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February 12, 2016

13th Chime

British deathrock band 13th Chime were active in the early '80s but only released a few recordings at the time. They did have an album that never saw the light of day, but Sacred Bones recently unearthed those recordings and put it out, along with a compilation of their early singles. (They're not the only old UK deathrock band that Sacred Bones have reissued.)

Now 13th Chime are set to play their first-ever US show at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on April 16. They'll be joined by Sacred Bones labelmates Anasazi (who take clear influence from the original deathrock era) and Boston post-punks Dame. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out a couple 13th Chime songs below...

Continue reading "UK deathrock vets 13th Chime reissued their discography and "lost album" on Sacred Bones, playing first US show ever"

photo: Anderson .Paak at SOB's on February 5 (more by P Squared)

SXSW, which starts in about a month (March 15-20), has already announced three rounds of artists for the 2016 edition, and now they've announced a fourth wave of bands. This one includes the likes of Sun Kil Moon, Empress Of, Anderson .Paak, Faust, Flatbush Zombies, Freeway, Lord Dying, Night Birds, Shilpa Ray and a ton more.

Check out the full list of additions below.

Continue reading "SXSW announces fourth round of 2016 artists"

Wiki (photo by Jacob Wayler)

Late last year, Ratking member Wiki released his solo album Lil Me, which included two tracks featuring experimental rapper Antwon. One of those, "Patience," has now been given the video treatment. Check it out below.

Wiki and Antwon also announced a short tour together happening this March. It kicks off in Atlanta on 3/20 and ends in NYC on 3/28 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Before that tour, Ratking are touring with Animal Collective, including two sold-out BrooklynVegan-presented shows in NYC.

Continue reading "Wiki & Antwon made a video for "Patience," touring together"

by Bill Pearis

Film School

Fronted by Greg Bertens, San Francisco's Film School made four albums -- a couple for Beggars -- of superior shoegazy indie rock inspired by a variety of '80s sounds. (Bunnymen, Cure, MBV, etc.). They called it quits in 2011 but reformed with their prime, cira-2006 lineup for a one-off show in 2014. The band are now back for reals and released a new EP, June, today. You can stream the whole thing right now, via The Big Takeover, below.

Film School have a couple California shows this month: The Echo in Los Angeles on February 19, and they'll play February 27 at SF's Bottom of the Hill as part of Noise Pop Fest.

Continue reading "Film School reunited, released new EP (listen), playing Noise Pop Fest & other shows"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: La Misma at Death By Audio in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
La Misma

As always, there's a ton of metal and hardcore stuff happening in the NYC area. Here's a roundup of some of the latest.

As we get ready for the annual giant Decibel tour that this year features Abbath, High On Fire, Tribulation and Skeletonwitch, we recently found out that, following the sad departure of longtime Skeletonwitch frontman Chance Garnette, the new vocalist on this tour and beyond will be Adam Clemans of the great Wolvhammer. As we wait to see whether he can fill those shoes, here are some recently-announced shows you might be interested in.

'80s dudes Anvil are touring a ton in in 2016, including a show in NYC at Black Bear on May 14 and in Long Branch, NJ at Brighton Bar on May 13. Tickets for Black Bear are on sale now, while you can get the NJ tickets at the door.

Local punks Crazy Spirit and Warthog have a show coming up at Palisades on March 12 with Sadist, Savageheads, Mommy, Nandas, Murderer and Spitehouse. Tickets are on sale now.

Also at Palisades, hardcore band La Misma will be playing with Sadist, Green Beret, Pure Disgust and Blood Pressure on April 15, and tickets for that are on sale now. La Misma are also opening for Framtid when they play the Acheron on March 25.

LA powerviolence legends Despise You are playing a NYC show right before they hit Maryland Deathfest. They'll be playing a show at Saint Vitus on May 26 with Yacoepsae, Sanitys Dawn, Whoresnation, Six Brew Bantha and Backslider. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Over at the Acheron on March 14, you'll have a chance to see the killer double-bill of LA blackened thrashers Witchaven and like-minded Dallas rippers Steel-Bearing Hand. Tickets for that are on sale now.

In terms of new music: Finnish grinders Rotten Sound released a new song called "Brainwashed." Stream that below (via Metalsucks).


You can always do well to scope out what's going on with our metal experts over at Invisible Oranges. Like this week they've plumbed the depths of bandcamp to find some great stuff that you probably have never heard of. And they reviewed the excellent new Ghostlimb album, which you can stream below.

Now on to some reminders. Since we last spoke, much has been announced, like Black Dahlia Murder, Nails, Magic Circle/Ecstatic Vision, Krieg, Lamb of God/Corrosion of Conformity/Clutch, Graves at Sea, and Royal Thunder.

There's also five Killswitch Engage shows, Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, Grim Reaper, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse and Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell.

Not to mention Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.

Thought there wasn't more? Think again. Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.

That about does it. Check out music from Steel-Bearing Hand, Witchaven, Warthog, Rotten Sound, Ghostlimb, and tour dates for Anvil, below...

Continue reading "Skeletonwitch have a new singer, Anvil touring, Despise You playing NYC before MDF, & more heavy news"

(photo by Vincent Arbelet)
The Soft Moon

The Soft Moon will be in NYC this weekend for shows at Market Hotel and Saint Vitus, both of which are now sold out. If you want more, you're in luck: The Soft Moon have just added another show, playing Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on Thursday, February 18. That's a late show (midnight doors) and tickets are on sale now.

On the minus side: the band's van was broken into in Oakland, CA a couple weeks back, and thieves made off with synths, guitars, merch and other stuff. There's a Go-Fund-Me set up if you'd like to help out.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with a stream of their upcoming remix LP, below...

Continue reading "The Soft Moon streaming remix comp, add third Brooklyn show to tour (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher


Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot will follow last year's You Bunch of Idiots EP with their first full length since 2013's self-titled, The Gospel, on February 26 via Fysisk Format. So far they've released two songs, and we've now got the premiere of a third, "I Run." It's got vocal angst that's almost Nirvana-ish, but with sinister piano parts that make it much more than grunge revival. Listen, with the other two songs, below.

Continue reading "Arabot releasing 'The Gospel' (stream a new track, "I Run")"

Noel Fielding

Back in November we mentioned that contemporary British comedy icon Noel Fielding had rescheduled his previously postponed NYC Gramercy Theater appearances to March 15 - March 19. Those shows unsurprisingly sold out faster than you can say "Mighty Boosh." Thankfully, he's added another show at the Gramercy on Monday March 14. Tickets are on sale now.

by Andrew Sacher

Benny Hester

Singer/songwriter Benny Hester got most famous as a contemporary Christian artist (including his hit "When God Ran"), but before that he was a rock musician who recorded an album in 1972 that never got released. It was recorded with Elvis Presley's backing group, The TCB Band, which included Ron Tutt, James Burton, Glen Hardin and Jerry Scheff, as well as Larry Muhoberac and Joe Osborn. The album, titled Benny..., very much sounds like a rock album of that era, and the music will likely be a lot more interesting to readers of this website than "When God Ran." The album comes out next week (2/19) via Moraine Music Group (pre-order via PledgeMusic), and we've got an early listen of its track "Give Your Love Forever." Check it out below.

Continue reading "Benny Hester giving the first-ever release to his 1972 rock album with Elvis Presley's backing band (stream a track)"

photo by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

ty segall
ty segall

Ty Segall & The Muggers were in NYC last night to play The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They performed "Candy Sam" from Emotional Mugger, and going with the title, Ty showered the audience with assorted sweets. Video of that is below.

After that, Ty and the band (which includes King Tuff, Mikal Cronin and Cory Hanson from Wand) headed to Baby's All Right for their own (secret) late show -- playing a wild, tequila-soaked set that started well after 2 AM. Can't complain about the start time too much, it was free. We'll have a full set of pics and report of the mayhem soon. Stay tuned.

Continue reading "Ty Segall & The Muggers played "Candy Sam" on 'Colbert' (video)...and a secret late show at Baby's All Right"