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May 18, 2015

Bell Witch - 'Four Phantoms' artwork
Bell Witch

Pitchfork have announced their Northside Festival showcases, which take place June 12 and June 13 at Saint Vitus.

The day 1 lineup includes Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit, Mitski and Dreamcrusher. Tickets are on sale.

And day 2 is Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase (their metal column), and that one features Bell Witch, Akitsa, Alberich and special guests. Tickets are on sale for that one too. Flyers for both, below.

Fred Thomas recently wrapped up a 2-night stand in NYC on his current tour. Mitski has a tour with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux coming up too.

Gun Outfit, who haven't been in NYC in a while, were also recently announced for another Northside showcase. They play the Wharf Cat Records showcase on June 13 at Shea Stadium with The Ukiah Drag, Sediment Club, Ancient Sky and Psychic Blood. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Gun Outfit and Ukiah Drag also both play Berserktown in LA.

Bell Witch recently released their newest album, Four Phantoms. Stream that, with the Pitchfork flyers, below...

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May 15, 2015


Far/New End Original/Onelinedrawing/etc frontman Jonah Matranga is hitting the road soon and returning to NYC for a show on May 31 at Mercury Lounge, the same place he played here last time. Also like last time, this show is being opened by Doris Cellar of Freelance Whales. At the last show, she took the above picture with Jonah and posted it to Facebook, where she also wrote, "I got to open up for one of my teenage idols last night and it was a blast! Please check his music out Jonah Matranga and his old band Far whose album Water and Solutions -- I know every word to. come to the next show!" Tickets for the show are on sale now. All of Jonah's dates are listed, with the flyer for Merc, below.

In related news, Jonah's old pals from the Far days, Deftones, have a new album coming this year. Most details, like a title and release date, are still TBA, but they did reveal that Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is going to contribute a guitar solo to the album. In an interview with 92.3 KOMP FM (via Blabbermouth), Deftones singer Chino Moreno said:

Jerry is on the [new DEFTONES] album. I didn't know if he wanted anybody to know or not. But I guess I've just spilled the beans. But he came in... There's this one track that... in the demo stages of it, I was, like, 'There's this hole in there...' In DEFTONES songs, there's not really any guitar solos per se, but there was a section in there where [there was room for] not necessarily a typical solo, but it had an area where it could use something like what he does, especially... just his style and the way he plays guitar. So I sent him the track, and then he sent me a demo of it back, like, two days later. So, yeah, when we recorded the song [properly for the album], he came in and laid it down. And it's awesome. It's like you're hearing a DEFTONES song, but all of a sudden, a little bit of ALICE IN CHAINS seeps its way in there, and it's kind of neat. I mean, me, as a fan, I was just sitting back and a little tear came out of my eye.
Well that sounds potentially interesting. Deftones have a tour with Death From Above 1979 and Incubus coming up, hitting the NYC-area 8/4 at PNC Bank Arts Center, 8/5 at Jones Beach and 8/8 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for all three are still available.

List of Jonah Matranga dates, and videos of him covering Deftones' "Be Quiet & Drive" and playing Far's "Mother Mary," below...

Continue reading "Jonah Matranga touring, playing Merc w/ Freelance Whales' Doris Cellar again; Jerry Cantrell playing on new Deftones LP"

May 14, 2015


Tickets for the High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are presenting, are on BV/IO presale now. PASSWORD = InvisiblePallbearer.

Tickets for the BV/IO-presented date at Irving Plaza are also still on presale through 10 PM tonight (5/14). Password for that one is OrangesMysteriis.

If you miss out on the presales, general on-sales for both start Friday (5/15) at noon and 10 AM for MHOW and Irving, respectively. All tour dates HERE.

Cult of Luna

Swedish post-metal band Cult of Luna were supposed to go on a three-date North American tour this week hitting Montreal, NYC and the Psycho California festival, but unfortunately the whole thing was cancelled. The band made a video explaining the cancellation (visa issues), which you can watch here. On the bright side though, they say there's a September tour TBA soon with stops in LA, Toronto, Montreal, NYC and more, and Psycho California tickets will be honored at all dates. Stay tuned for more details.

photo: Old Man Gloom at Europa in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Old Man Gloom

Old Man Gloom, the band with members of Converge, Cave In and ex-Isis who released their newest album The Ape of God last year on Profound Lore, will now be supporting the album on a short tour this September. Opening the tour will be a reunion from Mare, the short-lived Canadian sludge band who released an EP on Hydra Head before calling it quits in 2007. (Their drummer, Caleb Collins, has spent time since their breakup playing in Circle Takes the Square.)

The tour begins in NYC on September 3 at Saint Vitus and wraps up about a week later in Cambridge. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (5/15) at 10 AM.

Old Man Gloom also play Psycho California this weekend with Sleep, Pentagram, Kylesa, Cave In, Eyehategod, and more. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Old Man Gloom announce tour with the reunited Mare (dates)"

Van Halen

Van Halen recently announced a tour for this summer which included three NYC-area dates, and they've since added a fourth NYC-area show and a second LA show.

The NYC-area date happens August 15 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Tickets go on sale Monday (5/18) at 10 AM with a VIP package presale starting Saturday (5/16) at 10 AM and a Live Nation presale starting Sunday (5/17) at 10 AM. Tickets are also still available for their PNC Bank Arts Center show (8/9), their other Jones Beach show (8/13), and their Susquehanna Bank Center show (8/27). Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Autograph, who you may know from their 1985 hair metal hit "Turn Up the Radio," are playing SAINT VITUS on July 16. We have no idea if that's gonna be very good, but we couldn't not mention that the group who opened for Van Halen on the 1984 tour is playing the same tiny Brooklyn venue that usually hosts shows from bands like Full of Hell, Iron Reagan, and Goatwhore. Tickets, if you're into that sorta thing, are on sale.

You can get your daily dose of teased bangs and spandex from the "Turn Up the Radio" video below...

Continue reading "Van Halen add additional NYC-area & LA dates to tour (dates); Autograph playing Saint Vitus"

May 13, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Old Wounds

NJ metallic hardcore crushers Old Wounds are releasing the followup to 2013's From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest LP and 2014's Death Projection EP with their sophomore full length this year. It's called The Suffering Spirit, and comes out June 30 via Good Fight Music. We've got the premiere of the new single "Rest In Piss," which has just about everything you want from this kind of song: heavy dissonant riffs, pissed-off screams, a slowed-down spoken word interlude; the works. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andreas Magnusson (whose credits include The Black Dahlia Murder, Hot Cross and more), who gives them an ear-shattering tone that's super clear but not at all overproduced. Listen to the song and check out the album tracklist below. That's the artwork above (made by drummer Brandon Gallagher).

Old Wounds are also touring the Northeast with Vein the week that the new record comes out. The tour kicks off in Philly, then hits New Haven, Asbury Park and more, before wrapping up in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn show happens July 3 at Saint Vitus with more bands TBA. Tickets will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "listen to Old Wounds' crushing new single "Rest In Piss" from their upcoming 'The Suffering Spirit' LP ++ tour dates"

photo: High on Fire at Saint Vitus in January (more by Keith Marlowe)
High on Fire

Tickets for the High on Fire and Pallbearer show at Irving Plaza on 8/15 (with Lucifer and Venomous Maximus) which BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are presenting go on BV/IO presale today at 10 AM. The password is OrangesMysteriis.

If you miss out, regular sale begins Friday. Presale for the BV/IO-presented Music Hall of Williamsburg date of the tour go on BV/IO presale on Thursday (5/14) so check back that morning for the password.

UPDATE: MHOW presale started too. Password here.

All tour dates HERE.

May 12, 2015



photo: High on Fire at Saint Vitus in January (more by Keith Marlowe)

High on Fire went on a short tour earlier this year where they previewed some new songs from an upcoming album. That album has since been announced: it's called Luminiferous and will be out on June 23 via eOne Music. Converge's Kurt Ballou produced it. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below.

High on Fire also have shows coming up, with killer direct support from modern doom MVPs Pallbearer, as well as openers Lucifer and Venomous Maximus. The dates include two BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-presented NYC dates: August 15 at Irving Plaza, as well as a Brooklyn show on August 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets go on a BV/IO presale for Irving starting Wednesday (5/13) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale begins Friday (5/15) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the presale password. Music Hall of Williamsburg tickets go on tickets go on a BV/IO presale beginning Thursday at noon, before the general sale Friday at that same link. The password will also be here then.



High on Fire just released the new song "The Black Plot" from the new album. Listen (via Noisey), with the list of dates, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "High on Fire touring w/ Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus & Lucifer, playing two BV-presented NYC shows ++ new song stream"

May 11, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Faith No More
Faith No More

So much for needing to shake off any rust. Thursday at an uncomfortably packed Concord Music Hall, Faith No More picked up where it left off 18 years ago, the last time the avant-metal band toured North America and released an album.

Exploring extremes of loud and quiet, manic and mellow, sinister and auspicious as if venturing into such divisive territories constituted the norm, the quintet proved anything but conventional. Its diverse 80-minute set served as a constant reminder that the group's success in the 90s -- a run that included a major-label deal, hit albums and renowned videos -- remains as bizarre as its most innovative songs. Historically, the sort of artistic experimentalism practiced by Faith No More gets confined to the fringes. [Chicago Tribune]

The reunited Faith No More are currently on tour, having hit Chicago's Concord Music Hall this past Thursday (5/7) with Le Butcherettes. The above review and pictures in this post are of that show. Setlist below.

The tour comes to NYC this week for two sold-out Webster Hall shows (5/13 & 5/14), also with Le Butcherettes, and it returns for a much larger show on August 5 at MSG with Refused. Tickets for MSG are still available, and we're also giving away a pair on Facebook.

Faith No More's first album since 1997, Sol Invictus, comes out next week (5/19) via Reclamation/Ipecac, and it's now streaming in full on NPR.

More Chicago pictures and setlist, and FNM's updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Faith No More on tour, played Chicago with Le Butcherettes, streaming new LP (pics, setlist & a chance to win tix to MSG)"