Entries tagged with: Converge
Converge at Decibel, 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
Converge will team with Meek Is Murder, Trenchfoot and Dead Serious at Saint Vitus on May 25 and tickets are on sale. The show is part of a weekend that will see the Massachusetts hardcore quartet also head toward an appearance at Maryland Deathfest, joining names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, and more. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Maryland Deathfest, the festival recently announced the cancellation of Gehenna "due to pressing legal matters" and the addition of Ringworm. Tickets are still available for Maryland Deathfest.
The Boston hardcore and metal scene has banded together in the wake of the marathon attack, forming a benefit show for the victims of the tragedy. The lineup is nothing less than stellar, featuring a headlining appearance from Slapshot along with Converge (who will play MDF), Dropdead (who recently played NYC), Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, New Lows, The Revilers, For the Worse, Insult & Sexcrement. The show goes down at South Shore Music Hall in May 6 in Quincy, MA. Tickets are still available.
photos by Shaun Regan
Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.
In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.
More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
United Nations at Union Pool, Feb 2010 (more by Paul Birman)
United Nations, the shrouded supercrew containing vocalist Geoff Rickly at the helm, are playing shows in middle January, including one at Saint Vitus on January 18 with support from Brooklyn crews Primitive Weapons, Descender, and Black Clouds. Tickets are on sale. Look for the rest of UN to be comprised of Ben Koller (Converge), Lukas Previn (Thursday, Regents), and Jim Carroll (The Hope Conspiracy).
In related news, The Hope Conspiracy have stepped out of hiding to announce work on new material. No details on said material or when/where it will emerge yet.
More United Nations tour dates and some streams are below.
Curran with Today is The Day, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Curran Reynolds always tends to be up to a lot, sitting behind the kit in Today Is The Day and Wetnurse included. After January though, he will be up to a little less as his Precious Metal series at East Village club Lit Lounge is sadly, as previously mentioned, coming to an end. There are just three more installments, including one on January 7 with Ghostlimb and The Year Is One with BV's own Fred Pessaro (BBG) DJing. The flyer for that show is below. After the 1/7 date there's one on 1/14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on 1/21 with Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda, which is a benefit for South Sound.
We spoke to Curran to find out what he's been listening to all year in between everything else. His Top 10 Albums of 2012 list includes some of the big heavy records of the year like Converge, Napalm Death, and Swans, but it also has some indie pop like School of Seven Bells and Violens (who Curran has been digging since his friend Jorge formed the band around 2008). The whole list is pretty eclectic and you can check it out below.
Today Is The Day will kick off a tour in 2013 with a killer support lineup of Black Tusk, KEN Mode, and FIght Amp. That tour hits NYC on March 6 at Saint VItus (tickets) and March 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with a "special guest" TBA (tickets).
Precious Metal show flyer and Curran Reynold's year-end list below...
Nashville's PUJOL got their start with the Nashville garage scene but this year's United States of Being (the band's first for Saddle Creek) is a crunchy, big-sounding record that, like the new JEFF the Brotherhood, owes more to early-'90s alterna-rock than anything else. You can stream the whole thing below (via Rolling Stone). Maybe you saw them at one of our Hotel Vegan day parties in Austin this year during SXSW? Main man Daniel Pujol was kind enough to send us a list of his favorite LPs of 2012 which includes records from fellow Tennesseans Natural Child, Heavy Cream and Turbo Fruits. Check out his complete list below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Aaron Turner w Old Man Gloom @ Europa, 5/8/12 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As announced some weeks back, Hydra Head has come to a difficult juncture in our existence and the future of the label is precarious... We've arrived at the conclusion that it is no longer possible for us to continue releasing new albums, but rather than shut the label down completely, we're hoping to be able to continue in a capacity that would allow us to preserve and perpetuate our catalog of works by the large cast of truly amazing and groundbreaking artists we've been lucky enough to work with over the years. In order to do this we're asking for help from anyone and everyone that would like to see the label continue and who is willing to support us in this effort. This is not however a request for charity - we would like to offer something in exchange for whatever level of funding our potential benefactors (that is you), are willing to bestow upon us.Hydra Head is currently offering a plaethora of goods ranging from guitar heads to test presses to stickers to original artwork and everything in between as incentive to keep classic records by bands like Botch, Oxbow, Torche, and many many others alive and in print. Head to the Hydra Head fundraiser page and pick up something, or you can just donate.
Meanwhile, Aaron Turner of Hydra Head / SIGE / Mamiffer / Old Man Gloom fame has dropped off his musings on music in 2012 in list form. Check that out below.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
by Andrew Sacher
Converge at Highline Ballroom - 11/11/12 (via Jere Waldron)
Converge frontman Jacob Bannon stood pretty inconspicuously on the side of the stage at Highline Ballroom last night (11/11), casually talking to the crowd, as if he wasn't the frontman of the band that was about to go on. Finally he said, "We'll start, we're just waiting for our band name to show up on the screen!" Then the colorful background of the band's tour flier appeared and Bannon yelled, "Tonight we're called Colors!" and leaped to the center of the stage as the band hammered their way into "Concubine."
I should mention that last night was my first time seeing Converge. For a band with such impenetrable status and a long-running, loyal fanbase, I had been a little worried that I wouldn't fit in amongst the masses who had probably seem them countless times before -- not the case. There was nothing but positivity from both the band and the crowd alike. So as a newcomer, it took only a matter of seconds into their first song for me to realize why people say "it's all about the live show." Watching Jacob Bannon's energy and spirit on stage, I felt like I was seeing the foundation of every other hardcore frontman to come after him that I've ever seen. And he isn't without one of the best bands around on stage, either. One listen to any Converge album, and you know they kill, technically speaking. They're just as flawless live, and they do it while rocking the fuck out.
Converge have a great new album out this year, All We Love We Leave Behind, and after playing a couple other cuts from their previous albums, they went into a string of new ones, playing tons of highlights like the album's punishing title track, "Sadness Comes Home," and the standout single, "Aimless Arrow," among others. 20+ years into their career, the new album is just as fresh as their older favorites and it came off that way at the show too. It's got more of a stripped down feel than its predecessor, Axe to Fall, an album which felt like more of a studio project and featured a number of guests, so when they play those tracks live, you get the feeling that you're hearing them exactly the way they were meant to be heard.
Before Converge took the stage, we were graced with sets by their tourmates Torche and Kvelertak, both of whom, like Converge, are blurring the lines between punk and metal, and both bands have recorded material with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou behind the boards. Kvelertak brought their triple guitar-swingin' attack over from Norway, playing rock n' roll in the most classic sense of the term, just way more aggressive. They played pretty much all the standouts from their 2010 self titled LP like "Mjod," "Fossegrim," "Blodtorst," and others. Then Torche took the stage, playing a comparatively calmer set than the two bands they were sandwiched between but a great one nonetheless. They opened the set the same way their new album, Harmonicraft, begins with "Letting Go" directly into "Kicking." Those were followed by a few others from the new album, which I'm a pretty strong supporter of, but it seemed like the crowd didn't pick up as much until they started churning out the older favorites like "Grenades."
The night began with a set from Whips/Chains, the new project of Coliseum's Ryan Patterson, Black God's Ben Sears, and Xerxes' Will Allard, who have been opening a few of the tour's remaining dates. The tour wraps up in Cambridge, MA tonight at The Sinclair. It also hit The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Saturday (11/10) and you can watch a video of Converge playing "All We Love We Leave Behind" at that show, and the setlist from that show (which was pretty similar to the Highline one) below.
Earth at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by BBG)
Seattle drone doom mainstays Earth are on tour now with Eagle Twin and Stebmo, and as discussed it hits NYC this weekend at Littlefield on Saturday (11/10). Tickets for that show are still available. The tour is in support of the band's most recent album, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, which came out this past February. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it over at Pitchfork.
Speaking of great metal tours passing through the NYC area this weekend, the Converge, Torche, and Kvelertak tour hits Highline Ballroom on Sunday (11/11) with Whips/Chains. That show is now sold out, but if you slept on getting tickets, you can catch them a day earlier at The Stone Pony (11/10) in Asbury Park. Tickets for the NJ show are still available.
Converge are supporting their great new album, All We Love We Leave Behind, which if you haven't yet, you can stream in full below. Also below is the video for Torche's "Kicking" off their 2012 LP, Harmonicraft, the video for Kvelertak's "Blodtorst," off their 2010 self-titled LP, and a list of all remaining dates on the Earth tour and the Converge/Torche/Kvelertak tour.
sign at Death by Audio via @andrewstclair
Following 285 Kent's lead, as of October 1, 2012, five-year-old Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is now a NO SMOKING venue. Our clothes thank you.
Speaking of, Great Design says S. 2nd & Kent is "Where Sound is Born." No show at DbA tonight, btw.
You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.
Speaking of BitTorrent and Death Grips, the rap-noise crew are the most downloaded artist on BitTorrent for the first half of 2012, with over 34 million downloads, beating Counting Crows, DJ Shadow, and Pretty Lights.
Happy Birthday to Talib Kweli (37), Gwen Stefani (43), Tommy Lee (50) and Lindsey Buckingham (61).
We premiered a new Riverboat Gamblers video on BV Austin.
You can stream the new Converge record in full.
Touche Amore do a great cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for their new split with The Casket Lottery (out now on No Sleep Records). Meanwhile, The Casket Lottery offer their take on Beach House's "Myth." Stream the entire release (both bands offer an original song as well) at the No Sleep Bandcamp.
Legendary black metal crew Von, widely considered to be the first US black metal band, have released a new song (!) in "Jesus Stain" from their upcoming Satanic Blood due on Oct 31. Stream that track below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.
Meanwhile you can catch Silver Apples at Public Assembly.
Then you can catch Silver Apples at 92YTribeca.
Help save the Historic Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy.
More stuff below...
Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind is out October 9th, but streaming in full now, below...
Converge at MHoW, April 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Converge have released a new video for "Aimless Arrow," a track from the band's forthcoming LP, All We Love We Leave Behind, due via Epitaph on October 9 (preorder). Video and album tracklisting are below. As mentioned before, Converge is on tour this fall and Converge bassist Nate Newton plays House of Vans tomorrow (8/29).
Similarly, the great Neurosis have released details on their forthcoming Honor Found in Decay LP which we told you a little about already. The band's first long-player in five years will arrive on their own Neurot imprint on October 30. Details on that are below.
Release details and that Converge video are below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Kvelertak at By:Larm 2012, Oslo, Norway (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Rumor no more. Converge has confirmed that they'll hit the road with Torche and Kvelertak for a string of US dates surrounding their Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance, including the previously-reported stop at Highline Ballroom on November 11. Whips/Chains will join the trio and tickets, which were previously set to go on sale on 8/15, will now be available Friday (8/24) at noon.
All tour dates are below. Converge's next show will go down Labor Day Weekend at FYF in Los Angeles, where they'll play the fest with a host of notables including Quicksand (who play two sold-out NYC shows this week).
Converge at House of Vans 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Though details are still sketchy, it looks as if Boston hardcore favorites Converge will hit the road for a string of dates in November surrounding their appearance at Fun Fun Fest. It's not known as to how extensive the tour may/not be, but will play Highline Ballroom on November 11 with special guests Torche and Kvelertak (both of which are confirmed for the FFF as well). Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 15 at noon.
Converge is currently prepping a new LP, but recently dropped a split 7" with none other than Napalm Death. Order your copy via Deathwish and stream a teaser for that below alongside all tour dates.
Speaking of Highline Ballroom, a quick nudge for those who may have forgotten. The venue will host a bang-up bill of Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe and Marriages on Saturday (8/18) as part of their tour together. Tickets are still available.
Converge dates are listed below along with that audio stream.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
Dirty Projectors at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Amanda Holley @ Joe's Pub
* Willy Mason @ Living Room
* 10000 Maniacs @ City Winery
* Joe Presser @ The Manhattan Inn
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Golden Animals, Heyrocco @ Mercury Lounge
* Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler @ Littlefield
* Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* The Hairs, Dott, Rohypnotize, Gondola @ Cake Shop
* Dirty Projectors, Dustin Wong @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* God Mode, Big Fiction, Spacebeach, Human Toilet @ Saint Vitus
* Tippy Toes, Weeknight, Certain Creatures, Foursided @ Glasslands
* It is rain in my face., Van Allen Belt, Shivering Brigade @ Cameo Gallery
* Excepter, Guardian Alien, Diamond Terrifier, Hex Breaker Quartet @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Fucktrots, Sam Buck Rosen, Strange Shapes, The Pluto Moons @ Death By Audio
* Freeway, Young Guru, Evitan, 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology), REKS, Rasheed Chappell, 330, Charmingly Ghetto @ Brooklyn Bowl
The 2012 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival begins today.
Happy Birthday Jack White! Check out pics from his recent set at Rock Werchter.
Catch Tom Waits on Letterman tonight and Fallon tomorrow.
Dirty Projectors, whose new album just got an 8.8 Best New Music on Pitchfork, play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight that will also be streaming online. Look out for new member Olga Bell, and if you miss it, they play again in Prospect Park on Tuesday. And look out for a free, tour-only 7".
Fela! begins on Broadway again.
Napalm Death and Converge have teamed up for a split 7". Stream a teaser from that release below and preorder your copy now. The release features two songs from each band, with Converge stopping in to cover the Entombed classic "Wolverine Blues".
Absu have released a new track from the Adult Swim Compilation (that recently featured The Hives). Check out "Hall of Masters" below.
You can also check out the Walkmen's new video for "The Love You Love" below...
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
words by Lauren Jackson, photos by Shaun Regan
Rorschach at LPR - 5/26/12
After a killer set at Maryland Deathfest, Rorschach performed three times in one day this past Saturday (5/26) -- first at ABC No Rio, then in the early evening at Le Poisson Rouge and, finally, at a late night surprise show at Brooklyn's Acheron.
Both later shows were brimming over with enthusiastic fans of Rorschach as well as the supporting bands, especially at Le Poisson Rouge. Much like the venue itself -- polished, cool, even a bit too cool -- so too was the show. Decidedly more star-studded than its later counterpart, the penultimate line-up included noisy newcomers Xaddax (mem Dazzling Killmen), local heroes Indecision and the ever-popular Converge, who played alongside Rorschach to a predictably sold out LPR.
Those in attendance were a curious mix of young and old (see: potbellied old schoolers surrounding a pit of fresh-faced and angsty teenagers). Most of the former faction left before Rorschach took to the stage, obviously drawn to the show less by the legends of both the headliner and Indecision and more by the celebrity of Converge.
Converge acted as a peculiar, if not entirely misplaced, bridge between Rorschach and Indecision. Their younger fan base and undeniably "edgier" aesthetic (frontman Jake Bannon sported a t-shirt for the band Master's Hammer, an obscure and experimental Czech black metal band) added a singular and ever-so-slightly awkward segue between bands. Their performance, however, was as brutal as fans have come to expect of Bannon and company.
In similar fashion, Rorschach delivered the night's crowning performance, bringing the show at LPR to a shrill crescendo. Though one might expect their final performance of the night to be more subdued than the two prior, their set at the Acheron was perhaps more uproarious than at LPR.
The show at the Acheron was significantly more intimate--and more raucous--than the two that came before... and not only because both frontmen of Concrete Cross and Psychic Limb ended up in various states of undress during the night. The true, dedicated, and bedraggled few trekked to Rorschach's final performance of the night, bringing with them an air of camaraderie and familiarity that Le Poisson Rouge lacked.
Characterized by sweat, laughter and grown men in underwear, Rorschach's last hurrah on Saturday was definitely the one everyone should have attended... if not for the striptease, then definitely for the fraternal atmosphere that shows these days too often lack.
More pics from LPR and a video from ABC No Rio are below...
Old Man Gloom's hypnotic, doom-laced hardcore made its return to NYC with a show at Europa last night (5/8), flanked by support from noise-core power-duo The Austerity Program and the alienating, anti-social hardcore of Psychic Limb. The semi-Boston supercrew, which contained Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders), Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Zozobra), Aaron Turner (Isis, Split Cranium, Mamiffer, etc) and Santos Montano, is currently touring in support of its new surprise LP NO, news of which surfaced last week. The band had copies of the release at the venue last night and only a select few lucky folks managed to snag the vinyl, though cassettes were available (all?) most of the night.
Nate Newton will return to NYC in a couple weeks, this time along with Converge as support for Rorschach at Le Poisson Rouge. It'll be the second time in as many months that Converge plays NYC (check out pictures from MHoW)
Pictures/video from Europa are below, along with the Old Man Gloom setlist....
Kiss It Goodbye
As discussed, the recently reunited Kiss it Goodbye is now an active band, albeit missing some of their original personnel. The band recently announced the addition of Jim Winters (Starkweather, Turmoil, Earth Crisis, The Promise) to their lineup and with that intact, it was just a matter of time before KiG announced an NYC show. That day has come. Kiss it Goodbye will play Acheron on June 1st with Tiger Flowers and Fashion Week. Details on additional shows, if they exist, are still on the way.
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?