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September 17, 2015

photos by Rudy Rubio

Snoop Dogg / Modest Mouse / The Dwarves / swingers
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Chicago represent! The Dwarves started here before packing up and taking its pure punk to California. In keeping with the retro vibe, the band performed, in its entirety, "Blood, Guts, and ..." its 1990 album whose full title decorum forbids listing here. The band slid into more shocking lyrics, clued in perhaps by the guitarist wearing a black jockstrap, a mask and his instrument. But make no mistake, this set was a noisy, aggro wonder. Riot Fest has so, so many bands that sound alike, you forget how dangerous and subversive punk used to be. Titles like "Back Seat of My Car," and "Let's ..." sounded as fresh and gloriously vile as they did in 1990. [Chicago Tribune]
Day 1, day 2 and then finally Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up on Sunday with Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Tenacious D, L7, Cypress Hill, Manchester Orchestra, De La Soul, Jimmy Cliff, Andrew WK, Hum, The Dwarves, Alvvays, Foxing, Beach Slang, a surprise Taking Back Sunday set on a small side stage (following a headlining set the previous day) and more.

More day 3 pictures below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Klaus Kinski


Industrial superheroes Godflesh brought their 'A World Lit Only By Fire' tour to Brooklyn's Warsaw on Monday September 15 and presented the audience with a brutal festival of earhole-boring, face melting sonic savagery that still has your man Klaus reeling.

The bill was rounded out with superbly cast support from renowned DJ/producer Regis and noise pioneer Prurient. Regis acted as the pre and post band house DJ and did his thing from the soundboard at the back of the room as opposed to the stage. Regis played a great array of atmospheric, heavy, Final-esque ambient music and acted as a superb bridge throughout the entire show. By not performing on stage, it gave the room a bit of a casual vibe where people could drink and talk to their buddies, all under the cloud of flawlessly crafted ambient doom.

After a nice long period of soaking up the sounds created by Regis, one man noise hurricane Prurient hit the stage and unleashed a staggering display of physical energy and sonic cacophony that almost rattled my teeth out of my head. One of the things I love about Warsaw is that the sound system is not ceiling mounted; the speakers are stacked up from the floor at concertgoer-level on either side of the stage. I found myself standing directly in front of the speakers several times throughout Prurient's set (I move around a lot) and at times the bass was so preposterously heavy that the woofers were actually creating a breeze that you could feel if you were standing close enough to them. Prurient's use of screaming, computer generated noise, feedback, bass, and violent physical contortions create an extremely foreboding and panicky atmosphere. There is no denying Prurient's legend and importance to experimental music, but after a while it was a bit much for me (which is ironic, because I love his recorded material) (I'm weird). I was in the minority though; the closure of his set was met with a deafening wave of applause and cheers.

Following another incredible interlude care of Regis, Justin Broadrick and GC Green sullenly took the stage, grabbed their instruments, turned on their amps, fired up a projection, and, after a few moments of feedback, they tore into "New Dark Ages" from their 2014-released "A World Lit Only By Fire". The one particularly important characteristic of Godflesh is a career-spanning sense of consistency. They disbanded in 2002, got back together 10 years later in 2012, and in 2014 released "A World Lit Only By Fire." I am amazed that after a 10-year hiatus, they managed to produce a work that is so patently and unmistakably "Godflesh" and are still able to put on a show that is as dynamic and solid as when I first saw them in 1992. The material they played off of "A World Lit Only By Fire," including "Deadend," "Shut Me Down," and "Life Giver Life Taker" fit in so perfectly with classics like "Streetcleaner," "Like Rats," "Crush My Soul," and "Christbait Rising." When a band has been around since the late 80s, you sort of dread them rolling out their new material. You just want to hear the classics. But for Godflesh, the classics and the newbies are so sonically consistent that from top to tail the show was an epic masterpiece.

More pictures (none of Regis), a video, and the list of Godflesh's remaining tour dates, below...

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Madonna at MSG
Madonna at MSG
Madonna at MSG
Madonna @ MSG 9/16/2015 (via @madisonsquaregarden/@carlogomez / @markdoctrow)

She then descends from the ceiling similarly banged up, while knights in armour march down the stage, which juts almost the length of the arena. It's Madonna does Game of Thrones. The first song is Iconic, one of the dimmer bulbs from Rebel Heart, followed by Bitch I'm Madonna, a great title in search of a decent song. But when the dancers depart, and Madonna struts down the runway to strap on a flying V, the show has lift-off with Burning Up. One of her earliest records, it amounts to a manifesto ("I'll do anything, I'm not the same, I have no shame") and all these years later it still grabs you by the throat. Aged 57, Madonna is still palpably hungry, and her performance has an enduring rawness and truth. Unmediated and undiluted, she's the ringmaster of her own circus, connecting with her hardcore in a totally instinctive way, regardless of the choreography, pyrotechnics and fancy costumes (created by a battery of top fashion designers - but really, who cares?).

Madonna's striking ability to imbue songs that might seem throwaway with significance and depth is illustrated four songs in. On record, Holy Water is a mortifying extended metaphor for her, ahem, vaginal secretions. But on stage, it's a Ken Russell fantasia in which a scene of transgender naughty nuns poledancing (including Madonna climbing some 12 feet into the air to stand on a revolving naked man, one of several moments which involve genuine physical peril) morphs into a genuinely unnerving demonic parody of the Last Supper in which Madonna ends up tied up on the table, legs akimbo. - [The Guardian]

Madonna brought her extravagant "Rebel Heart" tour to NYC Wednesday night (9/16), the first of three arena shows here, and the first of two at Madison Square Garden. With a production this enormous -- everything is a choreographed set piece with dozens of dancers, props, costume changes, etc -- it should be no surprise this is the same setlist as she's done in Montreal and Washington, DC. But this is as much a show as a concert, still filled with hits and a smattering of new songs too. (Maybe tonight's MSG show will offer surprises.) Setlist is below.

Comedian Amy Schumer opened the show, as she will on all the NYC dates, and came out last night swigging a bottle of champagne, and commenting on her being chosen for the gig: "Who better than you to open up for Madonna?" "Uh...Any band?" Schumer would also come back onstage at the end of Madonna's set for "Unapologetic Bitch," where she got spanked by Madge herself. Video of that is below.

Madonna and Schumer do it again at MSG tonight (9/17) and then hit Barclays Center on Saturday (9/19). Tickets are still available. More instagrams from Madonna's first night at MSG, below...

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photos by David Andrako

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Prolific Australian psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard released the raucous Quarters on Castle Face back in May and will release a second 2015 album, the gentler Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, on ATO this November, and they just wrapped up a tour supporting all of it. The tour concluded in NYC last night (9/16) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with the Burger-signed Michael Rault and the Captured Tracks-signed EZTV. Pictures continue below...

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September 16, 2015

photos by P Squared

Laetitia Sadier / Deradoorian
Laetitia Sadier

Former Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier began a tour in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right this past Friday (9/11) and sounded as enchanting as ever. Opening was her tourmate Deradoorian, whose otherworldly new album The Expanding Flower Planet came out a few weeks ago. She was introduced by none other than actor/comedian Pauly Shore, as you can see in the pictures in this post.

Speaking of, Pauly Shore just announced a NYC show for October 4 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now.

Opening the Baby's show was Operator (not to be confused with Dan Boeckner's band Operators). More pictures below...

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September 15, 2015

photos by Kenneth Bachor

X / Godflesh / Chelsea Wolfe
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015

Right before [Dwight] Yoakam was one of my all-time favorite bands, X, the great Los Angeles punk quartet that has endured many travails over the last four decades. The latest is that guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and unable to tour, so Texas roadhouse guitarist Jesse Dayton filled in this time around.

There's no replacing Zoom's maniacal rockabilly blare, of course, but Dayton managed a fine approximation. D.J. Bonebrake remains a machine on drums, and John Doe and Exene Cervenka's vocal harmonies still cut to the bone.

It was punk-rock bliss, and not just for those of us of a certain age. I was heartened to see actual little kids jumping up and down to the old folks' boogie. [David Menconi for News Observer]

Hopscotch Festival wrapped up on Saturday (9/12) after two other days. The outdoor show at City Plaza this time had long-running country singer Dwight Yoakam and punk legends X, with support from The Vibekillers and American Aquarium. After that show, we headed to various downtown Raleigh venues to catch Godflesh, Waxahatchee, Chelsea Wolfe, Prurient, Wovenhand and Black Clouds.

Check out pictures of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, and more of day 3 below...

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photos by Keith Marlowe

"Uncle Acid was one of the most epic shows i've ever seen" - BICIO

"Uncle Acid was amzning last night love to see them again someday" - Kayleigh

"Uncle Acid just melted our faces off" - Vinyl Fantasy

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats

Heavy psych troop Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are currently in North America celebrating the release of their new album The Night Creeper. Their tour hit NYC over the weekend for a Webster Hall show that included a good chunk of that album, mixed with plenty off the previous three. Well-matched support came from their tourmates Ruby the Hatchet and Ecstatic Vision.

More pictures, and Uncle Acid's setlist, below...

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September 14, 2015

photos by Rudy Rubio

Echo & the Bunnymen / Billy Idol / Taking Back Sunday
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Some of the best action of the day went down on the smallest stages. I can't begrudge anyone for focusing on the big names, but I wish more folks had turned up for the ripping sets from younger acts such as Meat Wave and Joyce Manor (the latter of whom had a sizable crowd anyway). Not that the bigger bands weren't a good time too! Babes in Toyland were fierce. The Damned came out suave and cool while the sun heated things up. System of a Down instantly reminded me why I'd practically glued my copy of Toxicity to my stereo in high school. I'm most thankful for the moments when I forgot I had an agenda except to watch what was right in front of me. [Leor Galil for Chicago Reader]
The 2015 Riot Fest Chicago kicked off on Friday and then continued Saturday with all of the above-mentioned artists, plus Rancid, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Drive Like Jehu, Bootsy Collins, Merle Haggard, CIV, Echo and the Bunnymen, Thurston Moore, The Dead Milkmen, Lifetime, Swervedriver, Steve Ignorant, Taking Back Sunday and so many more. Pictures of many of those and more continue below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Ryan Adams & Norah Jones / Valerie June / Charles Bradley / finale - 9/13/2015
Neil Fest
Neil Fest
Neil Fest
Neil Fest

A gaggle of talented folks came together at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (9/13) to pay tribute to the music of Neil Young and raise money for the Sweet Relief charity. Backed by the Cabin Down Below band, the first of two nights of NeilFest featured Ryan Adams and Norah Jones singing "Old Man" (Ryan also performed "Cinnamon Girl" and Norah sang "Don't Be Denied"), Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head performing "On the Beach," Charles Bradley belting out "Heart of Gold," Valerie June singing "Mellow My Mind" and The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon doing "After the Gold Rush." Fallon also came out with Jakob Dylan, Black Keys' Patrick Carnery and Butch Walker for "Ohio." Other performers included Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner with onetime Virgins singer Donald Cumming, Nicole Atkins (who was joined by rock photographer Danny Clinch), Danny Masterson (yes of That '70s Show), Adam Green, Michelle Branch, and more. Pictures, a few videos and setlist from Night 1 of NeilFest are in this post.

Tonight (9/14) is Night Two of NeilFest with much the same lineup. Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon has been added to tonight's bill and hopefully Sharon Van Etten, who was listed but didn't play Sunday night, will be there too. Kills/Dead Weather singer Alison Mosshart was at Sunday night's show but didn't perform -- maybe she and Jack White (who are in town to be on Colbert's Late Show) will swing by? (But maybe not, if Patrick Carney will be there again.) We shall see. More pics from NeilFest Night 1, below

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Micachu & the Shapes @ LPR 9/12/2015
Micachu & The Shapes

London's Micachu & the Shapes began their short North American tour over the weekend with a few NYC shows, playing a surprise Fashion Week afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse on Thursday (9/10), and then shows at Alphaville in Friday (9/11) and Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (9/12). Their new album, Good Sad Happy Bad, which came out on Friday, was born out of loose rehearsal jams and, to be honest, that's kind of what it still sounded like at the Alphaville show. It could've been my unfamiliarity with the record or the live sound, but the set -- almost entirely new material -- was sludgy and loose. We've got pictures from the next night at Le Poisson Rouge, where Micachu played with Blues Control, in this post. Anyone go to the LPR show?

If you haven't checked out Good Sad Happy Bad, you can stream it via Rdio, below. Micachu & the Shapes play Pop Montreal this week and will be back in North America for more shows in November. Dates are listed, along with more pics from LPR, below...

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