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by Andrew Sacher

Converge at Highline Ballroom - 11/11/12 (via Jere Waldron)
Converge

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.

Continue reading "Converge, Torche & Kvelertak played Highline Ballroom & The Stone Pony (review, setlist, video)"

Earth at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by BBG)
Earth

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.

Continue reading "Earth's tour underway, hitting NYC this weekend, Converge/Torche/Kvelertak too (updated dates)"

sign at Death by Audio via @andrewstclair
NO SMOKING

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.

Death Grips finally announced a tour! It doesn't include any NYC dates at the moment, but they tweeted, "more tour dates to be announced! (pretty much all the missing spots being mentioned).'

You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.

Willis Earl Beal, who is on tour now, released a "free digital Principles Of A Protagonist soundtrack EP of 5 re-recorded songs from Acousmatic Sorcery" via BitTorrent.

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.

Generation Records will give you a free ticket to one of the Rev25 shows at Irving Plaza with purchase of a Chain of Strength t-shirt.

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.

Public Assembly is hosting a hummus cook-off and raffle on October 14 to help raise money for the NYC Coalition Against Hunger in memory of Craig Murphey.

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...

Continue reading "ALSO: Death by Audio goes no-smoking; Death Grips are most-torrented; Mark E Smith, Von, Smashing Pumpkins & more"

Converge

Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind is out October 9th, but streaming in full now, below...

Continue reading "stream Converge's new LP "All We Love We Leave Behind""

Converge at MHoW, April 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Converge

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.

Continue reading "Converge released a new video from forthcoming album; Neurosis reveal more details about their new LP"

Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

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.

Continue reading "Baroness dropped off House of Vans and FYF Fest, who added bands (updated lineup)"

Kvelertak at By:Larm 2012, Oslo, Norway (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Kvelertak

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).

Continue reading "Converge, Torche & Kvelertak tour confirmed; Highline Ballroom show on sale this week (dates)"

Converge at House of Vans 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Converge

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.

Continue reading "Converge playing Highline Ballroom w/ Torche & Kvelertak, part of a tour? (dates)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest

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.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

Dirty Projectors at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Dirty Projectors

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.

Simon Amstell's show starts tomorrow. Catch him at Hot Tub tonight.

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".

Head to Coney Island to watch "Edge of the City: Underground NY Shorts By the Sea" on the beach. Next week head there to catch Steve Earle and Billy Bragg.

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".

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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...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

FYF

FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
WOW.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

words by Lauren Jackson, photos by Shaun Regan

Rorschach at LPR - 5/26/12
Rorschach

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...

Continue reading "Rorschach played ABC No Rio (video), LPR & Acheron (pics, review) after Maryland Death Fest"

by BBG

Old Man Gloom

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....

Continue reading "Old Man Gloom played Europa with The Austerity Program and Psychic Limb (pics/video)"

by BBG

Kiss It Goodbye
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.

Members of Rorschach (specifically Gormely and Huckins) will NOT participate in the reunion, but they will play NYC at LPR (with Converge, tickets) as well as Maryland Deathfest.

by BBG

Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge

As previously mentioned, Old Man Gloom (mem. Converge and Isis) have expanded their East Coast tour that will culminate at a show at Europa with The Austerity Program and Psychic Limb.

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?

Continue reading "Evillive (Old Man Gloom, Origin, Rwake, The Mob, Code Orange Kids, Black Breath)"

photos by Johnathan McPhail, words by BBG

Converge

There's this awkwardness that I love at a hardcore show, the moment when a beloved band plays a new song. It's clear that the crowd wants to dance and go nuts (especially, in the case of Converge who have a rather large hit rate), but no one knows what to do. I can see the Converge-fan's thought process now:

Do I swing my arms now?
Is it time to make the pizzas?
Should I start pacing in circles?
Is this the break?
Is this the end of the song?

That awkwardness happened a few times at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 14th, when the Massachusetts band played with Pianos Become The Teeth, Git Some and Birds in Row. Converge's new tracks, not suprisingly, sounded exactly like you would expect (no left turns on these) and had names like "Aimless Arrow", "No Light Escapes" and "Empty on The Inside". Check out a video of the band performing "No Light Escapes" below. Of course it wasn't all about testing the waters; Converge also broke out the requisite favorites like "Eagles Become Vultures", "Concubine" and "Jane Doe" among many others (setlist below).

The confused Converge-fan will have the ability to get more familiar with the new tracks when the band teams with Rorschach, Indecision & Xaddax at Le Poisson Rouge on May 26th (!). Tickets are still on sale.

Though we unfortunately missed sets by Birds in Row (who just played another NYC show) and Git Some (them too), pictures from the Music Hall show continue below...

Continue reading "Converge played new songs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics, video, setlist), added to Rorschach at LPR!"

photos by Katie Chirichillo, words by BBG

Loma Prieta @ the Meatlocker
Loma Prieta

After visiting Motclair, NJ, as previously mentioned, Loma Prieta and Birds in Row are in NYC TONIGHT (3/24) to play Acheron alongside The Year is One and Scowl (who also play 4/1 with Ilsa).

The Acheron show is one of three NYC dates for Birds in Row, who will also play the same space on April 4th, but with the touring Full of Hell and Code Orange Kids (both of whom just played our Deathmatch party), as well as NJ's Real Cops. Birds in Row is also on board with Converge for some live dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 14th with Git Some and Pianos Become The Teeth (tickets, no Loma Prieta).

Git Some, who is also part of the MHOW show, is scheduled to play Saint Vitus on March 30th with Morne, Swan King and Gang Signs (tickets).

Loma Prieta/Birds in Row recently played two area dates, one at The Space in Hamden, CT on March 18th, and one at The Meatlocker in Montclair, NJ on March 22nd. Pictures from both shows are below....

Continue reading "Loma Prieta/Birds played the Meatlocker in Montclair & The Space in CT (pics); they play The Acheron tonight"

by BBG

Code Orange Kids (photo by Tanner Douglas)
Code Orange Kids

Good news and bad news. Bad news first... unfortunately DNF has been forced to cancel their appearance at the BV/Power of The Riff day show as part of the Thrasher/Converse Deathmatch in Austin. Good news? We have added recent Deathwish signees Code Orange Kids! Full set-time details for that entire party are on the way.

In the days following SXSW, Code Orange Kids will team with Full of Hell and Birds in Row for a string of US dates that will include a stop in NYC at Acheron on April 4th with local addition Real Cops. All dates are listed below.

The Birds in Row appearance at Acheron is one of TWO for the band, who is also scheduled to play Acheron on March 24th with Loma Prieta.

Reminder: Loma Prieta play dates with Git Some, who added an NYC show with Morne, The Swan King, and Gang Signs at St Vitus on 3/30 (tickets are on sale for the BV-BBG production). Git Some is also playing MHoW on 4/14 with Converge and Pianos Become The Teeth (tickets).

As discussed, Full of Hell and Code Orange Kids will share a split via Topshelf Records in April. Check out the video for "Fox Womb" from that release along with all tour dates for Full of Hell, Birds in Row, and Code Orange Kids below.

Continue reading "Code Orange Kids added to a BV Austin show, playing Acheron on tour w/ Full of Hell & Birds in Row (dates)"

by BBG

Git Some (ex-Planes Mistaken for Stars)
Git Some

As discussed, Converge will hit the road for a string of dates with Loma Prieta and Git Some. Loma Prieta (who recently released the great I.V.) isn't on board for the 4/14 date at Music Hall of Williamsburg (that slot goes to Pianos Become The Teeth - tickets), but the band has scheduled a date with Birds in Row (who we recently profiled) at Acheron on March 24th.

In addition, Git Some (ex-Planes Mistaken For Stars) have some additional dates as well, including the previously discussed Morne/Swan King show at St Vitus on March 30th which they were recently added to along with NYC favorites Gang Signs. Tickets are still available.

In the meantime, Gang Signs have a few dates of their own in the coming weeks, including February 26th at Grand Victory with Sannhet, Tournament & Gentlemen and on March 9th at Saint Vitus with Hate Eternal (tickets).

All tour dates and some streams are below.

Continue reading "Git Some (ex-Planes Mistaken for Stars) and Loma Prieta add dates around Converge tour"

by Andrew Sacher

La Dispute at the Acheron in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
La Dispute

La Dispute's album Wildlife was one of my favorite post-hardcore albums of 2011. You can stream it in its entirety below and pick up the album at the No Sleep webstore.

La Dispute will be going on a headlining tour of the US and Canada in support of it this spring. The tour will be supported by Sainthood Reps, All Get Out, and Balance and Composure. All dates and the tour flier are below.

The tour hits NYC on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Artist presale tickets are available now for all dates. Presale tickets come with a poster (pictured below) designed by the band's bassist, Adam Vass. Ticketmaster tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon.

In somewhat related news, La Dispute's friends Pianos Become The Teeth have a few upcoming shows including two in NYC. They open for post-rockers Caspian at The Studio at Webster Hall on February 24 with Tidal Arms and also open for Converge at MHOW on April 14 with Git Some. Tickets for the Studio show are on sale now and tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon.

All dates, album stream, flier, and poster below...

Continue reading "La Dispute announce tour dates; Pianos Become The Teeth opening for Converge & Caspian "

by BBG

Converge at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Converge

Converge have been grinding away on a new record, but will head out of their caves to play a string of mostly-Northeastern US dates with Loma Prieta (who we recently profiled) and Git Some (ex-Planes Mistaken For Stars). That includes a stop in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 14th with Pianos Become The Teeth. Loma Prieta is unfortunately sitting out the MHoW date, but we'll let you know if they add another area show instead. Ticketing info for MHoW is forthcoming.

Meanwhile, Converge drummer Ben Koller will spend the days leading up to the tour as drummer for the mighty All Pigs Must Die. The band recently played Acheron with Seven Sisters of Sleep (who went on to play A389 Anniversary) and will hit Knitting Factory on March 9th as part of a round of dates with Narrows. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates and some video below...

Continue reading "Converge announce tour, including Music Hall of Williamsburg (dates w/ Loma Prieta & Git Some)"

by BBG

Kevin Baker of All Pigs Must Die @ Power of The Riff (more by Taylor Keahey)
Kevin Baker

Here is our third and final installment in a series where we asked our favorite artists about their highlights of 2011. This batach includes contributions from members of All Pigs Must Die, Altar of Plagues, Hull, "Grim" Kim Kelly, J.Bennett, Chris Bruni (Profound Lore) and many others. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 is HERE. Part 3 is below...

Continue reading "The Year in Heavy 2011 according to artists & friends (part 3)"

words & photos by BBG

Converge

Changes in alcohol policy at House of Vans last night (8/24) kept the free suds (and liquor) barricaded and out of the show area, but it doesn't really matter when you have a band like Converge on stage; people tend to migrate their way. The highly influential live juggernaut headlined the seasonal (?) venue with help from California screamo-ers Touche Amore and NYC black metal giants Krallice. The sound is never ideal at the concrete and steel venue, but it kind of doesnt matter.

"Guys, we haven't even started yet!" Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou snickered moments after taking the stage, reacting to the moshing masses before a single note was played. The Massachusetts band then tore through material from their landmark Jane Doe, as well as faves from No Heroes, Axe to Fall, and even their recent split with Dropdead (out now on Deathwish).

Touche Amore

Converge got the kids moving, but if there was a band that could prime them for the madness, it is Touche Amore. The band's heartfelt lyrics and post-hardcore spazz is highly energetic live and when vocalist Jeremy Bolm jumped into the photo pit to sing along with the audience, you could see the crowd get even more insane; the crowd surfing and climbing bodies increased tenfold.

Krallice opened the show at the XL venue, a stark contrast to recent experiences in intimate rooms like Union Pool (like they will play on 9/17), The Studio at Webster Hall, and many smaller rooms across the city. The four-piece adapted their pummeling live show appropriately despite any previously-mentioned sound issues.

Last night was the last of the six FYF-presented shows at House of Vans, capping off an excellent summer that ranged from the classic (Superchunk, Cro-Mags) to the cheeky (in the case of Big Freedia, literally). Free shows like these are exactly what makes summer in NYC great.

More pictures and video from the show, and Converge's setlist, below...

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photos by Chris Boarts Larson, words by BBG

"The pg.99 reunion last night was truly something special. Thanks to all who made the journey." -magicbulletrecs

pg.99 @ Best Friends Day 2011
Best Friends Day

Friday (8/19) at the Canal Club in Richmond, VA was the place to be, as pg.99 made their triumphant return supporting Converge with Strike Anywhere, Dead To Me, The Catalyst, and Capsule as part of Best Friends Day 2011. The rare appearance was one of two scheduled for the band, who will join Thou for a sold-out show at Black Cat in DC on 8/27 with Circle Takes The Square.

Converge will play NYC TOMORROW (8/24) at House of Vans with Touche Amore (in place of Cold Cave) and the recently added Krallice. The show is FREE with RSVP (which is still open).

Pictures from Day Two and Three are on the way.

Check out full sets of video from Converge & Pg.99 below, alongside pictures of most of the bands who played the first day of the fest (none of The Catalyst or Capsule)

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Krallice at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
Krallice

After a ton of lineup shuffles, the final House of Vans lineup for 8/24 has been solidified with the addition of Krallice! The addition follows the loss of All Pigs Must Die, the loss of Cold Cave, and the addition of Touche Amore. RSVP is still open.

The show is one of two NYC dates scheduled for Krallice, as they'll also join Dutch band Urfaust, Black Anvil and Ruin Lust for a show at Union Pool on 9/17 (tickets) as part of their weekend outing with Urfaust and Black Anvil. Additional dates include 9/16 at Golden West in Baltimore with Oak and 9/18 at Kung Fu Necktie with Endless Humiliation (no Krallice).

The last House of Vans show featured sets by Big Freedia, and Tokyo Police Club, and Against Me, Japanther, and Team Robespierre.