathan Toubin, Baby Soda @ Bell House
It's Fat Tuesday and you can celebrate at this Mardi Gras bash hosted by Tanya Soloman featuring the expert selections of DJ Jonathan Toubin, and the fun Hungry March Band.

Lupe Fiasco @ Wellmont Theatre
Lupe Fiasco came out of the gate with the very strong Food & Liquor in 2006, but kinda lost it a bit after 2007's The Cool. That was no longer true after last year's Tetsuo & Youth though, his best album in years.

Stalley, Torae, Ace Cosgrove, ISAIAHTHE3RD, Corey Lee @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Ohio rapper Stalley returned late last month with the Saving Yusuf mixtape, which features Big K.R.I.T. and more. Tonight's his first NYC show since its release.

Chris Gethard @ UCB Theatre
The very funny Chris Gethard does another of his 'Career Suicide' shows tonight, "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." Usually he does them at Union Hall, but tonight he returns to UCB, one of the places he got his start.

Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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February 8, 2016

Dan Hicks RIP

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Dan Hicks, whose eccentric style earned him a cult following and laid roots for the Americana sound, died on Saturday (2/6), after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 74. From the New York Times:

At a time when rock was getting louder and more aggressive, Mr. Hicks's instrumentation -- two guitars (Mr. Hicks played rhythm), violin and stand-up bass, with two women providing harmony and backup vocals -- offered a laid-back, all-acoustic alternative that was a throwback to a simpler time, while his lyrics gave the music a modern, slightly askew edge.

He came to call his music "folk swing," but that only hinted at the range of influences he synthesized. He drew from the American folk tradition but also from the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, the Western swing of Bob Wills, the harmony vocals of the Andrews Sisters, the raucous humor of Fats Waller and numerous other sources.

The 1972 album "Striking It Rich" by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.
"It starts out with kind of a folk music sound," Mr. Hicks explained in a 2007 interview, "and we add a jazz beat and solos and singing. We have the two girls that sing, and jazz violin, and all that, so it's kind of light in nature, it's not loud. And it's sort of, in a way, kind of carefree."

Dan, you will be missed but your music and influence live on. Rest in peace.

Check out a few videos and song streams of Dan, below.

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by Bill Pearis

Star Wars Headspace

As if not content with movies, Blu-Ray, videogames, books, comics, and trading cards, the Star Wars universe is now officially expanding into dance music. Executive produced by Rick Rubin, Star Wars Headspace is an album featuring Royksopp, Flying Lotus, Rustie, Shlohmo, Breakbot, Baauer and more contributing songs that incorporate Star Wars clips and sound effects. Zane Lowe premiere Flying Lotus, Baauer and Rubin's own contributions to the album on his Beats 1 radio show and you can listen to those, and check out the full track list, below.

Not on the album: Meco, whose disco-fied version of John Williams' Star Wars theme (mashed up with the "Cantina Band" song) was a number one hit in 1977. If you've never heard that, you can stream that below too.

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photo: Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Down

The fallout from Phil Anselmo's racist actions at Dimebash continues, and now the French government is getting involved. Down are scheduled to appear at Hellfest in Clisson, France, a huge metal festival which relies on a certain amount of funding from the local government. Now, according to Metal Injection, the government, led by senator Bruno Retailleau who represents the region of the country that hosts Hellfest, are threatening to pull that funding if Down is allowed to stay on the bill, claiming that their presence would constitute a violation of French anti-hate speech laws.

Festival promotor Ben Barbaud has refused to pull Down, offering the following explanation via Le Huffington Post:

Anselmo apologized repeatedly. He even offered to leave the band to do no harm to his comrades, who must also be disgusted with what happens. Everyone agrees that this is unacceptable and that the metal scene is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. I know Phil Anselmo very well, who came many times to Clisson. And I am convinced that his apologies are sincere. Hellfest, we never had this kind of behavior, no one has ever seen or wear distinctive sign or speech, both live and in houses. I deeply believe that he is a good person. He is a provocateur who plays the big guys and loses foot when he's drunk. He made a huge mistake. But people who make populist shortcuts and say horrors when they have three grams of alcohol, one can find many, including Vendee.
Barbaud did add that it's still possible Down could cancel the appearance on their own. Stay tuned for any updates.

Meanwhile, Anselmo recently made another public appearance that was maybe (?) intended as an extension of his apology. He joined the black R&B group The A League on stage at the Atlanta karaoke event Scaryokee when they sang Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road." He didn't sing with them (he ended up doing a Smiths song on his own) but he danced and put his arm around the members and led the crowd in cheering for them. Make of it what you will. The video is below.

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Anthrax Hanukkah

We all know that metal-themed holiday sweaters are the best gifts one can give. But in the case of the above Anthrax sweater, which the metal band sold last year, it apparently wasn't band's gift to give. In news that combines three of our favorite things (lawsuits, Jewish holidays and online metal writing), Anthrax are being sued for $1 million by a man, Aaron Cummins, who claims they appropriated the design of his Happy Hanukkah sweater (minus the Anthrax part) he created in 2012. Cummins is also suing Rockabilia (who sold the sweater), and the company that manufactured it, for copyright infringement.

The funny part about this is that sweater design actually came from a joke post on Metal Sucks by writer Axl Rosenberg, who jokingly headlined that the band was selling Hanukkah sweaters and photoshopped an Anthrax logo onto an existing hanukkah sweater. The band actually ended up making and selling some of the sweaters, and he we are. Be careful what you photoshop!

photo: Power Trip at Hammerstein Ballroom in January (more by Nick Karp)
Power Trip

Thrash revivalists Power Trip are currently on tour with Lamb of God, Anthrax and Deafheaven (pics from NYC), and after that they'll be playing some headlining shows in the US and in Europe (they haven't yet announced all tour dates). One of those will be in NYC at the Acheron on April 16 with Vanity, Aggression Pact, Razorheads and Outskirts.

The night before, the Acheron will play host to a related show featuring Ajax, Impalers, S.H.I.T., Mirrors and Triage on April 15. The singer for Impalers is Power Trip drummer Chris Ulsh, and both shows are definitely worth catching. Tickets for the Impalers show and the Power Trip show go on sale Wednesday (2/10) at noon.

Check out music from both bands below, along with all currently known dates...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Big Freedia at FFF Fest 2015 (more)
Big Freedia

Fresh off an appearance on Beyonce's instantly-beloved New Orleans-inspired song "Formation," New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia has expanded her upcoming tour schedule. For one of her shows, she'll be the special guest with NOLA brass band The Soul Rebels on February 25 at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC. That's the first of a three-night stand for The Soul Rebels at that venue. Natasha Diggs opens.

The other two Soul Rebels shows are with Talib Kweli, with Buckshot, Smif N Wessun and Kirk Knight joining on 2/26 and Rakim and Nigel Hall joining on 2/27. Special guests are also promised both of those nights. Tickets for all three shows, including a three-night pass, are available.

Freedia is also set to drop her new single, "I Heard," on February 23. While you wait for that, revisit "Formation" and check out her list of tour dates, below...

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Ty Segall

Nardwuar has just released a video interview with Ty Segall -- it's the first the Canadian icon has released since his stroke last year. Happy to report Nardwuar is in typical chipper and obsessive form, pulling out obscure facts from Ty's past and showering him with a variety of gifts. We learn about Ty's connection to Carol King, The Surfaris, and Laguna Beach, plus an anecdote about playing frisbee while on mushrooms. Glad to see you're doing well, Nardwuar! Watch the video below.

Ty, who just released a short film and is a producer on the upcoming Death By Audio documentary, will be in NYC soon when his tour with The Muggers hits Webster Hall for two shows at the end of the month.

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