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Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas

As mentioned, Chaos in Tejas won't be a "giant fest" this year, but it's still happening in some form (a "weekend" at least), and the just-announced initial lineup looks pretty great. Bands playing include Floor, Destruction Unit, Parquet Courts, Radioactivity, Nothing, Protomartyr, Beth Israel, Back to Back, Glue, Institute, Marshstepper, Deskonocidos (reunion) and many more. The fest takes place across multiple Austin venues from May 29 to June 1. More bands, venues and other details TBA.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas Weekend In Austin 2014 lineup (Floor, Parquet Courts, Destruction Unit, Nothing, Radioactivity, more)"

Merchandise @ FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Merchandise

Merchandise are busy working on their 4AD debut, but in the meantime have contributed a new song, "Figured Out," to a Record Store Day compilation being released by 540 Records, the label run by the Chaos in Tejas folks. (It's also got new songs by Destruction Unit and Milk Music.) The song is shiny, shimmering and very catchy -- bodes well for the new album. You can stream it over at NPR.

The band have also announced East Coast dates for the summer, which include two shows in NYC: June 21 at Glasslands and June 22 at Saint Vitus with New England psych punks The Ukiah Drag. Tickets to Glasslands are on sale now, and tickets to Vitus go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the 540 comp cover art and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Merchandise releasing new songs on #RSD14 comp, touring this summer, including two Brooklyn shows (dates, stream)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen / Warpaint / EMA @ SXSW 3/14/2014
Angel Olsen
Warpaint
EMA

After our Friday BV-SXSW day party at Red 7, Amanda and I headed to Austin's Central Presbyterian Church for the Pitchfork showcase. Opening the show was EMA, whose material from 2011's Past Life Martyred Saints sounded great as always, but most excitingly Erika and her band used the opportunity to preview her upcoming sophomore album, The Future's Void. The new stuff sounds great, and definitely doesn't seem like PLMS pt. 2. They had a good amount of diversity too -- there were grungy parts, one song with a lengthy instrumental jam, electronics and folk. Definitely a record to look forward to.

Then it was Angel Olsen, who others at BV have caught before (like Amanda), but I never had, and was really blown away. Angel's got an intense stare that never falters, and a great band that knows how to keep quiet music on the edgy side, but can get loud when they need to as well. Her voice echoes the cult bedroom folk singers of the '60s/'70s, and even as she ably belts it through a big church, she doesn't lose that eeriness.

After Angel, we headed back to Red 7 to catch Destruction Unit. The Arizona psych punks were one of the best bands I saw at last year's SXSW, and a year later nothing has changed. They never really play the same show twice, so even if you've seen them before you don't necessarily know what you're getting yourself into. They can switch from blisteringly fast punk, like the one-two punch of "The World On Drugs" and "Slow Death Sounds" that they opened the show with, to slower, more atmospheric parts, and complete dissonant noise. It's cerebral music, but it's also something you can mosh to (as many people at this show did). And even in their droniest parts, the band are always a thrill to watch with each member totally in his own zone the whole set.

Then Amanda went to House of Vans/Mohawk for Warpaint and I stayed at Red 7 for Perfect Pussy, who we also caught on a bridge, at NPR and at the Pitchfork day party. No pics of them this time, but I'm happy to report they got a new bass.

Pictures of Warpaint are in this post. More of those, plus more shots of EMA, Angel Olsen and D Unit, below...

Continue reading "EMA, Angel Olsen, Destruction Unit, Warpaint, more @ SXSW Friday (pics)"

by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher

Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Black Tusk

SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).

TUESDAY

On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.

WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.

Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.

There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.

Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.

Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)

Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.

THURSDAY

Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.

Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.

We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).

FRIDAY

It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.

During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.

That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.

The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.

SATURDAY

Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.

And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.

That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...

Continue reading "metal @ SXSW 2014 -- show previews, lineups & our top picks"

by Andrew Sacher

Ghetto Ghouls

Austin garage rockers Ghetto Ghouls are releasing their self-titled LP on April 8 via Monofonus Press, and after sharing one of its tracks, "Peepshow," they're back with another, "Living Alone," which makes its premiere in this post. It's a lo-fi, distortion-covered downer punk dirge that has the singer yelling not much more than "I'M LIVINGGG ALONEEE" repeatedly and increasingly less restrained for the song's minute and a half duration. Check it out below.

Like many other Austin bands, Ghetto Ghouls will play a number of hometown shows next week for the insanity that is SXSW, including the Ping Pong day party at Hotel Vegas (3/12) with Natural Child, Shocked Minds, Dirty Fences and more; the Monofonus Press day party at Beerland (3/12) with Destruction Unit, Guerilla Toss, Lushes and others; the Thread Pull Records day party at Trailer Space (3/13) with Crooked Bangs, Lie and others; the official Monofonus showcase at The Hideout (3/15) with Protomartyr, Love Inks and more; and the annual Panache Hangover Party on Sunday (3/16) with Tweens, September Girls, The Blind Shake, Calvin Love, A Giant Dog, Yvette and many more.

Their SXSW schedule in list format, and the new song, below...

Continue reading "Ghetto Ghouls releasing an LP, playing SXSW (song stream)"

Perfect Pussy at NYU in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy, whose upcoming debut LP, Say Yes to Love will now be more bloody, just played NYC opening for Total Slacker last week (2/12) as part of their ongoing tour, and now that that's in the past, they've tacked on a headlining NYC gig to the end of the tour happening April 5 at Mercury Lounge. To open that show, Perfect Pussy got two fellow upstate NY bands, both of which have something in common with parts of Perfect Pussy's sound. There's the punk attack of Green Dreams and the abrasive noise duo Tumul. Tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon.

UPDATE: More dates were announced, including another NYC show on April 4 at Death by Audio, again with Total Slacker, and also with fellow Syracuse punks Friendless Bummer. No advance tickets for that show.

Many of the other dates are with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (though they aren't on either NYC show), and they also announced they're playing the NPR SXSW showcase with Damon Albarn, St. Vincent and Kelis; and the Chaos In Tejas SXSW showcase with Destruction Unit and The Gotobeds. There's also a new video for "I" (shot and edited by BV contributor Lukas Hodge) which you can watch, along with the list of dates, below.

Speaking of Friendless Bummer, they just released a new EP, Militia (streaming below), and they'll be in NYC this weekend for Indie Pop Prom at Baby's (2/22) with Pity Sex, Places to Hide, Radiator Hospital, Bad Banana (reunion) and special guests "Traitor Bitches" (tickets).

Updated dates are listed, with streams and the new video, below...

Continue reading "Perfect Pussy expand tour, add NYC shows w/ Green Dreams, Tumul & Friendless Bummer (updated dates & new video)"

Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
APF

Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.

They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.

The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.

Updated lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest expands lineup (Panda Bear, War On Drugs, BJM, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, more)"

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Tickets to see Rhye at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

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Tickets to the BV-presented Metronomy show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Dum Dum Girls and Blouse at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tokyo Police Club are playing Webster Hall on May 15. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/13) at noon.

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

San Fermin are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 7. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/13) at noon.

Tickets to see Public Service Broadcasting at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see CHVRCHES at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

GZA is playing Best Buy Theater on January 18 with Datsik. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

MEN, the post-Le Tigre project of JD Samson, are playing Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/14) (moved from Rough Trade) with Tippy Toes and Colin Self. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Connan Mockasin's show that would have been at Rough Trade (1/10) has been moved to Glasslands. Arp is also opening and tickets are on sale now. Tickets for his Mercury Lounge show are still available.

Tickets to the Eagulls shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Lost In The Trees and All Tiny Creatures at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Typhoon at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Maria Minerva and Co La are playing 285 Kent on December 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Destruction Unit show at Saint Vitus (moved from 1/11 to 1/10) are on sale now.

Crazy Spirit, Glue, CREEM, and Chain Rank are playing Acheron on December 23. Tickets for this punk show are on sale now.

X-Ray Eyeballs, Battletorn, Concrete Cross, and Call of the Wild are playing Acheron on February 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, and Tiger Dare are playing Glasslands on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson, and DJ Dubious Luxury play Glasslands on January 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tiga is playing Output on December 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Neon Indian DJs Cameo on January 3 along with DJ sets from Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Ejecta, Airbird) and Heathered Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
APF

The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.

Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.

Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup & tix (Primal Scream, Loop, The Zombies, Black Angels, Black Lips, Destruction Unit & more)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Destruction Unit at 285 Kent in June (more by Lukas Hodge)

Arizona's Destruction Unit just returned to the US from a massive European tour. They'll be doing a couple hometown shows before the year ends (including one with the Meat Puppets), and if you're in Austin, you can catch them at a last-minute $3 show tonight (11/22). In January, they'll be doing a West Coast run with Parquet Courts, but just before that, they'll head on over to the East Coast to hit NYC for a Noisey-presented show at Saint Vitus on January 11 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: The show was moved to January 10. All tickets will be honored.

Parquet Courts play NYC in January too.

Destruction Unit's been busy in 2013, releasing a couple of albums -- Deep Trip and Void -- plus the Two Strong Hits 7", so if you've missed 'em, get up to speed by streaming a few tracks below. Get ready for some noisy psych rock and guitars for days.

In other Destruction Unit-related news, the band appeared in the 2012 Jay Reatard documentary Better Than Something: Jay Reatard. Jay Reatard was initially a member of Destruction Unit when the band was starting out, and Destruction Unit frontman Ryan Rousseau used to play in The Reatards. An LP companion to the Jay Reatard documentary featuring 13 unreleased live tracks previously sold out, but is now available again in a second pressing. The LP comes with a copy of the documentary and a 50 page book with essays by Jay's fellow artists, an unreleased interview, and previously unpublished photos. Trailer and tracklist below. Check out our interview with Jay Reatard from 2010, one year before he passed away.

All D Unit dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "Destruction Unit playing shows (one at Saint Vitus); Jay Reatard doc companion LP repressed (on sale now)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Pharmakon at Mercury Lounge - 9/11/13 (via @idieisaiahdavid)
Pharmakon

Pharmakon recently wrapped up a tour with Swans and even more recently played Mercury Lounge with Destruction Unit and Ukiah Drag on Wednesday (9/11). We missed that show, but we didn't miss Destruction Unit during Northside or Pharmakon with Hoax last month. Did you go to Wednesday's show? How was it?

She plays another NYC-area show a bit north of here tonight (9/13) for the first day of Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape. Joining her on tonight's diverse lineup is Pig Destroyer, Julianna Barwick, Evian Christ, Richard Hell (reading), and more. Tickets for tonight will be available at the door, and advance tickets for Saturday are still available.

Pharmakon also announced that she is expanding her European tour and adding west coast shows before she crosses the pond to play a number of dates including several festivals and a secret show in London in support of her recent album Abandon. Pharmakon's club shows include dates with Deafheaven, Savages, Kim Gordon and more. All tour dates are listed below.

Pharmakon's show with Destruction Unit at Mercury Lounge earned a mention in this week's New Yorker in the Goings On About Town section, marking what has to be one of the few times (I'm looking at you, Prurient) the words "power electronics" have made it into the mag. Check out an insane photo of Destruction Unit from that show and continue reading for complete Pharmakon tour dates below...

Continue reading "Pharmakon played Mercury Lounge with Destruction Unit, playing Basilica tonight, added more tour dates"

Destruction Unit at 285 Kent, June 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Destruction Unit

With Deep Trip due right around the corner (8/20), the Southwestern crew with the oh-so-appropriate moniker, Destruction Unit, have let loose another track from the effort. Dig on "Bumpy Road" streaming below and order your copy via Sacred Bones. Highly recommended.

As discussed, Destruction Unit have a gang of dates on the way including Goner Fest and a stop in NYC to bless (damn?) Mercury Lounge on 9/11 with Pharmakon and Ukiah Drag (tickets). The band recently announced a set of shows in the EU, dates of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, members of DU performed at Nothing Changes last night, teaming with Foreplay and Jock Club at Home Sweet Home as Marshstepper. Did you go? How was it?

All tour dates are listed, along with song streams and video, below.

Continue reading "stream a new track from Destruction Unit's 'Deep Trip' ++ updated tour dates"

Goner Fest

As mentioned, Goner Fest 10 happens September 26 - 29 in Memphis, TN. Since we last spoke, the festival added artists to its lineup including Japan's Guitar Wolf (who play NYC after), Wreckless Eric, Tyvek, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Ex-Cult, The Blind Shake, and more. Those artists join previously discussed names like Mudhoney, Destruction Unit, Cosmic Psychos (who are touring), Cheap Time, and others. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

The full schedule was just announced too, and you can check that out below.

Continue reading "Goner Fest 10 full schedule & tickets (additions include Guitar Wolf, Wreckless Eric, Tyvek & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Destruction Unit at 285 Kent in June (more by Lukas Hodge)
Destruction Unit

Destruction Unit are one of the best live bands around right now, and if my memory serves me right, I first thought this when I saw them on a bridge at SXSW about 30 seconds into "The World on Drugs," which is thankfully the first single off of their forthcoming full length, Deep Trip (due out 8/20 via Sacred Bones). Destruction Unit balance the punk and the psych pretty well at their shows and on their albums, but for all the noise and walls of sound this band can build, I tend to remember them for their full-on attack mode, which is crushing as can be in this song. Listen to it below while you look at Deep Trip's optical illusion cover art.

Destruction Unit also just announced a tour which brings them back to NYC on September 11 at Mercury Lounge. That show and a few others on the tour are with Ukiah Drag. DU's also killer Sacred Bones labelmate Pharmakon is on that Merc show too. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are not on sale yet, but you can keep checking TIcketmaster for updates.

All dates are listed, along with the new song, below...

Continue reading "Destruction Unit release "The World On Drugs" from new LP, announce tour, playing NYC w/ Pharmakon (dates & stream)"

photos by Lukas Hodge

Merchandise / Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent, 6/15/2013
Merchandise
Destruction Unit

The dream pop band with the punk rook roots, Merchandise, brought their North American tour with Milk Music and Destruction Unit to 285 Kent on a very busy Saturday night (6/15), as part of Northside Festival. The sold-out show was one of two gigs for first band of the night, Destruction Unit, who by all accounts came out looking more like a headliner than a band warming up for the "real attraction." (Destruction Unit played higher on the bill one night later at Shea Stadium) Pictures from 285 Kent are below.

The jaunt included recent stops to Chaos in Tejas and NXNE, and two of the three bands recently released videos during their tour (Merchandise for "Totale Night" and Destruction Unit for "Sonic Pearl").

More pics from Saturday night are below...

Continue reading "Merchandise, Milk Music and Destruction Unit played 285 Kent during Northside Fest (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Destruction Unit @ Shea Stadium - 6//16/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
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I wrapped up my weekend/music portion of the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium last night (6/16) for the Impose/My Social List show which featured a killer lineup all around. The show kicked off with a set from Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood. The crowd was still pretty small during their opening set, and they seemed like they'd be a lot more fun to see in a more crowded room, but still powered through a set of sludge, guitar noise, and a nice little Who/Nirvana-style freakout at the end, knocking over their drum kit and mic stands.

They were followed by Brooklyn post-hardcore four piece Big Ups, who really started getting the show going pretty wild. These guys play locally a lot, but I'd somehow never managed to catch them until last night and man did they win me over. They not only sound but look totally '90s on stage (that singer's half-bleached hair!), and they do the whole post-hardcore thing from that era really well, sounding like some lost Dischord/SST band. The singer is smart aleck-y, angry, and in-your-face while spending more of his time in the crowd than on stage, and the band rock too. They'll switch from real dissonant riffage to classic hardcore whiplash, and find time for the somber moments too. They mentioned on stage that a full length is coming. Be on the lookout for that.

Then came psych punks Destruction Unit, whose tour with Merchandise and Milk Music had hit 285 Kent a night earlier (6/15), to up the volume in the room by about 80%. I first caught the triple-guitar noisemakers on a bridge at SXSW and they were the kind of band that blew you away even if you weren't too familiar with their songs. Last night was no different. Being that they were on a real stage (and not insanely overcrowded with an audience coming from all angles), it started off a bit less manic, but the freakouts soon came. The singer was falling over his stage monitor a few songs in as the other two guitarists were zoned out and wailing away, and the bassist and drummer just kept a tight, menacing groove throughout the entire thing. They really pile on walls of guitars, and they've got a Sonic Youth-y way of all being individually interesting but mainly contributing to the greater good of the whole noise. These guys have a new record, Deep Trip, due out on August 20 via Sacred Bones (following a new single on Suicide Squeeze) and that can't come soon enough.

Finally, the show concluded with a set from Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who may not have had the volume of the band prior, but they were easily the most consistently fast band on the bill. Drummer Daniel Pitout seriously pounds away at that kit as guitarist Brody McKnight and bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic come together to create a blend of melody and noisy dissonance (in a very Sonic Youth way) as Andrea switches between piercing screams and a psychedelic, hushed moan. They came to NYC for the show after playing NXNE in their home country, which you can check out pictures of.

Check out a few more instagrams from the show below...

Continue reading "Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, Big Ups and Psychic Blood played a Northside show at Shea Stadium (review)"

Destruction Unit at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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Southwestern psychedelic punk favorites and live juggernaut Destruction Unit have released the video for "Sonic Pearl" from the band's Two Strong Hits 7-inch out via Suicide Squeeze. Check that out below. The release is not the only new tracks that the band will add to their repertoire in the near future, as DU will also welcome the forthcoming LP, Deep Trip, which is due on Sacred Bones on August 20. Check out the art for Deep Trip below.

As mentioned, Destruction Unit will play NXNE as well as NYC twice this weekend, at a sold-out 285 Kent on Saturday (6/15) with Milk Music and Merchandise, and Sunday (6/16) at Shea Stadium with Nu Sensae (tickets). Both NYC shows are part of Northside Festival. Highly recommended.

That video and remaining dates are below.

Continue reading "Destruction Unit release video for "Sonic Pearl" playing NYC twice this weekend for Northside Festival"

Merchandise at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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Just a few days after ripping Chaos in Tejas alongside a stacked bill of The Men, Total Control, Destruction Unit, Lower and others, Merchandise are back out on the road with Milk Music, Destruction Unit and more, poised to hit 285 Kent next week (6/15) as part of Northside Fest. Tickets are still available.

The band recently released a video for the title track of their 12", Totale Nite. Check that out, alongside updated tour schedule, below.

Continue reading "Merchandise release new video, expand tour dates"

Infest @ 1100 Warehouse (more by Fred Pessaro)
Rival Mob

Destruction Unit at Cheer Up Charlies (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Chaos in Tejas

Kromosom on the Lamar Bridge (more by Fred Pessaro)
Kromosom

Chaos in Tejas 2013 has come to a close, taking over Austin for four days across multiple venues and featuring bands as varied as Andy Stott, Kromosom and Framtid. If you missed it, live through the experience in pictures by checking out photos of The Damned and The Marked Men at 1100 Warehouse and The UV Race at Red 7 on 5/30; DIIV, Deep Time,  Survive and more at MohawkBolt Thrower , Full of HellIron Lung and more on 5/31.

Wait, there's more: check out pics of  The Men, Merchandise, Total Control and more at Cheer Up Charlie'sFramtidCrudos, Criminal Damage, Akitsa and more on 6/1; and InfestManilla RoadMind Eraser, Rival Mob and more Day 4 (6/2) coverage.

by Andrew Sacher

Title Fight

KIngston, PA punks Title Fight, whose 2012 emotionally charged post-hardcore record, Floral Green, was one of the best of its kind that year, just returned home from a European tour with Whirr and they've now got some upcoming US shows scheduled for the summer. A full tour announcement hasn't come yet, but they were recently announced for LA's FYF Fest. They've got East Coast shows happening sooner than that though, including the PA stop (6/14) on the Merchandise, Milk Music, and Destruction Unit tour (tickets) and a NYC show aboard a Rocks Off Cruise on June 16. That show is being presented by Shirts for a Cure and tickets for it are on sale now.

As mentioned, on Record Store Day, Title Fight released a split 7" with Touche Amore where the two bands covered each other, and you can now pick up that 7" on grey or pink vinyl at the Deathwish E-Store. The purchase comes with an instant MP3 download of the release. You can also stream a sample of each song below.

Touche Amore, who also play FYF Fest, are working on a new album which is due out this fall via Deathwish. They recently began work on it with producer Brad Wood (Sunny Day Real Estate). Check out a trailer video of the band in studio below.

All Title FIght dates are listed, along with a full stream of Floral Green and all other streams/videos, below...

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Destruction Unit 7

The great Destruction Unit will batter us yet again with new material, most imminently a 7" due on Suicide Squeeze. Featuring two new tracks of psychedelic punk, you can stream half of the Two Strong Hits 7" in the form of "Sonic Pearl" below. In ADDITION, look for the band to release an LP via their new label home Sacred Bones on August 20. Details are sketchy thus far beyond that.

As mentioned, DU are on the road soon, and will play TWO NYC dates: June 15 at 285 Kent with Merchandise and Milk Music (tickets) and June 16t at Shea Stadium with Nu Sensae (tickets).

Updated dates are listed, along with  that stream. below.

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Merchandise on Lamar Pedestrian Bridge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Merchandise

Merchandise are here now, and getting geared up to play this afternoon's Strawberry Fest at NYU with Mission of Burma, followed by solo sets later tonight at 285 Kent (tickets).

In addition, the band dropped off a new short film for "Rush of Blood," available for viewing below. The film was "conceptualized, directed, and edited by frontman Carson Cox with an original score by guitarist Dave Vassalotti."

Merchandise will also be back in NYC to play Northside with Milk Music and Destruction Unit on June 15th at 285 Kent (tickets). All tour dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Nu Sensae at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Nu Sensae

As mentioned, Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who are still touring behind last year's bruising Sundowning, will be coming to NYC for this year's Northside Festival, and one of their shows has just been announced. They'll play an Impose/My Social List party on June 16 at Shea Stadium with a killer lineup of psych punks Destruction Unit, local post-hardcore band Big Ups (who have a ton of other shows) and Western Mass sludge-psych rockers Psychic Blood (who have toured with Nu Sensae before). Tickets for that show go on sale May 16 at noon. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

That show is the second Northside show that Destruction Unit has announced so far. It happens one day after their tour with Merchandise and Milk Music hits 285 Kent (6/15). Tickets for that show are still available. Destruction Unit released their impressive new LP, Void, earlier this year, but as I said when I saw them at SXSW, you really have to see it live.

If you're headed to these shows from outside of Williamsburg/Bushwick, the L Train will be running, despite earlier reports that it would be closed for maintenance during Northside.

All Nu Sensae and Destruction Unit dates are listed, along with videos/song streams from all four bands, below...

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Goner Records

Goner Fest returns for its aluminum anniversary (10th) and Goner Records' china anniversary (20th, thanks Wikipedia!) with some great names in it's initial lineup. The annual festival in Memphis, Tennessee will go down on Sept 26 -29 and play host to sets from names like Mudhoney, Destruction Unit, legendary Aussie punks Cosmic Psychos, related act The Onyas, plus CC Riders, Head, Cheap Time and Buck Biloxi & the Fucks, with many many more still to be announced. Ticketing info is also still TBA.

Speaking of Mudhoney and anniversaries, the band must be the go-to for weddings, bar mitzvahs, retirement parties and special celebrations at this point. Mudhoney is also on board to play the upcoming silver anniversary of Sub Pop in Seattle in addition to a few other tour dates, though rumors of an additional appearance at an NYC area bris outside of their previously discussed their two NYC shows is yet unconfirmed. Tickets are still available for that May 11 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and May 12 show at Bowery Ballroom.

White Fence
White Fence

As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.

White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.

The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.

These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.

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