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Sasquatch

Festival creator Adam Zacks and Live Nation have announced the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 27th - 30th, with over 120 artists including performances by The Cure, Florence & The Machine, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Chet Faker, and Jamie xx. Created by Adam Zacks in 2002, the festival's stellar lineups have featured a blend of established and emerging artists at the stunning Gorge Amphitheatre set atop the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River, making this festival an international destination as well as a uniquely Pacific Northwest mainstay. Tickets to the 2016 Sasquatch! Music Festival will go on sale Tuesday, January 12 at 10 a.m. (PST) at SasquatchFestival.com
Co-headliner Florence & The Machine was also announced on Shaky Knees today too, and just announced a tour with Grimes.

Check out the full Sasquatch lineup below...

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Shaky Knees

Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival happens in 2016 from May 13-15 with Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Jane's Addiction (playing Ritual De Lo Habitual) headlining. The rest of the lineup includes the re-reunited At the Drive-In, Deftones, The Decemberists, Huey Lewis & the News (playing Sports), Foals, Bloc Party, The Kills, Explosions in the Sky, Ghost, Phosphorescent, The Black Angels, Savages, Against Me!, The Sword, Eagles of Death Metal, Baroness, Frightened Rabbit, Parquet Courts, Brian Fallon, Wild Nothing, The Front Bottoms, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hop Along, Foxing, Kylesa, Saintseneca, Julien Baker, Ought, Beach Slang, Nothing and more.

3-day passes go on sale Wednesday (1/13) at 10 AM with an E-list presale starting Tuesday (1/12) at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Tribulation at Webster Hall in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tribulation

We already posted Pallbearer's favorite albums of 2015, Stephen Brodsky's (of Cave In and Mutoid Man), and Decibel Mag's, and we told you that James Hetfield's favorite album of the year was Baroness' Purple. Here's more of the best metal of 2015:

Our metal sister site Invisible Oranges had writers post their individual lists. You can check out lists by Joseph Schafer, Vanessa Salvia, Jon Rosenthal, Skid RĂ¿che, Dan Lawrence, Rob Sperry-Fromm, Bruce Hardt, Rhys Williams, Mat Schmahl, Jason Bailey, Ian Cory, Greg Majewski, Chris Rowella, Chris Brown, Ben Sas, Avinash Mittur, and yours truly. The top 3 consensus picks from the IO staff were:

3. Mgla - Excersises in Futility
2. Deafheaven - New Bermuda
1. Panopticon - Autumn Eternal
Deafheaven were probably the band who appeared most on non-metal lists, including our own. They also topped a few metal-specific lists, including Pitchfork, SPIN, and my personal metal list.

Panopticon topped Stereogum's list, Marilyn Manson (?) topped Rolling Stone, and Horrendous topped that aforementioned Decibel list. Tribulation didn't come in at #1 on any major lists we saw, but they cracked the top ten (and often top five) of almost every one. For more, check out MetalSucks' individual writer lists, Metal Injection's individual lists, and NPR's heavy songs.

Two great albums that popped up on a lot of lists that we never got a chance to talk about here on BV were Dead to a Dying World's atmospheric black metal opus Litany (ft. members of Pallbearer, Sabbath Assembly and Pinkish Black) and Khemmis' sludgy debut Absolution. Listen to those below.

What was your favorite metal of 2015?

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photos by Greg Cristman, video by (((unartig))), words by Andrew Sacher

Baroness at Saint Vitus - 12/20/15
Baroness

Baroness returned last week with their great new album Purple, and wrapped up a tour in support of it with two NYC shows on Sunday (12/20). The first was an afternoon in-store at Rough Trade, which I caught. It was a short set, just five songs in about a half hour, and had them opening with "March to the Sea" off Yellow & Green, playing three of the new album, and ending with the instrumental "Green Theme." John Baizley said they were ending with an instrumental because his voice was hurting from tour. You could tell it was pretty shot, but the band otherwise sounded fantastic and just watching the immense talent all four of them have as musicians is a thing to experience on its own. The crowd was clearly loving them too, and the band looked genuinely grateful to finally be playing new songs for people. At night they played Saint Vitus with Earthling, and we have pictures and a full-set video of that show in this post (including a pic of the setlist).

In other news, James Hetfield of Baroness' past tourmates Metallica named Purple his favorite album of 2015. (It was my third favorite metal album.) It's on a list that he posted to Metallica's fan club called "Top 10 Thingz of 2015" and it's the only one that's an album. Other thingz include meeting Robert Plant, jamming with Jerry Cantrell, Pepper Keenan being back in Corrosion of Conformity and, uh, Justin Bieber wearing a Metallica shirt. Obviously.

Check out James' full list with more pictures of Baroness at Saint Vitus, below...

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Spotify in residenceSpotify in residence

The second episode of BrooklynVegan's "In Residence" show on Spotify is now live.

It's part two of our 2015 wrap-up where BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play more of their favorite songs of the year, and discuss such topics as favorite live bands, overused words in band names, comebacks, and what we're looking forward to in 2016.

Pull up the playlist HERE and make sure to hit "follow" to add it to your Spotify collection, and if you missed it, part one is over HERE.

Like all "Spotify in Residence" shows, you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in January.

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by Andrew Sacher

Baroness

It's really been quite the December for last-minute releases. We've already gotten Jeremih, Rick Ross, Archy Marshall, jennylee, Wiki, and that's not even all of it. This week we're getting Pusha T and Baroness, the latter of which is finally here to stream.

It's the band's first since their tragic bus crash in 2012 and first with the rhythm section they've had since 2013 -- Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums). It follows 2012's double album Yellow & Green, which saw them expanding their sound into various (and often softer) territories. While they're probably never going to scream like they did on Red Album again, Purple has them returning to a consistently heavy sound. It's musically most similar to the prog/sludge of 2009's Blue Record, with John Baizley singing like he did on Yellow & Green bangers "Take My Bones Away" and "March to the Sea." If you've been liking Baroness' stuff up until this point, you're basically guaranteed to like this too.

I personally was most anxious to hear them with a different drummer, as Allen Blickle's playing was always a major draw for me, but the new rhythm section gives Baizley and Peter Adams the crushing backbone they deserve (as you know if you've seen them live in the past two years). The album is stuffed with memorable choruses, there's no filler at all (it's their shortest full length yet), but the absolute best part of this record has got to be those riffs. Whether Baizley and Adams are soloing or just fleshing out the verses, this thing is built to bring out the air guitar nerd in you. Don't listen to me though -- nerd out for yourself below (via Stereogum / Sean Corrales).

The band is on tour now, and landing in NYC this Sunday (12/20) for two shows: an afternoon in-store at Rough Trade (pick up the album from the store to get in) and a night show at Saint Vitus with Earthling (sold out). All remaining dates are listed below.

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Baroness - Morningstar

Baroness continue to stoke anticipation for Purple today, releasing the third single "Morningstar" on the heels of "Chlorine and Wine" and "Shock Me". Its the opening track from the album, and like the other three, it's strong stuff. The intro rolls out some of the sludgiest sub-Mastodon groove heard from these guys since Red. Then it gets into epic territory with a huge chorus and a guitar solo that will tempt even the most restrained fans to play air guitar. Purple is out December 18, and you can stream "Morningstar" below.

Baroness's tour with Earthling is underway, and hits NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus (12/20) and an afternoon show that same day at Rough Trade (without Earthling) that's free when you buy the album from the Rough Trade store.

Stream "Morningstar" and check out upcoming dates below...

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Decibel

Year-end list season began earlier this week, and now metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2015. You can check out artwork and commentary if you pick up the issue, and browse the full list below. Like last year, they saved the top spot for a promising young band (and actually this time the #2 slot is one too). But they've of course got veterans as always, like Enslaved (#37), Napalm Death (#25), Iron Maiden (#23), Satan (#12), Killing Joke (#10) and more. They have a good amount of the "indie crossover" metal on there, like Ghost (#34), Myrkur (#28), Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (#27), Deafheaven (#19) and the Baroness album that isn't even out yet coming in at #6. There are also comeback albums from two not-exactly-metal bands: Failure (#22) and Refused (#15). Check out the full list below.

Two bands on this list will be going on the Decibel Mag tour in 2016.

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by Andrew Sacher

Baroness

Baroness already shared the the great, proggy "Chlorine & Wine" from their upcoming Purple album, and now they shared a second single, "Shock Me." For a few seconds, it's led by keyboards that sound straight out of an '80s ballad, but it quickly transitions into the powerful sludgy rock that Baroness continue to be great at. Watch the lyric video below.

The band's tour with Earthling hits NYC on 12/20 at Saint Vitus (sold out) and Baroness also play an afternoon in-store at Rough Trade that day (free with purchase of album from the Rough Trade store). All dates are listed below.

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Relapse 2015 Sampler

Relapse Records have released their annual sampler, which is available as a name-your-price download at bandcamp. As always, the label offers a diverse slate for metalheads (and rock fans), with popular bands like Torche and Windhand standing alongside truly brutal niche acts like Maruta and Primitive Man, classic rock revivalism in Christian Mistress and Royal Thunder, borderline-metal genre experiments like Pinkish Black and Zombi, and old standbys with some gas left in the tank Goblin Rebirth and Skinless.

These are all records we've talked about, but there are a few great Relapse albums out this year that we haven't highlighted yet. One is the self-titled LP from British band Tau Cross. Tau Cross is the new band of Amebix singer Rob "The Baron" Miller (Amebix ended a four-year reunion in 2012) and it's something of a supergroup, also featuring Jon Misery of Misery, and drummer Michel Langevin of Voivod (who tour soon). The record is really unique in the current metal landscape, a classic-sounding album that reads as legitimately occult and catchy in equal measure. The Baron's grunted vocals are singular as ever, and he lends these simple, riff-driven songs an edge of insanity that they might otherwise lack. They're not the most complex band, but they're scary as hell. Listen to the album below and read an interview with The Baron over at Invisible Oranges.

We've also briefly directed your attention to Valkyrie (which is the other band of Baroness's Pete Adams, and which is playing Terminal 5 on December 29 with Clutch), but let me direct you once again, with a bit more force. Valkyrie's Shadows is one of the best albums of the year, and the kind of fire-breathing, dual-guitar wielding hard rock that scratches such a specific itch for the Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple fans among us. It's not an itch that's scratched enough, making it kind of feel like a momentous album. And don't forget that Baroness, who used to be on Relapse, have a new album and tour on the way, and will be playing NYC on December 20 at Rough Trade (afternoon in-store) and Saint Vitus (sold-out night show).

There's also a new album by Publicist UK, another supergroup that features members of Revocation, Municipal Waste and Melt Banana, among others, and sounds exactly nothing like any of those bands. Instead it's dark, weird post-punk that kind of sounds like Isis covering Killing Joke as fronted by Mark Solotroff. If that sounds like your bag, you know who you are.

And in more recent release news, Finnish doom outfit Hooded Menace, also featured on the sampler, are streaming their new album Darkness Drips Forth, which is a superlative, crushing slab of doom. As monolithic as these things tend to be, this record has some interesting psychedelic flavors and a deep strain of melodocism that serve the otherwise punishingly heavy band well.

You can stream the whole sampler along with the albums by Tau Cross, Valkyrie, Publicist UK and Hooded Menace below...

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Baroness

Baroness are set to kick off a tour later this month, and it was since revealed that Earthling will open all dates. They also now added a few record store in-stores to their schedule.

The tour wraps up in NYC on December 20 at Saint Vitus, a show that sold out a while ago, and the band will now also play an afternoon in-store at Rough Trade (12/20) the same day. Doors are at 1:30 PM and the show starts at 2, and to get in you have to purchase the band's new album Purple from the Rough Trade store in Williamsburg starting 12/18 at 11 AM. More info here.

Baroness recently revealed the full version of the artwork for Purple (designed, like all of their artwork, by frontman John Baizley). That's it above. Watch the video for the album's excellent single "Chlorine & Wine" with the updated list of tour dates, below...

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Baroness' anticipated new album Purple comes out December 18 via the band's own Abraxan Hymns label, and they now announced a tour in support of it. It hits NYC on December 20 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale now.

They also made a video for the album's lead single "Chlorine & Wine." Watch, with the list of tour dates, below...

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Baroness Purple

Baroness have announce their new album is titled Purple and will be out December 18 via the band's newly-formed Abraxan Hymns label. That is part of the album cover, above. (The band haven't shared the whole thing yet.) This will be the first record the band have made since 2012's Yellow & Green and the tour bus accident that happened not long after the album's release. The album was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT) and you can stream the nearly seven-minute, soaring "Chlorine & Wine" from it below.

The album is the first to feature Baroness' new rhythm section, as drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni left the band after the bus accident. Frontman John Baizley said this about the new album:

After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate. We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album's dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.
No word on tour dates yet. You can check out "Purple's full tracklist, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Bang at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Bang

Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:

'70s proto-metal band Bang, who played their first-ever NYC show in 2014 and opened for Pentagram here later that year, will return to NYC again on May 10 at The Shop (234 Starr St in Bushwick). That show's with three much newer bands who owe a lot to the '70s hard rock scene Bang hail from, Ruby the Hatchet, Blackout and Mirror Queen. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Maine black metallers Falls of Rauros return to NYC on June 6 at Saint Vitus with Wayfarer, Hivelords and Belus. Tickets are on sale now.

French drone doomers Monarch play Saint Vitus on August 14 with local support from the back-in-action Unearthly Trance and Gnaw (tickets).

That's now one of three Unearthly Trance NYC shows, including Vitus on 5/24 with Samothrace & more (tickets) and Acheron on 7/17 with Churchburn & Belus (tickets).

Sludge duo Jucifer continue to tour constantly and will hit NYC on June 7 at the Acheron with Vaporizer and Family. Tickets are on sale.

Other heavy shows announced this week include GWAR, Down, Opeth, 1349 / Necrophagia / Vattnet Viskar / Black Anvil, and Power Trip / Foreseen / Red Death. Head to last week's roundup for way more, including Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Goatwhore, Ringworm, Crowbar, Bongzilla, Conan, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

photo: Noisem at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Noisem

There's also some good new music streaming this week. Last we posted three songs from the new Noisem album, Blossoming Decay, due June 6 via A389. Now the whole album is streaming, and it's a thrashy, hardcore-leaning record that will seriously kick your ass. Listen below. Their tour with Iron Reagan hits NYC on June 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.

Coliseum are also streaming their new album, Anxiety's Kiss, which drops next week (5/5) via Deathwish. The post-hardcore/heavy punk formula they've been perfecting for over a decade is in full force here, as are some new sounds like the desolate Bad Seeds/Patti Smith-style trip, "Driver At Dusk." Listen to the whole thing below. Their tour with Child Bite hits NYC on June 10 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.

Vattnet Viskar put out the title track from their upcoming album, Settler, which is due June 16 via Century Media. Some of their atmospheric black metal roots are intact here, but it definitely moves far beyond black metal, including a middle section that's closer to straight rock than metal (besides the harsh vocals). Listen below, via Stereogum. In addition to their above-mentioned NYC show with 1349 (5/31 at Vitus - tix), they also have their tour with Early Graves hitting NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus with Anaal Nathrakh and more (tickets).

Also out now is three tracks off Weedeater's upcoming Steve Albini-recorded album for Season of Mist, and a new one from the Baroness-related Valkyrie. Listen to those below.

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by Ian Chainey

Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
danzig

Samhain now have a guitarist and a solidified lineup for their upcoming run of 30 Bloody Years dates. First, the addition: Peter Adams of Baroness. Says Peter, "I'm truly excited, It's a great honor to share the stage with Samhain on the 30th Anniversary of Initium! Samhain has helped shape how I've played music, and the music I've listened to, since I was a teenager and will continue to, on into the future. To be a part of this legacy is great beyond words!" The rest of the group is rounded out by Danzig Legacy players London May and Steve Zing. (Yep, no Eerie Von. Maybe next reunion.) And, you know, Glenn Danzig will be there. Samhain is set to play Riot Fest, Housecore Horror Fest, and Samhain Night at NYC's Best Buy Theater among other dates.

In related news (and mentioning them here might be the only way to get the two together besides a lawsuit), the Misfits have been added to GWAR-B-Q. They'll be joined by Jello Biafra, the other recent add to an expanded lineup that includes Hatebreed, Body Count, Revocation, Iron Reagan, Goatwhore, Noisem, and more. You can find the updated bill below. GWAR-B-Q will kick off on August 16 at Richmond, Virginia's Hadad's Lake.

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by Doug Moore

YOB at the Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
YOB

As we've said before, Oregonian psych-doom unit YOB may be the best slow-and-heavy band around today. Among their many accomplishments is the role they've played in the ascent of Profound Lore Records, which has become one of metal's premiere taste-making labels over the past decade. YOB signed to PFL after their brief mid-aughts hiatus for the release of The Great Cessation in 2009, and recently re-released their second album Catharsis through the label.

It thus comes as something of a surprise to hear that YOB have moved on to a different label. Specifically, they've signed on with Neurot Recordings, which is the in-house label for Neurosis (the other best slow-and-heavy band around today). The musicians involved have crossed paths before, having played shows together both under the YOB/Neurosis monikers as well as in solo or side-project formats. (More on that in a sec.) Comments Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till on the signing:

"This was meant to be. Neurot has always sought out to work with those who share in the purification of spirit through sound and who harvest their sound from originality and intensity. When I listen to YOB, see them leave it all on the stage, or share a conversation with them about life, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they embody what Neurot stands for completely and we are so very honored that we get the opportunity to work together with them on their next album."
The signing announcement also comes with some welcome news: YOB will release their seventh album later this year. Frontman Mike Scheidt has been quite busy with side projects lately, including both solo touring and the supergroups Vhol & Lumbar, so it's good to hear that the gears are turning in his main band too.

Speaking of Scheidt's solo material: he is one of the participants in the second edition of an ongoing series of Townes Van Zandt tribute LPs. (Neurosis dudes Von Till and Scott Kelly contributed to the first edition -- another connection between them and YOB.) Scheidt will perform "To Live is to Fly," "The Rake," and "Highway Kind"; John Baizley (Baroness), Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas), Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle), Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand), and Katie Jones are also on board. Neurot will handle that release as well.

Check out a Baizley/Jones duet rendition of the TVZ classic "If I Needed You" below...

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photos by Wei Shi

MGMT / Beach House / giant cat
FYF 2013 - Day 2
FYF 2013 - Day 2
FYF 2013 - Day 2

Before My Bloody Valentine performed, screens on the sides of the stage encouraged fans to pick up complimentary pairs of earplugs. It was not an idle warning: My Bloody Valentine was the loudest band I heard perform at the main stage all weekend, though a friend insists that The Melvins were louder.

Shortly after the band's eagerly awaited m b v was released this year, I recall reading that after blowing out a few amps and multiple bouts of tinnitus, My Bloody Valentine was never quite able to fully re-create the Loveless tones in concert. Most of last night's songs sounded a little different, notably "Only Shallow," but the variances in guitar tones kept things interesting. Bilinda Butcher's voice still sounds the same and Kevin Shields still creates the swirling guitar sounds by using countless effects pedals.

The band performed quite a few Loveless tracks, with "When You Sleep" being an early stand out track. m b v's "New You" followed, once again showing off the band's digital effect skills. Even though m b v was released over two decades after Loveless, the band's old and new material meshed together seamlessly. [Phoenix New Times]

LA's two-day FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (8/25) with one of the few US appearances of 2013 from shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine (who unfortunately didn't allow photographers), the continuously more psychedelic MGMT, and a mix of metal (Baroness, The Melvins), hardcore (Touche Amore), dream pop (Beach House, Washed Out), garage rock (The Orwells, Mikal Cronin) and more. In this post, we've got shots of MGMT, Beach House, Baroness, and Washed Out, plus Solange, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Chelsea Wolfe (who is currently streaming her new album), and more.

Pictures of day 1 are HERE, and more of day 2, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Beach House / Baroness / fans
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013

We recently posted day 3 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and just posted a set of Grizzly Bear, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists we missed last time, like Beach House, Dog Blood (aka Skrillex and Boys Noize), Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma VIolets, and more.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3 here, and below...

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photo by Lukas Hodge, words by Andrew Sacher and Fred Pessaro

Melvins / Baroness
Melvins
Baroness

The free House of Vans shows continued this week (7/31) with a triple attack of sludge metal from The Melvins, Baroness, and Melvins/Butthole Surfers-related band Honky. Pictures of the former two are in this post, and another set of the show (including shots of Honky) is at Invisible Oranges.

For Baroness, this was their first NYC show since heading back out on the road following last year's tragic bus crash. (And it was actually the same venue they would have played last summer.) John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams are the only members who remained in the band after the accident, and Baizley is actually the only original member left. Despite this, and a noticeably calmer Baizley than the earlier days (which, all things considered, you'd forgive him for), the band was tight and the show was a great time. The show was mainly split between Yellow & Green and Blue Record, including live favorites like "Take My Bones Away," "March to the Sea," "The Sweetest Curse," and "Swollen and Halo." Only complaint was that I wish the set was longer, which it probably will be when Baroness headline Irving Plaza on 8/14 with Royal Thunder (tickets).

Congrats go out to Jared Warren of Big Business, who sat out this Melvins tour in favor of paternity leave. In his stead was bassist Jeff Pinkus of Honky, who ably backed the band, though Jared's sweet harmonizing croon was missed. The band's appearance featured tracks old and new, and even an appearance from Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers.

The next House of Vans show happens on August 15 with Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin'. RSVP for that show is still open.

More pictures of Melvins/Baroness below...

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Ghost BC @ MHOW last week (more by Vladislav Grach)
GHOST

Kendrick Lamar @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Kendrick

New Order at Williamsburg Park last week (more by PSquared Photography)
New Order

Lollapalooza 2013 happens this weekend (August 2 - 4) in Chicago's Grant Park (and some of it will stream online). We'll be there watching bands on all the stages and hosting them in the Soundwave Tent every day from 1 PM - 3 PM (and from 12:40 on Saturday).

The Lolla line-up is pretty great this year, full of big names with a lot of choices (and the occasional tough decision to be made between competing stages). Here are thirteen bands (plus a few more) we don't want to miss....

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Baroness at FSPF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Baroness

Baroness finally returned to the road this year, and as discussed, this summer's tour includes not one, but two NYC shows. The first of those is a free House of Vans show on July 31, which is being headlined by Melvins, and also features openers Honky. RSVP is required, and opens today (7/15) at 9 AM. Like all House of Vans shows, entry is still first come, first served. Show flyer below.

Baroness' other NYC show this summer is a not-free one at Irving Plaza on August 14 with Royal Thunder, which tickets are still available for.

Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video from the band's recent Pittsburgh show, below...

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Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Kid Dynamite

As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop Along
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
All shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.

Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...

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We knew that Baroness would be playing House of Vans with Melvins on July 31, but House of Vans have released dates for the rest of their free summer concert season. The other shows will happen June 27, July 11, July 18, August 15, and August 29. Any guesses on who will play this year? BrooklynVegan will have the exclusive entire lineup announcement next week. We saw it and are excited, but can't say anything yet. .Stay tuned!

Baroness at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Baroness

When sludge-metal-turned-alt-rock greats Baroness first announced that they'd be doing a full North American tour this year (their first since their tragic bus crash) we guessed that a NYC show at House of Vans would get added. Once Baroness finally did announce a NYC show, it turned out to actually be happening at Irving Plaza (8/14) with Royal Thunder (tickets).

However, now the band did just announce that they will in fact be playing House of Vans on July 31. And to make it better, it's with The Melvins (which explains their TBA NYC show that day). To make it even better, it's totally free. Stay tuned for more information (an RSVP link is probably forthcoming).

Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

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