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Coliseum -- Coliseum reissue cover art

Louisville punks Coliseum have reached the 10-year mark as a band and intend to celebrate with a summer North American tour and reissue of their 2004 debut LP. The reissue of their self-titled debut is due out on August 19 via Deathwish Inc. -- a label they just recently rejoined. It features redone artwork by Baroness' John Baizley (displayed above) and a handful of bonus tracks in addition to the original LP's 12-cuts. Stay tuned to Deathwish's webstore for preorder information.

Coliseum will embark on their 10th anniversary tour later this month. That tour includes a show at Beat Kitchen on August 16 with stacked support from locals Meat Wave and Chord. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are still available.

All Coliseum dates and a stream of their original 2004 debut lie after the jump...

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Coliseum @ Acheron in August (more by Fred Pessaro)

Coliseum, who just recently wrapped a September North American tour, are slated to embark on a U.S. run next month in continued support of this year's Sister Faith. Many of their dates are with Chicago's own Pelican, but they've also got a headlining show of their own in the Windy City. Look for the trio to tag Bottom Lounge on October 3 with opening sets from great locals The Swan King and Arbogast. Advance tickets are on sale now.

All known Coliseum dates are listed below...

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Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

today in Chicago
* Bad Rabbits, Air Dubai @ Subterranean
* Courtney Love, Starred @ House of Blues
* Caitlin Rose, Michele McGuire @ Schubas
* Lord Dying, Knyfs, Nude Intruder @ Empty Bottle
* Savages, Parquet Courts @ Lincoln Hall (Early Show)
* Jeff Parker, Rob Mazurek @ Constellation (Free Show)
* Arctic Sleep, Cosmonaut, War Brides @ The Burlington
* Making Movies, Ghosty, Word And Number @ Township
* Olafur Arnalds, Sarah Neufeld @ Pritzker Pavilion (Free Show)
* Majical Cloudz, Pitchfork DJs @ Lincoln Hall (Free; Late Show)
* Drunken Prayer, Jason Harrod, Sally Timms, Janet Bean @ Hideout
* Fast Decay, Touch People, C. Batteries, Helium Ravings @ Ultra Lounge
* ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Ume, Red Paintings @ Double Door

Caitlin Rose headlines Schubas tonight.

Savages and Parquet Courts play Sound Opinions Live at Lincoln Hall tonight. Majical Cloudz and Pitchfork DJs then play a late, free show (with RSVP) at the venue.

...Trail of Dead, Ume, and Red Paintings play Double Door.

Olafur Arnalds and Sarah Neufeld play a free show at Pritzker Pavilion as part of Loops and Variations.

Coliseum have a new video for "Doing Time." Check it out below.

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Coliseum @ Brooklyn's Knitting Factory earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)

Coliseum, who just recently toured through Chicago to play the Empty Bottle and also tracked an A.V. Club Undercover session, will heading back here to open for American Nightmare (aka Give Up the Ghost) at Metro on June 6. Advance tickets for the rock-solid Chicago show are still available.

The Louisville-based punks welcomed their fourth album, titled Sister Faith, earlier this year via Temporary Residence. Check out the music video for Sister Faith's "Bad Will" at the bottom of this post.

All known Coliseum tour dates and that video are below...

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While they were in town to play the Empty Bottle earlier this month, Coliseum visited the A.V. Club to participate in their Undercover series. They brought Bruce Lamont along, and chose to tackle the Eddie Money hit "Shakin'."

Watch them cover the tune below...

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Iron Lung @ Chaos in Tejas 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

today in Chicago
* Raekwon @ The Shrine
* Chris Trapper @ Schubas
* Tristan Prettyman, Satellite @ Lincoln Hall
* Noah Gundersen, Denison Witmer @ SPACE
* Billy Bragg, Kim Churchill @ City Winery Chicago
* Iron Lung, Pillage, Broken Prayer @ Ultra Lounge
* Santah, Future Monarchs, Colorfeels @ The Burlington
* Acid Mothers Temple, Tjutjuna, DJ Sir Eric Colin @ Empty Bottle
* Clutch, Orange Goblin, Lionize, Scorpion Child @ House of Blues
* Iron Lung, SFN, Sea of Shit, Future Cops, Machismo @ the Mousetrap

Iron Lung play the Mousetrap and Ultra Lounge tonight.

Billy Bragg plays his first of three shows at City Winery Chicago tonight.

Acid Mothers Temple, Tjutjuna, and DJ Sir Eric Colin play the Empty Bottle.

Raekwon headlines The Shrine.

Coliseum have a new video for "Bad Will." Check it out below, and catch them at the Empty Bottle on _.

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Coliseum @ Metro, October 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)

Coliseum are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, Sister Faith, which is due out on April 30 via Temporary Residence Limited. So far, they've shared three songs from Sister Faith - "Black Magic Punks," "Doing Time," and "Fuzzbang" - all of which are available to stream at the bottom of this post. Preorder a copy of the LP via Temporary Residence's webstore.

Aside from a number of dates with Baroness, Coliseum will also be embarking on a North American tour of their own. That tour includes a performance at the Empty Bottle on May 12. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming, but check Ticketweb for updates.

All Coliseum tour dates and those song streams are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Young Widows - "Future Heart" (MP3)

Young Widows @ Saint Vitus in April (BKLYN) (more by BBG)

Louisville, KY-based post-hardcore outfit Young Widows are scheduled to hit the road for a brief run in August with fellow Louisville hardcore band Coliseum. The super short run (it's only a five-day tour) finishes off with a show at Chicago's Ultra Lounge on August 5. Advance tickets are on sale.

Young Widows released their most recent album, In and Out of Youth and Lightness, in 2011 via Temporary Residence Limited. The album track "Future Heart" is available for download at the top of this post. It's a scorching three-and-a-half-minute song that starts off with an ambient introduction and progresses to dirty guitar riffs by the time the first chorus rolls around.

Coliseum, as you may remember, didn't make it to their last Chicago show and lost longtime bassist Mike Pascal a week later. The band have announced that their new permanent bassist is Kayhan Vaziri, an old friend. He's already played bass at two of their local shows and will be joining them on tour in August. The band are also planning to record their fourth LP later this year, which they're thinking will hit stores in early-2013 via Temporary Residence Limited.

All 2012 tour dates are listed below, along with some videos.

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a blurry Mike Pascal @ Metro w/ Coliseum in October (more by Grant MacAllister)

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Mike Pascal will no longer be a member of Coliseum. For over seven years, Mike has been our bass player and like a younger brother to me. He joined the band in Fall 2004 for our first extended tour and made his recorded debut in Coliseum on the Goddamage EP a few months later, playing every show since then and on every following release. We've traveled the world together and had more great times than I can count. While this is difficult at the moment, Mike's departure from the band is the right thing for him and I know we will all be better for it.

There are certainly times when I've considered throwing in the towel and putting an end to Coliseum, but ultimately I remain as inspired and passionate about the band as ever. There are always peaks and valleys and there have been times when I felt like we were fighting a losing battle, but the good has always outweighed the bad. Coliseum played its first show just over eight years ago and I am humbled by all we've accomplished, all the people we've met, all the places we've played, all the bands we've toured with and all of the great guys who have been members of the band. I feel incredibly lucky to continue to have Carter [Wilson] as a bandmate and Temporary Residence as our label. We are very excited about the new material we've been writing and look forward to recording the fourth Coliseum album this Fall.

We will play our show with Tragedy in Louisville on May 18th with a friend filling in on bass and will take our time finding a new permanent member. Thanks for your continued support, it means the world to us.

Ryan Patterson
April 30, 2012

Coliseum never made it to Chicago last weekend to perform at The Rumble. Hopefully we'll see them again soon.

Coliseum @ Metro in October (more by Grant MacAllister)

Coliseum were scheduled to perform at The Rumble tomorrow night (April 27), but have had to cancel both their festival appearance and show in Cincinnati on Saturday.

This was tweeted from the band account earlier this evening:
Bummer. Hope everyone is alright.


As mentioned, two-day hardcore festival The Rumble is set to take place on April 27 & 28 at the Bottom Lounge. Two-day passes and individual tickets are still available for the all ages event.

Friday's lineup consists of Detroit hardcore legends-Negative Approach, Murphy's Law, Coliseum, Ensign, Rotting Out, Focused Minds, and locals Sweet Cobra. Doors open at 4:30PM.

Doors open at noon on Saturday, allowing the lineup to include twice the amount of bands that are booked for Friday. 100 Demons, Death Threat, Trapped Under Ice, Cruel Hand, Wisdom in Chains, The Mongoloids, Harms Way, Palehorse, Rock Bottom, Wrong Answer, Empire of Rats, Argonauts, Agitator, Beware, Withdrawal, Everything Went Black, and No Regrets will all play.

There are also afterparties taking place on each night at the Cobra Lounge. Friday night features The Killer, When Tigers Fight, All to Hell, and Alcohol Poisoning. Saturday night has the roast of Jim Grimes (formally of straight edge hardcore band Extinction) with Black 'n Blue and more TBA. Advance tickets are on sale for those not attending the festival. With your Rumble wristband, entry is a discounted fee at the door.

Who are you excited to see this weekend? Some videos below...

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Chicago hardcore festival The Rumble have announced plans for a 2012 edition, taking place on April 27 & 28 at the Bottom Lounge. Their initial lineup of over twenty bands between the two days is headed up by Negative Approach, Murphy's Law, Coliseum, and Sweet Cobra.

At the moment, the only ticket option is a $55 two-day pass which goes on sale at noon TODAY (2/4).

Check out the initial lineup below (more bands TBA).

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photos by Grant MacAllister, words by Parker Langvardt


Louisville, KY's Coliseum played in Chicago for their third time since May, opening for Tera Melos and Boris at Metro last Wednesday (10/19). It was their best performance of the three shows, and they fit into the eclectic lineup well with their sludgy hardcore punk. They began with thick feedback, which gave way to a rolling riff. A false ending brought guitarist Ryan Patterson back into hard strumming that caused a broken D string (or was it a G string? Puns aside, I really couldn't tell), adjusting his playing to continue. Between songs, Patterson took a couple minutes to change the string after creating a loop of whirring and thumping noises that sounded like heavy machinery. He later gave a speech, as I've come to expect, in which he thanked Boris for their kindness and expressed how grateful Coliseum is to be making a living from their music. Bassist Mike Pascal quietly displayed his usual jolly enthusiasm, hopping around and grinning.

Tera Melos is a unique blend of math rock, slacker indie pop, grunge, punk, and noise. At one minute they'll be playing a fairly poppy song, maybe with a few strange chords, and suddenly it breaks down into chaos. During these sections, Nick Reinhart randomly tapped frets on his guitar, staring at his jerkily moving fingers as if the instrument had possessed them. It was reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age's psychedelic freak-outs on their first two albums. When they got heavy it was abrasive with loose rhythm and tone. John Clardy's jazzy punk drumming was aggressive with many intentionally arrhythmic moments. Their new honorary member joined them on stage, a Freddy Krueger costume that was suspended next to Reinhart.

A very intoxicated man ranted to me about how seeing Boris is as awesome as our parents going to Steely Dan or Led Zeppelin, which I found funny at first but it actually made some sense after a couple songs. Boris gave off a rock star aura as they walked on stage, enhanced by the volume and enthusiasm of the audience's cheers. Atsuo wore a headset mic, playing drums made of clear acrylic in the tradition of John Bonham, raised high on the stage to compete with the height of the towering full stack guitar amps and cabinets. Takeshi had a double-necked guitar that was split between a bass and a standard guitar, which I heard someone refer to as a "Swiss Army-tar." They covered a ridiculously wide range of rock sub-genres, including stoner metal, indie rock, hair metal, classic rock, and pop punk while maintaining an overall ambient and sludgy tone.

Head below to view more pictures of all three acts, and Boris' setlist.

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words by Parker Langvardt

Corrosion of Conformity

Chicago metal bands Austaras and Hunters were an odd choice of openers for Coliseum and Corrosion of Conformity, playing much heavier sets than both touring acts. Austaras is somewhat progressive, with vaguely melodic growling. They sang one or two clean vocal melodies, but I think their songs would benefit from melodic backing vocals. Hunters tend toward thrash and doom, with mostly monotone growls and screams. Both bands become repetitive, but Austaras are often saved by their drummer's tasteful accents and fills.

Coliseum opened with "Crime and the City," which contrasts between atmospheric and heavy punk sections. A modest crowd gathered during the openers, but the area in front of the stage was strangely empty as Coliseum began their second song. Guitarist Ryan Patterson sarcastically commented, "I appreciate all you guys holding up the bar...it might fall over otherwise." He also mentioned they weren't the kind of band who was going to hype up the crowd, and demonstrated it throughout the show by gesturing only to emphasize the music and not draw a crowd response. Patterson doesn't exactly come across as friendly, but at both times I've seen them this summer he gave extended speeches about the work they've put into their music and how it is their "driving force" and "lifeblood." After the speech the crowd seemed more receptive of the band overall. Bassist Mike Pascal clearly loves what he does, jumping around and making excited faces. Many of the songs were from their 2010 album House with a Curse. Coliseum will be playing with Boris and Tera Melos at Metro on October 19.

The older punks in the crowd got rowdy as soon as southern crossover legends Corrosion of Conformity started, with a minor fight breaking out amidst the mosh pit. The pit never fully reformed once it dissipated, but a few metal heads maintained an open circle by continuously walking around, dramatically shaking their fists in the air. A couple of guys were slinking around, bent over with their arms swinging low like cavemen whose limbs were too heavy to skank.

CoC vocalist Pepper Keenan was not present, leaving bassist Mike Dean to handle most of the vocals, with drummer Reed Mullen covering the rest in between cheeky grins that seemed to automatically appear during intense drum fills. Dean is a punk bluesman, singing with and yelling with as much grit as his bass tone. They sounded best when they all sang, and it would have been nice to hear more from Mullen. Woody Weatherman is a seasoned guitarist, freely using pinch harmonics and other techniques that were reminiscent of late 80s and early 90s thrash. Dean kept violently whipping empty water bottles against the walls bordering the stage, leading Mullen to rhetorically quip, "Is Mike having a tantrum?" All in all, Saturday night (7/30) at Reggie's was a great one for music.

Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

Handsome Furs, and Parlovr are playing the Bottom Lounge.

Z-Trip, De La Soul, Nosaj Thing, and Daddy Kev are playing the Congress Theater.

Pictureplane, Teengirl Fantasy, and Gatekeeper can be found at Empty Bottle.

Glorious Vapors, Tim Kinsella, and Chocolate Horse are playing at Hideout.

Morning Teleportation, and Colour Music are playing Subterranean.

James Murphy (DJ Set), and Shit Robot are playing the Mid.

The Heartless Bastards will play an early, acoustic set at Schubas. Later on the venue will host Richard Bucker's record release show, with support from Cameron McGill.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival starts today.

Corrosion of Conformity, Coliseum, The Atlas Moth, and Hunters will play Reggie's.

Joan of Arc, and Azita will kick off SummerSonic.

Schubas will hosts Death Ships' record release show, with special guests: Like Pioneers, and Blasted Diplomats.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound will play SPACE.

Paul McCartney will play Wrigley Field. He'll also do it again tomorrow.

Male Bonding, and Love Inks are playing Subterranean on September 8th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Lindsey Buckingham is playing the Vic on September 18th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at 10AM CST.

As mentioned, Cut Copy are play the Riv on September 20th with Washed Out, and Midnight Magic. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at 10AM CST. Pre-sale info here.

The Psychedelic Furs are playing the House of Blues on September 24th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at 10AM CST.

Megafaun are playing Schubas on September 28th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Girls are playing Lincoln Hall on September 29th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Suuns, and Valleys are playing Subterranean on September 30th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Those Darlins, and Peelander-Z are playing Schubas on October 6th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Man or Astro Man? are playing Metro on October 8th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at noon CST.

Boris, Tera Melos, and Coliseum are playing Metro on October 19th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at noon CST.

Widespread Panic are playing the Chicago Theatre on October 28th & 29th.
Pre-sale tickets will be available from 10AM to 10PM CST tomorrow.
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Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, at 10AM CST.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Royal Bangs, and Bear Hands are playing Metro on November 2nd. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at noon CST.

The Wombats, The Postelles, and Static Jacks are playing Subterranean on November 4th. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at 10AM CST.

M83 are playing Lincoln Hall on November 17th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

words by Parker Langvardt, photo by Kevin Marunowski


Coliseum headlined a laid-back metal show at the Beat Kitchen on May 27th, near the end of their US and Canadian tour. The line-up included the Chicago bands Hunters, The Swan King, and Sweet Cobra; the last of which also played three Ohio dates on the Coliseum tour. Stylistically, they all displayed heaviness and sludge, but each had their own take on it.

Hunters' introduction drone led into doom-y metal riffs and low screaming. The vocalist also used a higher-pitched scream similar to that of Bongzilla. The lack of melodic and rhythmic experimentation in the vocals became repetitive, but there's a lot of potential within the group. The instrumentalists had a tight chemistry; in one song they threw in triplets at the end of measures, eventually pushing the band into a massive and slow breakdown. Their thrash-tendencies came out towards the middle of the set, chugging on awesome, dark riffs. Bassist; Jeremy Pyrzynski proved his talent by soloing an atmospheric, Isis-like introduction to one song. They surely had friends in the small audience, happily yelling, "That fucking sucked," and "Play a cover!"

The Swan King played melodic metal with the intensity of hardcore punk to a more filled out room. Guitarist; Dallas Thomas yelled the lead vocals while playing busy riffs, stretching his hand across the fret board and his legs across the stage in the widest power stance I've seen. After a technically difficult song the crowd appreciated, he noted, "I'm glad you guys liked it because I don't like playing that song at all." Their bass tone was complimented by some grinding distortion, adding nice color to the trio's sound.

Square white lights eerily shined up at Sweet Cobra as they began pounding out their brand of sludgy hardcore. It took a couple songs for them to play and sing passionately, but the moment was noticeable when their vocalist/bassist; Botchy Vaquez sunk into the feeling of the groove and began to belt his gritty vocals instead of merely reciting them. Their tone was massive and raw, coming out of vintage tube amplifiers. Though sludge metal does rely on repetitive riffs, it seemed that at times Sweet Cobra jammed for too long without variation or the presence of a compelling element.

Coliseum showed the most energy from the start, hopping and throwing their upper bodies into their head banging. Vocalist; Ryan Patterson let his guitar feedback as he stretched his arms out and gestured with his hands, singing with similar grit as Nick Oliveri in his Queens of the Stone Age days, but with a deeper tone. Coliseum is the least dark and complex of the three bands, with an inherent southern influence. The crowd appreciated their set the most out of the four, and Ryan offered, "We'll play all night. We'll make shit up, but you don't want us to do that," followed by a long, whole-hearted thank you to the crowd. Their encore was the most exciting part of the set, with a little moshing between a group of friends, plus raised fists and beer glasses throughout the crowd.

Coliseum played their last show of tour in Cincinnati, at Mayday this past Saturday.


Coliseum, Sweet Cobra, The Swan King, and Hunters can be found over at Beat Kitchen.

Damon & Naomi, Amor de Dias, and Good Night & Good Morning will play Lincoln Hall.

Night one of BLACKOUT Fest 2011 takes place at The Velvet Perineum.

Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, and Plan B will bring their 'Hooligans In Wondaland' tour to Aragon Ballroom.

Kaskade will play The Mid.

This Will Destroy You, Pure Ecstasy, and Sleep Over will play the Bottom Lounge.

Just like The Swan King, Chord also shares ex-members of the band Pelican.
They'll play Abbey Pub with Birthmark, and Litesalive.

Seafarer, Republic of Lights, Black Canvas, and Glendenning will play Lincoln Hall.

Anna Calvi, and Cuckoo Chaos can be found at Schubas.

Night two of BLACKOUT Fest 2011 takes place at The Velvet Perineum.

Rabble Rabble are set to play a 5PM In-store at Permanent Records.

Chixdiggit, Cerebral Ballzy, Kepi, and Love and Squalor will play Subterranean.

The Marked Men, Football, and Head of Skulls! can be found at Empty Bottle.

Nomi Ruiz of Hercules & Love Affair as well as, Jessica 6 will play a DJ Set at Berlin.

Nancy Wang of LCD Soundsystem will play a DJ Set at Smart Bar along with fellow spinners: Jacques Renault, Michael Serafini, Kid Color, and Adulture.