Entries tagged with: Dax Riggs
By Doug Moore
Dax Riggs at Mercury Lounge, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Dax Riggs will always be known in some circles for his work in the influential '90s sludge band Acid Bath, but he's gone on to an extremely impressive career since -- his discography includes work with both Agents of Oblivion & Deadboy & the Elephantmen, along with a string of more recent solo efforts. Riggs's otherworldly voice has only improved with age, and his acoustic solo shows are arguably the best showcase available for his talents -- he typically plays a mix of originals and transcendent covers of work by canonical singer/songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and John Prine.
Riggs, who swung through NYC last summer, will be on tour in April with an NYC stop on April 12 at Mercury Lounge. This is an early show -- doors at 7:30 PM with a TBA opener at 8 PM and Dax's set at 9 PM. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/19) at noon.
Dax also has a few shows this month in the South and all dates are listed, along with a song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
more sax: Sondre in the studio (via)
Sondre Lerche, who splits his time between Norway and Brooklyn these days, is busy working on his eighth record. Says the man:
It'll take some time, but I've been sporadically hard at work with a new album that I'm recording all over the place in collaboration with a bunch of talented friends and strangers. Here's a picture from a session at Skogen Studio i Bergen, where producer Matias Tellez (of Young Dreams fame) and I are discussing how we feel about the flowery shirt he's wearing. Other than that we pretty much finished three songs, that are now mix-ready so we're up and running and I've got loads more to record. Kjetil Møster (with saxophone) and Kim Åge Furuhaug contributed pure gold to a song called Logging Off that really took me by surprise. Something new is brewing. Picture by Birgit Sol for this month's Aftenposten K magazine, where there's a long article on Skogen and the other studios at Bergen Kjøtt.Meanwhile, Sondre is on an upcoming Scott Walker tribute album, Songs From Montague Terrace, contributing a cover of b-side "The Plague." You can stream it below. The record also features contributions from Dax Riggs, Nightlands, Coves, Bright Light Bright Light, Eugene McGuinness and more. It was supposed to be out September 16 but has been pushed back. Stay tuned.
In other news, Sondre has a couple upcoming North American dates, including one in NYC during CMJ. He'll play Bowery Ballroom on October 15 as part of the Talkhouse showcase (over the summer Sondre reviewed Julia Holter for The Talkhouse) that also features TEEN, Wet, and Saint Rich. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon and the general on-sale starts Friday (10/4) at noon. All dates are listed below.
photos by Caroline Harrison
Dax Riggs @ Mercury Lounge, 6/28/2012
Louisiana bluesman and former member of bands like Acid Bath, Agents of Oblivian and Deadboy & The Elephantmen, Dax Riggs, made his seemingly annual trip to NYC last Friday (6/28) at Mercury Lounge as part of a larger tour. The show, which also featured support from busy newcomers Spires, played Mercury Lounge on Friday (6/28). Pictures from the show are in this post and you can check out even more pictures and a full review at InvisibleOranges.
More pics below...
by Bill Pearis
Probably the best discovery of this year's Northside Fest for me was Brooklyn's Spires, a band whose name I'd seen a lot but never managed to catch till then. The quartet make groovy, retro pysch pop that recalls both obvious '60s touchstones, as well as late '80s UK groups like The Stone Roses or Shack. The band's debut single is due out in September and you can stream tracks from it below.
Spires have no shortage of upcoming local shows. They play tonight (6/26) at Fontana's which is a free show. They also open for Dax Riggs at Mercury Lounge on Friday (6/28, tickets); and play Grand Victory on Tuesday (7/2) with Future Punx, The Capitalist Kids, and The Young Rochelles.
They will also have a July residency at Pianos playing Tuesdays on 7/9 (w/ Hints and Painted Zeros), 7/16 (w/ Cosmonaut, Turnip King and more TBA), and 7/23 (w/ Candide, Coasta and more TBA). Tickets to all three Pianos residency dates are on sale now. In the midst of those, Spires will also play Shea Stadium on July 13 with Visuals.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
Soulful crooner Dax Riggs and his morbid, yet bluesy compositions will surface in the NYC area yet again. The ex-Acid-Bath-er will headline a show at Mercury Lounge on June 28, one only a few current tour dates. Tickets go on AmEx presale tomorrow (5/15) at noon, with regular sale hitting on Friday.
Dax Riggs has been rather silent on the recording front since releasing Say Goodnight to the World in 2010. Use that time to catch up on older materia, right beside his current tour schedule, below.
Dax Riggs at a BV party during SXSW 2011 (more by Samantha Marble)
Dax Riggs will bring his swamp-y goth-blues back to NYC for a pair of dates after Thanksgiving, 12/10 at Mercury Lounge and 12/11 at Rock Shop. Ticketing info for Rock Shop is forthcoming, while Mercury Lounge tickets go on AmEx presale at noon on Wednesday (11/9) and regular sale on Friday. The dates are part of string of shows for the solo artist, who so far has not announced plans for his follow-up to 2010's Say Goodnight To The World. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope that he plays some new material at the dates which are listed, along with some live video, below...
Dax Riggs at a BV party in Texas (more by Samantha Marble)
After an early show with Kittens Ablaze and Voxhaul Broadcast, Mercury Lounge hosts Dax Riggs TONIGHT, 5/6 with special guests Man's Gin. Tickets are still available for the late show which begins Dax's two-day NYC run of swampy dark-blues.
After an early show Saturday with Julia Nunes and Allison Weiss, you can find the ex-Acid Bath/Deadboy & the Elephantmen front man at the Rock Shop (on 5/7), where he'll team up with support from Cristina Black. Tickets are also still available for that too. I guess Dax Riggs is a good late night soundtrack.
In related news, Man's Gin is also on board to team with Bible Of The Devil & High Spirits at Saint Vitus on May 15th. More info at the Facebook event page.
All Dax Riggs dates and some videos, below...
Surfer Blood (by Tim Griffin)
On the big stage Anamanaguchi kicked things off right at noon with a high energy, 8-bit pop rock set to a dedicated crowd who showed up early to catch them. Fresh off the Bruise Cruise, the garage rockin' Turbo Fruits kept the party going. By 1:30, with a buzz already kicking in thanks to the free Sailor Jerry and Sparks we were serving, a Place To Bury Strangers brought it with their intense, high volume noise, and then Darwin Deez followed, replacing armed-cross spectators with pockets of dancers and coordinated dance routines on stage. By the time Chiddy Bang (who arrived a bit late and therefore also had to play a shorter set) took the stage, the large room was filled in and people were ready to sing along to the rappers whose setup includes a mic and drumset, and backing tracks courtesy of bands like MGMT and Passion Pit (members of whom were in the audience). The Vaccines, all the way from the UK, kept the momentum going with their brit rock, though they also played a short set reportedly due to worries over the singer's voice.
By the time Mister Heavenly took the stage, you were lucky to find a place to stand, due in part to the many wanting to check out Michael Cera's bass skills. Many were also multitasking, aka watching music and eating the massive amounts of free burritos that Taco Bell delivered through the back door and were handing out all over the place. As Andrew pointed out, "Mr. Heavenly perfored an appropriately lovely set, its two frontmen trading verses in their own styles." The two frontmen are of course Nick Diamonds from Islands and Honus Honus from Man Man. The group is rounded out by Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer.
And finally, as Bill pointed out, Surfer Blood "gave us an enjoyable hits-packed [headlining] set from their first album." That of course was going down on the bigger outside stage while Kylesa was completely destroying on the inside stage - I actually watched more of Kylesa than Surfer Blood, but BBG can tell you more about that...
Deafheaven (by Sam Marble)
Despite traffic issues that made The Roller open the inside stage on the late side, the Austin band's bulldozing doom thunder opened the BV festivities at SXSW with a roar. The Roller is one of my favorite heavy bands in Austin, so it was great to see this powerful foursome in action on a BV stage (until I can convince 'em to come up north!).
When the Deafheaven guys arrived, their tees were a dead giveaway. Sporting merch from Hate Forest, Hellfish (records), and Slowdive, it was obvious to see the band's influences, but their live show was definitely born of hardcore. Wide-eyed cocalist George Clarke was in the audience's face, or thrashing maniacally as the band tore through tracks like "Violet" from their forthcoming Roads To Judah and "Libertine Dissolves" from their demo.
The Secret followed Deafheaven, and their blistering blast-y down-tuned hardcore reminded me of breathren Trap Them, Rotten Sound, or Converge in the live setting. Furious blackened hardcore that was technical and powerful.
KEN Mode was next, delivering the hardcore-infused noise rock jams that shine on their new LP Venerable. KEN Mode would leave shortly after their set to headline Scoot Inn as part of a Thrasher show with Dark Castle, The Body and others.
Blackened electric swamp-blues from Dax Riggs kept energy levels on high before Trash Talk brought the crowd to a circle pitting/crowd-surfing frenzy. The band was short their usual bassist though, as Spencer was in the hospital after being stabbed by some "nazi motherfuckers" at a hardcore show in their native California. Despite the replacement, Trash Talk was undeterred and as incendiary as ever.
Kylesa closed the day out with faves like set-opener "Hollow Severer", "Tired Climb", "Running Red", and "Scapegoat", before calling it a day before a sold-out crowd. Excellent set from these Savannah greats, who seem to get better (and bigger) with each show.
All in all it was an amazing first day at SXSW that continued two hours later with six more hours of bands at Swan Dive.
Thanks to Feed the Beat, Orange (who provided the thunder behind Kylesa), Line 6 (the mics), Korg (keyboard), Vox (amps), Blackstar (and amps), Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, Raw Revolution, Sailor Jerry, SPARKS, everyone at Emo's, The Syndicate, Andy, Erik, Katie, Zach, Nevonah, The Roller, Anamanaguchi & Surfer Blood for being so amenable, as well as all of the bands for being incredible! Mostly, we'd like to thank anyone/everyone who made it out on a Wednesday afternoon... your support is appreciated.
Lots more pictures and videos from the whole day, below...
BrooklynVegan Week in Austin begins once again at Emo's where we'll kick off a six hour day party presented by Feed the Beat at noon on Wednesday, March 16th. The 100% free, two-stage lineup looks like this:
Outside / Main Stage @ Emo'sIt's another lineup I'm super excited about, and note: We purposely put Darwin Deez and Chiddy Bang back to back to encourage live collaboration, Mister Heavenly is the new Sub Pop-signed supergroup of sorts, and this is the only day party where you'll be able to catch a set by Kylesa!
12:00 PM Anamanaguchi
12:45 PM Turbo Fruits
1:30 PM A Place To Bury Strangers
2:15 PM Darwin Deez
3:00 PM Chiddy Bang
3:45 PM The Vaccines
4:30 PM Mister Heavenly
5:15 PM Surfer Blood
I'm also happy to point out again (like at our Friday party), though everyone will sound great already, they are going to sound even better thanks to our official microphone sponsor Line 6, not to mention due to the help of the Korg keyboards, and Vox & Blackstar amps that we'll have on hand - all generous and much-appreciated BrooklynVegan show sponsors.
- we'll also have FREE snacks courtesy of Sensible Portions.
- we'll keep you hydrated with FREE Honest Tea.
- you can keep your energy levels high with FREE Raw Revolution bars.
- FREE Sailor Jerry cocktails while supplies last.
- and there will be even more FREE FOOD and DRINKS (TBA)!
Feed the Beat artists (past and present) include Dr. Dog, White Rabbits, Wavves, Best Coast, Andrew W.K., Cults, Passion Pit, Phosphorescent, Suckers, Tokyo Police Club, The Sword, Anamanaguchi, Girl Talk, Delta Spirit, A Place to Bury Strangers, Lucero, Turbo Fruits, Municipal Waste, Chiddy Bang, The Bouncing Souls, The Gaslight Anthem, Those Darlins and many more.
Thanks also to Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude for creating the flyer you see below...
Dax Riggs at Mercury Lounge in 2006 (more)
In addition to the previously discussed Dax Riggs show at Mercury Lounge on May 6th (tickets still on sale), the Louisiana native has added a second NYC date a day later, at the Rock Shop on 5/7. Tickets are on sale.
Updated tour dates (with more TBA), which include a trek to SXSW, are below...
"Dax Riggs - Say Goodnight to the World -- Slicker and more produced than previous Dax material, including his pre-solo Deadboy & the Elephantmen stuff. Still think this guy should be Johnny Cash-huge...or at least Ryan Adams-huge." [Jeff Wagner]Dax Riggs shows are starting to pop up around the country including his return to NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 6th. Tickets for that one go on sale on Friday at noon. In addition, you can catch the great Riggs at SXSW where he'll headline the Easy Tiger Patio on March 16th. All other currently known tour dates (more TBA) and some videos below...
Former Acid Bath and Deadboy & The Elephantmen guitarist Dax Riggs is going back on the road. Tickets go on sale today (6/21) at noon for August 14th and August 15th NYC shows at Mercury Lounge. The dates are in support of the Say Goodnight To The World, Riggs's new LP for Fat Possum Records which hits store shelves not long before the Mercury dates (on August 2nd). Stream the new song "Gravedirt on my Blue Suede Shoes" at his MySpace.
All dates (not many of them yet), and a few videos, below...
DOWNLOAD: Dax Riggs - Demon Tied to a Chair in My Brain (MP3)
* Arthur & Yu are at Sound Fix
* The Mountain Goats & Bowerbirds are at Bowery Ballroom
* Animal Collective & Vampire Weekend play Webster Hall
* Matthew Dear's Big Hands & Mobius Band are @ Mercury Lounge
* Mobius Band's new album is streaming at AOL
* The Jones Street Boys start a Living Room residency
* Magik Markers and caUSE co-MOTION! are @ Death By Audio
* Dax Riggs is playing Maxwell's
Dax's solo project started out under the name T-Daks & His White Plastic Soul. He performed a few times live under that name, mostly doing acoustic shows.He's been out on tour with Queens of the Stone Age, and now he's headlining his own shows - that includes tonight at Maxwell's, and two shows in a few days at Mercury Lounge. What else?
After the breakup of Deadboy & The Elephantmen in 2007, Dax has stated that he would release the future albums under his own name. The first album under his solo name We Sing of Only Blood or Love was released in August 2007. [Wikipedia]