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by Bill Pearis

The Bevis Frond's 'Miasma'
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Venerable psych label Tee Pee Records are throwing a two-day festival at Brooklyn's The Wick on Saturday (9/5) and Sunday (9/6) they're calling the Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous. Here's more from the label:

While most of the bands on the Tee Pee roster have a definite guitar-based sensibility, there is quite a range therein that we and the bands are constantly exploring. Fans of underground rock know that they are witnessing a contemporary explosion of creative bands purveying in everything from joyous riff-rock to full-on psych; from the heaviest doom to neo-thrash; from bands who nod to the occult to a new wave of space-rock to bands who hearken to the blues; etc, etc.
Saturday's lineup features Oakland, CA's Saviours, The Skull (featuring Eric Wagner and Ron Holzneror of Trouble), Mirror Queen (ex-Kreisor), and UK psych-vets The Bevis Frond.

Sunday's lineup also includes The Bevis Frond, plus J Mascis and King Tuff's stoner rock band Witch, Pittsburgh riff-rockers Carousel, Brooklyn's The Golden Grass, and Boston-area band Worshipper. Tickets to both nights are still available.

It's been a while since these shores have seen The Bevis Frond, aka Nick Saloman who has been making '60s influenced psych-pop since the mid-'80s. Titles like his 1987 debut, Miasma, and 1988's Tryptich, are cult classics. After a seven-year absence, Saloman returned in 2011 with a new Bevis Frond album, The Leaving Of London, and then released The White Numbers in 2013 and his 22nd album, titled Example 22, is due out next week (9/11). You can stream Tryptich and The Leaving of London below.

These dates at The Wick areThe Bevis Frond's only North American shows scheduled, but he has some European dates coming up. All are listed below....

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Hate Eternal

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:

An all-around good death metal tour is happening this fall with Hate Eternal, Misery Index, Beyond Creation and Rivers of Nihil. It hits NYC on October 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall, and tickets go on sale Friday (9/4) at 10 AM. Headliners Hate Eternal are touring in support of their recently released Infernus LP on Season of Mist, which you can stream below.

UPDATE get ready for the tour by reading Joseph Schafer's interview with Hate Eternal's Erik Rutan over at Invisible Oranges. All tour dates are listed below.

In other death metal news, Joseph Schafer also interviewed Karl Sanders of Nile over at Invisible Oranges. IO also reviewed their new album What Should Not Be Unearthed, which dropped last week on Nuclear Blast (steam a track below). Nile's tour hits NYC on January 14 at Gramercy Theatre with Day of Doom. Tickets are on sale now.

And one last bit of death metal news: Horrendous will follow their much-loved 2014 album Ecydysis with Anareta on October 27 via Dark Descent. Lead single "Sum of All Failures" is out now and you can check it out below.

The hardcore-leaning tour of Twitching Tongues, Harm's Way, Homewrecker and Malice In The Palace hits NYC on November 28 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

For even more on the hardcore side, catch ACxDC, Meek Is Murder, Mary Todd and Lucid Terror on September 17 at the Acheron. Tickets are on sale.

Stoner rockers The Shrine will return to NYC on October 8 at Saint Vitus with garage rockers Dirty Fences and Big Truck. Tickets are on sale.

Indian Handcrafts

Another band in that sludgy/garagey realm, Indian Handcrafts, will release their new album Creeps on October 2 via Sargent House. You can check out the first single "It's Late Queeny" below. The band is heading on tour this fall with Kylesa and Inter Arma, hitting NYC on October 21 at Saint Vitus (tickets). We also caught Kylesa in NYC earlier this week with Cult of Luna. Check out pictures.

For something more classic, we recently got a new song from the new Slayer album Repentless, which drops 9/11 via Nuclear Blast. It's called "Cast The First Stone" and you can check it out below.

A lot's been going on the world of classic metal lately. The new Motorhead album just dropped last week (but more importantly we hope Lemmy gets well soon) and the new Iron Maiden album is coming this week. Black Sabbath just announced their "final" tour for 2016, including Madison Square Garden. Judas Priest will be on tour (with Mastodon) sooner than that.

The long Labor Day weekend is upon us, and there are a few evil ways you can celebrate in NYC. Old Man Gloom and Mare begin their sold-out two-night run at Saint Vitus tonight (9/3). DC's Pure Disgust play Acheron on Friday (9/4) with Protester, Stand Off, Chud and Burst of Rage. Then Creeping Dose are at Silent Barn on Saturday (9/5) with Torso, Narcoleptics and Wrung. J Mascis and King Tuff's stoner rock band Witch play The Wick on Sunday (9/6) with Carousel, The Bevis Frond, The Golden Grass and Worshipper.

Other recently-announced heavy shows: Liturgy, Bongzilla, The Saddest Landscape / Vattnet Viskar, Candiria, Cavity and Pentagram. Check out more in our last roundup.

We also just got new tunes from Windhand, Christian Mistress, Uncle Acid and Black Breath.

What else?

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Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)

NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.

Full list below...

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High On Fire at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Scion A/V have announced the full lineup for their annual free Scion Rock Fest. This year's installment will take place in Pomona, CA on May 17. Judging by the number of acts (there are 26 all told) and the fact that it's all taking place on one day, it'll be another multiple-venue affair.

As usual, the lineup is a mix of crossover-friendly fan favorites (High On Fire, Machine Head, Red Fang, Crowbar, King Buzzo) with less obvious but still comparatively accessible acts (Midnight, Coffins, Big Business, etc.), and up-and-comers (Power Trip, Windhand, etc). You can check out the full lineup below. RSVPs for the festival will open Wednesday (3/26); keep an eye on Scion A/V's website to score your free spot.

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Cassie Ramone w/ The Babies @ Shubas Chicago, 2012 (more by Stan Golovchuk)IMAGE

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, John Moloney & others @ The Stone
Sonic Youth/Chelsea Light Moving guitar destroyer Thurston Moore continues his residency at The Stone tonight. The 8 PM show is with his Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo and his Chelsea Light Moving/Caught On Tape bandmate John Moloney. Then for the 10 PM show, Moloney hangs around and he and Thurston are joined by Gene Moore and Daniel Carter.

Gospels, Rumors, Bent Shapes @ Glasslands
If you're going to this show, openers Bent Shapes are worth getting there early for with their spunky, angsty take on indiepop.

Magic Man, The Novel Ideas, Photocomfort, Jarod Dickerson @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's show is headlined by Boston synthpop outfit Magic Man.

Lost Boy?, Slonk Donkerson, The Denzels, Breakfast In Fur @ Mercury Lounge
Miss the days of catchy '90s alt-pop? Tonight's line-up at Mercury Lounge features a full roster of local bands who do too.

Carousel, Mirror Queen, Township, Eidetic Seeing @ Acheron
This show is presented by psych label Tee Pee and features two of its more '70s-riff-loving acts -- Pittsburgh's Carousel and Brooklyn quartet Mirror Queen.

Cassie Ramone, Colleen Green, Virginia Trance, Juniper Rising, Xray Eyeballs @ Death by Audio
This very solid bill features many local bands but don't miss LA's Colleen Green who makes charming, Ramones-influenced low-fi pop.

Kim Ann Foxman, Archie Pelago, Nooka Jones @ Glasslands
You may know Kim Ann Foxman as a Hercules and Love Affair collaborator, and tonight she'll keep Glasslands dancing at this DJ night which also includes Archie Pelago and Nooka Jones.

Magik Markers, Degreaser, Lushes @ Union Pool
Noise rock trio Magik Markers returned in 2013 with their first album since 2009, and tonight they celebrate the album with a genre-appropriate bill of Degreaser and Lushes.

Darlene Love @ BB King's
Still in the holiday spirit? Darlene Love does her last of three holiday shows at BB King's tonight, and you can count on her to bring plenty of Christmas/seasonal hits.

Christian metal vets Stryper have postponed their show at Stage 48 due to weather.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

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