Entries tagged with: Chelsea Wolfe
photos by Kenneth Bachor
X / Godflesh / Chelsea Wolfe
Right before [Dwight] Yoakam was one of my all-time favorite bands, X, the great Los Angeles punk quartet that has endured many travails over the last four decades. The latest is that guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and unable to tour, so Texas roadhouse guitarist Jesse Dayton filled in this time around.Hopscotch Festival wrapped up on Saturday (9/12) after two other days. The outdoor show at City Plaza this time had long-running country singer Dwight Yoakam and punk legends X, with support from The Vibekillers and American Aquarium. After that show, we headed to various downtown Raleigh venues to catch Godflesh, Waxahatchee, Chelsea Wolfe, Prurient, Wovenhand and Black Clouds.
There's no replacing Zoom's maniacal rockabilly blare, of course, but Dayton managed a fine approximation. D.J. Bonebrake remains a machine on drums, and John Doe and Exene Cervenka's vocal harmonies still cut to the bone.
It was punk-rock bliss, and not just for those of us of a certain age. I was heartened to see actual little kids jumping up and down to the old folks' boogie. [David Menconi for News Observer]
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Chelsea Wolfe @ MHOW 9/9/2015
All of that dark energy was on display over the course of her riveting performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 9, where Wolfe felt not so much like a singer but a medium, powerfully commanding the unreal into existence. Gorgeously grim opener "Carrion Flowers" descended like a dark cloud, bone-rattling guitars colliding over and over as Wolfe's voice -- high, gorgeous, and unholy -- strode majestically between. "Dragged Out" was eerier still, protracted and lurching, great heaves of sound stopping suddenly for Wolfe to howl in the silence between them. And during the death-march dirge "We Hit a Wall," Wolfe draped her voice like gauze over the spidery chords, making the song's message of romantic desolation feel like an Old Testament curse. - [Village Voice]After playing a tiny show at Saint Vitus on Tuesday, Chelsea Wolfe headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday night (9/9). Both shows were with Wovenhand, and sold out. Not one for stage banter, Wolfe let her songs -- including ones from new album Abyss -- and her otherworldly voice do the talking. Did you go?
Wolfe's tour rolls on, playing Philadelphia tonight (9/10). More pictures from the MHOW show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe's new album, Abyss, comes out next week via Sargent House, and now it's streaming in full. Chelsea Wolfe's music has always crossed boundaries -- dark enough for metalheads, somber enough for the folk crowd, unique enough for experimental rock fans -- and Abyss is no different. It's not quite like any of the Chelsea Wolfe albums to come before it, but also similar enough that longtime fans should dig it right away. If you still haven't checked her out, Abyss isn't a bad entry point either. Listen below, via NPR.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Shaina Hedlund
Chelsea Wolfe already released "Iron Moon" and "Carrion Flowers" from her upcoming Abyss album (due 8/7 via Sargent House), and today she put out a third single, "After The Fall." It's got her bare somber side as well as her distorted borderline-industrial side, and it's another good one. Listen below (via Noisey).
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Chelsea Wolfe at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
We already heard one song from the upcoming Chelsea Wolfe album, "Iron Moon," which, for someone who's always been at least somewhat associated with metal, was maybe the closest she ever came to sounding metal. Now she's got a second single out, "Carrion Flowers," which is more on the industrial side, making it seem like Abyss may be a pretty diverse album. Check it out below. Abyss comes out August 7 via Sargent House (pre-order).
Chelsea will support the new album on tour with another artist who isn't metal but does have a toe dipped in those waters, Wovenhand. That tour hits NYC on September 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Friday (6/5) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Mac DeMarco / Chelsea Wolfe / Flaming Lips / Fuzz @ Levitation Fest 5/10/2015
"Who wants to hear the most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time?" That was Mac DeMarco bassist Piece McGarry asking the crowd during the final day of Levitation Fest (5/10). The three-day event used to be known as Austin Psych Fest, so of course the crowd wanted to hear it. They immediately launched into a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow." Between Mac and the main stages' closer, The Flaming Lips, Levitation 2015 ended on a light note. And a thankfully dry one, as reports earlier in the week called for Sunday to have heavy thunderstorms and maybe even tornadoes. Instead, it just felt like it was going rain the whole time (aka hot and muggy).
Most people on Sunday were excited about the 13th Floor Elevators reunion but lots of great sets happened, including A Place to Bury Strangers, Fat White Family, Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Nothing, ZZZs, Chelsea Wolfe (subbing for Melody's Echo Chamber), and a sweaty closing-fest set from Ty Segall's proto-metal trio Fuzz.
by Andrew Sacher
Visual artist and designer Jenni Hensler, whose work has previously been showcased at the Guggenheim, MoMA and more, is working on a new piece exhibition which will include collaborations with a handful of great musicians. Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, Jonnine Standish (HTRK), Belong, Azar Swan, Drew McDowall of Coil and MayA are all set to feature in her new work, Persona Somnia, which Jenni is planning to debut this November at a TBA NYC location. To help get that started, Jenni launched an IndieGogo campaign, which you can donate to and receive various rewards including a music compilation from the show, leather pasties, a personal costume, and more. The campaign ends on May 10. More info here and a teaser video below.
Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, today she released the full version of "Iron Moon" from her new album, Abyss, that we posted a clip of recently. As that clip hinted, it moves from dark, somber, folk-inspired passages to much heavier parts that near doom metal territory. Check it out below, via Rolling Stone. Chelsea also revealed the album's artwork (above) and tracklist (below). Abyss will be out August 7 via Sargent House.
Azar Swan plays NYC on June 19 at Palisades with Clay Rendering, Them Are Us Too and Pawns (tickets). She also just made a video for "Hush" off last year's And Blow Us A Kiss, which Jenni Hensler directed. Watch below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Chelsea Wolfe in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Chelsea Wolfe will follow 2013's Pain Is Beauty this summer with Abyss on Sargent House. The album has Chelsea joined by frequent collaborators Ben Chisholm, Dylan Fujioka, and Ezra Buchla, as well as Mike Sullivan of Russian Circles (whose last album she sings on) and D.H. Phillips of True Widow (who she's toured with). It was produced by John Congleton, who's worked with Cloud Nothings, Angel Olsen, Swans and more.
She hasn't put out a full song from it yet, but you can listen to a clip of "Iron Moon" in the album trailer. From the bit we've heard, it's as dark as Chelsea's best stuff, and has her distorted voice over borderline doom metal guitars. It's just a short clip, but it's making this album seem pretty exciting. Check it out below.
by Andrew Sacher
California's Hollow Sunshine is the project of vocalist/bassist Morgan Enos and multi-instrumentalist/visual artist Reuben Sawyer, who's designed the artwork for Deafheaven's Roads to Judah, Destruction Unit's Void, a Chelsea Wolfe t-shirt and more. They're releasing their second album, Bring Gold, on May 12 via Iron Pier (pre-order), the same label that released Self Defense Family's Duets EP last year.
We've got the premiere of new single "Coral," an excellent dose of heavy shoegaze that fans of Nothing, Hum, Cloakroom and their ilk would likely dig. Check it out below.
Hollow Sunshine also have West Coast dates this month with Wild Moth, who recently released a split with Creative Adult, who are currently on tour with Self Defense Family (and hopefully Makthaverskan soon).
Hollow Sunshine/Wild Moth dates and the new song stream, below...
photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.
The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...
Though its festivals in the UK and the US are no longer, ATP Iceland is still going and returns in 2015 from July 2 - 4 at Ásbrú in Keflavík. Headlining the festival is Iggy Pop who, according to the festival, will be playing his first solo shows (as opposed to Iggy & the Stooges) in a decade. Drive Like Jehu (who are playing Coachella), Belle and Sebastian (ditto), and Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the other main headliners, and the rest of the lineup includes Run The Jewels, Mudhoney, Deafheaven, Iceage, Loop and more. Weekend tickets for ATP Iceland are on sale and check out the whole initial lineup, listed below.
La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
France's La Femme have an addictive sound pulling from psychedelic pop, surf rock, ye-ye and more, and as good as their recorded music is, their live shows are crazy on another level. So lucky for us, they've announced that they'll be returning to the US this fall where they have three shows announced so far -- NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on October 16, LA's Echoplex on October 23, and San Francisco's Beach Goth Party on 10/25 with The Growlers, The Drums, DIIV, GZA, Cherry Glazerr, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Chelsea Wolfe, The Spits, Atlas Sound and more. CMJ is right in the middle of that gap, so it doesn't seem impossible that they'll play some shows during that as well. Tickets for LPR go on sale today (8/15) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
Mark Oliver Everett's long-running indie rock project Eels are set to follow 2013's Wonderful, Glorious with their eleventh album, The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, on April 22. Stream the somber, string laden first single, "Agatha Chang," along with the album tracklist, below.
After the album comes out, Eels will be heading out on an international tour which includes a North American run with Chelsea Wolfe. That run hits NYC on June 1 at The Apollo Theater. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates. Chelsea will be performing acoustic with strings, like she did when supporting her acoustic album.
All dates are listed, with the new Eels song, below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Kevin Drew's "Good Sex" video
It's been a while since we've done one of our video roundups, but there were just too many good videos this week to pass up the opportunity. (Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, there's some v-day-themed ones worked in here.) We already posted a bunch this week, like Little Dragon, Thurston Moore, Metronomy, The Notwist, Thundercat, OFF!, Marissa Nadler, Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Mission of Burma covering The Beatles, Polica, DTCV, La Femme, The Marked Men's return to NYC, and more, yet there were still plenty of cool ones we didn't get to. Check out recent videos from Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, Phantogram, La Dispute, The Front Bottoms, Guided by Voices, Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe, S. Carey, Death Grips, Quilt, Shellshag and Twin Shadow & Samantha Urbani covering The Smiths, below.
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Chicago post-rock/post-metal band Russian Circles are set to release their fifth studio album, Memorial, on October 29 via Sargent House, and they've just revealed the album's title track. For this song, the instrumental band have tapped goth entrancer (and Sargent House labelmate) Chelsea Wolfe to provide lead vocals. It's a swirling, atmospheric cut that's more similar to Chelsea Wolfe's first two albums than most of Russian Circles' prior output. You can stream it (via Rolling Stone), along with another album track, "Deficit," below.
Chelsea Wolfe's own new album Pain Is Beauty is out now, and she's currently supporting it on a tour with the equally dark slowcore trio True Widow, whose new album Circumambulation is out now via metal label Relapse Records. Their tour hits NYC TONIGHT (9/13) at Bowery Ballroom, and Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Speaking of Sargent House and Bowery Ballroom, three of the label's bands, Tera Melos, Fang Island, and Zorch are touring together this fall, and will play Bowery Ballroom on October 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Song streams below...
photos by Wei Shi
MGMT / Beach House / giant cat
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.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.
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]
Pictures of day 1 are HERE, and more of day 2, below...
Drumgasm, the percussive alternative supergroup of Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), and Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), are streaming their self titled album at SPIN.
Texas garage punks Bad Sports (members of OBN IIIs) are streaming their new album, Bras, at SPIN.
The new Chelsea Wolfe album, Pain Is Beauty, comes out on September 3 via Sargent House, and she's just released another song from it, "The Waves Have Come," which you can listen to below.
Song stream below...
by Fred Pessaro
Fans of slowcore, keep your eye out for True Widow. The Texas band, who we've written about before, shows glimmers of Low and Codeine amongst their stoner-y darkness, a comparison that rings true on the band's latest LP Circumambulation. Stream some tracks from the band below including the new one "Creeper", and look for it via Relapse on July 23rd (order yours).
Catch True Widow on tour supporting Chelsea Wolfe this fall, including at Bowery Ballroom on 9/13.
Song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe in Chicago in January (more by Zach Pollack)
Chelsea Wolfe returns this year with a new album, Pain Is Beauty, due out on September 3 via Sargent House. We've already heard some clips of it in an album trailer, and now she's finally revealed its first full song, "The Warden," a characteristically dark tune, but with electronics and beats running through it that are new ground for her. Check out the song below.
by Caroline Harrison
The Northside Festival kicked off last night (June 14) with a number of performances across north Brooklyn, including Swans and Chelsea Wolfe at the Warsaw. Wolfe played her haunting, mellow set better suited to a quieter, smaller venue, but it provided a pleasant contrast for the aural onslaught of Swans.
"Fun" is not a word you usually hear used to describe the infamous New York band Swans. They formed in the early 80s when much of New York City -- and famously Alphabet City, where they practiced -- was a horrifying shit-hole. Their early material embodies the stress, the pain, the aggression, the terror of living in the city at that time. They play painfully loud live shows. Enigmatic front man Michael Gira is known for throwing fits on stage. The first time I saw them play, he stopped a performance mid-song to yell at multi-instrumentalist Thor Harris.
But during last night's performance, the band was visibly enjoying themselves.
I saw band members actually smile at one another. Craggy pedal steel player Christoph Hahn pulled faces at Thor. Michael Gira cracked jokes. When taking their bows, Gira even called Thor Harris "the hairiest nipples in the west." (... Accurate)
Yet their music was still as punishing as ever. Those foolish enough not to bring earplugs most certainly regret it today. Early in the set Gira sneered through the menacing "Coward." The band hammered out a fifty-minute version of "the Seer," the title track off their last album.
Tonight Torche, KEN mode, Lo-Pan, and Inter Arma play the Invisible Oranges showcase at 285 Kent. Greg Ginn's Black Flag plays Warsaw with The Men, among others (not to be confused with FLAG, even though you probably wish you could forget both bands ever "reformed") . Check out our guide to this year's Northside Festival for other awesome stuff that's happening, including the free McCarren Park shows.
More photos from Warsaw are below...