Entries tagged with: Agitator
by Ian Chainey
Tokyo's Pinprick Punishment have been touring the US over the past month. The group is an interesting mix of hardcore and experimentalism, recalling the dissonance of later Black Flag and the choppy rhythms of Bl'ast, thus rightfully earning the 'weird' tag on their Bandcamp page for their 2013 EP Join My Army. On July 2, Pinprick Punishment join Future Primitive, Agitator, A Truth, and Geronimo (not this one or this one) at Brooklyn's Don Pedro Bar Lounge. Tickets are $8 at the door. You can find Pinprick Punishment's remaining tour schedule and a stream below.
Before Pinprick Punishment head out to Puerto Rico for two shows before flying back to Japan, they'll play Baltimore on July 3 with Oakland's Replica, who just shared the Acheron stage with Infest. Replica, featuring members of No Statik and Infect, recently released the EP Beast, a roaring burner of metallic hardcore which you can hear below. They will be dropping back into the Acheron on July 7 with La Misma, Razorheads, and Public Hex. Tickets for that show are available now.
Lists of dates for Replica and Pinprick Punishment, with streams of both bands, below...
Ten Foot Pole in 2014 (photo by Denise Borders)
Punk veterans Ten Foot Pole, who formed as the hardcore band Scared Straight in the early '80s but changed their name before 1993's more melodic punk-styled Swill, have announced that they'll release their first new album since 2004's Subliminable Messages in 2015 via Cyber Tracks (El Hehe of NOFX's label). The band is currently fronted by original member Dennis Jagard like they've been since after their 1995 split with Satanic Surfers (when singer Scott Radinsky left to front Pulley and play major league baseball), and also features drummer Chris Dalley, bassist Chris Del Rio and guitarist Keith "DJ" Divel.
Ten Foot Pole have also announced a tour which hits NYC on July 25 at The Grand Victory with Boston's Burning Streets (who opened for Dead Kennedys and Reagan Youth at Irving Plaza last night [6/19]) and NYC's Sad and French. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
You can also catch Sad and French at that venue even sooner on July 9 for their record release show that also includes Arliss Nancy, Gameday Regulars, The Reveling and Spirit Houses (tickets). And even sooner than that, they'll open the previously discussed Captain, We're Sinking show at Union Hall.
Burning Streets and Reagan Youth (who both play Punk Island on Saturday [6/21]) will team up on a bill again at Grand Victory on Sunday (6/22), this time to open for another veteran melodic punk band, Sloppy Seconds, who haven't released an album since 2008's hiatus-ending Endless Bummer, but are still an active live band. Tickets for that show, which also includes The Basicks, are on sale now. All Sloppy Seconds dates are listed below.
That same day (6/22) but earlier (2 PM), another band playing Punk Island, Empty Vessel, hits the venue with OC45, Blest Mess and Harm (tickets). You can check out some of their Kurt Ballou-recorded tracks on bandcamp.
On Monday (6/23), California punk vets D.I. bring their ongoing tour to Grand Victory for a show with Runny and Spewing Cum. Tickets for that one are on sale. All DI dates are listed below.
NYHC vets Antidote, who put out their first new album in over two decades back in 2012, plays an all ages matinee show (2 PM) at the venue on August 3 before their European tour. That show is with Beyond, Manipulate, Downlow and Point Blank. Tickets are on sale now.
Italian hardcore band Raw Power (active since 1981) come over to NYC to hit Grand Victory on August 7 with Wartorn, Agitator and Miscegenator. Tickets are on sale.
'70s-era British punks Slaughter & The Dogs (who reformed in the '90s) will be touring North America and hitting Grand Victory on September 25 and 28. Night 1 will be opened by Stalkers, 45 Adapters and The Rats, but no openers announced for night 2 at the moment. Tickets for both nights are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Back to the '90s melodic punk: Lagwagon singer Joey Cape (who's also in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes who have a new album and play Riot Fest this year) brings his solo tour to Grand Victory on September 23. That tour is also with Flatliners singer Chriss Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom (who plays in Scorpios with Joey). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And one last bit of previously-mentioned related news, Ensign are playing some shows this year including Grand Victory on July 20 with Livefastdiefast, The Last Stand and Silence Equals Death. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates, and streams for some of the bands mentioned, below...
by Ian Chainey
NYHC hardcore legends Sheer Terror will be playing a few shows this year, including a free show in their hometown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 23. They'll be supported by Agitator and Cop Problem, the latter of which is also slated to play June's gigantic Punk Island. All dates are listed below.
While the word 'legend' is usually misused, applied to bands that don't actually have any legends propping up their mythos, it seems earned in Sheer Terror's case, if only due to singer Paul Bearer's patented, oft-recounted stage banter. Forming in 1984, Sheer Terror sought to amplify the aggression and heft of hardcore, upping the ante for a new breed pulling influences directly from the world of metal. Their breakthrough, 1989's Just Can't Hate Enough, discharged a thick, buzzing guitar tone that was more indebted to thrashers/proto-deathers like Martin Ain (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost) than those listed on the typical punk's template. No big deal? Well, the reason that sentence doesn't read oddly today is largely because of Sheer Terror and their likeminded scenemates' widespread influence.
Through numerous break-ups, Paul Bearer has kept the Sheer Terror torch lit, producing a total of seven LPs with a rotating cast of members. Their last, 2011's Spite, came after a 13 year long hiatus. (Not counting the few reunion dates in between.) But, the band's home is on the stage, allowing the confrontational and charismatic Bearer to let loose torrents of verbal abuse.
To get you prepared, check out two live sets from YouTube's large library of Sheer Terror documentation, with the list of dates, below...
Mt. Royal @ Baby's All Right, 3/19/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Shopping/entertainment destination Brooklyn Night Bazaar has announced a few more shows to it's upcoming schedule of free musical entertainment. So let's run through them, shall we?
On Friday, April 11 it's night of punk, headlined by hardcore vets Murphy's Law, and also featuring Agitator, Goosebumps, Nuclear Santa Claust, and Mayor Creep.
The next night (April 12), they have Canadian band PUP (who just played here a couple weeks ago) for a co-headline show with Hunters, plus Big Ups too, making for a very fun Saturday night.
Canadian sisterly duo Tasseomancy (who we just wrote about) are part of an appealing bill on Saturday, April 26 that is co-headlined by Oberhofer and A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and also features Canon Logic and Mt. Royal. Meanwhile, Amanda X was added to the Total Slacker / Reputante show that happens the night before (Friday, April 25).
We already told you about the Screaming Females release party happening on May 16. The next night (Saturday, May 17) Swearin' and Radiator Hospital will play BKNB with more TBA.
This weekend at the Bazaar, it's Bronze Radio Return, Gem Club, The Suzan, and Alexandra Stewart on Friady (April 4) and then on Saturday (April 5) it's under-appreciated Irish band Ash, plus Run River North, Golden Suits, and Drop Electric.
As always, Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are free.
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads
Montreal punk/hardcore festival Varning is returning for its seventh year from November 7-9 at MTL venue Katacombes. A bunch of NYC bands will be there, like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Nuclear Spring, La Misma and more, plus Sweden's Institution, Portland's Criminal Damage, San Francisco's Ruleta Rusa (ex-Born/Dead and Peligro Social whose last show was Varning VI), Boston bands Bloodkrow Butcher and Koward, and many more. Full lineup and flyer below. Advance tickets will be available through 10/28 via paypal with the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. More info here.
A number of those bands have NYC shows coming up ahead of the fest too. Nuclear Spring don't at the moment, but related band Failed States are playing with two Bloodkrow Butcher-related bands, The Combat Zone and Lude Boys, on Friday (10/25) at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave). NYC's MIssionary and dark W Mass mid-tempo punks Longings are on the bill too.
The actual Bloodkrow Butcher team up with Ruleta Rusa and La Misma, plus two Canadian bands that aren't billed for this year's Varning Fest -- Montreal's Omegas and Toronto's S.H.I.T. -- for a show at Acheron on November 2. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The super-fun, Farfisa-loving punks Hank Wood & the Hammerheads team up with Koward and NYC goths Anasazi for a show on November 7 at 538 Johnson.
And speaking of Anasazi, they play another local show on 11/20 at Acheron with Green Beret, Condition, Rank and The Three Muskateers (mem. of Perdition and Nomad). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Full Varning lineup and flyer, along with some live videos and streams, below...
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Volcano Choir (w/ Justin Vernon), Sylvan Esso @ Webster Hall
Bon Iver's been quiet lately, but luckily main man Justin Vernon has been far from it (I don't think he knows how to be anything else). He's collaborated with a ton of artists this year (Kanye, Polica, Blind Boys of Alabama), put out a record with his blues band The Shouting Matches, and now he's got one out with Volcano Choir, his collaborative project with Collections of Colonies of Bees. Their new album is the most similar to Bon Iver of all his side projects, and tonight you can see what their live show has got to offer at Webster Hall. Opening the show is Sylvan Esso, the new duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn.
Stay Positive, ITAL (D), Shannon F (DJ), Evan Michael (DJ) @ Glasslands
Stay Positive makes the kind of '90s pop-house that Disclosure helped bring back into style, and tonight the UK producer makes his US debut at this BrooklynVegan co-presented show. Tickets are still available.
Basilica Sound Scape w/ Teengirl Fantasy, Pure X, No Joy, Cass McCombs, DIIV @ Basilica Hudson
It's the second day of Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape festival, and tonight's lineup may not be as diverse as yesterday's, but it's excellent all the same. Tonight they've got psychedelic dance duo Teengirl Fantasy, Montreal shoegazers No Joy, dream pop trio Pure X, prolific songwriter Cass McCombs, some band that just played with blink-182 called DIIV, and more.
Zola Jesus, JG Thirlwell @ Out Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
Having just released Versions, an orchestral reworking of many of her songs. Tonight you can hear it live, with help from arranger JG Thirwell and strings courtesy the Wordless Music Orchestra. A few tickets are still available.
D.O.A., Disaster Strikes, Agitator, Stale Phish @ Europa
Canada has been churning out a ridiculous amount of great punk lately (White Lung, Single Mothers, METZ, Greys, Nu Sensae, etc), but don't forget that's not a new thing. Back in the late '70s/early '80s when bands like Black Flag, The Germs, Minor Threat, The Misfts, etc were shaping a now-classic style of hardcore, Vancouver's D.O.A were doing the same thing, and their early records are essential listening for that era. After 35 years of making music, the band are now on their farewell tour, which hits NYC tonight.
The Dirtbombs @ Shinola Flagship NYC
Detroit garage vets The Dirtbombs are in town to play the block party opening for bike/watch store Shinola's new NYC location. Their new album Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey! is an ode to '60s bubblegum and a lot of fun. Dirtbombs are on at 3 PM.
Alt-J, Royal Canoe @ Hammerstein Ballroom
A year ago, Alt-J were playing Glasslands and Mercury Lounge. Since then, their debut album, An Awesome Wave, won the Mercury Prize and the band have been playing bigger venues every time through. And after a summer of playing big outdoor festivals, they're probably ready for somewhere like Hamerstein.
Majical Cloudz, Moon King @ Mercury Lounge
Montreal's Majical Cloudz make soulful, minimal music that can be a captivating live experience, due mainly to Devon Welsh intense stage presence. This is the first of two NYC shows this weekend, both of which are with Toronto's Moon King who are definitely worth getting there early for.
Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement, Heaven's Gate @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Three Don Giovanni bands, Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, and Tenement, are on a tour together this year and coming to NYC for shows at MHOW tonight and Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday. The tour is a nice celebration for this label, which has been around for ten years but experienced a serious rise in public attention this year, and these should be some great shows.
Ghet20 Gothik DJs, Mike Q, Byrell the Great, Jubilee, $hayne, Venus X @ Output
A number of names on NYC's underground electronic scene come together for an Aaliyah tribute at Output tonight.
Strngrs, Lightning Dust, Louise Burns, Eros and the Eschaton @ Pianos
What started as a Black Mountain side project, duo Lightning Dust now have three albums under their belt, most recently, Fantasy, having been released this summer finds them adding electronics to their psychedelic folk sound.
Phone Home, Psychic Teens, Weird Womb, Slow Warm Death @ Shea Stadium
This whole bill should be great, but two bands of exceptional note are Philly post-punks Psychic Teens, who recently released the very solid Come LP, and Brooklyn garage punks Slow Warm Death. SWD is fronted by John Galm (Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist), but he does a much different style in this band, and does it very well at that.
Kayo Dot, Ahleuchatistas @ The Bowery Electric
Toby Driver's long-running Kayo Dot defy easy categorization, part heavy riffage, part chamber ensemble.
Computer Magic, Heliotropes, Soda Shop @ Glasslands
Tonight's a disparate but nonetheless quality bill of local acts: synthy Computer Magic, the riff-rock of Heliotropes and indiepop stylings of Soda Shop.
NGUZUNGUZU, Dubbel Dutch, J-Cush, Durban @ Coco 66
It's another Lit City Rave at 285 Kent, and as usual they've got a lineup that will keep you dancing all night. It's headlined by LA weirdo-bass duo Nguzunguzu, and also features Dubbel Dutch, and J-Cush and Durban going b2b. UPDATE: this was supposed to happen at 285 Kent but is now happening at Coco 66 in Greenpoint.
Summer Thunder w/ Gentlemen Jets, Martin Crane, Dungeonesse (DJ), D. Jane Gherkin (DJ) @ Union Pool
Union Pool's free backyard Saturday series rolls on through September and this week is brought to you by the folks at Secretly Canadian. We're not sure who Gentlemen Jets are, but we do know that Brazos' singer Martin Crane will perform a solo set. 2PM - 6PM.
Tiger Flowers, Meek Is Murder, Johnny Booth, Hivesmasher, So Hideous @ The Grand Victory
Two killer NYC hardcore bands, Tiger Flowers and Meek Is Murder (who have a split video out), team up to pulverize Grand Victory tonight. If you're going to this sure-to-be-wild show, don't miss local post-metal crew So Hideous either.
Anathema, Alcest @ Gramercy Theater
Once a black metal band, France's Alcest have gotten progressively more shoegaze with each album (their latest being 2012's Les Voyages de l'Ame), and tonight they bring their walls of sound to Gramercy Theater on their tour with Anathema.
Save Domino Party @ The Ides
The Domino Sugar Factory is scheduled to be torn down this month, but the "Save Domino" campaign is still at it, beyond the lit sign on the side of that building. Tonight there's a "Save Domino" party happening -- somewhat ironically -- at the Wythe Hotel's Ides rooftop bar. Dragons of Zynth, Heaven, and See Through will play live and comedian Seth Herzog will be your host for the evening. RSVP for the party by emailing email@example.com.
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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Cali punk vets D.I. (who share[d] members with Adolescents and Social Distortion) are still kicking (they released the United We Slam EP last year) and they're set to go on a US tour this year. That tour brings them to NYC for a show at Brooklyn venue The Grand Victory on June 21 with Brooklyn punks Nuclear Santa Claust, Brooklyn queercore band Runny, and Agitator. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All D.I. dates are listed below.
Nuclear Santa Claust, whose solid new album, Order of the New Age, came out earlier this year on Don Giovanni, also have another local show a week later on June 28 at Acheron as part of a mostly-hardcore lineup including Iron Reagan and Dropdead, in addition to Agitator who also play the Grand Victory show with NSC. Tickets for the Acheron show are on sale now.
All dates are listed on the tour flyer, along with a live D.I. video, below...
photos by Tod Seelie; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
On the verge of a string of dates with Goatwhore, NYC punk crew The Casualties played a rare small show at punk rock venue The Acheron on Friday (2/15), joined by support from Nomad (who replaced Perdition), Agitator and Sad Boys. The enthusiastic crowd included raging punks, PA hangers-on, sing-alongs, and much that you would expect from a riotous punk rock crowd. More pics from The Acheron, though unfortunately none of Sad Boys, are below.
The Casualties at Ottobar, Feb 2012 (more by Chris Boarts-Larson)
The Casualties will liven up Acheron on Feb 15 when the band joins Perdition, Agitator and Sad Boys for a show at the space. Look for utter insanity. Tickets are on sale. The band is also scheduled to do select dates with Goatwhore, though not scheduled to play Saint Vitus when the band hits with 3 Inches of Blood on April 29 (tix). Casualties dates are below.
Speaking of Perdition & Sad Boys, don't forge... they play tonight with Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Goosebumps and Murderer.
All Casualties dates, plus Casualties and Perdition video, are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Blood UK
The Blood are a London-based punk rock band, formed in 1982. Led by Cardinal Jesus Hate and JJ Bedsore (AKA Colin Smith and Jamie Cantwell), the band formed in the early 1980s under the name Coming Blood. Their music is a blend of hardcore punk, Oi!, heavy metal, football chants and shock rock.UK punks The Blood will bless Acheron on Saturday (12/8) alongside support from Agitator and Artificial Limbs. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of a select few North American dates scheduled for the UK band, and their full tour slate is below, along with some streaming audio.
Many of their songs criticize religion or discuss political or philosophical topics - [Wiki]
Negative Approach at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
This is Hardcore returns to Philadelphia, PA for four days in August at Union Transfer (on 8/9) and Electric Factory (8/10 - 8/12). Both shows will have no barricades for you headwalkers/divers and in the case of Electric Factory, the venue will actually construct a stage in front of their usual stage (!) to get around the existing barricade. Now thats dedication/brutality.
As for the lineup, as usual the cast of hooligans gracing the stages of TIHC are a cast of notables, including Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Gorilla Biscuits, Breakdown, Blacklisted, Killing Time, Nails, Ringworm, Gehenna and many many more. Full lineup is below and tickets go on sale on May 17th at noon.
Power Trip is part of said lineup, and reminder, the band will hit Acheron on May 15th as part of a string of East Coast dates. All tour dates are below.
Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.
We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).
It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.
On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.
Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.
Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.
Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.
More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?
photos by Sarah Coulter, words by BBG
The parade of post-Chaos-in-Tejas touring brought Origin of M to The Charleston on Friday night (6/17). The Japanese hardcore band played their final East Coast show before shipping to Portland for two final US dates. Pictures from their appearance in NYC with Brain Slug and Agitator adorn this post.
Friday was a busy one in NYC for fans of punk and heavy music. While Origin of M was bloodying themselves, Deafheaven was at Cake Shop, Iceage/Prurient was at Public Assembly, Clean Teeth, Colossus & Wizardry played Acheron all while Northside Festival and a normal Friday in NYC was going on.
Speaking of Wizardry, they play again today (6/21) as part of Make Music NY.
More pictrues from The Charleston are below.