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by Andrew Sacher


Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.

The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.

Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.

And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Amnesia Rockfest lineup: Thrice reunion, Refused, Rancid, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents & more"


††† (Crosses), the band including Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, put out their debut album earlier this year (available on iTunes), and now a few of the tracks have been given remix treatment. We've got the premiere of a remix of "†he Epilogue" by Computer Club and Dan Sena who turn the song into a dirty, mechanic drum n bass banger. You can stream that, and download it for free, below.

You can also check out AFI side project Blaqk Audio's remix of "†elepa†hy" at Purevolume, Dream Koala's remix of "Nineteen Ninety Four" at Death and Taxes, and DWNTWN's remix of "†elepa†hy" at SPIN.

Crosses toured earlier this year (we caught them at Coachella and in NYC). You can catch them on September 20 at the Sunset Strip Music Festival with Jane's Addiction, Failure, Cold War Kids, Minus The Bear, and more.

Stream/download the "†he Epilogue" remix below...

Continue reading "††† (Crosses) "†he Epilogue" remixed by Computer Club and Dan Sena (free download & stream premiere)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Crosses / Color Film @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 2/13/14
Color Film

After plowing through 30 minutes, which included songs like "The Eulogy," and "Bitch's Brew," which were played earlier in the week on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a few technical glitches sidelined the band for a bit. However, Moreno and Doom made up for it, in a freestyle jam session. "It means a fuckin' lot to us that you came out on this fucked up day," Moreno said to the crowd. Once the technical issues were fixed, a clearly frustrated Lopez, took to his guitar and the band went back to work. Playing for 90-minutes, including the encore, ? ? ? (Crosses) showed what they were made of. [Officially A Yuppie]
Crosses (†††), the side project that gives Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Far guitarist Shaun Lopez a chance to dive into gothy synth pop, played a few shows in support of their new self-titled album last week. Two of those were in NYC, Santos last Wednesday (2/12) and Music Hall of Williamsburg the following night (2/13), both sold out. They played a bunch of the album/EPs and covered Q. Lazzarus' one hit wonder "Goodbye Horses." Opening both shows was Color Film, the project which gives Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo (joined by GJ's rhythm section) a similar opportunity to take a break from post-hardcore for synth pop. We caught the MHOW show, which also had Yung Gutted on the bill, and pictures of that show (including one of the setlist) are in this post.

More MHOW pics, plus the setlist and a couple videos from Santos, below...

Continue reading "Crosses ††† & Color Film played 2 NYC shows (MHOW pics w/ Yung Gutted, Santos videos, setlists)"

photos by Chris Graham

Arcade Fire / Hives / fans at Big Day Out, 1/19/2014
Big Day Out - Gold Coast, Australia - January 19th, 2014
Big Day Out - Gold Coast, Australia - January 19th, 2014
Big Day Out - Gold Coast, Australia - January 19th, 2014

'Song 2' by Blur plays loudly over the P.A. right before Arcade Fire starts. Woo-hoo! Oh, how we laugh. Their twilight set is masterful. Ten musicians on stage throughout. A diverse range of material plucked from their four albums. Plenty of shiny stage props to look at. To me they've always felt like a band moments away from crashing and burning under the weight of their own pretension but their songs are just too damn good for it to matter. 'Reflektor', in particular, is a monster live: dramatic, immersive, surprising. They're afforded 90 minutes on stage and it's time well-spent, though newie 'We Exist' is pretty dreary. I get the sense that the players love the material as much as the crowd does - which might sound like a weird thing to say. But I find that most bands play to the audience, revelling in the mechanics of the performance itself, rather than playing for the fans and allowing some of that intangible 'magic' to rain down like so much glitter fired from cannons - [The Vine]
While we're in the depths of winter in North America, its prime summer festival season in Australia. The Big Day Out is one of Australia's premier music fests, and occurs in five cities over two weeks, kicking off at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands on January 19, featuring Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Deftones, The Hives, Mudhoney, Tame Impala and lots more. We've got a set of pictures from the Gold Coast show in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, The Hives, Tame Impala, Snoop Dogg, Major Lazer & more played Australia's Big Day Out fest (pics)"


Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez's (Far) side project/supergroup/whatever Crosses (†††) previously announced a few shows for this month, including NYC at Santos (2/12). That show is now sold out, but they've added a second NYC date happening at the larger Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 13. Tickets for the newly-added date go on sale today (2/4) at noon.

The band's new record is due out on 2/11 via Sumerian Records. Watch a video for its single, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Crosses ††† sold out Santos, add 2nd NYC date to tour"


Super trio Crosses (†††), whose lineup includes Chino Moreno of Deftones, Shaun Lopez of Far and Chuck Doom, are set to follow their two EPs with a self-titled debut full length on February 11 via Sumerian Records. You can watch the video for that album's single, "Bitches Brew," below.

Crosses haven't announced a full tour yet, but they were announced for Coachella and revealed a few other dates, including one happening in NYC on February 12 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. UPDATE: The show was taken off sale. Stay tuned. UPDATE 2: Back on sale.

All known dates are listed, along with the video, below...

Continue reading "Crosses ††† (Deftones/Far) releasing debut LP, playing shows (dates & new video)"


Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who suffered from a serious car accident in 2008, has passed away at 42. A statement from his family (via Billboard) reads:

Our dearest Family,

This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.

He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi's son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.

With great love and "Much Respect!" Mom J (and Chi)

Chi is a founding member of the band and has played on all of their albums, except the two most recent ones -- 2010's Diamond Eyes and 2012's Koi No Yokan -- because of his condition. Rest in peace, Chi. You'll be missed.

Watch some videos from his time in the band below...

Continue reading "Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, RIP"

Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.

Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.

Continue reading "Metallica announce line-up & tix for Orion Music & More 2013 (Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Death Grips, RHCP & more)"

Deftones at MSG, Sept 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)

Deftones have announced a round of dates for the new year that fall directly after bassist Sergio returns from a stint with Quicksand. The shows include a trio of NYC-area dates as part of their campaign to spread the gospel of Koi No Yokan, the band's new LP. Look for Deftones to play March 9 at Terminal 5 a make-up show for their previously cancelled date due to Sandy. The T5 date falls in between two newly-announced shows: The Paramount on March 6 and Wellmont Theare in Monclair, NJ on March 10. Tickets for Terminal 5 are on sale now (and previously-purchased tickets will be honored), while tickets for Wellmont and The Paramount go on sale on Friday (12/21) at noon.

Deftones's new LP Koi No Yokan is out now. Stream that in full below alongside a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Deftones touring in 2013, including Terminal 5 make-up ++ two other NYC-area shows (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

SPIN top 50 2012

SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.

The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.

Continue reading "SPIN names their Top 50 Albums of 2012 (Frank Ocean is #1)"

Quicksand at Bowery Ballroom, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

As hypothesized, those just-announced Quicksand shows are, in fact, part of an actual tour. The reunited band will hit the road for a string of dates in the new year, with more details emerging by the hour. The dates come to a close in NYC at Webster Hall on 1/30, and include shows with Title Fight, who play a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (11/29) as part of a larger tour.

UPDATE: a tour has been announced and pre-sale tickets are on sale now. Check out all tour dates along with live video from their MHoW show in August below.

Continue reading "Quicksand shows expand to burgeoning tour (UPDATE: full tour announced, presale on sale now)"

"Due to complications from Hurricane Sandy, tonight's show in Boston, and tomorrow in New York are POSTPONED. Hang on to your tickets, as make-up dates will be announced very shortly. More to follow soon." - Deftones

Jay Z Beyonce Obama

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Jay-Z & Beyonce raised a cool $4M for Barack Obama at their benefit last night ("Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls," Obama said,). Go on and brush your shoulders off, Jigga.

If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?

Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.

In other money news, Amanda Palmer is now going to pay those previously-volunteer musicians and her new LP debuted at #10 on Billboard.

If you were wondering the #1 album is, it's Dave Matthews Band's Away from the World which beat out Bob Dylan. The xx's Coexist came in at #5, not too bad!

Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.

Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.

Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.

Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?

Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Jay-Z raises serious $$$ for Obama, Yo Gabba Gabba, Deftones, 'Ice Ice Baby' analyzed, Wilco, Neil Young & more"

Sergio of Deftones, on stage with Quicksand, 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Sergio of Deftones

With Quicksand (who just played Bowery and MHoW) gearing up to play their last show in the forseeable future at FYF in LA, Deftones are gearing up for what looks to be a string of US dates this fall. In addition to dates in Cali and Colorado, an NYC show at Terminal 5 on 10/30 with Scars on Broadway has also emerged. Tickets go on AMEX presale on September 5 at noon, with regular sale hitting Friday, September 7 at noon. Tour dates are below.

In related news, Deftones members have intermingled with members of Isis to form Palms. Now comes word that Isis will release Temporal, a rarities compilation featuring audio and video and packaged in a 2CD/DVD box. Full details on that are below, look for it on November 6.

Speaking of rarites comps, Kylesa have also produced one of their own titled From The Vault, Vol.1. Look for that in November via Season of Mist. Tracklisting for that is below.

Kylesa and Isis LP details and all Deftones dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Deftones add Terminal 5 date on burgeoning tour; Isis and Kylesa produce rarities LPs"

by BBG

Deftones & System of a Down tease their upcoming tour
Deftones & System of a Down

System of a Down and Deftones are teaming up for a string of mostly East Coast dates in August, tagging both PNC Bank Arts Center on August 4th and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 5th. Tickets for both shows go on sale on May 5th. The shows are SOAD's first East Coast dates since taking a hiatus six years ago.

Though SOAD has been largely inactive as of late, Deftones have not. The band, which features ex-Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega while Chi Cheng recovers from his auto accident, has begun work on its new LP with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who was behind the boards for 2010's Diamond Eyes.

Chi Cheng is steadily improving according to a recent update, but he still needs your help

...and i need your help.
1. need to raise money to fly him home. this requires a medical flight.. runs about $20,000
2. need to raise money to buy him a hospital bed that does amazing things to avoid him acquiring bed sores.. runs about $15,000 USED!
3. (could be long term goal but would be nice to get asap for him) a wheel chair accessible van to transport him to and from his treatments and checkups. i am thinking it could run $20-30,000.
Donate if you can.

In other news, Chino Moreno of Deftones has joined on for another side project called Palms, this time featuring three-fifths of the final lineup of Isis (Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide):

"Clifford, Jeff and I started Palms a little over a year ago out of a desire to continue making music together after ISIS ended," explained Harris. "Chino joined shortly after and our sound took shape from there. We've worked really hard on this first release and are excited for people to hear it. It's nice to be back behind the drum kit, and with this line up."

"Being a huge ISIS fan I've always dug the moods these dudes convey with their sound," added Moreno. "I am excited to combine my sense of creativity with theirs, and to have fun doing so."
Look for that release via Ipecac later this year - no word on an exact release date.

All tour dates and some video below....

Continue reading "Chino forms Palms with Isis members; Deftones team w/ System of a Down for tour; Chi Cheng still recovering"

by BBG

Chi Cheng

Some encouraging news. Chi Cheng of Deftones, who was badly injured and went into a coma after a car crash, is recovering slowly but surely. Check out a new video of Chi Cheng in the hospital, which was posted along with an ongoing campaign to raise money for his family and medical care, below. Best of luck to him.

The band has soldiered on without him, with Deftones vocalist Chino also taking on a new project Crosses in addition to the band. The new Crosses 7" is available via IndieMerch.

Continue reading "Chi Cheng of Deftones shows signs of improvement in coma (video posted)"

by BBG


Crosses is a new crew that features Shaun Lopez of FAR and Chino Moreno of Deftones, and the trio (Chuck Doom rounds it out) have released a new EP for download. Get it for the price of your email address. Though the pedigree of this might indicate something on the heavy side, Crosses definitely resembles Chino's Team Sleep or with moments of (gulp) witch house present. No word on what is next for the trio, but one thing is for sure, Ritualz, AKA †‡†, is not pleased. He tweeted "only thing i can think of right now is that if you have a blog post about that fat fuck stealing my shit to let people know please" and "woke up to attacks by deftones fans. basically they're mad because i came up with the crosses first and they hate everything not deftones?" No word on a response from Chino

Meanwhile, Dave Witte has gathered up an impressive crew of musicians for his latest project Argonauts. Witte will join The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Dimitri Minkanakis, East of the Wall bassist Brett Bamburger, and fellow Burnt By The Sun member John Adubato. Though the band has yet to post a new song (they will in the near future according to a recent Facebook post), they are scheduled to play the Gwar-B-Q in Richmond, VA on September 17th. There they'll join Gwar (duh), Darkest Hour, Kepone, Mensrea, DBX, Groundscore, Battlemaster, White Cross, The Occultist and Bloody Crackdown as part of the day-long affair.

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2011 lineup announced"

by BBG

Deftones at MSG (more by Matthew Eisman)

It's official! Deftones and The Dillinger Escape Plan will team up for a North American tour that hits NJ's Starland Ballroom on 5/11 and Best Buy Theater in NYC on 5/13 & 5/14. Tickets for Starland Ballroom go on sale 1/8 at noon, while tickets for 5/13 and 5/14 go on AMEX presale at 10AM today (1/6) with regular sale beginning on 1/8 at noon. All dates are also on presale now and listed below.

In related news, The Dillinger Escape Plan recently showed up on the 2010 Pitchfork Readers Poll as the 38th best LP of the year, despite very little coverage of the band by the site. As a matter of fact, The Dillinger Escape Plan received the highest percentage of #1 votes (73% of people that voted Dillinger, voted them #1), smashing Kanye West's #2 ranking (39%). So how did that happen? DEP campaigned for it.

All Deftones & DEP dates, and some videos below...

Continue reading "Deftones & the Dillinger Escape Plan going on tour (dates)"

photos by Matthew Eisman, words by BBG

Alice in Chains
Alice In Chains

"While Mastodon's intricate jams and the Deftones' cathartic releases were spot on, special credit goes to AIC for topping this bill with a fierce confidence that cemented the power of a lineup featuring singer William DuVall.

AIC drafted DuVall in 2005 and his ability to echo the late Layne Staley, Alice's original galvanizing frontman, was eerie. But with the release last year of "Black Gives Way to Blue,'' AIC has jelled into more than a rehash. DuVall still nails the vibe of the Layne-era material, but now has his own swagger woven into the delivery. And with fine new material such as "Lesson Learned'' and "Check My Brain'' providing set highlights, AIC can once again assert itself as a force to be reckoned with, not merely respected for having once shaped the sound of modern rock."
[Boston Globe]

When a band like Mastodon OPENS a show, you know it's a big one. The BlackDiamondSkye tour descended on Madison Square Garden on 9/24, as Alice in Chains headlined with support from Deftones and Mastodon.

Chino Moreno belting it out with Deftones

After selling out two nights at Terminal 5 earlier this year (pics from the first night), it didn't seem like a huge stretch for Alice in Chains to move up to a stadium, and it was reportedly the band's biggest show ever, but it was not sold out...

"Upon arrival, the early comers were re-routed to different sections leaving a full empty row in between every row. When I made a pit stop during Deftones, event staff was just telling people, and I quote "There's tons of seats, it doesn't matter what your ticket says just find an open seat".. So I paid $38 plus fees for this thing to not be near capacity? That doesn't make me proud of my NY peers at all. And why not just charge $25 for these seats I'm in now and you'll sell the place out.. We're at least twice the distance I was when I first saw Alice In Chains with DuVall in 2007 at an outdoor venue in NJ that I paid $20 for tickets. It just bewilders me that this thing isn't crammed full-and later when AIC came on and everyone was standing up it looked like the place was packed-trust me when I tell you it was far from that." [Concert Confessions]
Deftones' appearance was their first in NYC since bassist Chi Cheng's accident (he was replaced by Sergio Vega of Quicksand fame).

Alice In Chains recently debuted a new video for "Lesson Learned" from their comeback LP Black Gives Way To Blue. That video, with more pictures and the setlists from the MSG show, below...

Continue reading "Alice in Chains, Deftones, Mastodon played MSG (pics, setlist)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains at Terminal 5
Alice in Chains

They're calling it Blackdiamondskye. Alice in Chains (new album Black Gives Way To Blue), Deftones (forthcoming album Diamond Eyes), and Mastodon (last album Crack The Skye) will team up for a string of dates this fall including MSG in NYC on Friday, September 24th. Tickets for all dates go on sale May 22nd.

Mastodon is currently on the road with Baroness, Between The Buried and Me and Valient Thorr, and played Starland Ballroom last week. Their setlist from that show is below.

Deftones are welcoming Diamond Eyes, their new album due on May 4th. Check out a pair of videos from this forthcoming LP below, both of which feature new bassist Sergio Vega, best known for his stint with Quicksand. Preorder the record from the band directly to get three remixes including an M83 remix of "Rocket Skates".


Chino Moreno: He's doing a little better and looks healthier. He has a brain injury, and with that you don't really know until he fully wakes up. Right now he's in a semiconscious state. So he wakes up and he sleeps, but he hasn't communicated yet. His eyes are open and he's looking at you. For me, looking into his eyes and standing there talking to him, I feel like he's in there and recovering. He's got to get his motor skills back and be able to communicate. He's got really good doctors working with him right now, trying some experimental therapy to get him to react. It seems to be working, so we're very hopeful that's the case.

The Deftones has been playing with a new bassist in Cheng's absence.

Alice In Chains, who also have May shows coming up in PA, NJ, and Glen Falls, played Terminal 5 on March 8th with Middle Class Rut as part of a two night sold out stint at the 3500-or-so capacity venue (so I guess even with a new singer, and with strong openers, they can headline Madison Square Garden?). Photogrpaher Greg Cristman wrote about that show...

Alice in Chains sounded amazing; every song was delivered with absolute perfection. They came on stage hidden behind a white curtain projecting the pumping heart that appears on the cover of their new album, Black Turns Into Blue. Jerry Cantrell's silhouette soon flashed onto the screen to a great uproar from the crowd and the other members followed. Flashing, shifting and pulsing the shadowplay created an excellent build up and when the curtain suddenly fell to the floor a minute later, revealing the band and the spectacular lighting, the crowd went wild. New singer, William DuVall, held sway over the crowd and there was never any doubt that he belonged and that he wasn't living in the shadow of the late, great Layne Staley. The band was clearly having a fantastic time and it seems they've finally found the stability that was long needed in their group and they looked very comfortable in their new skin. The crowd was one of the best NY crowds I've seen in a long time and they were seriously up for the show prompting Jerry to emphatically tell them they were the best audience they'd seen in days.
Pictures from that show adorn this post. The rest of them, with AIC's set list, the above-mentioned videos and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Alice in Chains touring w/ Mastodon & Deftones (dates), playing MSG, played Terminal 5 (belated pics & setlist) "

by Black Bubblegum

The Bronx

The Bronx have announced a pair of NYC area shows including The Bowery Ballroom on 4/20 with Trash Talk and Maxwell's on 4/22. Tickets for Maxwell's go on sale on 2/11 at noon while Bowery goes on sale 2/13 at noon.

The Bronx are currently touring around Europe, ultimately linking up with Fucked Up and Rolo Tomassi for a brief tour of the UK and then their US tour. One of those US dates, April 5th, is part of the Bamboozle Left Festival in Irvine, CA... an otherwise lackluster festival of mallcore, deathcore, and psuedo-emo feturing headling sets by a reuniting Get Up Kids, (gulp) Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, and (lord help us) 50 Cent. Full lineup below.

Why even mention Bamboozle Left? Well, besides The Bronx, Kevin Seconds (who has some NYC shows, and a few others... Deftones will make their return to the stage at this show, but with a new bassist...

Continue reading "The Bronx announce tour dates, Deftones' have new bassist"

Photos by Tim Griffin, Words by Black Bubblegum

Jonah Matranga

Jonah Matranga (Onelinedrawing) played his second show in two days in BOTH event spaces at the eclectic Gershwin Hotel on Tuesday, November 11th. Joined by his old friend and past congtributor Ian Love (Rival Schools/Cardia), a drum machine, and an acoustic guitar, Jonah ran through solo material, covers, and songs from his-old-but-currently-reunited band Far. He also paused for a moment to reflect on the recent events with Deftones bassist Chi Cheng. Along the way Ian Love added some amazing effects-heavy guitar, reminiscient of recent Stars Of The Lid... adding tremendous depth and emotional (I did NOT say emo) power to his set. Partial setlist, beaucoup photos, and video of Jonah performing the Deftones' "Be Quiet And Drive", below...

Continue reading "Jonah Matranga @ the Gershwin Hotel - pics, video & setlist"

by Black Bubblegum

Mastodon's Bill Kelliher

If you're in Europe and are wondering why Mastodon is looking a little light lately...

Bill Kelliher, guitarist with MASTODON, has been hospitalized in London as of Nov.3, during the band's current European Unholy Alliance Chapter 3 package tour. Doctors will continue to monitor his condition which is improving at press time.

At the moment, Mastodon has decided to continue on the tour as a trio. Doctors and Bill are hopeful that he will rejoin his bandmates in time for their headlining tour of Europe which begins Nov 30, in Utrecht, Holland and will end on Dec 7, at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Somerset, England. More details to follow as they develop.

Get well soon Bill... whatever the problem is. Affected tour dates and a video of Mastodon the TRIO are available below. That ATP festival in Somerset that they referenced above is the one curated by Mike Patton and the Melvins.

Mastodon recently announced the release of their new album Crack The Skye, due in early 2009 and produced by Brendan O'Brien.

In related metal-band-members-in-the-hospital news, Chi Cheng of the Deftones is showing signs of improvement after his car accident:

"Chi is showing definite signs of improvement. His father expects when he fully awakes, they'll have to sedate him (again) so he doesn't start pulling out the tubes and wires from his body."

- Chino [Moreno, vocals for Deftones]

Chi's mother Jeanne also made a statement
"Again you all are so very much appreciated. God has his hand on our son, please continue to lift him in prayer. For today please forgive someone who has wronged you or wronged yours. Not forgiving is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die. Please continue to stay buckled, show love and spread kindness throughout the day to those around you".


ex-Deftones collaborator Jonah Matranga is known for covering Deftones songs in his solo sets. You can catch him tonight (11/11) at the Gershwin Hotel in NYC. Mastodon dates and video below...

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