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Kaytranada
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Montreal-based producer Kaytranada (aka Kevin Celestin) welcomed his most recent effort, dubbed the At All / Hilarity Duff EP, earlier this month via HW&W Recordings. Led by the insanely catchy "At All," the three-song effort is equal parts glitchy and dance floor-ready. You can check out the hilarious video for "At All" at the bottom of this post.

Kaytranada and fellow producers Groundislava and Jerome LOL are currently in the midst of their collaborative No Peer Pressure Tour. That tour includes a performance at The Mid on November 6 with Them Flavors DJs. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

All No Peer Pressure dates, a tour poster, and song streams from each act lie after the jump...

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by Andrew Sacher

Danzig & Cherie Currie in LA - 8/30/13
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Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie has been talking for a few years now about releasing the followup to her only solo album, 1978's Beauty's Only Skin Deep (not including the 1980 collaboration with her sister Marie, Messin' with the Boys or the 1988 Young and Wild compilation), and though a release date still hasn't been announced, we are now one step closer. "Mr. X", the first single from the new album, which you've maybe heard on the radio, is making its online premiere in this post. Listen below.

Like her former bandmate Joan Jett's new album, "Mr. X" is pretty much exactly the kind of catchy hard rock you'd expect from a Runaways member, and to get that in 2013 is not a bad thing at all. And if Cherie's anthemic choruses aren't enough, the song's also got a rippin' guitar solo from Slash, plus his Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver bandmates Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) are on it too. Matt also produced the record, which also features guest appearances from Billy Corgan and Juliette Lewis.

As discussed, Cherie has also been touring this year. The next leg starts in NYC on November 6 at Gramercy Theatre with MIss Guy (who we recently quoted in a sad post about Codie Ravioli). Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates, which include other NYC-area shows, are listed below.

Cherie's tour hit LA back in August, where she teamed up with Danzig for one of the dates on his ongoing 25th anniversary tour (Doyle included). The show was one of the last-ever shows at the historic Gibson Ampitheatre, which closed its doors in September. (He also inadvertently played one of the final Roseland Ballroom shows earlier this month in NYC.) Being that it was the final Danzig show at the venue, he "wanted to add someone special," so he had Cherie come out to join him on a cover of the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra duet "Some Velvet Morning." That cover was also recorded and may or may not appear on Danzig's upcoming covers album. Back in April, he told Loudwire:

My idea of covers is that you should never cover a song and do it exactly like the artist because everyone's always going to compare it to the way the original artists did it and they're just going to go "Oh I like the original better." I wanted to make it my own and take it in a different direction, maybe a different direction they didn't really think of at the time or would never think of because I have a much different background than they do.

There's a ton of other cool covers on there, I did a lot of covers people wouldn't think I would do like 'Biker' soundtrack theme song that I made crazy, there's a Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra cover on there and I had Cherie Currie come down and sing the Nancy Sinatra part.

She's really cool and has a great voice and it was just awesome and I wanted to keep that cool, older, '70s vibe because the Misfits came on the tail end of the '70s and I wanted to keep that vibe. The managers and lots of other people suggested the new alternative girls and I was like, "That's not what I want and here's who I'm thinking of" and they were like "What?" and it's fantastic, she did such a great job.

So stay tuned for more info on that. Meanwhile, watch a video of Danzig and Cherie doing "Some Velvet Morning" at the LA show and listen to the studio version, below.

In other news, Cherie Currie recently recorded a Christmas single with former Runaway Lita Ford (coming soon) and recorded a cover of T. Rex's "Life's A Gas" with Shameless (out now).

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the "Mr. X" stream and the Danzig video, below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus, September 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Ramming Speed

Back on Friday, October 18, we at Invisible Oranges hosted an afterparty for our CMJ showcases at the Omega Order Warehouse in Brooklyn with Ramming Speed, Phantom Glue, Aksumite and Flown. If you missed it, let me tell you it was a total blast. I got there in time to see Aksumite kill it with punk intensity during what was just their second-ever show. Aksumite's first show the day before at night one of the Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase was pretty nuts, but the band showed that they really excel in DIY-type venues -- check it out in the video of their performance in this post. After Aksumite, Phantom Glue delivered a set of sinister sludge, and then Ramming Speed came on to level the place with speed and fury. Video evidence of that is in this post too, and be sure to check out photos from both night one and two of the Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus featuring Pelican, Ringworm, Sannhet and more.

As previously mentioned, Ramming Speed are teaming up to tour with fellow thrashers Toxic Holocaust in November, but first they'll be playing a string of shows down south surrounding their performance at Gainesville, Florida's The Fest. Ramming Speed also play Saint Vitus on November 29.

Toxic Holocaust just released a video for their song "Acid Fuzz" off their new album Chemistry of Consciousness, which comes out this week (10/29). Watch the video below.

All tour dates are listed, along with videos from the IO CMJ late night party, below...

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Danto

Arthur C. Danto, a philosopher who became one of the most widely read art critics of the Postmodern era, championing avant-garde artists like Andy Warhol and proclaiming the end of art history, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89.

The cause was heart failure, his daughter Ginger Danto said.

The author of some 30 books including "Beyond the Brillo Box," and "After the End of Art," Mr. Danto was the art critic for The Nation magazine from 1984 to 2009 and a longtime philosophy professor at Columbia.

"His project, really, was to tell us what art is, and he did that by looking at the art of his time," said Lydia Goehr, a Columbia University philosophy professor who has written extensively about Mr. Danto. "And he loved the art of his time, for its openness, and its freedom to look any way it wanted to."

Mr. Danto was pursuing a successful career in academic philosophy when he had a life-defining moment. As he recalled in numerous essays, it happened in 1964 when he encountered a sculpture by Andy Warhol in a New York gallery. It was "Brillo Box," an object that seemed to Mr. Danto to differ in no discernible way from the real cardboard soap-pad container it copied. - [NY Times]

That's two Warhol-related deaths this weekend. Rest in peace, Arthur. Your thoughts on art are still relevant today.

You can read Danto's 2009 book on Andy Warhol in its entirety via Google Books.

photos by Milos Markicevic

Disclosure at House of Blues on 10.24.2013
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Last Thursday (10/24), UK house duo Disclosure tagged Chicago on their fall North American tour with T. Williams for a performance at the House of Blues. With their famous face projected behind them----mouthing the vocal features of contributors Sam Smith, AlunaGeorge, Eliza Doolittle, Jessie Ware, and more----the duo played hits such as "White Noise," "Latch," "You & Me," and others. Were you there? If so, what did you think? We've got pictures and some videos from their 10/24 show in this post.

More below...

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by Doug Moore

Mogwai at Webster Hall, 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Mogwai

Scotland's Mogwai have been around for almost twenty years now; they've got seven studio albums, 11 EPs, and two soundtracks under their belt. That's a long track record. Still, it remains surprisingly tough to predict what they're going to do next. Like the cinematic critter they're named for, Mogwai are changelings. Though their work with a recurring palette of sounds, that palette is broad enough that they still have the capacity to occasionally surprise.

Mogwai have revealed the details for their upcoming eighth album, Rave Tapes, and have released the first taste from it, "Remurdered." It's a bit of a curveball, albeit not a dramatic one. Earlier this year, Mogwai recorded some score music for the French zombie show Les Revenants. Ironically, "Remurdered" sounds more like the score to a '70s horror flick than the Les Revenants material. It's a tense, synth-driven instrumental that reminds me of a beefed-up John Carpenter score, though the raunchy synthetic bass in its second half is more dance-friendly than Carpenter's tinny tones ever were.

Stream "Remurdered" and check out the LP cover art and track listing below; make sure to catch Mogwai at ATP UK (11/29-12/1) if you're going.

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photos by Wei Shi; words by Bill Pearis

Sondre Lerche, Luke Temple @ Bowery Ballroom -- 10/15/2013
Sondre Lerche, Luke Temple @ Bowery Ballroom -- 10/15/2013

Sondre Lerche, who's been somewhat quiet of late, broke the silence for a show at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ, headlining The Talkhouse showcase on October 15 that also featured Luke Temple and others. Where most NYC shows tend to just be Sondre solo, for this one he had a rhythm section in tow -- a nice treat, though he's certainly capable of captivating a crowd all by his lonesome. Pictures from his and Temples' sets are in this post.

While Lerche finishes up his new album, fans can look forward to a new 12" which is one of the many 2013 Record Store Day Black Friday releases. It's the first in a series of releases under the title Public Hi-Fi Sessions where bands record at Jim Eno's studio. This one features Sondre doing "Like Lazenby" and "Screen Door."

And speaking of the Talkhouse, Sondre reviewed the new Prefab Sprout album, Crimson / Red which was the first all-new Prefab Sprout album in 16 years. If you are familiar with Prefab Sprout, the band's influence on Lerche's music is pretty evident, and "I Cannot Let You Go" from his 2009 album Heartbeat Radio is an unabashed PS homage. In his review, he writes:

While I raked autumn leaves in my stepfather's garden, my vanity scanned the record for anything that might remind me of my own music. What I found resembled not so much how I sounded but how I felt. Barely 19 and still living with my mom while chasing my debut album across the world on infinite promotional tours, it was an incredibly confusing and eventful time. And Prefab Sprout turned out to be my absurd and emphatic compass through most of it. Their songs made room for everything I was dealing with: adolescent arrogance, sexual frustrations, conflicted resentment, helpless romanticism, long overdue generational confrontations.
The review is mostly positive and nicely considered, and you can read the whole thing here. And if you haven't heard Crimson / Red yet, Paddy Mcaloon is in fine form -- both vocally and songwriting-ly. If the production is missing some of the granduer of 1990's Jordan the Comeback, the album is a welcome return, and album-opener "The Best Jewel Thief in the World" stands among Mcaloon's finest. You can stream that, and check out more pictures from Sondre Lerche's CMJ set, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Brooklyn art punks Pampers release their self-titled debut on Tuesday (10/29) via In the Red. It's a real ripper, 28 minutes of noisy, adrenaline-fueled freakout (and catchy tunes), and we've got a stream of the whole thing, one day early, in this post. Who needs coffee on a Monday morning? Just turn this one up.

Pampers play a record release show on Saturday (11/2) at Death by Audio with Foster Care, Degreaser and Call of the Wild. They'll then open for The Men and Purling Hiss on the NYC stop of their tour which happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

If you're walking around Bedford on Williamsburg, you may have seen an ad for the Pampers album painted on the side of long-running drinking establishment Turkey's Nest Tavern, which somehow seems an appropriate place. If there's any beverage to pair with this album, whatever it is comes in a 32-oz styrofoam cup. A picture of that, plus the album stream and the flyer for their record release party, below...

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Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Jacco Gardner at Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared)
Jacco Gardner

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Drake, Miguel, Future @ Barclays Center
Love him or hate him, Drake has put out two of the most memorable singles of the year, "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," both of which appear on his newest studio album, Nothing Was the Same (out now), and should sound pretty great in a big arena. If you're going, don't miss R&B singer Miguel either.

Jacco Gardner, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Celestial Shore @ Death By Audio
The Dutch '60s psych/baroque pop-inspired Jacco Gardner just did a number of NYC shows during CMJ, including one of our own, and he's got one more in him before he heads back home. Tonight he teams with Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks who are bluesier and psychier than Alex's main band, and Brooklyn's mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore.

Crystal Antlers, PUP, Vasillus @ Glasslands
Long Beach's Crystal Antlers and Toronto's PUP are both bands who seriously know how to rock out, so fans of loud, sweaty, guitar-heavy shows may not want to miss this. The Dirty Nil were supposed to be on this show but dropped off.

Willis Earl Beal, CharlieRED, YC The Cynic, Kiah Victoria @ Knitting Factory
Willis Earl Beal just blessed NYC with his memorable brand of blues during CMJ, and tonight he does it again for this Red Bull Sound Select show.

Of Montreal, La Luz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
of Montreal released the somewhat back-to-basics (for them) lousy with sylvianbriar this year and are here for two shows at MHOW, this being the second. Seattle's surfy La Luz are definitely not to miss either.

Sparks @ Webster Hall
Russell and Ron Mael have been making boundary breaking pop as Sparks for over 40 years. They're back in town with their "Two Hands, One Mouth" tour where they strip down their 40-year catalog to just keybords and voice. Tickets are still available

Lee Ranaldo @ Other Music
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has been keeping active with his band Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, who just released an album, opened for Kurt Vile in NYC, and have many more dates including their own NYC show this January. Tonight, Lee takes a break from the band to host a guitar clinic at NYC record store Other Music, where you can go and learn a few tricks from one of the city's masters of the instrument.

Thomas Dolby @ Gramercy Theatre
Thomas Dolby is a lot more than the guy behind "She Blinded Me with Science," and tonight he'll demonstrate one of the reasons why with his interactive, technologically-advanced concert. And yes, the show does work in his best known song (along with his other well-known tunes).

Brandon Seabrook, Elliot Sharp, Nels Cline, Split Red, Zevioius @ The Grand Victory
Avant-garde composer/musician Eliot Sharp and guitar great Nels Cline teamed up earlier this month to perform as a duo during Elliot's residency at The Stone, and tonight they bring in jazz musician Brandon Seabrook to do it as a trio at The Grand Victory.

Ask Me Another Halloween Spectacular w/ R.L. Stein @ The Bell House
NPR and WNYC's 'Ask Me Another' show, which tapes live at The Bell House, is doing a Halloween Spectacular today, and for the occasion they've got Goosebumps author R.L. Stein as the special guest.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Jessi Klein, Larry Murphy, Sam Morril, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Burke, and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Thee Oh Sees @ The Well, 2012 (more by Gabi Porter)
Oh Sees

OBN IIIs @ DbA in July (more by Fred Pessaro)
OBN IIIs

The Blind Shake @ SXSW 2013 (more by Sara Frankie Linder)
Blind Shake

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, OBN Ills @ 285 Kent Avenue
If you have any interest whatsoever in things "garage" and "punk" then this triple bill is pretty much unmissable. With the scifi protopunk of The Blind Shake and the in-your-face rock fury that is OBN-IIIs, the crowd will be ready for mayhem by the time Thee Oh Sees hit the stage. This tour also hits Irving Plaza on Tuesday, but you really wanna see these bands somewhere down and dirty if it's an option. And it is!

of Montreal, Surface to Air Missive @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
of Montreal released the somewhat back-to-basics (for them) lousy with sylvianbriar this year and are here for two shows at MHOW, this being the first.

Drake, Miguel, Future @ Prudential Center
Love him or hate him, Drake has put out two of the most memorable singles of the year, "Started from the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," both of which appear on his newest studio album, Nothing Was the Same (out now), and should sound pretty great in a big arena. The tour hits NYC's Barclays Center tomorrow, and tonight it's at NJ's Prudential Center. If you're going, don't miss R&B singer Miguel either.

The 5.6.7.8's, The A-Bones, Guitar Lightnin' Lee and His Thunder Band @ The Bell House
It's a night of garage rock at The Bell House with Japanese trio The 5.6.7.8's (who may be best known in America for their appearance in Kill Bill) and The A-Bones, who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member.

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, William Tyler @ Union Pool
Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio is in the midst of his October residency with his newish side project Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. This is the last show of their October residency.

ARP, William Tyler, Jeff Tuohy @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
This is the annual "Taste of the Seaport" where you can sample fare from downtown restaurants, check out some music (including William Tyler, who's played in Lambchop and Silver Jews), all in support of Spruce Street School/PS 397.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ B.B. King Blues Club
Veteran hip hop duo Bone Thugs N Harmony are still kicking, and thanks to collaborations with guys like A$AP Ferg, probably still making younger fans.

Heartsounds, Cleave, The Stereo State, The Reveling @ Acheron
The melodic hardcore/punk of Heartsounds has gained them comparisons to bands like Propagandhi and A Wilhelm Scream, and if you dig that kinda thing, you might wanna check them out at Acheron tonight.

Child Abuse, Staer, Cellular Chaos, Nebadon @ Death By Audio
Say goodbye to your eardrums as this is a tinnitus-inducing bill of noisepunk, featuring local greats Child Abuse and Norway's chaotic Staer (stream a song below).

Lovers, Air Waves, Ian Mellencamp, Tami Hart @ Glasslands
Portland trio Lovers just released their new album A Friend in the World which features more bubbling synths, acoustic guitars and big choruses. Playing tonight with the strummy Air Waves and onetime Making Friendz leader Tami Hart.

The Black Crowes, Dr. John @ Terminal 5
New Orleans legend Dr. John has no lack of classic material to gain him the "legend" title, and he's no nostalgia act either. 2012's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down was a very worthy late-career album. Tonight he's the opener at the third of four Black Crowes Terminal 5 shows.

Comedy Night w/ Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Deltron 3030 @ House of Blues
Kid Koala, Deltron 3030
Kid Koala, Deltron 3030

"It's not there like it used to be. I'm not mad at that. You've got lots of new movements happening, like the trap movement, and I enjoy that quite a bit. So musically, there's a lot of great stuff. So far as rhyming and stuff goes, there are a lot of kids out there who are really dope, and that encourages me to get doper still. Like, the whole Odd Future camp, and what they're doing over there, that's special, and then in New York you've got Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. These are kids, but they're done. They've done their homework. And they are taking things that level further. I don't think hip-hop has to be what it used to be." [Del The Funky Homosapien]
Deltron 3030, the 'alternative hip hop supergroup' of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, reappeared with a new album and live dates in 2013, orchestra included. Those dates included NYC shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 9) and Highline Ballroom (Oct. 14), as well as a Chicago show at House of Blues (Oct 19). The latter is pictured in this post.

On 10/15 Deltron 30/30 appeared on Letterman joined by a 16-piece orchestra and 4-piece band onstage, including special guest, producer Just Blaze on keyboards. Check out the video from that, and more pictures and tour dates (Fun Fun Fun Fest included), below...

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Hercules & Love Affair at Catalpa in 2012 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
H&LA
Noisem at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Noisem

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Questlove, Dan Deacon, How To Dress Well, Jeremy Ellis, Sonnymoon @ BAM
Questlove, Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon and more are performing at this "freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979."

Ultra Bide, Paint Fumes, White Collar Crim @ Cake Shop
Long-running Japanese punks are back in action with their first new album in over a decade -- out now on Alternative Tentacles -- and they're on their first North American tour in 15 years, which already hit NYC once earlier this month, and is back tonight.

Teen Daze, Drop Electric, Camp Counselors @ Glasslands
They may not call it chillwave anymore, but Teen Daze (aka Canadian Matt Halverson) is still dropping the hazy, ethereal electronics on his actually quite nice new album, Glacier, which you can stream below.

Disma, Weed Is Weed, Godstopper, Imperial Triumphant, Yoshiko Ohara @ Acheron
Death metal supergroup Disma headline this show, which also includes black metal psychopaths Imperial Triumphant, Maryland's Weed Is Weed, Toronto's underrated Godstopper, and Bloody Panda frontwoman Yoshiko Ohara.

Hercules and Love Affair, The Crystal Ark @ Gramercy Theatre
Organizers of this Halloween-themed party are promising to "transform Gramercy Theatre into a garden of Extra-sensory audiovisual terror and earthly delights. All Hallows Festival will feature multiple floors, spectral light-shows, a theater of the damned, fully stocked bars, a 3 AM costume contest and mystical haunted environments." Plus disco jams from H&LA and The Crystal Ark.

The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch, Fallujah, Noisem @ Knitting Factory
The Black Dahlia Murder are back on the road again, and they've got some excellent younger bands supporting them, including party-metallers Skeletonwitch and young death/thrash rippers Noisem.

Sworn Enemy, Dehumanized, Alekhine's Gun, Leech, Thorn Constellation @ Saint Vitus
'90s-era NY metallic hardcore stalwarts Sworn Enemy headline this show, which also includes Dehumanized, Alekhine's Gun, Leech, and Thorn Constellation.

JD Samson & MEN, Beverly @ Union Pool
Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin just played a sold-out show at MHOW last night, and tonight her former Le Tigre bandmate JD Samson's dancepunk band MEN play their own sold-out show at Union Pool. Opening is Beverly, who count Frankie Rose as a member.

Death by Audio Annual Yard Sale
Says the DBA folks: "he denizens of Death by Audio have been collecting items all year, it is your turn to take them off our hands. we will have all kinds of stuff, all proceeds go to improvements on the space and everything will be cheapo! come support us! winter is coming." Noon to 6 PM.

Black Crowes, Blind Boys of Alabama @ Terminal 5
This is the second of four nights at T5 for Black Crowes, and tonight's notable openers are the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Cenobites

HOT FROM HELL! My friends,I have some news which may be of interest to you. A few weeks ago I had a very productive meeting with Bob Weinstein of Dimension Pictures,in the course of which I pitched a remake of the first HELLRAISER film. The idea of my coming back to the original film and telling the story with a fresh intensity-honoring the structure and the designs from the first incarnation but hopefully creating an even darker and richer film-was attractive to Dimension. Today I have officially been invited to write the script based upon that pitch.What can I tell you about it?Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER. Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if not inhabited by a first-rate actor. I told the Dimension team that in my opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley,and much to my delight Bob Weinstein agreed. So once the papers are signed , I will open a Lemarchand Configuration,dip my quill in its contents and start writing . I promise that there will be nowhere on the Internet where the news of my progress will be more reliable than here ,because the only author of these reports will be Your Infernal Corespondent ,me. My very best wishes to you
all,my friends.
Clive.

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by Bill Pearis

Lost Animal
Lost Animal

Some of you may remember Jarrod Quarrell from late '00s Australian band, St. Helens. When that band when kaput he started Lost Animal, a mostly solo project where most of the sounds come from his keyboard. Songwriting-wise, Lost Animals' debut, Ex Tropical, is not that far off what Wolf Parade was doing a decade ago -- smoldery, danceable and definitely rock, just with not so much in the way of guitars. You can check out videos for "Lose the Baby" and "Say No to Thugs" below and stream the whole thing via Spotify or Rdio.

Lost Animal are currently in NYC, having played 285 Kent last night with their Hardly Art labelmates Hausu (they played together during CMJ too). They've just added another last-minute show tonight (10/25) at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right with Fascinator (stream some songs below), Mother Mask, LIFE (-2) (aka YYYs drummer Brian Chase & Lost Animals bassist Shaggs Chamberlain) and a DJ set from Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance. Music starts at 8 PM.

Lost Animal then head to the West Coast for a few shows before going back to Australia. All dates, plus videos and streams, below...

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by Doug Moore

Slayer at Mayhem Fest, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Slayer

Slayer's first North American tour since the demise of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) earlier last year draws nigh; its first date is tonight (10/25) in Las Vegas, though it doesn't start in earnest until its 11/8 Minneapolis date. At this point, only half of the classic Slayer lineup remains. Guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya are still plugging away, while Hanneman has been replaced (seemingly for keeps) by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. Drummer Dave Lombardo -- who quit the band over a financial dispute with his bandmates -- is being covered by Paul Bostaph, who spent most of the '90s as a member of Slayer.

Perhaps in an attempt to dispel any misgivings about the tour, Slayer has announced that they'll be playing an "old school" set that spotlights material from their first five releases. So says the press release:

"Slayer's "Old School Slayer Night" set will include tracks from 1983's Show No Mercy, 1985's Hell Awaits, the genre-defining and Gold-certified Reign In Blood (1986), 1988's South of Heaven, also certified Gold, and Seasons.

"The final set list is still coming together," added Araya, "but we're going to give the fans what amounts to 'decades of aggression.' It's going to be a great night of music and moshing for everyone."
Hard to complain about that. Though Slayer will obviously never be the same after losing half the lineup that recorded those classics, Holt and Bostaph are more than competent enough to replicate them faithfully. After all, Slayer have been in working-stiff mode for a decade now; they exist for fan service, and they seem to know it.

Slayer's tour with Gojira and 4ARM hits NYC on November 27 at the Theatre at MSG. It also includes area shows at CT's Oakdale Theater (11/26) and NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (11/29), and tickets for all three are still available.

Before the NYC-area dates, the tour hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, where we're doing two FFF Nites shows. One of them is a metal show, presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges, which doubles as the Austin stop on the ongoing Black Tusk/Inter Arma tour. The show happens on Saturday, 11/9 at Hotel Vegas with the sludgy Black Tusk headlining at 12:45 AM, preceded by the psychedelic black metal of Inter Arma (11:45 PM), Chicago experimental metal band Yakuza (11 PM), and local Austinites Eagle Claw (10:15 PM). I've said this a few times, but if you haven't caught Inter Arma's live show, you should really do that. Their new album, Sky Burial, is handily one of the year's best, and their live treatments of it only emphasize its charms. Entry is free with a FFF Fest badge.

Check out a full live set by the current Slayer lineup, a full stream of the new Inter Arma, and Slayer's complete run of dates with Gojira and 4ARM, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Diarrhea Planet at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Diarrhea Planet

Nashville garage rockers Diarrhea Planet released their newest album, I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams earlier this year. It's a solid record but they're more of a see-it-live thing, so thankfully they've been touring like crazy since its release with no plans of slowing down. After an appearance at The Fest, they'll be kicking off a new run of dates with LA's The Lovely Bad Things (who play a different Fest show). That tour comes to NYC for a show on November 9 at Glasslands with local rock 'n' rollers Desert Sharks. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

The Lovely Bad Things spent some time releasing material on trusty garage rock label Burger Records, and they've since signed with Volcom Entertainment (Torche, Valient Thorr), who released their newest long-player, The Late Great Whatever, earlier this year. The album pulls from a few Cali-bred genres, including Thee Oh Sees/Ty Segall-style garage rock, Lookout! Records-style pop punk, and sunny melodies that date all the way back to early Beach Boys. It's a ripper, and you can stream the whole thing below.

All dates are listed, along with that LP stream and a Diarrhea Planet video, below...

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by Doug Moore

Ultramantis Black

This week's bizarre-and-awesome-signing award goes to Relapse Records, who announced late yesterday that they've signed Philadelphia-based professional wrestler UltraMantis Black. If you've never heard of UltraMantis Black before, you're in luck -- his Wikipedia page is longer and more thoroughly referenced than those of many mid-sized American cities.

I'm not really sure what to expect from UltraMantis Black musically, but the signs are positive so far; Relapse's press release obliquely mentions that the band consists of members of Pissed Jeans and Pilgrim Fetus. This project screams "see it live"; I'm hoping for a show that strikes a fine balance between GWAR and Eat the Turnbuckle. Unsurprisingly, UltraMantis's PR copy is gold:

"UltraMantis Black has waged many battles. As a professional wrestler, he has fought a never ending array of opponents worldwide, hell-bent on usurping the Great & Devious insectoid leader of The Order of the Neo Solar Temple. In his quest to decimate the unconscionable and depraved current state of the cultural grappling landscape, he has guided his Spectral Envoy of the Final Judgement through space and time as they deal out justice in the guise of revenge towards those who desire to harm and exploit the vulnerable and voiceless. Now, UltraMantis Black takes his struggle to a new level.

Set to release their debut EP in early 2014 via Relapse Records, UMB seeks to further spread his gospel through a relentless musical assault of hardcore cacophony. His message is a simple declaration of war. A godless jihad against those who continue to systematically enslave, torture, and murder the Earth and all innocent and sentient life that exists upon it. Clear missives of animal, earth, and human liberation delivered under the secretive cloak of lucha libre to the soundtrack of blasting audio terrorism."

Check out a video of UltraMantis Black "destroying pathetic jobbers," as the presser put it, below.

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photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis

Flaming Lips @ T5, 10/1/2013
Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger

The Flaming Lips have a new EP coming out, featuring six songs "inspired by" Ender's Game, the new big budget sci-fi film starring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley that's based on the 1985 novel of the same name. The film is about a battle between and man and a race of mutant bugs, which is, as you know, already the subject of so many Flaming Lips songs. One of those, "Peace Sword," is actually in the film and is a pretty good Flaming Lips song. You can listen to five of the six tracks it below and head to NPR to hear the other one, "If They Move Shoot 'Em." The Ender's Game EP is out digitally next week (10/29) and will be available on CD and vinyl as a Record Store Day Black Friday release.

Earlier this month The Flaming Lips played two shows at Terminal 5 with likeminded Aussie tourmates Tame Impala as well as Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and we've got a belated set of pictures from the 10/1 date in this post.

In other news, the Lips will be part of My Morning Jacket's previously discussed "One Big Holiday" festival at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera in Maya, Mexico from January 26-30, 2014. This four-night, all-inclusive "concert adventure" also features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx and DJ sets from Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza. Ticket packages are on sale.

Check out more pics from T5, plus the EP streams, below...

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Kylesa at Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Kylesa
The Julie Ruin at Union Pool in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julie Ruin
Kurt Vile in Austin in August (more by Glen Brown)
KV

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

The Julie Ruin, Priests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin simply cannot be slowed down. They're already played quite a few NYC shows this year, and they keep selling them out (like tonight's). Opening the show is a killer DC band who probably owe a thing or two to Kathleen Hanna, and who just made quite the impression at their sole CMJ show, Priests.

Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Sierra @ Saint Vitus
Two bands that are tied to the metal scene, but really aren't that metal, Kylesa and Pinkish Black, are currently on the road together for this BV/IO-presented tour which also includes Kylesa's pals Sierra. Kylesa, who do have heavier roots, have been experimenting with psychedelia, shoegazey atmospheres, and alternative rock anthems lately, whereas Pinkish Black leans towards darkwave.

Kurt Vile, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Beach Fossils @ Terminal 5
It's hard to believe that it was only four years ago that Kurt Vile and Beach Fossils both played the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival, and now they're teaming up again for KV to headline what is by far his largest NYC show yet at Terminal 5. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (which has more Sonic Youth members than any other post-SY band at the moment) is on the bill too, and of course not to miss.

Serpentine Path, Castevet, Vorde, Oneirogen @ Union Pool
Brooklyn's reclusive metal alchemists Castevet -- featuring seriously shredding guitarist Andrew Hock -- play their record release show which is co-sponsored by our heavy sister site, Invisible Oranges.

Ashrae Fax, Historics, Donovan Blanc, DJ Frankie Teardrop @ Glasslands
North Carolina duo Ashrae Fax put out lost gem Static Crash 10 years ago which sounds like the best '80s 4AD album never heard (think Cocteau Twins but groovier). Mexican Summer reissued the record this year and have coaxed the band back into action.

Electronium: The Future Was Then @ BAM
Questlove, Dan Deacon, Jeremy Ellis, How To Dress Well, Sonnymoon and more are performing at this "freely-associative and impressionistic musical homage to pioneers in the electronic music scene between 1948 and 1979."

Minus The Bear, INVSN, Slow Bird @ Best Buy Theater
Technical-guitar emo is pretty in right now, and though their most classic records might be behind them, Minus the Bear are one of the bands who were a crucial part in developing that style.

The Waterboys, Freddie Stevenson @ Bowery Ballroom
Celt pop vets The Waterboys are official supporting their 10th LP, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats but expect no shortage of hits from This is the Sea and Fisherman's Blues.

Mike Donovan, LODRO, Pigeons @ Death By Audio
With the Sic Alps moniker retired, Mike Donovan is now playing under his own name, but expect the same swampy folk. LODRO's bluesy noir is a good fit as opener.

Marina Rosenfeld, David Grubbs, Susan Howe @ Issue Project Room
IPR's "Ten Years on the Infinite Plain" anniversary celebration continues tonight with composer/turntablist Marina Rosenfeld and the East Coast premiere of "WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER," the new collaboration between poet Susan Howe and musician/composer David Grubbs.

The Beets, Chastity Belt, Pony Time, The Beer Shits, Haybaby @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn mutant folkies The Beets headline this show but do check out Seattle's Chastity Belt whose new album, No Regrets, is streamable below. Also on the bill are Seattle's punky Pony Time and you can stream their album, Go Find Your Own, below as well.

Frightened Rabbit, Augustines @ Webster Hall
The album that many say Frightened Rabbit will never top is five years behind us, but they've still got a supportive fan base (as two nights at Webster Hall, one of which is sold out, might imply) and this year's Pedestrian Verse is still pretty good.

The Combat Zone, Missionary, Lude Boys, Longings, Failed States @ Fitness
It's a night of Boston (and Western Mass) and NYC hardcore/punk with The Combat Zone and Lude Boys coming from Boston, NYC's Missionary and Failed States (mems. of Nuclear Spring), plus Amherst's Longings, who are more mid-tempo punk/post-punk and have a killer demo out.

The English Beat @ Paramount
While singer Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band these days, there's no denying his many pop hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save it For Later" and even General Public's "Tenderness."

Justin Townes Earle @ The Space at Westbury
JTE is a good excuse to check out this new Long Island venue (run by Bowery Presents) in a historic, '20s-era space.

The Swellers, Candy Hearts @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Two pop punk bands team up for this show at The Studio at Webster Hall.

Radiolab Live w/ On Fillmore, Noveller, Ophira Eisenberg @ Beacon Theatre
Once again, WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, this time with an event they're calling "Apocalyptical." In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, they've brought along musicians Noveller and On Filmore, plus comedian Ophira Eisenberg for their patented blend of science, music and humor.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss, Low Fat Getting High, Robot Death Kites, Sneaks @ Silent Barn
There's a good show at Silent Barn tonight with post-punk from Ed Schrader's Music Beat, punk from Low Fat Getting High, and more.

Nina Kraviz, Stacey Pullen, Jenifa Mayanja, Alex From Tokyo, Mike Khoury @ Output
The always-great Russian deep house producer/art pop singer Nina Kraviz plays this Halloween party at Output tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Andrew Sacher

Arcade Fire

As you may know if you have a computer, television, or go out in public sometimes, the fourth Arcade Fire album, Reflektor, comes out next week (10/29) via Merge (pre-order). It'll be on NPR's "First Listen" this Monday (10/28), though they'll be performing its songs for a live broadcast at 10 PM EST rather than simply streaming the album. But perhaps you've heard it already, because word is it leaked. UPDATE: It's now streaming in full (set to cinematography of the great 1959 film, Black Orpheus), listen below.

So far, I think it's a fascinating album, especially coming from Arcade Fire. Tons of bands with debuts as fully realized and brilliantly executed as Funeral start dying down after the initial hype, but Arcade Fire actually won a Grammy six years later for an also-great, if not slightly safer and more reserved album. From there, they could have easily continued riding that success with an even safer and more reserved album, calculated to please the Grammys all over again, but instead they took a left turn into uncharted Arcade Fire territory. A lot of people have been talking about how it's dancier, and it is a little bit, but not any more than "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." More than anything, it feels like this album's predecessors are albums like Talking Heads' Remain In Light or David Bowie's Low (James Murphy produced, remember), other albums by could-be arena rockers choosing to experiment with new textures and otherworldly melodies instead.

What do you think of Reflektor? Listen below, and let us know in the comments...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire 'Reflektor' streaming in full (listen!)"

by Doug Moore

Deicide at Gramercy Theater 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Deicide

As you may remember from a few weeks back, Deicide and Broken Hope spent most of October on an North American tour with Disgorge. The tour hit a rough patch on Tuesday (10/22) when several fans were stabbed during Broken Hope's set in El Paso, TX. (A suspect has since been arrested.) Things only got worse yesterday, when Deicide frontman Glen Benton purportedly kicked Broken Hope off the last few dates of the tour. Seems like kind of a silly move, given that only a handful of dates remained (the last is tonight), but Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner was ticked off enough to post the following (and since deleted) rant to the band's Facebook:

"El Paso... first a maniac wielding a box-cutter cuts 3 fans at our concert--one ear-to-ear (thankfully all the victims are going to recover), then we learned that Glen Benton is kicking us off the 'No Salvation Tour'. It was a helluva night. Since we started this tour, we've had to endure Glen Benton's constant bitching and ultimatums. He was always trying to snip our balls and demanded that we couldn't use our fog machines and on some nights, we couldn't use our backdrops or other production elements because he had issues with all of it. With respect to the headliner, we abided. Moreover, in efforts of friendship, good tour vibes, and because we're simply cool fucking guys, we let Glen Benton and his band use OUR BACKLINE because they didn't want to bring all their gear on tour!

"Specifically, we let the headliner use our cabinets and Glen Benton used our entire bass rig--head and cabinet--since his own bass head failed him early on. While we were generous with our backline, not once did Benton thank us, offer us a dime, or even lift a finger to help move anything--and he fucked up our bass head numerous times with his resetting the EQ, etc., despite us politely asking him NOT to mess with the bass tone we dialed in. Gee, with all the money and free gear Benton brags about to us daily, you'd think he'd do something about getting his own rig.

"Things got ugly in El Paso when, after we learned Benton had lost our bass rig cables and once again fucked with our bass head, so, we put our foot down and told him he couldn't use the head anymore. Note: we still allowed Benton to use our cabinets for their show.

"That said, Benton threw an EPIC hissy-fit and immediately kicked us off the tour! He booted Broken Hope from the tour simply because we refused to let him use our bass head! What bullshit. Now, even though that lame reason is what Benton used to get rid of us, I believe there's more to the story here. During this entire tour Benton has given BH and our crew nothing but a shitty attitude and has tried to sabotage our production every day for no good reason. Though Benton blocked us from using our fog machines, he couldn't stop us from using our professional soundman, nor stop us from giving concertgoers an amazing and high-powered show. The fact remains--as all our show attendees have seen--we fucking handed Glen Benton his ass every night of the tour and he couldn't keep up. Benton and his caravan of mini-van drivers couldn't touch our live show--even on our worst night.

"Benton sent Shaun Glass a text last night, threatening to break his jaw if Shaun badmouthed Benton. Well, I'm calling Benton out right now because his bullshit is old, fake, and he ain't scaring anyone. Glen Benton is a lazy, jealous, jaded, ungrateful, unprofessional, egomaniacal bully. He menaces everyone from bands and fans, to promoters and booking agents. How he maintains a career is beyond me. And this time, he fucked with the wrong band. Karma is a bitch, Benton.

"On behalf of Broken Hope, I'm sorry to the fans who won't see our performances in Dallas and Austin. You all know it's not our fault... we'd give you all a free show if we could. Thank you all for the support, for coming to our shows, for all the love you've given our "Omen Of Disease" album, and for understanding the bullshit and temper tantrums we've had to put up with on this tour."

Yikes. It's a safe bet that these two bands won't be touring together again any time soon.

Check out some live footage from the Deicide/Broken Hope tour's NYC stop and an interview with Glen Benton below.

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