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March 27, 2015
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.
Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.
Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...
March 26, 2015
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
Rat Fist / Pianos Become The Teeth / Single Mothers
The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 continued on Friday (3/20), once again bringing a handful of bands to the venue's two stages from noon to 6 PM. This one was co-presented with Invisible Oranges.
Unfortunately, Walter Schreifels' band Vanishing Life had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, so Creepoid were moved from the outside stage to the inside stage and the show got a slightly later start. But other than that (and some rain), day 2 went off without a hitch.
Philly's Creepoid, who since ran into some legal trouble, started the day on a psychedelic note, with hazy smoke machines filling the room and their bass and their swirly logo (emblazoned on their bass drum) lit up from inside the drum. It was the perfect setting for their rocking shoegaze. After them it was Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. The band's currently a power trio, and while Kevin's equally (or better) known for acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, they stuck mostly to their harder material which was a great fit for the day's bill. After them was The Velvet Teen, the shapeshifting rock band who are about to release their first full length in nine years on Topshelf. They played mostly stuff off that album, and the new songs sound good: like a mix of their indie rock early years and the artier tendencies they took on later on.
After Velvet Teen, the inside stage went officially into heavy mode with Canadian punks Single Mothers. They were in beast mode as usual and got a good amount of the crowd rowdy as well, with a handful of people up front shouting along. Then came their Canadian neighbors KEN mode who have a new bassist and a new album on the way that they previewed a handful of songs from. The new stuff has them sounding a little less metallic and a little more AmRep noise rock. It sounded great. They were followed by Power Trip, who recall a handful of early thrash and crossover bands but sound way too urgent to come off as retro. Like they tend to do, they had the whole room turned into a total madhouse. Wrapping up the inside stage was United Nations, one of Geoff Rickly's current bands. Their album makes a joke out of punk rock (while also being a killer punk album), and they did the same at their show, pairing their crushing set with stage banter that sarcastically poked fun at things like McDonald's' presence at SXSW. And for one song, Geoff broke out his old mask.
Meanwhile, the outside stage began around 12:30 with Rat Fist, a trio featuring members of No Age and Pissed Jeans who played a solid set indebted to garage and early punk. They were followed by Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, who are currently on their first US tour and were one of the bands we were very excited to finally check out. They sounded great, and their singer's excitable stage presence was fun to watch too. Then came their Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, whose hard-hitting shoegaze sounded as good as ever. Up next was Pianos Become the Teeth (who share a rhythm section with United Nations), who played an intense set pulling almost entirely from their newest album, the post-hardcore band's first without screaming. Then the day ended with two veterans: first Mac McCaughan of Superchunk who previewed his upcoming debut solo album, and then shoegazers Swervedriver who just put out their first album since 1998 that (perhaps thanks to bands like Pity Sex and Creepoid) doesn't sound dated at all.
Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.
Pictures from Thursday HERE. Saturday coming shortly. More from Friday below...
March 25, 2015
photo: Ghoul at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Creep thrashers Ghoul have announced the "Weapons of Mosh Destruction 3-D" tour running for three weeks starting in May with Phobia and Nekrofilth. The tour kicks off in Denver and hits Maryland Death Fest before finishing up in California (where they'll be back in October for California Death Fest).
They stop in NYC on May 20 at Saint Vitus with additional support from Artificial Brain. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Before heading out on that tour, Ghoul is appearing at Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil with Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid and more. The festival goes down April 10-12 at RockBar Theatre in San Jose, CA, and has now added a free outdoor Carnival of Chaos taking place outside the venue. The carnival will feature "an authentic freakshow, carnival games, hearse car show, Kirk's '36 Ford and crypt, and various vendors all weekend." Tickets for the festival are still available, but the VIP and Murder Mystery Dinner tickets are sold out.
Kirk won't be performing at his fest, but Metallica are headlining this year's Lollapalooza.
All Ghoul dates are listed, with a live video from 2012, below...
Van Halen, still back with David Lee Roth, are set to tour North America once again this summer. The tour hits the NYC-area on August 9 at PNC Bank Arts Center, August 13 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 27 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for all dates go on sale April 4, with pre-sale info being announced locally (stay tuned for NYC-area info). All dates are listed below.
Van Halen are also releasing their first live album with David Lee Roth, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, on March 31. That day, they'll also reissue Van Halen and 1984. All three will also be released together as a box set. Listen to "Runnin' With the Devil" and "Panama" from the live album, below.
They'll also make their first US TV appearance with David Lee Roth since he rejoined in 2006 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. It airs on March 30 and 31. They'll do it again on Ellen on April 2.
Tour dates and song streams below...
March 24, 2015
photo: Tombs at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Metal festival Stardust returns for its fifth installment this June at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus from June 26-28. Night 1 has Taake, Fell Voices, Young and in the Way, Wolvhammer and Anicon; night 2 has Bethlehem, Tombs, Black Anvil, Inter Arma and Vorde; and night 3 has Bethlehem, Fell Voices, Svart Crown, Mutilation Rites and Anicon.
by Andrew Sacher
The tour brings the two bands to NYC on June 25 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (3/27). All dates are listed below.
The tour is in support of new releases from both bands. Royal Thunder have a new LP called Crooked Doors coming April 7 via Relapse Records (artwork above). So far two songs from the record have come out, the crushing "The Line" and the more scaled-back "Ear On The Fool." Both are great and can be listened to below.
Meanwhile, Wild Throne signed to Roadrunner to release the full length followup their promising 2014 EP Blood Maker (released on Brutal Panda). It's called Harvest of Darkness and is due August 18 via Roadrunner. First single "War Is A Romance" is another punishing ripper from this band, which like their EP recalls The Mars Volta at their heaviest. Also like the EP, it was produced by Ross Robinson who worked with the Mars Volta guys themselves (in At the Drive-In though), so clearly he knows a thing or two about recording this type of stuff. Listen below.
photo: Ides of Gemini at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
The Mountain Goats are set to tour this year, hitting NYC on April 9 at Webster Hall, and April 11 & 12 at City Winery, all three of which are sold out. Since we last spoke, the metal-loving John Darnielle & co added doom trio Ides of Gemini as an opener on several dates, including all three NYC shows.
You've also got another chance to catch Ides of Gemini in NYC. They play a headlining show while they're here on April 10 at Saint Vitus with local psych metal band Kosmodemonic and Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All IoG dates are listed, with a stream of their 2014 album on Neurot Recordings, Old World New Wave, below.
In related news, Stephen Brodsky's other band Mutoid Man are going on a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges/Party Smasher Inc-presented tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Primitive Weapons, for which tickets are on presale.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn doom/sludge Blackout (which features onetime Cheeseburger guitarist Christian Gordy) play around their hometown a lot -- perhaps you've caught them here with Eyehategod, Acid King, Naam, or others. Their next show is an album release party happening April 11 at Union Pool with Hound (members of Ted Leo + the Pharamcists and None More Black) and Hasj. Tickets are on sale.
The album being celebrated at that show is self-titled and will be out next week (3/31) via Easy Rider Records. It's the kind of stuff that's somewhere between metal and straight rock, and it gets a little psychedelic too, thanks in part to their use of effected vocals. A full stream of the album premieres below...
photo: DEP at MHOW in 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Tickets for the BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges/Party Smasher Inc-presented Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Primitive Weapons tour are on BV/IO presale for all dates now. You can get your using the PASSWORD, Partysmasher. Here are the dates and ticket links:
March 23, 2015
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, who played their first show in eight months in Austin this past weekend as part of the Thrasher Deathmatch at SXSW, will be heading out on the road this summer for a short East Coast headlining club tour proudly co-presented by Party Smasher Inc, BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges. Mutoid Man and Primitive Weapons, who shared a bill at Saint Vitus earlier this month, will be along for the ride. Rosetta also plays the Philly show.
Tickets go on sale Friday (3/27) and here are the dates and ticket links:
6/16 @ Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC (tickets)Your first chance to get tickets for these shows will be via the BV/IO presale which starts Tuesday (3/24) at 10 AM. Check back Tuesday morning for the password.
6/17 @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia (tickets)
6/19 @ Royale Nightclub, Boston (tickets) -
6/20 @ Irving Plaza, NYC (tickets)
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
DEP's full itinerary also includes some festivals. All tour dates are listed, with more about the Austin show, below...