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TWIABP at Toad's Place - 12/11/15

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die wrapped up their US tour over the weekend with a release show in their home state of Connecticut for this year's excellent Harmlessness. The tour had already hit NYC for two shows, including MHOW with Foxing which we have pictures and review of here. Pictures of the Toad's Place show are in this post.

We were only able to catch TWIABP's set, but the CT show had very strong support from post-rockers Caspian and the metallic Old Wounds, plus additional openers The Island of Misfit Toys and Loner Chic. Caspian's next tour is a co-headlining run with Defeater in February (dates below). It doesn't hit NYC, but Defeater will be here with Basement, Turnstile and Colleen Green.

Old Wounds have two more shows in the NYC-area. One's a Long Island date with Boston metalcore band On Broken Wings on 12/28 at Amityville Music Hall (tix), and the other's with the back-in-action Brooklyn vets Candiria on February 20 at Maxwell's (tix).

More TWIABP pics and the list of Caspian/Defeater dates, below...

Continue reading "TWIABP played CT (pics) with Caspian and Old Wounds (who are playing Maxwell's with Candiria)"

photo: Basement at The Emporium in November (more by Mimi Hong)

UK grunge-punks Basement are releasing their new album Promise Everything in January via Run For Cover, and now they announced they'll support it on a headlining North American tour in the spring. There's killer support from '80s-style hardcore worshippers Turnstile, ultra-serious post-hardcore band Defeater, and lo-fi pop punkster Colleen Green.

The tour hits NYC on April 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. VIP tickets for the whole tour are on sale now via Basement's site. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (12/4) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and music from all four bands, below...

Continue reading "Basement announce tour with Turnstile, Defeater and Colleen Green (dates)"

photos by Mimi Hong


Defeater and Superheaven have been on the road together opening for Four Year Strong, and they hit NYC this week at Gramercy Theatre (10/6). Defeater were supporting their fourth album and first for Epitaph, Abanonded, which is more of the melodic hardcore they've been perfecting for years. Superheaven, on the other hand, are touring this year's Ours Is Chrome on SideOneDummy which is a departure from their earlier material and a dip into shoegazy grunge.

We missed Four Year Strong, but pictures (including shots of opener Elder Brother) continue below...

Continue reading "Defeater and Superheaven @ Gramercy Theatre (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher


Defeater will release their fourth album and first for Epitaph, Abandoned, this Friday (8/28). As the singles hinted, the whole thing is dead-serious melodic hardcore and it's pretty great stuff. Listen below.

Defeater and Superheaven are touring soon (with headliners Four Year Strong), and hitting NYC on October 6 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "stream Defeater's new album, 'Abandoned'"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Defeater at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)

Melodic hardcore band Defeater already shared "Spared In Hell" off their upcoming fourth album Abandoned (due 8/28 via Epitaph), and now they dropped a second song, "Unanswered." While many of their peers have been going in different directions, Defeater continue to hone in on the sound they've always had and these new songs are some of their best yet. Check out the "Unanswered" video, directed by Ryan Mackfall, below.

Defeater and Superheaven have an upcoming tour with headliners Four Year Strong that hits NYC on October 6 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Defeater release new single "Unanswered" (watch the video)"

by Andrew Sacher


Boston hardcore band Defeater signed to Epitaph earlier this year, and today they finally announced their new album for the label. LP #4 is titled Abandoned and will be out on August 28 via their new label home. Pre-orders are available. First single "Spared In Hell" has Defeater doing what they do best -- dark, crushing hardcore but with a clarity that keeps them accessible without sacrificing their aggression. Watch the video for the new song, with the tracklist, below.

As previously mentioned, Defeater are teaming up with '90s-style guitar bashers Superheaven for a tour this fall, opening for Four Year Strong. That tour hits NYC on October 6 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for Gramercy are still available.

Full list of tour dates, also below...

Continue reading "Defeater announce new album 'Abandoned,' share first single"

photo: Defeater at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)

Melodic hardcore crushers Defeater and '90s-rock devotees Superheaven will head out on tour together this fall. It's a run opening for popular pop punk band Four Year Strong, and also with support from Elder Brother (acoustic). The tour hits NYC on October 6 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Defeater, who also play This Is Hardcore in July, have an album coming on their new label home, Epitaph, but details are still TBA. Superheaven put out the great Ours Is Chrome earlier this year on SideOneDummy.

Watch the video for "I've Been Bored" from that album, with an older Defeater video and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Defeater and Superheaven opening for Four Year Strong"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

American Nightmare / mewithoutYou / crowd
2015 Skate and Surf - Day 1
2015 Skate and Surf - Day 1
2015 Skate and Surf - Day 1

Asbury Park's 2015 Skate & Surf Festival went down this past Saturday (8/16) and Sunday (8/17) with a handful of great bands both days. The festival takes place right on the oceanfront by the boardwalk, with the two main stages in the grassy Bradley Park (overlooked by Convention Hall), two smaller side stages on a fenced off section of Ocean Avenue, and an even smaller tent with bands too. It was super easy to move around and see at least a portion of everyone you wanted to. It wasn't one of those festivals where you spend time waiting around for a band to come on.

An early highlight for me on Saturday was the shapeshifting mewithoutYou, who have a new record coming. They played the recently-released "Red Cow" from that, as well as one other that hasn't been released yet. Plus we got a good sampling from the rest of their catalog -- the heavy ("January 1979," "Bullet to Binary"), the epic ("In A Sweater Poorly Knit"), the whimsical ("All Circles"), and more.

I then caught a bit of Nora and I would have seen American Nightmare after that, but my misjudgment of time and the festival's long food lines (they only had two vendors besides a stand in the alcohol tent with wings and nachos) caused me to only catch two songs. On the bright side, I caught their last-minute Saint Vitus show on Sunday night, which was the best thing I saw all weekend.

The best thing I saw at the actual festival though, was Thrice. It was their first NYC-area show since ending their three-year hiatus, and despite Dustin Kensrue saying on stage that he was rusty, they were anything but. They opened with the atmospheric sludge of "Firebreather," a song that in hindsight has more in common with Baroness or Torche than most of the artists considered similar to Thrice, and immediately you knew you were watching a seasoned, impossibly tight band. They thrashed around on stage in the most natural, un-choreographed way possible, and the level of musicianship each member has is really a remarkable thing to see.

2015 Skate and Surf - Day 1

After "Firebreather" came "The Arsonist" into "Stare at the Sun" into "All That's Left," and it pretty much seemed like this set was unstoppable. It wasn't perfect though. If you ask me, Thrice are at their best when they're at their heaviest, and their decision to follow "All That's Left" with five softer/slower songs (mostly from the latter half of their career), was kind of a lull in the set. (Personally, I would have taken more than just one song off The Illusion of Safety over that whole slower section.) Those complaints aside though, Thrice came back in strong with "The Artist in the Ambulance" into "Silhouette" (the heaviest song in the set next to "Firebreather") into "Deadbolt," the oldest song they played and still a monumental Thrice song after 13 years. Their full setlist is below.

Other highlights throughout the day included raspy punks Iron Chic, the grungy Superheaven, melodic hardcore bashers Defeater, metal/punk rippers Cancer Bats, and Celtic punk lifers Dropkick Murphys. Pictures of those bands, everyone mentioned above and more, continue below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf 2015 day 1 pics & review (American Nightmare, Thrice, mewithoutYou, Defeater, Dropkick Murphys & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Cloud Nothings at NYU Strawberry Fest last week (more by Mimi Hong)
Cloud Nothings

Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival returned in 2013 after being inactive for eight years. This weekend (May 16 & 17) it's back for its third consecutive year, and the 2015 lineup is by far the best of the three. This year, there's only a few bands that we wouldn't want to see, so to narrow things down a bit, we made a list of the ten bands we're most excited to see at Skate & Surf 2015. Hopefully this will help you out if looking for some suggestions, or maybe it'll help you decide if you're on the fence about attending.

By the way, we're also giving away tickets. You can enter to win, and check our our list (in alphabetical order), below...

Continue reading "Ten bands to see at Skate & Surf 2015 (which is this weekend ----- win tix)"


Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.

Tickets for the festival are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest below...

Continue reading "Skate & Surf 2015 is this weekend; schedule revealed (win tix!)"

This Is Hardcore 2015

This year marks the 10th edition of Philadelphia's annual This Is Hardcore festival, and the lineup is stacked as usual. From July 23-26 the festival brings hardcore to Philly including the Danzig-less Misfits playing the Danzig-written Earth A.D. in its entirety, The Exploited's first US show in over a decade, the newly-reunited Chokehold, American Nightmare, The Suicide File, Cro-Mags, H2O, Snapcase, Slapshot, Nails, Code Orange, Defeater, Power Trip (who just played our SXSW party), Bane (apparently making their last TIHC appearance ever), and many more.

Tickets for the fest go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon, including 4-day passes, 3-day weekend passes and single day passes. Day-by-day lineups are coming later this week, and afterparties at Underground Arts, Voltage Lounge and KungFu Necktie are TBA.

Check out the full lineup below...

Continue reading "This Is Hardcore 2015 lineup (The Exploited, Chokehold, The Suicide File, American Nightmare, Snapcase, Slapshot, more)"

photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)

Pianos Become the Teeth went on a short headlining tour last year in support of their great 2014 album Keep You, and they've now announced a much longer one. Like last time, this one will include support from Gates, as well as hardcore rippers Loma Prieta.

The tour hits NYC on May 13 at Saint Vitus, where related band United Nations played last night (3/2) (how was that?). Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.

Pianos also play two nearby festivals: Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on 3/28 with Title Fight, Defeater and more (tickets); and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf on 5/16 & 17 with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more (tickets).

In addition to those, they also play SXSW and two other fests. Before Skate & Surf they play Cleveland's Spring Fling Festival (5/15) with The Movielife, mewithoutYou, Defeater, Iron Chic, Loma Prieta and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.

And a few days after Skate & Surf they play Michigan's Bled Fest (5/23) with Touche Amore, Modern Life Is War, The Early November, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Restorations and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.

Continue reading "Pianos Become the Teeth announce tour with Gates and Loma Prieta, playing Spring Fling & Bled Fest (lineups, dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Attending

Providence's The Attending is the band led by Corey Stroffolino (who's currently the touring guitarist in La Dispute), and they're set to release their debut album, Deep Peace of the Singing Earth on March 17 via Full City Sour (pre-order). The Attending have covered The National, making them part of a growing group of post-hardcore bands taking influence from that band. But the band who sounds like the most direct comparison for The Attending is Cursive. Their knack for haunting dramatic rock and frequent dynamic shifts are all over this record. You can get a taste for yourself from new single "No Gospel," which premieres below.

The album was recorded by the band with help from Todd Mackey, who sang in With Honor and played guitar in Life In Your Way, the latter of which Corey from The Attending was briefly in too. Defeater guitarist Jay Maas mixed and mastered it. About the album, Corey said:

The record is about dealing with the loss of my best friend a few years ago. This song in particular is about when you feel like you have lost everything, it gives you an excuse to not treat other people in your life as you should. I guess you can lean into that, and reap the consequences or crawl out of it if possible. This one is more about leaning into it. For better or worse. Usually worse.
The band's only upcoming date at the moment is opening the Boston stop of the La Dispute / Title Fight tour. Stream the new single, with the album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "The Attending (pals with La Dispute, Defeater) releasing debut LP (stream a new song)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Vincent Rizzotti
Soda Bomb

Long Island fuzz punks Soda Bomb have a new LP on the way titled Wanna Jam? due out April 7 via Derrick from TWIABP's label Broken World Media. We've got the premiere of the video for "Brainbuster" (shot & edited by Colin Bonilla), a catchy blast of slacker/stoner lo-fi that fans of Wavves should definitely check out. Watch, and see the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Soda Bomb have a handful of shows in their hometown area coming up too. The first is a free show this weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (2/27) with Have Mercy, Banquets, Republic of Wolves and Heeney.

The next is March 25 at Shea Stadium with Free Throw, Battle Ave and Pocket Hercules. ($8 at door.)

Then a few days later they'll hit the previously-mentioned Long Island festival Spring Mixtape Fest (3/28) with Title Fight, Defeater, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bane, Superheaven and more (tickets).

They're back in Brooklyn on April 3 at Aviv with Vulture Shit, Show Me The Body, Flagland, Death Vacation, Nonsense and Huffers.

And finally, heading to Connecticut for the unfortunately sold-out Broken World Fest with label heads The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), I Kill Giants (reunion), Glocca Morra, Joie De Vivre, John Galm (ex-Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death), Told Slant and more.

In the midst of all that, they'll be heading out on a tour with Mumblr which includes a TBA Brooklyn date on April 24. Full dates/cities schedule for that tour, with the new video and album info, below...

Continue reading "Soda Bomb releasing an LP, playing shows w/ TWIABP, Title Fight, Heeney, Vulture Shit & more (dates, new video)"

Skate & Surf

Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.

The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.

In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).

Continue reading "Skate & Surf adds Cloud Nothings, Defeater, Hot Rod Circuit, Thrice & more, reveals day-by-day lineups; Alcoa touring"


Tickets for the recently added Sufjan Stevens show at Kings Theatre go on sale today at 10AM. His other two NYC shows are sold out.

Marina & the Diamonds are playing Bowery Ballroom on March 26. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Cribs show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon, Baby's All Right goes on sale at noon, and Saint Vitus goes on sale at 10AM. You can also buy a pass that gets you into all three, which is on sale today at noon.

If you missed out on the BV presale, tickets for the added B-52's shows at Irving Plaza and Wellmont Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Laibach show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington are currently on Red Bull Sound Select presale, and go on general sale Saturday (2/7) at 10AM.

Tickets for the Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival in Toronto go on sale today at 10AM.

Defeater singer Derek Archambault's alt-country band Alcoa are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on March 13 with Choir Vandals. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Bette Midler has added a third NYC show happening June 29 at Barclays Center. Tickets go on Live Nation/venue presale today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts 10 AM on Monday (2/9). Her MSG shows are still on sale (same link).

Tickets for the two Alabama Shakes dates at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11AM.

If you missed out on the BV presale, tickets for the Courtney Barnett shows at Bowery Ballroom with Chastity Belt go on sale today at noon.

If you missed out on the BV presale, tickets for the Viet Cong Northside Fest show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jose Gonzalez show at MHOW go on sale today at noon. His Webster Hall show is sold out.

Chet Faker has added a third Terminal 5 show on April 4 with XXYYXX. (The 4/7 & 4/8 shows are sold out.)  Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Matt Pond PA Several Arrows Later show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Swervedriver show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg are still available.

Tickets for the Stevie Wonder show at Prudential Center go on sale tomorrow at 11AM. Tickets to his show at Barclays Center (same link) are still available.

Tickets for the Twin Peaks show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Temples show at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the two Aretha Franklin shows at NJPAC and Webster Bank Arena are on sale now.

Tickets  for the Turbo Fruits show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Elvis Perkins show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield is playing City Winery on March 18. Tickets are on sale now.

Metric are going on a tour in support of, uh, Imagine Dragons, which hits Prudential Center on June 29 and Barclays Center on June 30. Tickets go on various presales at 10 AM on Monday (2/9).

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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by Andrew Sacher


Boston hardcore rippers Defeater already have an album on Topshelf and two on Bridge 9, and they've now signed to Epitaph, whose roster just keeps getting more stacked with some of the best modern punk bands (The Menzingers, Joyce Manor, Pianos Become the Teeth, Title Fight [technically on ANTI-], The Sidekicks, etc). Their fourth album is due at some point this year.

Meanwhile, Defeater screamer Derek Archambault (now recovered from surgery) is releasing a new album with his alt-country side project Alcoa on February 24 via Bridge 9. It's called Parlour Tricks and you can listen to the first single "All Dolled Up" at AltPress.

Defeater will be in the NYC-area soon for Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bane, Superheaven and more (tickets). That show is part of a run of newly-announced tour dates (no others near NYC), all of which are listed, along with a stream of an older song, below...

Continue reading "Defeater sign to Epitaph for new LP, announce tour; singer's alt-country band Alcoa releasing a new LP too (stream a track)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in October (more by Mimi Hong)

Title Fight already have an awesomely billed tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier coming up that hits NYC on 3/27 at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since added another appearance happening in the NYC-area that same weekend. They headline Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday, March 28 at Revolution which includes a stacked lineup of Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card and Soda Bomb. Tickets for that are on sale now. Show flyer and updated list of TF dates below.

That's not the only upcoming bill Pianos Become the Teeth and Superheaven share. They also team up with Diamond Youth (Topshelf) and Black Clouds (Geoff Rickly's label) later this month in Baltimore for what will be Pianos' first hometown show in over a year and a half. All Pianos dates are listed below.

Pianos Become the Teeth also gave us a list of their favorite records of 2014 (Title Fight recently told us theirs). It's a diverse list, ranging from metal vets At the Gates to EDM producer Porter Robinson to Sun Kil Moon. Check out their whole list, with commentary, and those lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "Pianos Become the Teeth told us their top LPs of 2014, playing Long Island w/ Title Fight, Defeater, Superheaven, Give, more"


Boston post-hardcore band Defeater were supposed to head out on a tour with Modern Baseball, The Wonder Years, Citizen and Real Friends, though unfortunately, they've had to drop off due to a medical issue. The band posted to Facebook:

Hey all, we have some bad news with a silver lining.

Derek's doctors and surgeons have strongly recommended that he get his hip taken care of as soon as possible before it breaks in its brittle state and causes further damage.

The bad news is that we are unfortunately going to have to drop from The Wonder Years tour. Bummed doesn't even begin to describe how upset we are that we are missing such an awesome opportunity.

However the good news is that not only will Derek be able to take the time he needs to go to physical therapy and heal properly, but our spot will be filled by the excellent band Fireworks.

We are already planning a full North American run for this fall where we promise to make up for lost time.

Thanks guys, we love you.

That tour hits NYC on April 17 at Best Buy Theater and tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of emo shows at Best Buy Theater, Taking Back Sunday just announced a tour which brings them to that venue on April 15, and since we last spoke, they added a second date happening there on April 16. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM.

All dates for both tours are listed below...

Continue reading "Defeater drop off Modern Baseball/Wonder Years tour; Taking Back Sunday add 2nd Best Buy Theater show (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Modern Baseball

Pop punk band The Wonder Years will be heading out on a North American tour this spring and taking out some seriously excellent support, including lyrical emo kids Modern Baseball, hardcore rippers Defeater, and emo alt-rock bashers Citizen. That tour comes to NYC on April 17 at Best Buy Theater. Real Friends are on that show and most other dates too. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Modern Baseball, who have gained a lot more recognition this year since the relatively quiet release of their 2012 LP Sports, have announced that they'll release that album's followup, You're Gonna Miss It All, on February 11 via Run for Cover. Sports was a winner in its ability to be endearingly youthful, and while you might say Modern Baseball have grown up a bit on You're Gonna Miss It All, they haven't stopped writing insanely catchy songs with grin-inducing lyrics. The first taste of the new record is "Your Graduation," which you can stream along with the tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.

All of their dates (including Long Island NJ shows with Bayside), are listed, along with that stream, tracklist, and streams of Defeater and Citizen's 2013 LPs, below...

Continue reading "Modern Baseball announces new LP, touring w/ The Wonder Years, Defeater & Citizen (dates & stream)"

By Doug Moore

Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.

Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.

In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.

Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.

Continue reading "Behemoth debut new song & NSFW video, playing 2014 Hellfest (line-up)"


Flosstradamus, who just played the Mad Decent Block Party are playing Terminal 5 on December 6. Tickets to that show go AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/16) at noon.

Dillon Francis, who also played the Mad Decent Block Party, is playing two nights at Terminal 5 (12/20-21). Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/16) at noon.

Boston hardcore band Defeater, who continue to go on tours we don't want to see them on, will be touring with August Burns Red, Blessthefall, and Beartooth (ex-Attack Attack!) later this year. That tour comes through the NYC-area on December 1 at Best Buy Theater and December 14 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, August 23 (Best Buy at noon, Starland at 10 AM). Last month, Defeater released their new album, Letters Home, via Bridge Nine. You can stream it below.

Chris Cornell is playing Beacon Theatre on November 16. Tickets to that show go on Local, Fan Club, and AmEx presale today at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/16) at 11 AM.

Lorde recently made her NYC debut at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge and announced a tour with a Webster Hall show which also sold right out. That prompted the addition of a Brooklyn show at Warsaw on the same tour and tickets are currently still available.

The Sadies are playing Mercury Lounge on September 27. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/16) at noon.

Ivan & Alyosha are opening for NEEDTOBREATHE at Bowery Ballroom on October 1. Tickets to that show go on NTB Mailing List presale today at 10 AM and AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/16) at noon.

Tickets to see The Julie Ruin at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Lucero and Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see John Vanderslice at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Minor Alps at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Sebadoh at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Active Child shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presage today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Continue reading "tix on sale: The Julie Ruin, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Chris Cornell, Defeater, Lorde, Titus Andronicus, Sebadoh & more"

by Andrew Sacher

this band is playing Warped Tour this year...
Warped Tour

Warped Tour, which used to be a punk festival but has since gone almost exclusively tween powerpop and mallcore, are continuing to make strides towards catering to their current audience. If mom and dad aren't gonna let you go see Black Veil Brides all by yourself, they're gonna have to come along, and the people at Warped Tour believe they deserve some accommodation. Last year they introduced the Reverse Daycare tent (where parents hang out while their kids watch bands), and now this year they've one-upped themselves, allowing any parent bringing a child under 18 to enter the festival for free (via PunkNews).

Warped Tour this year includes Defeater (who you're better off seeing at This is Hardcore), Kevin Seconds (who's only playing 3 California dates), and about a total of 1.5 other bands potentially worth seeing in their 100+ band lineup. It comes to the NYC-area on 7/7 at PNC Bank Arts Center, 7/12 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 7/13 at Nassau Coliseum, and 7/14 at Comcast Theatre (tickets).

Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)

As mentioned, ever-evolving punks Ceremony are set to play this year's This Is Hardcore festival in Philly (they play on 8/10) alongside Kid Dynamite, The Suicide File, Modern Life Is War, Judge, Blacklisted, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Paint It Black, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Defeater, No Redeeming Social Value, Gwar, and more. Head to TiH's site for tickets. Updated lineup and schedule below.

Around the time of that festival, they'll be doing some other East Coast shows with Baltimore post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Those shows include one in Brooklyn on August 17 at 285 Kent, one in NJ on August 14 at Asbury Lanes, and a little farther out from NYC, they'll also play The El 'n' Gee on August 16 in New London, CT, but it might be worth the drive considering Joyce Manor and Glocca Morra are on that bill too. (It's also a day after Joyce Manor play a free NYC show at House of Vans with Kid Dynamite, Red Hare, and Swearin'). Tickets for the 285 Kent and El 'n' Gee shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon, and tickets for the Asbury Lanes show are on sale now.

You can also catch Ed Schrader's Music Beat in NYC even sooner at Death by Audio on June 28 with The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters (feat. Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt), and Shark Muffin. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.

Ceremony have a few other coming shows, like one of those free Converse shows in San Francisco, which they'll play on June 27 with Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket from the Crypt, The Bronx, and the Shrine. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.

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Modern Life is War

This is Hardcore have announced their initial 2013 lineup which, for the most part, doesn't have many uber-shocking additions unless you count a headlining set by Gwar (?). It includes names like Kid Dynamite, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Panic, Trapped Under Ice and more. Full lineup is below. Tickets for the festival pass and the weekend pass go on sale at noon.

The one interesting addition is the reemergence of Modern Life is War, who called it quits in 2008. Though some are viewing the band's reunion as part of an April Fool's joke, the reunion is in fact real according to a valued source. The band issued the following statement regarding their return:

"Modern Life Is War is an active band again. In September of last year, we wrote an album in John's basement in Marshalltown, which will be recorded at God City in May and released on Deathwish in September. The original lineup of Chris Honeck, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Eaton, Tyler Oleson and John Eich will be in place. For what it's worth, we are not approaching this as a 'reunion' but rather as a band with a new record that will be working to contribute something worthwhile. Extensive touring is not in the cards for us at this point. Our first show back will be at This Is Hardcore Fest in August, followed by a record release show in Iowa. We will announce an official release date as well as specific show dates and locations as soon as they are confirmed."
Keep your fingers crossed for more dates.

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