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by Andrew Sacher

Boris at LPR in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Boris

Japanese metal shapeshifters Boris have announced that they'll release yet another new album, Noise, on June 17 via Sargent House. The band have always been known to experiment with many types of heavy music, and they pull that off in one song on Noise's first single, "Quicksilver." In its 7+ minutes, they go through double-time punk beats, creepy growls/screams, clean pop vocals, classic guitar solos and more. Check it out, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Boris will also be touring North America this summer, including a NYC show happening on August 3 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show will be available soon at Boris' Ticketmaster page.

All dates are listed, with the new song, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Boris announce new album & tour (dates, new song stream)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Boris @ LPR 5/7/2013
Boris

Japan's Boris finished out their second of two shows last night at Le Poisson Rouge (5/7) joining Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In) and Amen Dunes for the event. Unlike the nMonday's show (5/6) which was devoted to "classics," last night's performance focused on Flood and some of their more drone-oriented material.

Although Boris have moved on, you've got another upcoming chance to catch Amen Dunes when they play the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Selects show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13). Headliner is Foxygen and the show also has sets from LODRO and Prince Rupert's Drops. Tickets are $3 at the door for that one.

More photos from LPR and Boris' remaining "residency tour" schedule are below.

Continue reading "Boris played 'Flood' at Le Poisson Rouge with Stephen Brodsky and Amen Dunes (pics / setlist)"

by Caroline Harrison

Boris @ LPR, 5/6/2013
Boris

Japanese trio Boris finished night one of their two night residency at LPR last night (5/6, the night after playing Boston- pictures are HERE). Last night's sold out show, with support from Young Widows and Ornament (a member of Growing), featured "All Time Classics" spanning much of Boris's career. Tonight Boris plays Flood, as well as what they're describing as a drone/experimental set.

Ornament's brief experimental droning gave way to Young Widows' hypnotic compositions. The band grooves harder than most acts out there, layering trance-inducing drum patterns and buzzing walls of noise with irresistibly catchy post-punk.

The "All Time Classics" set was ripping, and smartly avoided most of the band's recent material. Guitarist Wata was as cool and composed as drummer Atsuo was frenzied and dramatic. The sound was loud and furious enough to justify the sale of the Boris branded earplugs available at the merch table. After trotting out crowd favorites like "Pink," "Hama," and "1970," Boris closed out their set with the fittingly titled "Farewell."

You can catch Boris at Le Poisson Rouge tonight, supported by Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In) and Amen Dunes, before the tour moves on to Cleveland and then to another two night residency in Chicago. Tickets for LPR tonight are still available.

Set list from night one and more pictures are below.

Continue reading "Boris played "the classics" at Le Poisson Rouge with Young Widows and Ornament (pics); play 'Flood' tonight"

Boris at Brighton Music Hall last night (more by Tim Bugbee)
Boris

Boris is currently on their previously discussed "residency tour" and completed a two-night stint at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA. The dates kicked off with their "classics" night on May 4 and continued with Flood on the following evening, featuring special guests Doomriders. More pictures from that show are over at InvisibleOranges. The "residency" tour continues in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge with Young Widows and Ornament tonight (5/6) and  Cave In's Stephen Brodsky and Amen Dunes on Tuesday (5/7). Tickets are still available for both shows.

photos by Tim Griffin

Deerhunter/Kaleidoscope/Man or Astroman @ APF 4/27/2013
Deerhunter
Kaleidoscope
Man or Astroman?

Deerhunter took a long time setting up, and a long time scuffling through a needlessly elaborate twinkle-rock atmospheric intro, but at their peak they've got an impeccably sharp sound that cuts through the self-conscious drone from the rest of the weekend. Imminent new album Monomania mixed in with enough old favorites to keep the unfamiliar material from sounding too austere.

The star of the show was, as usual, Bradford Cox, the effusive, easily annoyed frontman at the center of the band's artistic posture. Sometimes we get the pensive, pissed-off Bradford who rips through the set as fast as possible. Other times you get the casual, extremely talkative Bradford who keeps things as unpredictable as possible. The latter showed up Saturday wearing a dress and wig.

At one point, upon hearing their van's car alarm going off, he casually retorted, "Hey, this is a psychedelic festival, let's just jam on that." Sure enough, he and his band used that bleat to launch into a beautiful stargazing instrumental. It was as impressive as it was funny, and certainly not something you're going to see every night.

That's the beauty of having a guy like Bradford Cox around. - [Austin Chronicle]

Spirits at Day 2 (4/27) of Austin Psych Fest were literally dampened, a little, with an shower that interupted Os Mutantes' set, but the rain couldn't wash away the good vibes at Carson Creek ranch, especially with a line-up that also included Deerhunter, Boris, Black Mountain, Man or Astroman? and Black Mountain, to name just a few. Saturday also welcomed '60 cult band Kaleidoscope (best known for minor hit "Flight from Ashiya") whose Psych Fest appearance was part of the band's first-ever U.S. tour:
Backed by a all-star band that included Rob Campanella from Brian Jonestown Massacre along with Nick Castro and Christof Certik from the Young Elders, Daltrey unloaded a treasure chest of vintage, late-Sixties British psychedelia. If the setup and line checks took longer than normal, it was only because the band had a passion for getting the sound and feel just right. Even the vintage keyboards rang with authenticity. - [Austin Chronicle]
That Kaleidoscope tour didn't hit NYC unfortunately but Boris and Man or Astroman? will both be here soon. A set of photos from Day 1 are HERE and you can check out more shots from Day 2 below.

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest: Day 2 in pics (Deerhunter, Boris, Black Mountain, Kaleidoscope, Man or Astroman? ++ more) "

Tamaryn

Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.

Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.

Continue reading "Tamaryn DJing MoMA; Austin Psych Fest finalizes lineup"

by Andrew Sacher

Stephen Brodsky

Cave In guitarist/vocalist and Converge collaborator Stephen Brodsky is releasing his new EP, Hit or Mystery, on April 16 via Little Black Cloud Records. Like past solo work of his, it's a nice slice of psychedelic folk, and a welcome contrast to his heavier projects. To preview the new EP, he's releasing a series of trailer videos, and you can check out the first one, which features a clip of the title track, below.

Stephen Brodsky will also be a support act for a few of the upcoming Boris shows, including the NYC show on May 7 at Le Poisson Rouge (Young Widows opens the 5/6 show). At the 5/7 show, Boris will be performing Flood in its entirety, along with some drone/experimentalism. Tickets for both NYC shows are still on sale.

All Stephen Brodsky dates are listed, along with that video, below...

Continue reading "Stephen Brodsky releasing EP, opening for Boris (dates/video)"

Deafheaven in the studio recording 'Sunbather' (more)
Deafheaven

Boris has announced their supporting bands for their run of residency shows, including  Deafheaven, Young Widows, Marriages and more. Look for Young Widows to support on the string of dates including  Le Poisson Rouge on May 6 (the show dedicated to "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US"). Openers for the second LPR show on May 7 (dedicated to their 2000 LP, Flood, as well as some drone/experimentalism) have not been announced. Tickets are still available for both shows.

In a related note, Deafheaven will be in the NYC area soon too, tagging Saint Vitus on February 22 with Sannhet, Clean Teeth and Theologian. Tickets are still available.

If you missed it, Deafheaven recently stopped in to Invisible Oranges to drop off a studio diary detailing the recording of their new LP Sunbather. Check that out HERE.

All Boris dates plus video of Young Widows are below.

Continue reading "Boris announce supporting acts for 'Residency' tour (Deafheaven, Young Widows, Marriages, more)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Ghost at Roseland, April 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Ghost

Citing legal reasons, painted Swedish metal crew Ghost have changed their name to Ghost B.C., which will be reflected on their forthcoming LP, Infestissumam, due on April 9. Could the name change be related to the Michio Kurihara project?

Meanwhile, Michio Kurihara, the guitarist of Japan's Ghost, will perform as a member of Boris during their upcoming "residency tour"; while Ghost B.C. will hit the road with Ides of Gemini. Fan presale for the Ghost B.C. tour begins Wednesday(2/6) at 12PM (password is "Infestissumam").

Boris at Sled Island 2012 (more by Parker Langvardt)
Boris

Japan's Boris will return to the US for a string of "residencies" from coast to coast, tagging seven cities for two-night stays. Each citiy will get themed-night shows, with the first evening devoted to "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US" and the second devoted to their 2000 LP, Flood, as well as some drone/experimentalism too. NYC is part of that campaign, so look for the band to hit Le Poisson Rouge on May 6 and 7. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/1) at 10 AM.

This is not the first time that Boris has visited a full album, they did all of Feedbacker at ATP NY in 2009.

Boris is also on board as part of Austin Psych Fest. Check out those dates as well as their entire tour schedule and a teaser video below.

Continue reading "Boris schedules a "residency tour," playing a night of classics and all of 'Flood' (dates)"

Sasquatch! 2012 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Sasquatch 2012

Quincy, WA music festival Sasquatch! has announced that it will return for its 12th installment to The Gorge over Memorial Day Weekend (5/24 - 5/27) in 2013. A limited number of discounted four-day festival passes will go on sale Friday (11/23) at 9 AM PST at the Sasquatch! website. The lineup will be announced in February.

In other US festival news, as recently mentioned on BV Austin, Austin Psych Fest will go down in Carson Creek Ranch from April 26 to 28 with Deerhunter, The Black Angels, Boris, Spectrum, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Warpaint, DIIV, and many more. More info HERE.

Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Lou Reed will be on tour in Europe this month doing photo exhibits and book readings/signings, and upon returning to the US he'll play a NJ show at Englewood's Bergen Performing Arts Center on December 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Right after that show, he'll head to Miami for UR1 Festival, which goes down in Bayfront Park on December 8 and 9. In addition to Lou Reed, performers include Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Dead Can Dance, Animal Collective, Peter Murphy, Flying Lotus, Slash, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing, and many more listed below, plus more TBA. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

The UR1 Festival is timed to happen simultaneously with Art Basel, which happens from December 6 - 9 in Miami Beach with "more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries."

A list of all Lou Reed dates and the UR1 Festival lineup below.

Continue reading "Lou Reed playing NJ show before UR1 Festival (dates, lineup)"

photos by Zach Pollack; words by Parker Langvardt

Boris / Russian Circles at Dickens, Sled Island 6/20/201
Boris
Russian Circles

The sixth annual Sled Island festival is in full swing, happening at over 40 venues (and makeshift venues) all over Calgary, Alberta. Aircraft problems delayed our arrival till early evening on Wednesday, with barely enough time to check in to the hotel and the festival before heading over to Dickens for a Sargent House Records centric show.

Calgary metal outfit The Weir opened the sold out show with slow, sludgy doom, complete with growled vocals, dissonant riffing, and droning ambience.

Next up was Barrie, Ontario hard rock duo Indian Handcrafts who opened their set with a spoken word sample over slow, clean guitar. Then fast drumming came in, sending them into them into the heavy, distorted stoner rock of "Starcraft.". The band bantered about their hometown, causing audience members to yell that they had family there. Drummer Brandyn Aikins responded, "That's what everyone says," and proceeded to say, "My cousin's from there!" in a goofy, redneck Cookie Monster voice. Guitarist Daniel Allen then looked at Aikins and said, "Whistle!" and the pair began whistling to open "Centauri Teenage Riot." A split second before the song started, someone yelled, "Get a theremin!" and Allen responded, "No money!" right as they launched into the pulverizing main riff. Later on in the set, they were joined by a guest vocalist to cover Nirvana's "Negative Creep." They followed with the quick, punk-ish "Terminal Horse," which is featured in the promo video for their upcoming album, Civil Disobedience For Losers.

Belfast, Ireland instrumental rockers And So I Watch You From Afar delivered a positive and energetic performance. They opened with "BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION," which covers a broad spectrum of the band's styles -- crashing chords, tight, fast guitar melodies, and chill melodious sections. They opened with "Gang (starting never stopping)," following that with two songs from their EP Letters, "S is for Salamander" and "D is for Django the Bastard." ASIWYFA won't be there when the Russian Circles/Chelsea Wolfe/Marriages tour hits NYC at Highline Ballroom (8/18), but they play their own NYC show on July 27 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Chicago instrumentalists Russian Circles began with "309," blasting through the supercharged intro riff with several dramatic mood swings. Drummer Dave Turncrantz broke into the final, heaviest section before falling into the floor tom-based intro of "Harper Lewis," rather than the outro of "309." He occasionally added exaggerated rests in songs to play with the audience's expectation of their otherwise fairly precise representation of their recorded music. They followed with "Geneva," which is highlighted by a serpentine bassline that guitarist Mike Sullivan compliments with a bizarre Middle Eastern-like countermelody. The band then busted through the angular and twisting "Youngblood," kept up the momentum with their classic "Death Rides a Horse," and closed the show with "Mladek."

The night ended with a secret headlining set from Japanese rockers Boris, who played a publicized Sled Island show the next night (6/21) where they played their droning, psychedelic one-song album Feedbacker in its entirety. Boris have also added another Sled Island show at The Distillery tonight (6/22) with Banff, Alberta trio Lost.Book.Found, followed by the bluesy hard rock of Edmonton, Alberta's Black Mastiff, and the Vancouver progressive metal band Ancients.

Sled Island continues through Saturday, June 23 and more BV coverage of the fest is to come. More pictures from Wednesday night are below.

Continue reading "Sled Island fest: Wednesday pics and review (Boris, Russian Circles, And So I Watch You From Afar, Indian Handcrafts, and more)"

sledisland

The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

Continue reading "Feist, Stephen Malkmus, The Hold Steady and lots more playing Calgary's Sled Island Festival (full line-up)"

DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)

ATP UK

The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.

Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.

ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.

Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.

Continue reading "The National curating an ATP; Lower Dens announce new LP"

by BBG

Fun Fun Fun Fest

My final day at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 ran the gamut from 90s-indie-worshippers Lemuria to the poppy-hardcore of Kid Dynamite, the Prince-clad hardcore of Ceremony to the glitchy dance of Flying Lotus, and the operatic/enigmatic Austra to the great Slayer. Of the bands that I was not familar with prior to that day (namely OBN IIIs and Les Butcherettes) OBN IIIs set was my favorite; high energy punk/garage was an excellent way to turbo-charge the day. Le Butcherettes were no slouches though, playing fun and spazzy garage-punk featuring the endlessly watachlbe Teri Gender Bender up front and surprise guest Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on bass.

I'll save the "Fun Fun Fun" knee-slapper for pretty much every single band's pre/intra-show banter ("Are you having fun? Are you having Fun Fun Fun?") but yes, Fun Fun Fun Fest lives up to its name.

Previously posted pictures are here: day 1 & day 2, and day 1 & day 2.

More pictures from day three including shots of Lemuria, Le Butcherettes, OBN IIIs, Davila 666, Ceremony, Nobunny, Kid Dynamite, Zero Boys, Eyehategod, Austra, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cannibal Corpse, Boris, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Slayer, Blonde Redhead, and much more, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 3 pics (part 1) -- Slayer, Blonde Redhead, Kid Dynamite, Zero Boys, Boris & more"

photos by Chris La Putt

Boris @ Irving Plaza
Boris

Japanese band Boris have been touring across America with a rotating cast of notable openers including Coliseum and Tera Melos (who they played with in Chicago), and Asobi Seksu and Liturgy who supported them in NYC at Irving Plaza on Thursday night (10/27).

For Liturgy, who are already finished with their leg of the Boris tour (Boris already misses them), it was probably the last time they will ever share a NYC stage with their now-ex-drummer Greg Fox.

More pictures from the NYC show, including a shot of Boris's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Boris, Asobi Seksu & Liturgy played Irving Plaza (pics)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Russian Circles - "Miladek" (MP3)

Russian Circles
Russian Circles

Russian Circles willl team with Deafheaven (whose former tourmates KEN Mode just played NYC) for a tour that includes a show at Bowery Ballroom on 11/14. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale on 10/7 at noon.

The tour hasn't been announced in full yet (UPDATE: it has now, dates updated below), but will also include an appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and a free show for FFF ticketholders on 11/5 at Red 7 with Boris as part of "Fun Fun Fun Nites", a string of post-festival after parties with a lineup almost as venerable as the fest itself. Full details on FFF Nites are below and tickets for Fun Fun Fun Fest are still available. BrooklynVegan is a proud sponsor of at least one party during FFF Nites, details are forthcoming.

Before Russian Circles hits the road for those dates, they'll be in readying the release of Empros, the band's new LP and follow-up to the awesome Geneva due on 10/25 via Sargent House. The LP features "Mladek" which is available for download above. LP art and album details are below.

Reminder: Boris plays Irving Plaza on 10/27.

More details on FFF Nites, as well as all known Russian Circles dates are below.

Continue reading "Russian Circles readying new LP, touring w/ Deafheaven --- MP3, some dates & initial FFFFest afterparty lineup"

by BBG

Greg Fox (center) on stage with White Hills (more by BBG)
White Hills

Spazzy drummer Greg Fox of Liturgy will leave the Brooklyn "white metal" crew after their October tour with Boris. The departure is amicable. Liturgy tours a lot and Greg wants to shift his focus to other things, like his solo project GDFX (who recently released One Thing, stream it), Guardian Alien (who play a release show on 9/24 at Shea Stadium), and more (stay tuned). Fox told us:

Liturgy was fun and educational, but it's time for me to move forward. As a drummer in New York City, I have the opportunity to learn a lot from many very talented folks, and I'd like to be more open to those opportunities. If it makes sense for bands to last a long time then they do, otherwise you have to move on to the next thing, new experiences, new chapters. I wish Liturgy all the best. I'm excited about the future, about trying new things and making other plants grow, about growing personally, and about eating more pho.
And for the record, Greg Fox is that obsessed with Vietnamese noodle soup, though no word if said obsession caused friction between the band members. I am guessing not.

Catch Fox's final NYC show with Liturgy when they play with Boris/Asobi Seksu at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Greg Fox leaves Liturgy (he tells us why)"

by BBG

Tera Melos

I'm disappointed in Tera Melos. A person spends a good bit of their new video for "So Occult/Kelly", a song from their latest LP Patagonian Rats, smashing (perfectly good) beers with a baseball bat. At least they do so while wearing a Freddy Krueger-like creepy old man mask. Check out said carnage below.

The math-y band, who recently swooped in for a Daytrotter session, have a gang of tour dates in North America in October. Look for the Sac-town crew to appear on shows with Boris, Melt Banana, Master Musicians of Bukkake, and Coliseum No NYC date so far, but we'll be on the look out.

Boris's tour hits NYC at Irving Plaza on Oct 27th with Asobi Seksu & Liturgy. Tickets are still available.

And for the curious, you read right. Melt Banana will head out on a US tour this fall. No NYC date thus far, but the rest of their US schedule is available below.

Master Musicians of Bukkake are featured on the latest Important Records compilation which collects rare tracks in celebration of the label's 10th anniversary (!). Congrats to Important Records. Pick up said comp, which features appearances from Grails, Cave, Chord, Bardo Pond, and others.

All tour dates and the new Tera Melos video below.

Continue reading "Tera Melos - "So Occult/Kelly" (video premiere & upcoming dates w/ Boris & Melt Banana)"

Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup (Danzig Legazy, Passion Pit, Slayer, Lykke Li, The Damned, Henry Rollins & much more)"

Hunter of Liturgy at Mercury Lounge (more by Greg Cristman)
Liturgy

MoMA's Performance Program resumes with a new commission by the New York-based artist collective Grand Openings. In collaboration with musicians, performance art scholars, sound artists, filmmakers, writers, and friends, the group is composing a multifaceted live program that relates to the history of performance art in general, as well as MoMA's particular institutional structure. Some sections are informed by encounters with the Museum Archives, current exhibitions, the Museum's architecture, and staff members; others are indirect meditations on the practice of performing itself. The title of the program, Grand Openings Return of the Blogs, refers to an additional documentary element of the work--a daily account of the actions in the form of handwritten texts, fabricated objects, and audio podcasts--which will be presented in the gallery space and on MoMA.org.

Grand Openings comprises five core members--Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Jay Sanders, Emily Sundblad, and Stefan Tcherepnin--with different backgrounds in art, music, curating, and criticism. Their partly scripted, partly improvised actions; loose choreographies; musical scores; and acts of self-reflection coexist within a chaotic structure.

Grand Openings have portions of the program devoted to Near Dark, sand painting, live blogging, and have even commissioned NYC "white metallers" Liturgy to play part of the program TONIGHT at MoMA (7/29), or should I say this afternoon, starting at 6PM. Get there early and check out the full schedule for Grand Openings Return of The Blogs (we're confused too).

Liturgy also play with Asobi Seksu and Boris at Irving Plaza on Oct 27th. Tickets are on sale now, and you can try and win them at our Facebook page.

by BBG

Boris, in pillow and undergarment form
Boris merch

Boris's new LP offerings Attention Please and Heavy Rocks (2011) represent a bit of a stylistic change for the ever-shifting Japanese band. As such, they've recruited some bands outside of the usual suspects in their upcoming North American tour announced today. Boris, who is currently in the EU with Russian Circles, will hit the road in the US for dates with Asobi Seksu, Tera Melos, True Widow (who play Union Pool in August), Master Musicians of Bukkake, Liturgy and others in October. Full tour schedule is below, including an NYC date with Asobi Seksu and Liturgy at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Ticketing info is forthcoming.

Meanwhile, Asobi Seksu play a FREE show at Pier 17 on Friday (7/15) with The Radio Dept AND a show at Brooklyn Bowl on 10/1 (tickets). Full Asobi Seksu dates are below.

All tour dates and a video for Boris's "Hope/Riot Sugar" (a song from each new LP in a single video) is below. For all of you superfans, keep a lookout for Boris - Attention Please underwear and/or pillows (above) which go on presale on 7/30.

Continue reading "Boris playing shows w/ Asobi Seksu, Liturgy, Tera Melos, Coliseum, True Widow & more (2011 Tour Dates)"

by BBG

Boris

After releasing a relatively miniscule amount of recordings in the US in 2010 (the Boris/Ian Astbury collaborative EP BXI and the Torche/Boris split on Hydrahead), Boris will go absolutely apeshit in the first four months of 2011 by releasing THREE LPs: two brand new albums in the US in April and a third new album in Japan!

First up is Heavy Rocks, which shares the same title as their breakthrough 2002 LP. Boris's new version of Heavy Rocks reportedly "seeks to redefine 'heavy' music in a culmination of the band's tireless efforts over the past two decades", and therefore revisited the name and the LP's cover art (with purple in the place of the previous orange). Sargent House will release the LP on April 26th.

Next is Attention Please which is due on the same day as Heavy Rocks and also via Sargent House. The LP contains another ten tracks, all of which feature Wata on vocals. It will be the first time she's been the vocal focus of a whole LP.

And thirdly is the Japanese release playfully entitled New Album, due on March 16th via Tearbridge/Daymare. This LP is currently not scheduled for release in the US and features another eleven tracks of material including the currently streaming "Party Boy" which also appears on Attention Please, and on their previously-released Southern Lord 7" series Japanese Heavy Rock Hits. "8" from that series is also on the new Heavy Rocks. BUT, according to the band's PR team, each song that appears on another release is a wholly different version than the last.

Oh, and did I mention Boris has the new Live in Japan DVD, a Japanese-vinyl-only Boris/Merzbow set entitled Klatter, and a Stephen O'Malley/Atsuo LP entitled Uroborus Circuit out now? Boris obsessives, I do not envy you/your wallets right now.

All tracklistings and album art below...

Continue reading "Boris releasing three (not two) new albums (listen to a song)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Metal Swim Compilation (Zipped MP3s)

Zoroaster at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Zoroaster

Adult Swim have posted an album of FREE downloadable tracks. The record, entitled Metal Swim features rare and unreleased tracks from some familiar names around these parts (Isis, Boris, Skeletonwitch, Ludicra, Zoroaster, Red Fang, etc) including new tracks from Withered's forthcoming LP Dualitas, Torche's Songs for Singles, AND Kylesa's Spiral Shadow among many many others. Download the album at the site or above, and dig on the tracklisting (and some video) below.

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