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Bad Brains
Bad Brains

On May 30, Applehead Recordings & Production hosted Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know and Earl Hudson of seminal punk/reggae legends Bad Brains for a performance and recording session for their ongoing series, Woodstock Sessions. Applehead is located on a 17 acre, pastoral and beautiful piece of property with farm animals that lies in Saugerties, NY just outside of Woodstock proper.

Woodstock Sessions allows fans to participate in an in-studio recording experience. The daylong event was billed as "a unique opportunity to be a part of history" and invited fans to "join the Bad Brains as they host a day long hardcore song building clinic and recording/performance session. Eat and hang with the band in the evening and then return to the studio when they will record and perform for you the creation of their upcoming Woodstock Sessions release". Fans attending got a bunch of swag too, including a limited edition poster, t-shirt, a 180 gram vinyl of the recording (upon its release) and more.

While a hardcore song building clinic was promised the day actually had Bad Brains doing almost exclusively reggae and dub. They worked on, performed, and recorded the tracks "Meek," "Youth Are Getting Restless," brand new track "Highway Dub" and "Jah I Love." Jesse Royal, a 25 year old upcoming reggae star, joined Bad Brains on vocals at various points in the session. Jesse sounded fantastic and so did the band. Also joining Bad Brains on all the reggae songs was the very talented keyboardist Jamie Saft. It was fun watching them work out the kinks on a couple songs and then lay down virtually perfect tracks for the recording.

I joined Bad Brains and engineer Chris Bittner in the studio to listen to the playback and it seemed that drummer Earl Hudson called most of the shots about what got approved and what didn't. He decided that one song really needed a tambourine so he did overdubs and also added the"scratchy wood block thing" as it was referred to by bassist Daryl Jenifer.

Bad Brains

In between the two recording sessions, which lasted about two hours each, there was a Caribbean meal served that included jerk chicken, two kinds of salad, macaroni & cheese and two kinds of cake. Everyone got to mingle with the band who made themselves readily available and kindly took the time to speak with everyone. Daryl Jenifer was especially social and extremely funny and seemed to really enjoy himself.

After the dinner, the overdubs that I mentioned previously were laid down and the second session began. Many people were wondering during dinner if Bad Brains were actually going to play any hardcore. At the very end of the sessions Jamie and Jesse left and the three piece Bad Brains ripped through a killer version of "Pay To Cum" with Dr. Know doing the vocals. Everyone in the studio went ballistic as soon as they heard the opening notes. It was truly jaw dropping and it was a great way to end the sessions but many people, including myself, had wished they would've done at least one more hardcore track. That wish certainly didn't taint the day at all and I hope to attend more Woodstock Sessions in the future.

I can't end this article without saying how kind and accommodating owner Mike Birnbaum (aka Mike Boom, a nickname given to him by Daryl Jenifer) and his staff and family were to all their guests. They made the event feel like a wonderful friends and family party that just happened to have one of the greatest hardcore/reggae bands on the planet performing and recording. The warm, sunny summer-like day added to the overall Caribbean feel of the event and DJ Queen Tubby played excellent, deep dub and reggae tracks throughout the day adding to the vibe. It was a day that was beyond memorable and well worth the drive up from NYC. Cheers Applehead, Bad Brains and Queen Tubby!

Pictures of the day continue below...

Continue reading "spending a day with Bad Brains in a Woodstock studio ('Woodstock Sessions' pics & review)"

photos (and some of the videos) by Jammi York

"BURN & Crumbsuckers sounded great. NYHC on top nothing can compare to the Black N Blue Bowl this year." - Joey

"Burn was one of the best sets I've ever seen. Black n Blue was perfect. Can't wait to do it again next year." - @YaDingoid

Burn / Crumbsuckers / SOIA
Black n' Blue Bowl 2015
Black n' Blue Bowl 2015
Black n' Blue Bowl 2015
Black n' Blue Bowl 2015

NYC's annual hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl returned for its 2015 edition this past weekend at Webster Hall on Saturday (5/16) and Sunday (5/17). The festival included a few exciting reunions, including post-hardcore OGs Burn, who had original members Chaka Malik (vocals) and Gavin Van Vlack (guitar) with onetime bassist Manuel Carrero and new drummer Durijah Lang (which is also Glassjaw's rhythm section, and was briefly Saves the Day's too). We got almost their entire discography, including all of their seminal 1990 self-titled EP, all of Last Great Sea, and all but one song on Cleanse (they didn't play "Strata").

The fest also had crossover thrash vets Crumbsuckers getting back together once again, and '80s hardcore/Oi! band American Eagle back together too. Candiria played their first show in years at the fest, and still very-active veterans like Sick Of It All and Madball played as well. The Regulators, who have members of Bad Brains and Cro-Mags, played a bunch of Bad Brains favorites like "Sailin' On" and "Big Takeover," Dave Smalley played material from his bands Dag Nasty, ALL and Down By Law, and chuggy veterans Earth Crisis played. We also got sets from newer bands keeping alive the older hardcore style like The Rival Mob and Turnstile (who just announced a tour with Backtrack).

More pictures, videos, and setlists from a handful of the bands that played, below...

Continue reading "Black N' Blue Bowl 2015 pics & videos: Burn, Crumbsuckers, Candiria, Sick of it All, Regulators, Madball, Earth Crisis, more"

photo: Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bad Brains

Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know of Bad Brains are going to be in NYC this weekend for hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl, which they're playing with their band The Regulators which also includes John Joseph of Cro-Mags. Two weekends later, Daryl, Dr. Know and their drummer Earl Hudson will be in New York once again (though a bit further upstate), this time for Woodstock Sessions, a live recording session that's open to the public. Here's more:

Woodstock Sessions is honored to announce that Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know and Earl Hudson of seminal rock/reggae legends Bad Brains will participate in an in-studio recording experience on saturday, May 30, 2015 on the farm at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York.

Come join the Bad Brains as they host a day long hardcore song building clinic and recording/performance session.

Eat & hang with the band in the evening and then return to the studio when they will record and perform for you the creation of their upcoming Woodstock Sessions release.

A once in a lifetime hardcore/rub-a-dub live recording mash up with the legends themselves.

You will be a part of the process as your energy is added to the live recording session.

Attendees will have the rare opportunity to be with these heroes in the studio as they create.

Also joining the Bad Brains at this session will be reggae singer Jesse Royal. Tickets (which are $248 with fees) are on sale now, and also get you "a limited edition event poster, designed specifically for the event, a t-shirt commemorating the day, 180g virgin vinyl of the album upon its release, specific thanks on the record, and a gourmet Caribbean feast with the band."

Burn

Gavin [Van Vlack]: Everything is very instantaneous now, and you can access almost anything with the flick of a finger. Not to sound pretentious, but there's a craftsmanship that goes into songwriting and the performance, and that's what separated Burn from other bands. We crafted our songs differently than other people did theirs. Everything; from the way we dressed, to even our social conscience was just our own.

Chaka [Malik]: Plus hardcore itself just lets you express emotions and feeling that otherwise maybe aren't safe to display or even access.

Gavin: This whole thing is a catharsis; for the band and those coming to the show. For someone, this is going to be their first Burn show...maybe their first hardcore show, and I don't want to let them down.

Chaka: I want whoever's there to have something to remember...something to take away. With the other bands playing, I'll partake on the other side of that window. It's a transaction for everybody. [Noisey]

Back in February, NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl (happening 5/16-17 at Webster Hall) announced what was supposedly the full 2015 lineup, but it turns out one more band was added: Revelation Records vets Burn.

Burn put out their now-classic self-titled EP on Rev back in 1990, then split a few years later before regrouping to release its followup, Cleanse, in 2001 on Equal Vision. The following year they put out their previously-unreleased 1992 demo Last Great Sea on Revelation, and soon after disbanded once again. Now original vocalist Chaka Malik (also of Orange 9mm) and guitarist Gavin Van Vlack (also of the previously-reunited Absolution, as well as The Big Collapse, Die 116 and Pry) teamed up with bassist Manuel Carrero (who played on Cleanse) and drummer Durijah Lang -- who are both current Glassjaw members -- to reunite for Black N' Blue Bowl. According to the Noisey interview quoted above, they're not sure if this will be their only show back or not, so catch them while you can.

Burn play the Sunday (5/17) with Crumbsuckers, Sick Of It All, Dave Smalley and more. The Saturday (5/16) lineup has Madball, Earth Crisis, The Regulators (mems Bad Brains, Cro-Mags) and more. Tickets for each day, and 2-day passes, are still available.

Updated BNB poster, with a stream of 1990's Burn EP, below...

Continue reading "Revelation Records vets Burn reuniting for Black N' Blue Bowl (with Glassjaw's rhythm section)"

BNBB

The previously-mentioned annual NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl takes place on May 16 & 17 at Webster Hall this year, and now the complete lineup and ticket info has been revealed. The Regulators (aka Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know of Bad Brains and John Joseph and Mackie Jayson of Cro-Mags), The Wilding Incident (featuring Lord Ezec on vocals, Jimmy Williams of Maximum Penalty on drums and Sacha Jenkins on guitar), and Earth Crisis join a lineup that already included Crumbsuckers, Madball, Sick of It All, The Rival Mob, Dave Smalley (playing Dag Nasty, ALL, and Down By Law songs), and more. Full lineup below and on the flyer above.

Two-day passes are on sale HERE, and you can get single day passes for Saturday HERE and Sunday HERE. You can also purchase tickets in person from NYHC Tattoos (127 Stanton St), Generation Records (210 Thompson St), and Lotus Tattoos (291 W Main St).

The Regulators last played NYC in September at Bowery Electric (that time just as "Regulator"). Watch a video from that show, with the updated BNBB lineup, below...

Continue reading "Black N' Blue Bowl announces full lineup, tix on sale (Earth Crisis, the Bad Brains/Cro-Mags band & more added)"

Salad Days

The Pulp documentary is far from the only music film showing in NYC this month. Film festival DOC NYC runs November 13 - 20 with a wide variety of non-fiction films. Like last year, this also includes the "Sonic Cinema" music documentary program, which includes the world premiere of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990 (SVA Theatre, Fri. 11/14); Elliott Smith portrait Heaven Adores You (SVA Theatre, 11/15 & 11/20); and Jingle Bell Rocks! (Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, 11/19) which looks at people obsessed with Christmas music. Tickets are on sale (some shows sold out but rush tickets available) and the full "Sonic Cinema" lineup/details are below.

We're also giving away pairs of tickets to see Salad Days on Friday (11/14, 9:30 PM) and to the 11/15 (9:30 PM) screening of Heaven Adores You. Details below.

Not part of "Sonic Cinema," but DOC NYC is also hosting a 10th Anniversary screening of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster at IFC Center on Saturday (11/15, 11:15 AM) with director Joe Berlinger in attendance. Other non-music but notable films show at DOC NYC include Banksy Does New York, a look at the man in the Muppet suit I Am Big Bird, a 20th anniversary screening of Hoop Dreams and lots more. Full schedule is here.

"Sonic Cinema" lineup and trailers for all the films, plus contest details, below...

Continue reading "DOC NYC fest hosting music "Sonic Cinema" series w/ films about Elliott Smith, DC punk scene & more (win tix!)"

Cro-Mags at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cro-Mags

NYC crossover vets Cro-Mags have a few local-ish appearances this week and next. First, members John Joseph and Mackie will team with Bad Brains members Darryl Jennifer and Dr. Know to perform Bad Brains material with other special guests at Bowery Electric on Thursday (9/25) (like John and Bad Brains members did last month at Afropunk). The show is benefit for The Children's Tumor Foundation. "They send kids to camp suffering from a deadly cancer called NF." Another veteran NYC crossover band, Subzero, and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains) are opening, and tickets are on sale now.

Then, this weekend Cro-Mags will team with Agnostic Front, Ignite, Sick of It All, a Pantera cover band and more at East Coast Tsunami in Reading, PA. After that, it's off to Asbury Park, NJ for a show at Asbury Lanes on October 2 with Ensign, Real Cops, White Collar Crime LLC and School Drugs (tickets on sale), and finally they'll be back home in NYC for their previously discussed Saint Vitus (10/3) show with Heavy Chains. Since we last spoke, The Wilding Incident were added to that one as well, as were Ache. Tickets for Vitus are still available.

Watch a video of John Joseph and Bad Brains at Afropunk 2014 below...

Continue reading "Cro-Mags/Bad Brains members playing cancer benefit this week; Cro-Mags playing Asbury Lanes before Saint Vitus"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Fest

After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.

It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.

...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.

"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]

The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.

More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...

Continue reading "Afropunk Festival 2014 in pics & videos (D'Angelo, Bad Brains w/ guests, Body Count, Fishbone, Shabazz Palaces, more)"

Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bad Brains

As discussed, the free 2014 AfroPunk Festival is going down in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park from August 23-24 with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, Fishbone, and more. Since we last spoke, more artists have been added to the lineup including Bad Brains (with special guest handling vocal duties), Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Cro-Mags, King Britt, The Bots, a tribute to DJ Rashad (featuring Teklife's DJ Deeon, RP Boo, J-Cush, The Era dancers and more guests) and more. Like we said, it's free, but if you'd like to skip the line you can buy tickets.

We're not sure yet who will be singing with Bad Brains (though it's not HR), but maybe with Cro-Mags on the lineup John Joseph will sing like he's done before. Both Bad Brains and Cro-Mags play the festival's punk stage, which is curated by Sacha Jenkins, who's in The White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains and Murs. Other punk bands on the bill include Trash Talk, Body Count, and Fishbone.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "AfroPunk 2014 expands lineup: Bad Brains (but no HR), Sharon Jones, Cro-Mags, King Britt, DJ Rashad tribute & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Tomahawk @ Best Buy Theater
Tomahawk

Mike Patton-led experimental rockers Tomahawk returned this year with a new album, Oddfellows, and have been touring in support of it. That tour came to NYC on Sunday (6/2) for a show at Best Buy Theater with Buke & Gase. Their set spanned material from all over their 10+ year career, and included covers of George Jones and Bad Brains. Pictures from the show are in this post.

They continue, along with videos of Tomahawk playing the title track from Oddfellows and the two covers, and their setlist, below...

Continue reading "Tomahawk played Best Buy Theater with Buke & Gase (pics, videos, setlist)"

HR

Finding Joseph I is a feature-length documentary currently in production that will detail the life of the legendary Bad Brains frontman and solo artist HR. The film features interviews with Questlove, Vernon Reid, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Chino Moreno (Deftones), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Ian MacKaye and even an interview with the enigmatic madman himself. Check out a trailer below and give to a Kickstarter if you so desire.

The film also features music from a new HR undertaking, Project Lividity. Check out a snippet from one new track, "Thank You," below.

Continue reading "documentary about Bad Brains' HR in production; HR starts new group, Project Lividity"

Bad Brains

DC hardcore vets Bad Brains, known for their blistering live performances, are now doing the same to peoples' tongues, thanks to their new Fire Burn Babylon Hot Sauce. The band's Dr. Know and Darryl Jenifer created the recipe for this small-batch, scotch bonnet chile sauce that is sure to cause re-ignition of your tastebuds. Says Jenifer:

Fire Babylon is a perfect blend of heat and sweet, with the "Secret 77" recipe. Dr. Know and I have returned to Hot Sauce Heaven with this roots, rock, rubba dub style hot sauce.
The bottle's label was designed by street artist Shepard Fairey and you can order Bad Brains' hot sauce via their website.

Meanwhile, Bad Brains' H.R. performed at the Salad Days celebration in Washington D.C. right before New Year's.

Bad Brains

Bad Brains, who recently released their new album "Into the Future", are actually holding a 'holiday sale' in their online store, but what this post is really about is the great Peanuts/Bad Brains mashup video below...

Continue reading "It's A Bad Brains Christmas, Charlie Brown (video)"

Kurt Cobains

Via Buzzfeed & Laughing Squid, comes this handwritten list Kurt Cobain made, as published in Journals in 2002. Read the whole thing typed, below...

Continue reading "Kurt Cobain's 50 favorite albums"

John Joseph with Vernon Reid at Bowery Electric 11/6/2012
Rock for Light

Last night's Rock for Light benefit featured a rotating cast of musicians who all sat in on Bad Brains songs at Bowery Electric. The show, part of a benefit to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy (as well as Amnesty International), featured Bad Brains frontman H.R., as well as John Joseph of Cro-Mags, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, members of Antidote, TV on The Radio, The Mob, Extra Life, and many many more. Watch the entire performance below, right beside the setlist.

In related news, get pumped up for the new year by checking out Cro-Mags when they team with Sheer Terror for a show at Highline Ballroom on Dec 30. Tickets are still available.

Bad Brains have a new album on the way, too, due on November 20.

If you didnt make it to Bowery Electric, you can still contribute to help out victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donate to the American Red Cross here. You can also donate to Amnesty International here.

Continue reading "watch last night's entire Bad Brains tribute concert w/ John Joseph, Kyp Malone, Vernon Reid, and even H.R. (video)"

Will Sheff at SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Will Sheff

Like last night (11/5), there are many more Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits going on in NYC.

Knitting Factory is hosting a show on Thursday (11/8) with a large (and kind of random) lineup tonight with WIll Sheff (of Okkervil River), Jean Grae, Geoff Rickly (of Thursday), Jennifer O'Conner, Holly Miranda, Jaymay, Bird of Youth, Kevin Devine, Brian Bonz, Jared Evan, Zumo Kollie, Sonya Kitchell, and DJ Rajni Jacques. Tickets for this show are available.

The previously mentioned Bad Brains tribute show happening at The Bowery Electric tonight with Bad Brains frontman H.R., Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Steve Earle, members of Cro-Mags, Living Colour, Faith, Danzig, and more is now also a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit. All proceeds will be sent to Amnesty International and the American Red Cross. Tickets are still available.

Santos Party House is hosting "A New York State of Mind," a show hosted/supported by A-Trak, Fool's Gold Smokers Club, and others with music by Josh Madden, Deemehlow, DJ Huggy Bear, and Old Money. They're accepting monetary donations or supplies like jackets, hats, gloves, blankets, flashlights, batteries, food, diapers, etc. The flier for this show is below.

GrandLife is hosting shows all week, from tonight through Saturday (11/10), at the Soho Grand (310 West Broadway) and Tribeca Grand (2 Avenue of the Americas) with sets by different DJs each night, each benefiting a different organization. Tonight it's Jared Swiley of Black Lips and Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown at Soho Grand and Erik Tonnesen at Tribeca Grand, with the proceeds going to Feeding America. Tennessee Thomas DJs Soho Grand on Wednesday (11/7) and Tribeca Grand on Thursday (11/8) with Alix Brown, with the proceeds going to Occupy Sandy. Blue Logan DJs Tribeca Grand on Wednesday and Soho Grand on Thursday, with the proceeds going to Salvation Army. On Friday, Nicholas Kratochvil DJs Soho Grand with proceeds going the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC, and Florencia Galarza DJs Tribeca Grand with proceeds going to NY Cares. And finally, on Saturday, Mike Nouveau will be at Soho Grand with proceeds going to NY Cares, and Shorty will be at Tribeca Grand, with proceeds going to the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC. All proceeds from GrandLife's 'Safe & Sound' cocktail and $1 from every beer, wine, or cocktail purchased will be donated. The flyer for these shows is below.

The So So Glos will be hosting a benefit in NYC on November 15. More details TBA.

This one's not a show, but Buke & Gase, who once called Red Hook, Brooklyn home, have put out a new single on bandcamp, "Hard Times" b/w a cover of New Order's "Blue Monday." The single can be downloaded for $5 or more and all proceeds over the next week will benefit the recovery of Red Hook. You can stream those two tracks below.

Continue reading "Will Sheff, Jean Grae, Jared of Black Lips, Bad Brains tribute & more playing Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits in NYC"

David Johansen at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
David Johansen

Like many other East Village and Lower East Side venues , The Bowery Electric is closed for the next few days due to Hurricane Sandy aftermath. The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black show that was initially moved from Tuesday (10/30) to Thursday (11/1) has now been cancelled altogether, and tonight's (10/31) Halloween show has been postponed to a date TBD before Thanksgiving. What was supposed to be the last ESG show in NYC was scheduled to go down this Thursday (11/1) at the venue with Sinkane, but that show has been postponed TBD in December/January. All tickets for rescheduled shows will be honored. Refunds are available from ticketweb if you purchased your tickets through them, and at The Bowery Electric if you purchased your tickets there.

In terms of shows that will happen at the Bowery Electric, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen is playing there this Saturday (11/3), performing "a career spanning set of songs form his incredible 50 year career" with support from Romans and Kay Kasperhausen. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bad Brains

Then, on Tuesday (11/6) (Election night), there will a Bad Brains tribute dubbed "Rock For Light For Human Rights," with proceeds going to Amnesty International. The house band for the night will be Todd Youth (Danzig), Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags, Bad Brains), and Melvin GIbbs (Living Colour Rollins Band), and the guests include Bad Brains frontman H.R., Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Jesse Malin (D Generation), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Pegasus Warning, Felice Rosser (Faith), Ralphie G. (The Mob), Charlie Looker (Extra Life), Jesse Quattro (Secret Chiefs 3), Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage), Kelsey Warren Byron (Pillow Theory), and many more surprise guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Bad Brains are also releasing a new album soon.

Some videos below.

Continue reading "ESG & other Bowery Electric shows cancelled; David Johansen show and Bad Brains tribute happening there soon"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012
Bad Brains

Bad Brains will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a new album, featuring all the current/original members that changed the face of punk rock so many moons ago. Into the Future is Bad Brains' new LP and you can look for that on November 20 via Megaforce Records. The band describes the LP as "blends of soulful backgrounds meshed with blistering hardcore and metal riffs, with classic dub."

In the meantime, the previously discussed Bad Brains: A Band in DCfilm will be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival which goes down October 10 -14. Tickets are on sale for those screenings. Head to the Woodstock Film Festival site for info on the full schedule and weekend passes.

So far Bad Brains only have one tour date in their future, on May 18 in Germany at the Ruhrpott Rodeo. The Bad Brains did, however, just bless the Deluna Festival in Pensacola, FL on September 22. More pictures from their appearance are below. If you missed it, pictures from day one at DeLuna are HERE with more pics to come.

Continue reading "Bad Brains played DeLuna Fest (pics), announce new LP, screening documentary at Woodstock Film Festival"

by Bill Pearis

BFF

After busting up the gang in 2000, snarky mid-'90s piano trio Ben Folds Five reunited this year with a new album on the way and a tour, which they're on now. The tour stops at Central Park Summerstage tonight (9/14), their first NYC show in 12 years. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. BFF will also return to the NYC area for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on October 9 with Kate Miller Heidke (tickets) and a couple days later they will play opening night of New York Comic Con on October 11. Tckets for that are still available too.

Ben Folds Five, best known for their ballad "Brick" back when people still held up lighters at shows (1997), have a new album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, which is their first since 1999 and is out next week (9/18). The record was funded via Pledgemusic and is a little mellower than the bouncy, fuzzy pop of their Clinton-era singles like "Underground" and "The Battle of Who Could Care Less" but his sense of humor seems intact. You can listen to tracks at SPIN, TeamCoco and Rolling Stone.

Ben Folds Five are also playing Florida's Deluna Fest which happens September 21 - 23 in Pensacola Beach, FL and also features Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Bob Mould doing Copper Blue, Diplo, Florence & the Machine, Band of Horses, and many more. Tickets for Deluna Fest are still available and full line-up is below.

A list of all Ben Folds Five dates, a few classic clips and that Deluna Fest lineup are below...

Continue reading "reunited Ben Folds Five releasing LP, playing Central Park (tonight), Comic Con, Deluna Fest (lineup) & other dates"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Das Racist / Battles... get a leg up
Bonnaroo Day 3
Bonnaroo Day 3

While Bonnaroo's roots come from the jamband scene, the festival's outlook has grown each year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers set provided a nod from the festival's past without losing the band's foothold in the present day. In various combinations, members Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer along with touring percussionist Mauro Refosco improvised their way before returning to the next number on the setlist... Earlier in the day, HR of Bad Brains looked and acted nowhere near the part of a hardcore hero. His bandmates kept the music's mix of powerful, fast numbers with an occasional reggae cooldown. The latter style was necessary after a dust cloud erupted from the crowd moshing and bodysurfing. A pleased Flea of the Chili Peppers watched from the side of the stage. -[Jambands]
Bonnaroo 2012's third day (on June 9th) featured a trio of  headline performances including Alice Cooper, Spectrum Road (which featured John Medeski, Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid and Cindy Blackman Santana), and a "Superjam" put on by Questlove of The Roots that featured  Mr. Brown Sugar himself, D'Angelo, in his first US appearance in over ten years. The "Superjam" also featured appearances from members of The Time and Parliament-Funkadelic, who covered somgs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix and more across the 90 minute set. Setlist and video from that set is below.

More photos from Day 3, including Bad Brains, Das Racist, Battles, Santigold (who plays a free show in Chicago Thursday), Gary Clarke Jr., Mogwai (who performs in NYC twice this week), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Skrillex, Danzig Legacy (who went on an anti-photo tirade), GZA with Grupo Fantasma (who perform together in Brooklyn twice this week) and more are below. If you missed it, check out photos from Bonnaroo's first day HERE and second day HERE.

Continue reading "Bonnaroo Day 3 in pics (Battles, Das Racist, Danzig, GZA, Mogwai, Alice Cooper, Bad Brains, Skrillex and more)"

photos by Erik Erikson

Bad Brains

"While Bad Brains sound has shifted from hardcore and punk to dub and reggae, they still mix it up for the audience coming to see them. Opening with a pounding set of their signature aggressive sound, the music of guitarist Dr. Know and bassist Darrel Jennifer along with drummer Earl Hudson was tight and very intact. Yet, one of the more interesting experience's to everyone was watching singer H.R., dressed in a valor jump suit with a dress shirt and tie underneath and knit hat, H.R., who has battled drug addiction and years of abuse to his body doing this profession simply looked burnt out. Slurring many of his words and mumbling in between songs, at points Jennifer would look at him and laugh, yet while his annunciation skills were not as top as the band's sound, it was still an overall experience watching him perform."
-[Officially a Yuppie]
Bad Brains played the second of their two night stay in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg with GZA on 4/18, just one night after the band played Irving Plaza with H2O. The NYC shows were part of a short run of dates for the band who also played Philly with GZA and who will be at Bonnaroo this year. Pictures from the Brooklyn show adorn this post.

Meanwhile, HR will be presen at a Benefit for Lucinda's Children, a two-night show to help out Lucinda Gallagher in the wake of her passing late last year.

Last December our close community of friends, musicians, and music lovers lost one of its own when Lucinda Gallagher took her own life, leaving behind two amazing children. These young teenagers, now in the care of Lucinda's dear friend, both have their mother's rock and roll spirit. Like her, they are bright and soulful and have a deep appreciation for music as gifted budding musicians.

In order to raise funds for these children a two-night concert spectacular will be held at The Bowery Electric on April 29th and 30th... [and] in addition to the live show, an auction and raffle will be held which will include items donated by Mary Louise Parker, Fender, Bob Gruen, Danny Clinch, The Morrison Hotel Gallery & many more. 100% of the proceeds from the auction and concerts will be placed in a trust for Lucinda's kids.

The first night of the benefit will feature performances from Marah, Jesse Malin, Jimmy Gnecco & Dave Milone, Jim Boggia, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Petter Ericson Stakee & "very special guests" (tickets for 4/29), while the second night boasts appearances from Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements & Guns n Roses), HR (of Bad Brains) , Alan Vega (of Suicide), James Maddock, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more (tickets for 4/30).

GZA returns to Music Hall of Williamsburg in June.

Pictures from the Bad Brains show are below.

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Salad Days

"Salad Days: The HarDCore Punk Revolution" will be the most comprehensive, honest and insightful look at the DC punk scene from the early 1980s to the decade's end. The film will include exclusive archival photographs, concert footage and interviews with dozens of bands, artists, label owners, zine publishers and others who helped mold and nurture DC's underground community during this inspired decade of music.
Featuring appearances from names like Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye, and more, the documentary is scheduled for a 2013 release. Check out a pair of teasers from the movie below and look out for it next year.

In related news, as discussed Bad Brains: Band in DC, a documentary that details the band's roots in the DC hardcore scene and beyond, played at SXSW last week. So far, no plans to screen it in NYC but you can catch the band at one of two now-sold-out NYC shows.

The Irving Plaza show will ALSO feature an appearance from DC's Scream who played a show at Knitting Factory in 2010.

Bad Brains are also playing Bonnaroo this year.

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Zombies

Despite what the poster said, by noon, tickets will be on sale or presale for the Bad Brains shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Irving Plaza. Bad Brains are also playing Bonnaroo

The Cranberries are back and headlining Terminal 5 on May 4th. Tickets are on sale at noon.

Ringo Starr and his All Star Band are hitting Bethel, CT and Jones Beach this summer.

Marilyn Manson is also coming to Long Island, and to the Wellmont Theater in NJ.

Both Willie Nelson shows at Wellmont Theater go on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Cribs at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale at noon for The Big Pink at Bowery Ballroom on April 23.

Bonnaroo

"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."
Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...

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Bad Brains

Bad Brains will play Boston & Manhattan with H2O and then Brooklyn & Philadelphia with GZA. As you can see in the poster, tickets go on pre-sale Saturday. Lionize also opens the Philly show, and there's a show happening on 4/20 with GZA in a TBA city. Stay tuned for more info. All dates are listed with more info below....

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