Entries tagged with: Brain Slug
by Ian Chainey
Violent Reaction, the UK straight-edge one-man ripper who are fleshed out into a full ensemble at live shows, tear through straight-edge anthems flavored with a UK flare. They're currently on a US tour with fellow countrymen The Flex who brandish chunky chugs a la a speedier Slapshot. The tour kicked off in April at DC's Damaged City fest and will swing into a NYC for a night of classic-leaning core on May 24 at The Acheron. That show is with New Jersey's Altered Boys, who will be making their first NYC sojourn in quite a spell, MFP and Closet Case (who also play the Sad Boys Japan tour kickoff). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All remaining tour dates are listed below.
Speaking of European bands playing Acheron, Italy's 30-plus year old core antagonizers EU's Arse bring their current North American tour to the Brooklyn venue on May 17. They'll share the stage with the furious Ajax, Sunshine Ward, and Creeping Dose. Tickets for that show are on sale. All remaining EU's Arse dates are listed below.
As usual, there are plenty of other upcoming punk shows at Acheron as well. Copenhagen's nervy and noisy post-ers Lower bring their tour to the venue on May 30 to rattle your bones along with Dark Blue and La Cruor. (tickets). That show's two days after they play Nothing Changes (5/28) with Survival.
Washington, D.C.'s Red Death, another project of the always-busy Coke Bust, will deafen all comers as part of the grind-y triumvirate including Brain Slug and Grudges. (No tix link yet, but the show announcement has the price at $8.) This will be Red Death's first New York appearance, though you can catch natives Brain Slug earlier at the Black N Blue Bowl.
Not at Acheron, but another likeminded local punk show goes down at Lulu's on June 6 with the abrasive Goosebumps joined by Skin Colour, Exotic Functions, and Pleasure Industry. ($5 at the door.) Even sooner than that, there's a Breakdown Brunch at Lucky 13 Saloon in Park Slope this Saturday (5/10). The event begins at 3 PM and promises free vegan BBQ, affordable booze consumables, and DJs spinning "the most ignorant hardcore." Not a bad way to ring in the weekend.
Lists of dates for the Violent Reaction and EU's Arse tours, with some streams, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Detroit hardcore band Freedom is set to release a collection of eight 2-minute and under punishers on a 7" titled Pay the Price tonight (1/16), at the first show of the band's short east coast run. Stream it below. Freedom's tour kicks off in Nantichoke, PA with Social Damage and continues up the east coast, bringing both bands to Long Island on Saturday (1/18) at Casa de Swezey with Brooklyn punks Brain Slug, Numbskull and Separated. Doors are at 6 PM, admission is $10. All dates, including a Philly show with Power Trip, and Long Island show flyer below.
Freedom also recently appeared on a Detroit hardcore compilation called Fair Warning : Detroit Hardcore that's being pressed to a 7" on Lost Time Records, due out on January 20. Give what Detroit's got to offer a listen below.
The Erie, PA date of their tour is with Homewrecker, who is playing the Invisible Oranges-sponsored A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash at the Baltimore Soundstage this weekend (1/17 & 1/18). The fest is loaded: the Systems Overload lineup of Integrity is making an appearance, as well as Infest, Haymaker, Power Trip (who played Saint Vitus last night), All Out War, Bloodlet, Noisem, Weekend Nachos, Iron Reagan and many more. If you haven't yet, check out the full lineup below.
All Freedom dates are listed, along with the A389 lineup and streams, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Shoxx at The Acheron, June 2012 (more by BBG)
Olympia, Washington's GAG is a hardcore punk force to be reckoned with, and the band are currently in the midst of a lengthy US tour that, as mentioned in today's What's Going On post, lands tonight (10/8) at Fitness at 1196 Myrtle Avenue with locals Shoxx, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry and newcomers to the scene IVY (not to be confused with the NYC pop band of the same name). GAG brings the fury -- check out a video below for a preview of what is sure to be a nuts show. All GAG tour dates are in this post.
It will also be the last-ever show for the short-lived Shoxx (whose drummer, Elser Nino, also plays in Merchandise), so make sure to head over if you want to see them one last time. Also, check out a relatively recent track from Goosebumps below.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn newcomers Pleasure Industry are playing another wild show on Wednesday (11/13) at Death by Audio with Chicago's Violent End (a new band featuring members of Raw Nerve, Vile Gash, and Manipulation), Brooklyn's Brain Slug and New Brunswick punks Razorheads.
GAG, Ivy and Pleasure Industry tour dates are listed, along with streams, below...
Vampire Weekend at Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Vampire Weekend, Solange, Sky Ferreira @ Barclays Center
FIve years ago, when "A-Punk" was playing everywhere you went, it wasn't entirely predictable that Vampire Weekend would still be achieving baroque pop excellence three albums in. But that's what they've done, and in celebration of that, tonight they try out their skills as an arena rock band at Barclays Center. Get there early for the Dev Hynes-associated pop of Solange and Sky Ferreira.
Pixies, Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they wrap up their four-night run in NYC at Bowery Ballroom. Parquet Courts, who can headline a venue that size on their own (and will do so soon) open the show.
Cosmic Psychos, Pampers, Call Of The Wild @ Cake Shop
Australian farmers/proto-grunge band Cosmic Psychos are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band and are touring North America for the first time in a very, very long while. Tonight's the first of two shows at Cake Shop and is with one of NYC's best new(ish) bands, Pampers.
'Blokes You Can Trust' screening @ Over the Eight
While in town for the Cake Shop shows, Cosmic Psychos are also screening their documentary 'Blokes You Can Trust' each night. Tonight it's at Over the Eight and Saturday it screens at Videology, both in Williamsburg.
Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Williamsburg Park
It might be a bit colder out than it was for the other Williamsburg Park shows this summer, but throw on a sweater and enjoy some classic soul from the great Charles Bradley.
Nude Beach, Suspicious Beats, Honey @ Mercury Lounge
Brooklyn rockers Nude Beach, who take a punky approach to the classic-style of tunes of Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, play one of their many local shows at Mercury Lounge tonight. Always a good time.
The Selecter @ Gramercy Theatre
While not as well known as their 2-Tone brethren, UK ska vets The Selecter are still essential listening for anyone who owns an album by The Specials or The Beat. Singer Pauline Black is still a pistol live, too.
Phaeleh, The-Drum @ Glasslands
UK atmospheric dubstep producer Phaeleh is over in the US right now, and tonight he'll be bringing the vibes to Brooklyn for a show at Glasslands. Opening is Chicago's also-impressive production duo The-Drum.
L-Vis 1990, Nick Hook @ Le Bain
Two regulars on the NYC electronic scene, L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs) and Nick Hook (Fool's Gold), team up for a party at Le Bain tonight.
Patti Smith @ Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Patti Smith just announced some club dates, but if you've got tickets to tonight's sold-out event at the Met, you can see her in a less-rock environment doing a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen.
2562, Martyn, Contakt @ Output
Two futuristic dubstep producers, 2562 and Martyn, will join forces to keep the bodies moving all night at Williamsburg dance club Output. NYC's Contakt kicks things off.
DTCV, No Sky God @ The Bowery Electric
Jim Greer spent time in Guided by Voices and, for many years, was one of SPIN's best writers. His band DTCV (pronounced "detective") make post-VU indie rock.
Jenny Owen Youngs, Mal Blum, Stephen Brodsky @ Union Hall
Cave In's Stephen Brodsky is about to play with his riff-heavy side project Mutoid Man at Saint Vitus on Monday, but tonight he takes his softer solo project to Union Hall, where he'll be joined by fellow singer/songwriters Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum.
Heatsick, Maxmillion Dunbar, Aurora Halal @ 285 Kent Avenue
Two experimental electronic musicians, Heatsick and Maxmillion Dunbar, are teaming up to melt minds at 285 Kent tonight. Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal is on the bill too.
Bad Side, Fuck SS, Brain Slug, Pleasure Industry @ Acheron
Bad Side, who Paint It Black called the best current hardcore band in Philly, and who will open for Kill Your Idols at Santos in November, will be in NYC tonight to headline a show at Brooklyn punk/metal club Acheron. Also on the bill is fellow Philly band Fuck SS and two Brooklyn punk bands, Brain Slug and Pleasure Industry. Stream Bad Side's just-released Everybody Wants Something From Me 7" below.
Coke Weed, Light Heat, Peter Bauer (of The Walkmen), pow wow! @ Shea Stadium
Peter Bauer is pulling double duty at this show tonight. The Walkmen bassist is playing as part of Light Heat (ex Mazarin) and is also making his solo live debut tonight.
Fred Frith @ Roulette
Avant-garde guitar great is performing his 1980 album Gravity at Roulette with a large group of musicians. If you can't make it tonight, he does it again tomorrow too.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
It's the first of two nights for My Morning Jacket collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band at McKittrick Hotel (where they also did a residency in July).
San Fermin, Alexandra Steward @ Le Poisson Rouge
Making music equally indebted to indie rock and theatre, San Fermin released their debut album this week and tonight's the record release party. Fans of the Dessner brothers, DIrty Projectors and RENT, take note.
The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society, Dave Hill @ Littlefield
Fleetwood Mac's world tour has already hit NYC so what's a fan to do tonight? Go see this skilled tribute act perform Tusk in its entirety. Plus our pal Dave HIll opens and, just guessing, might make an appearance for a guitar solo or two.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Power Trip at Acheron last night (more by Lukas Hodge)
Crossver thrash crew Power Trip (with drummer Chris Ulsh in tow) played a late night show at Acheron last night (4/19), with support from Brain Slug and Altered Boys. The show was a stop on the incendiary live band's current tour, one that will take the Texas residents to the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest this weekend. More pictures from the Acheron are available at InvisibleOranges.
Speaking of impending NEMHCF related shows, don't miss Black Breath with Mutilation Rites and White Widows at Knitting Factory on Saturday (4/20), part of a weekend of dates. Tickets are still available.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Power Trip at Show No Mercy showcase, SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Fresh off of a zillion shows at SXSW, Power Trip will head north to play dates on their way to and from the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. Of couse that includes a show in NYC at Acheron on April 18 with Brain Slug and Altered Boys. Tickets are on sale and the show is not to be missed.
All Power Trip dates are listed, along with a video, below.
photos by Keith Marlowe, words by Fred Pessaro
Iron Lung at DbA, 3/30/2013
Seattle powerviolence duo Iron Lung have been out on the road for close to a month now, playing dates with Dream Decay including Saturday at Death by Audio (3/30) in Brooklyn, NY. Support at the show came from the trio of Brain Slug, the always amazing Shoxx (now with a pair of guitarists) and the crusty No Tomorrow. The show was one of the first NYC dates for Shoxx since drummer Elsner Nino departed to join Merchandise.
One of the biggest disappointments of the evening was amplifier hum on Jon Kortland's guitar, not so much that it hindered the Iron Lung's performance, but that the first half wasn't peppered with drummer Jensen Ward's dry & sarcastic jokes in between songs. That changed as the evening rolled on, and the band's start-stops and thundering blasts surpassed the razor-sharp onstage wit.
Dream Decay was the most surprising act of the evening, channelling noise rock and Swans-y no-wave into a single slithering, feedback drenched pummel. Drummer/vocals are at the center of this Seattle band's sound, which also featured a saxophone to add Contortion-y squeals over top of it all. Fans of Pissed Jeans and Swans, take note.
Iron Lung are touring in support of White Glove Test, the band's new LP that comes in three versions: the regular LP, a companion noise LP and a combination of the two. Dream Decay also has a new LP, N V N V N V, out now via Iron Lung Records. Stream both below and get hard copies on the road, or snag a digital of both LPs at the Iron Lung bandcamp.
More pics from Saturday's show at DbA are below.
photos by Lukas Hodge
Rival Mob @ 285 Kent, 2/23/2013
It got a little incestuous at 285 Kent on Saturday (2/23), when Massachusetts band The Rival Mob played their record release show with special guests Stick Together, Give, Waste Management, WW4, Prisoner Abuse and Brain Slug (NY's Inside Out cancelled). Members of Rival Mob also serve in Prisoner Abuse and WW4 (with members of Floorpunch), while Waste Management contains members of some of Rival Mob's related projects, so it was definitely a show that kept it "family" for the duration.
Rival Mob's new LP Mob Justice is out now, and definitely worth a listen for fans of brutal, late 80s-style hardcore. More pics from the wild straight-edge show at 285 Kent are below.
Rival Mob at LPR, Feb 2012 (more by Sarah Coulter)
The Rival Mob are readying the release of their Revelation Records debut, Mob Justice, which is due on February 26. As such, the Boston hardcore crew has assembled a whopper of a show to celebrate the occasion, with Stick Together, Inside Out (NY), Give, Waste Management, World War 4, Prisoner Abuse and Brain Slug also on thisa mega-bill which goes down at 285 Kent on Feb 23. Tickets are on sale for this all ages, must see show.
A list of all Rival Mob dates, plus a great live video, are below.
Jensen with Walls at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Iron Lung will team with Dreamdecay, Brain Slug and Shoxx as part a rager set for March 30 at Death by Audio. $8 gets you in.
So far additional dates have not been announced, though Jensen of Iron Lung is confirmed to serve as a member of Society Nurse (with members of his other project Walls and others), when the band plays with Vile Gash, Slices and more at Acheron on January 19. Tickets are on sale, or you can buy them with a limited bundle with Catharsis ticket for later that night.
In other news, Shoxx, who you might have seen at 285 Kent over the weekend, play Acheron on January 5 with No Power Swaath and In School. The band's drummer Elsner Nino played with Merchandise on both nights of their 285 Kent shows (New Year's Eve included) as their newly-appointed member.
Head below for new Iron Lung streams, as well as a Society Nurse video.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
It is clear that Sheer Terror live up to the creedo "just can't hate enough", and I can totally respect that. Look for the NYHC favorites to team with Cro-Mags for what is somewhat of a tradition for Jon Joseph and crew, an end of the year show. This time, look for those two to team with Rude Awakening, Brain Slug, and Born Annoying at Highline Ballroom on December 30th. Tickets are on sale.
The show will be the first hometown appearance for Jon Joseph and the boys since the ill-fated incident at Webster Hall this past summer. Jon Joseph has made the odd appearance since then, including performing a song with Refused at Europa. Harley Flanagan, Joseph's former bandmate and the accused in the assault, is awaiting trial in early December.
photos by BBG, words by Sally Secret
"See you soon. MDF Thursday, I don't know how many shows in NYC on Saturday and Sunday in NJ." - Rorschach
Rorschach @ Maryland Deathfest - 5/24/2012
The Rorschach show at LPR this Saturday (5/26), that Converge was added to, is now sold out, but if you don't have a ticket, don't dispair. There are plenty of other ways to roar on Saturday courtesy of Black God who are now on an east coast tour. As previously mentioned, the Kentucky band that features members of Coliseum, Young Widows and By The Grace Of God, will play TWO NYC shows on Saturday, and both are sort of a mystery. The first, which was just finally listed on the venue's website with a "secret guest", is a matinee at ABC No Rio. The second is still just listed as "Sa 5/26 (night) - Brooklyn, NY @ Announced Day of Show!". Stay tuned!
Rorschach also play a show at Warehouse Motor Club in Middlesex, NJ on Sunday with Torchbearer, Too Many Voices, and Brain Slug (5pm, $10). They played Maryland Deathfest last night (Thursday). Review coming soon. That's one picture above. More below...
Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.
We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).
It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.
On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.
Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.
Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.
Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.
More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?
photos by Sarah Coulter, words by BBG
The parade of post-Chaos-in-Tejas touring brought Origin of M to The Charleston on Friday night (6/17). The Japanese hardcore band played their final East Coast show before shipping to Portland for two final US dates. Pictures from their appearance in NYC with Brain Slug and Agitator adorn this post.
Friday was a busy one in NYC for fans of punk and heavy music. While Origin of M was bloodying themselves, Deafheaven was at Cake Shop, Iceage/Prurient was at Public Assembly, Clean Teeth, Colossus & Wizardry played Acheron all while Northside Festival and a normal Friday in NYC was going on.
Speaking of Wizardry, they play again today (6/21) as part of Make Music NY.
More pictrues from The Charleston are below.