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Oneida w/ James McNew @ Glasslands 7/17/2014
Oneida

Joining the band for this show, as he did at Glasslands last year, was James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Dump, whose bass playing mingled nicely with the swirling controlled chaos on the stage. Although technically a four-song "set", this set had a similar structure, with a 40-minute sequence of "Cedars" into "Economy Travel" adding two shorter songs, "Cock Fight" and "You Get Brighter" (a 48-minute version of which appeared at the 2013 Glasslands show) to round it out. We expect to see some of these compositions whittled down to album length for a future release, but in a way that'd be a shame. This act's sound cannot be contained on a few pieces of plastic, nor can their songs properly be culled to one right "version". The beauty is in the expression of it at a given time on a given night-the very reason live recordings exist in the first place. - [NYC Taper]
Oneida, augmented by Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, played Glasslands on Thursday (7/17), the first date of a short summer tour. Pictures from their set are in this post and you can stream the whole thing below, and download it over at NYC Taper.

Opening the night was noise-n-rhythm trio, Beech Creeps, the current band of ex Ex Models' Zach Lehrhoff that also features Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, Monster Crunch). You can catch Beech Creeps in a couple weeks when they play Rockaways spot Rippers on August 9 with Call Of The Wild and Giggly Boys. That's a free afternoon show.

Dysrythmia @ Glasslands
Dysrhythmia

In betweeen were another trio, instrumental metallers Dysrythmia, one of Kevin Hufnagel's many projects that also features Colin Marsten. Dysrythmia's next scheduled show is playing the second night of Virus' two night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).

More pictures from the show and the Oneida set stream, below....

Continue reading "Onieda w/ James McNew played Glasslands w/ Dysrhythmia and Beech Creeps (pics & stream of Oneida's set)"

Ex Hex @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ex Hex

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Ex Hex @ MoMA
Having spent time in Autoclave, Helium and, most recently, Wild Flag, Mary Timony has an impeccable indie rock CV. But her new project, Ex Hex, goes straight for the groin with '70s-style glammy power pop. Tonight's show is part of the MoMA Nights series and is free with museum entry.

Jon Hopkins, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
Having helped create textural work with Imogen Heap, Brian Eno (and Coldplay), Jon Hopkins delved into dance music for the first time on 2013's Immunity, a concept album exploring, instrumentally, an epic night out. While it may not feature any Disclosure-style dancefloor bangers, Immunity is an absolute stunner, a record that needs to be heard as a whole, and one whose synthesizers throb like a beating heart.

Circa Survive, UME, New God @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a small show for Circa Survive and naturally sold out, but if you're going we recommend getting there early for Austin's hair-swinging, guitar-shredding Ume. You can also catch them at the smaller NYC venue Pianos, tomorrow.

Kestrels, Adult Dude, Wild White, Feral Future @ Cake Shop
Canadian shoegazers Kestrels and NYC '90s-style rockers Adult Dude bring plenty of loud guitars to Cake Shop tonight.

Oneida, Dysrhythmia, Beech Creeps @ Glasslands
Brooklyn stalwarts Oneida are always worth seeing, and tonight is with long-running Philly experimetal band Dysrhythmia.

Mobb Deep @ Queensbridge Park (FREE)
Mobb Deep have been super active this year, celebrating their classic LP The Infamous, releasing their first new music in a while, and playing a good amount of shows. Tonight's is free.

Weatherbox, Dikembe, Deep Pockets @ Saint Vitus
Weatherbox's new LP (their first in five years), Flies In All Directions, is an excellent and highly diverse rock record that includes bare-bones acoustic parts, high-energy punk-ish rock, eccentric indie pop, and more. Tonight their tour with emo rockers Dikembe hits Saint Vitus.

Flume, Goldlink, Noah Breakfast @ Terminal 5
Australian producer Flume saw a HUGE bump in his career recently, partially thanks to a Lorde remix. Tonight's his second of three sold out Terminal 5 shows this week, and it's worth showing up on time for rapper Godlink.

Cities Aviv, Sick Feeling, Georgia @ Trans-Pecos
Trans-Pecos hosts this show headlined by NYC rap weirdo Cities Aviv.

Queen w/ Adam Lambert @ Madison Square Garden
While many may scoff at this being called "Queen" in any way shape or form, there is no denying that Brian May and Roger Taylor will play songs by their old band with American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert subbing for the irreplaceable Freddie Mercury.

End of Love, The Tall Pines, Margo Valiante, Chris Lind @ The Bowery Electric
Americana powerpop band End of Love existed in the early '00s in NYC. Original members Jay Deegan, Jennifer Groves, and Irwin Menken reformed the band with a couple additions you may recognize: Wilco's Nels Cline on guitar and Big Star's Jody Stephens on drums. That line-up makes their live debut tonight.

Gigawatts Fest ft. Vensaire, Boytoy, Sunflower Bean, Truthers, Bluffing, Piers @ Radio Bushwick
The four-day Gigawatts Festival begins tonight with a solid lineup of mostly local bands.

Grum, Cut Snake @ Output
Output's weekly INPUT party always brings forward-thinking dance music to the Brooklyn venue. This week it's Scottish producer Grum.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Ian Chainey

Virus

You could call Norwegian weirdos Virus quirky metal, but that doesn't really approximate their mind effing. Czral, leader of the three-piece, agrees: "Virus is more of an eccentric rock band than a metal band. People have said it sounds like a mixture of Talking Heads and Voivod." Oh and their first album, 2003's Carheart, has lyrical themes revolving around "dogs and cars." So, yeah, metal isn't totally accurate and quirky is an understatement. Fun, though? That they are.

Virus will be heading to the US for the first time this October, spending two headlining nights at NYC's Saint Vitus on October 25 & 25. The first night (10/24) will feature a bill including Krallice, Sannhet, and Couch Slut. The second night (10/25) reshuffles the deck with Ocrilim, Dysrhythmia (who will be playing with Oneida on Thursday [7/ 17] at Glasslands), and Geryon (who are playing the Acheron tonight [7/14] with Alrune, Belus, and Ancient Ocean). According to Saint Vitus, "[Virus] will be performing two different sets each night, and rumor has it that Czral will also be DJing at Saint Vitus Bar the night before, on October 23rd." The shows are currently the band's only North American dates. Tickets for both events (October 24 and October 25) go on sale tomorrow (7/15) at noon.

You can check out the Virus flyer along with some streams of the band below.

Continue reading "Norwegian band Virus playing first US shows: 2 nights in NYC at Saint Vitus w/ Krallice, Sannhet, Dysrhythmia & more"

Oneida

Brooklyn experimental rockers Oneida are going on a tour this summer and with them they'll have a new batch of limited edition cassettes, The Brah Tapes. The tapes collect live and studio material from the past five years and will only be available on this tour. One track appearing on the tape, "RPT," is premiering in this post. It's an almost-7 minute jam powered by a krauty groove, and you can stream it below. Here's what band member Bobby Matador had to say about it

A total burner. Recorded live at the Ocropolis with an audience, at one of our public in-studio events that inspired the remote Ocropolis performance installations of 2009-2011. Showtime plays the bass. Titled "RPT" at its birth, this tune is usually known within the O as "Kaddenium" or "Kaddenmium," after the uncatalogued element discovered by renegade scientist David Kadden. The scientific establishment, unable to reach consensus on its precise atomic weight, has at least agreed that this shit is extremely heavy.
The tour kicks off in their hometown of Brooklyn on July 17 at Glasslands with Dysrhythmia and Beech Creeps. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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

Continue reading "Oneida touring and releasing a tour-only cassette (stream a track +++ dates)"

by Ian Chainey

Haitian Rail
Haitian Arms

Last year, Many Arms' Nick Millevoi and Hyrrokkin's Edward Ricart folded together the experimental fringes of out-there jazz and rock as the Ricart/Millevoi Quartet. Haitian Rail, the resulting date with Travis Laplante on tenor sax and Ches Smith on drums, was equal parts avant-garde jazz soundbomb, bruising noise rock, and spiderweb-intricate prog. The varied timbres made for quite a palette. Ricart's bass lines busily fluttered and were caked with AmRep grime. Millevoi played like an attacking chessmaster, tossing out chameleonesque scales and runs that challenged the rest of the band to react. The rest of the band were up to the task. A record like Haitian Rail lives and dies by the interplay between its builders. Haitian Rail thrived.

Fast forward a year and another Ricart/Millevoi album is on the way. This one is called Solarists, out on July 22 through New Atlantis Records. There are some changes. Most notably, the quartet have shifted operations under a familiar sobriquet, Haitian Rail. Plus, there are some new friends within in the ranks. Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus) takes over Laplante's counter-melody duties and drummer Kevin Shea (Most Other People Do the Killing) assumes Smith's stool. And, jeeze, if "Trembler" and Solarists' cover art is any indication, things are getting dark.

"Trembler" cuts right to the chase. Shea and Ricart weave in, out, and around each other by way of blink-and-you'll-miss-them rhythms. They're like two bikers lane-splitting during a traffic jam. Ricart, in particular, seems intent on exhausting notebook after notebook of riffs and song ideas. So, with the space eaten up by the rhythm section, Millevoi and Blacksberg hang back. Millevoi again covers a lot of miles with his tone. He starts out swishing around a Duane Denison twang and then spits corrosive skronks upon whatever Shea and Ricart are constructing. Blacksberg, on the other hand, mops things up with comparatively melodic legato sweeps, also adding in percussive periods and commas when required. Suddenly, Shea takes over with a drum solo that is both athletic and cerebral. It sounds like someone dropped an ant farm on his kit and he's trying to quickly eradicate the scourge, yet he plays with so much balance. His logical calculations catch on and the entire band finally comes together, ending with a spiky arrangement that could be a caffeinated read of Eric Dolphy's "Gazzelloni."

Or, in other words, holy crap.

"Trembler" is the opening song on Haitian Rail's Solarists, available July 22 on New Atlantis Records (preorder). It makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.

Nick Millevoi will also be out on tour with Many Arms soon, including a NYC show Thursday (6/5) at Saint Vitus with Dysrhythmia and Mick Barr/Marc Edwards (tickets). Speaking of Dysrhythmia, they'll be on a bill featuring Oneida and Beach Creeps at Glasslands Gallery on July 17 (tickets). And the always-working Mick Barr has a number of engagements upcoming, including solo sets and collaborations with Mike Pride. All of those are listed below.

Stream "Trembler," along with the Solarists cover art, tracklisting, and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Haitian Rail releasing a new LP (stream a track); Dysrhythmia and Mick Barr playing Vitus w/ Many Arms & other shows"

Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Azar Swan

Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.

In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:

The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.
The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).

Stream some Azar Swan below...

Continue reading "Azar Swan playing shows w/ Prurient & Suuns; member Josh Strawn launched new DJ night (schedule)"

words by Doug Moore; photos by Drew Gurian, videos by unARTigNYC & Frank Huang

Pig Destroyer @ Saint Vitus -- 1/11/13
Pig Destroyer at Saint Vitus
Pig Destroyer at Saint Vitus

Our latest BrooklynVegan (and Invisible Oranges)-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select went down at Saint Vitus on Saturday night (1/11) with Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain, hosted by Dave Hill. Steady rain in the late afternoon and early evening didn't keep Saint Vitus from filling up almost immediately, and the bands raged just as hard as we expected. From our IO writeup:

Mother Brain's new two-man format only intensifies the lean mayhem of their live delivery. Trenchgrinder have an Asphyx-esque gift for making their one-guitar death metal sound bigger than most bands with two axes can. Dysrhythmia are the most impossibly tight live metal act in New York City, which says something given the number of shred-inclined bands based here. And Pig Destroyer were Pig Destroyer, if a bit thicker and heavier for the addition of John Jarvis on bass. People go wild for that band, and for good reason. Opening with "Hymn" from the Benümb split: awesome curveball.
Photos and full-set vids of every band (Dave Hill's taint-filled intros included) are in this post. Thanks to everyone who came out; hopefully you had just as much fun as we did.

NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Earthless, Destruction Unit, Yakuza & Running show in Chicago. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in April.

More pictures, videos and another look at the El Jefe-designed poster, below (and some really big versions of the photos at the BV Facebook too)...

Continue reading "Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder & Mother Brain played the BV-curated RBSS show @ Saint Vitus (pics/videos)"

by Doug Moore

pig destroyer

What are you doing on January 11, 2014? What's that? You can't plan things that far in advance? Welp, you have a plan now: Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain are playing a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Saint Vitus. The very funny Dave Hill is hosting. Entrance will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). There is a 100% chance that it will be an utter shit show.

Pig Destroyer fully deserve their reputation as modern grindcore's most vital band; this show will mark their first NYC appearance with new (and first-ever!) bassist Scott Jarvis in the lineup. Dysrhythmia, who may well put on the most thrilling live show of any New York metal band, will put in a breather set (kinda, sorta, not really) between Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston's touring duties with Gorguts, whose Colored Sands is deservedly among the most acclaimed metal albums of 2013. Fellow locals Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain will deliver dirty death metal and maniacal grind, respectively -- both bands work hard and shred harder.

This is the first IO-curated Red Bull Sound Select show, but it's the third BV-curated one overall; our previous installments included Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.

I seriously could not be more stoked about this lineup. Clear your calendars and stream music by all four bands below.

Continue reading "BV & RBSS present: Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder, Mother Brain & host Dave Hill @ Saint Vitus!"

by Doug Moore

Kevin Hufnagel with Gorguts @ Irving Plaza, June '12 (more by Justina Villanueva)
Kevin Hufnagel

It's pretty unusual that a metal guitarist deigns to pick up a ukulele, but Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia, Vaura, and Gorguts does so on a pretty regular basis. Hufnagel has been playing live solo gigs on baritone uke for a couple of years now; not to be outdone by his similarly prolific Dysrhythmia/Gorguts bandmate Colin Marston, he's compiled a bunch of his uke material into an album called Ashland. And unlike some ukulele-based albums, it's actually pretty awesome.

We're streaming all of Ashland over at Invisible Oranges this morning, along with an interview with the man himself. From the interview:

You've been playing solo gigs with the uke for a couple of years now, and versions of these compositions have been popping up on your Youtube account for about as long. When did you start writing these and how long did the compositional process take you?

I began writing material in April 2011. The album features 13 tracks, but at this point I have 25 songs! So it was hard to choose what to use for the record. The compositional process happened very quickly, honestly. Most of the songs are in the 2 to 3 minute range. They are more like miniatures. A melody would appear and I would usually only write about 2 or 3 additional sections to the song. From there I'd add little twists to the melodies when they would repeat, and subtle embellishments. There is something about working with limitations that can inspire and make for more productivity sometimes. That's the way I felt when writing for this instrument. Having small frets and only 4 strings really forced me to try and draw the most out of very little, while keeping it engaging. Sometimes I would further limit my options by placing a capo at the 4th, or 7th fret, in turn having even fewer frets to work with. I really enjoyed the challenge.

On several of Ashland's tracks, you place a wooden file under the ukulele's strings to change its tone and create a percussive sound. How'd you come up with that idea?

That's nothing I thought of myself. Plenty of other players have used that technique throughout time -- people like Fred Frith, and bands like Sonic Youth. I also use a hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings for certain tracks on the album. The idea of "preparing" instruments like that was most noticeably born from John Cage and his use of prepared piano, beginning in the 1930s. Yet, I still feel this is a technique not enough guitarists have explored, with its many textural possibilities. I also can't play drums. By using this technique on guitar or the uke, it allows me to play rhythmic patterns, via picking strings, that sound like percussion. Often the parts still retain overtones of strange pitches and melody. I plan to make my next solo album completely based on this approach.

Ashland is out digitally today (10/8) via Nightfloat Recordings; a vinyl version will drop some time in early 2014 via The Crossing. Check out Hufnagel's Bandcamp for access to both.

Hufnagel also has live dates upcoming with both Vaura and Dysrhythmia, plus some solo gigs. As previously mentioned, Dysrhythmia hits Saint Vitus on 11/17 with Zevious and Geryon; tickets are available. Likewise, Vaura's aforementioned record release show is at 285 Kent on 11/23 with Kayo Dot and Psalm Zero; keep an eye on their Ticketfly page for tix. The first of the two solo dates is Wednesday (10/9) at the Spectrum.

Stream Ashland and check out all of Hufnagel's upcoming live dates below.

Continue reading "Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Vaura) released a ukulele album (stream it)"

by Doug Moore

Tombs @ The Studio, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Tombs

With our NYC Metal Show Calendar growing increasingly crowded with killer tours, it'd be easy to miss some of the awesome local-oriented metal shows coming up in the next couple of months. Here are three you should hit for sure:

Behold the Arctopus, Child Abuse, and Geryon at The Acheron on October 3: Tech assassins Behold the Arctopus were just announced for Portland's Fall Into Darkness Fest, so they'll be bringing their A game at this gig as they prep for the big stage. (Which, to be fair, they always do.) Meanwhile, keyboard/bass/drums noise rockers Child Abuse (one of NYC's weirdest heavy bands, which is saying something) have a new album and an October tour in the works, though official dates/locations haven't been announced. Geryon, meanwhile, is Nick McMaster & Lev Weinstein of Krallice playing bass'n'drum death metal, which is about as strange as it sounds. Tickets are on sale.

Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, and Anicon at Saint Vitus on November 8: As we mentioned a few weeks back, Tombs is only kind of a local band now; 3/4 of the members live elsewhere. The band is currently gearing up to record a new album late in the fall, so you can expect that they won't be around NYC much after this date. Primitive Weapons -- formerly something of a house band at Vitus -- have also dialed their local appearances way back as of late. Catch both NY heroes on one bill while you can; buy tix here.

Dysrhythmia, Zevious, and Geryon at Saint Vitus on November 17: Even if you don't like the noodly shit, or if you insist on rock music having vocals (lame), Dysrhythmia are one of the most jaw-dropping live acts in the game right now, thanks in no small part to drummer Jeff Eber's ability to slam the everloving crap out of his drums while dodging through Colin Marston (who just released a new album) and Kevin Hufnagel's zany parts. Main support Zevious also features Jeff, along with his brother Mike. With Geryon bringing up the fore, there is going to be a lot of good drumming at this show. Tix here.

Stream some Child Abuse, Geryon, and Zevious below:

Continue reading "Tombs, Dysrhythmia, and Behold the Arctopus playing (separate) NYC shows"

by Doug Moore

Marston, shredding at Public Assembly last year (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Colin Marston

Colin Marston is the hardest-working metal musician in New York City, which, to paraphrase The Big Lebowski, puts him in the running for hardest-working worldwide. Marston has released music with no fewer than four (crazy complex) bands during the past year-ish: Dysrhythmia, Krallice, Behold The Arctopus, and Gorguts, who recently played Hopscotch Fest and who joined Invisible Oranges on the September 3 edition of our East Village Radio show. Marston also released a little-noticed but amazing solo album under the name Indricothere earlier this year.

But all that evidently isn't enough for Marston, because he's released another Indricothere album directly to Bandcamp. Though past Indricothere albums have been solidly in his tech/prog-metal wheelhouse, his new effort XI travels substantially off his shred-beaten path. We've got a full writeup over at Invisible Oranges, but here's an excerpt:

Even for a musician of his breadth, this new effort is a curveball...Marston has followed in Gorguts/Dysrhythmia bandmate Kevin Hufnagel's footsteps and released an entire album of textural music. There are no strings or drums on XI; if there are, they're not clearly discernible. We're treated instead to slow-shifting synths and shimmering textures; the chord progressions proceed gracefully, and with only a little of the tension that usually colors Marston's compositions.
Stream XI in full below.

Continue reading "Colin Marston releases 2nd Indricothere LP of 2013 (stream it)"

Gorguts at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
Gorguts

As discussed, Gorguts will return with Colored Sands, the band's new LP due on September 3 on Season of Mist. Besides being the first Gorguts LP in a dozen years, Colored Sands is the first with the new lineup of Luc LeMay with Colin Marston (Krallice/Behold the Arctopus/Dysrhthmia/etc), Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia/Vaura/etc) and John Longstreth (Dim Mak/Origin).

Check out a pair of new tracks from their forthcoming LP below.

Continue reading "stream 2 tracks from Gorguts forthcoming LP 'Colored Sands'"

Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick Open Studios happens this weekend (May 31 - June 2) and is "a three day arts and culture festival that celebrates the community's vibrant arts scene with the goal of fostering dialogue and collaboration between local artists and residents." You can wander around the Brooklyn neighborhood and check out local artists' works where they made it. It's free and open to the public. Full artist listings are here.

There is also lots of music going on with BOS as well, which begins with an Official Launch Party at Shea Stadium on Friday (5/31) with Darlings, LODRO, Air Waves, and EULA. Tickets are $10 at the door and includes a Brooklyn Brewery open bar from 8 - 9 PM. More info at the facebook event.

There is also the BOS Music Festival which happens Saturday (6/1) at Don Pedro with The Othermen, Twin Guns and more; and Sunday (6/2) at Lone Wolf with Ken South Rock, Sorceress and more. Full line-ups are below and more info on the event flyer, which is also pictured below.

There's still more. The BOS '13 Electronic Music Showcase happens Saturday night at the Bossa Nova Civics Club with Octo Octa, Datalog, Tomeeo, Nanohumans, and Stephane Bonefant. More info at the facebook event.

On Sunday at Brooklyn Fire Proof East is "Moving On," a "fringe concert series" hosted by composer and performer Ian M. Colletti, (Vaudeville/ Vaudeville Park) and includes performances from Sam Mickens, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Dysrythmia's Kevin Hufnagel, Au Revoir Simone's Erika Spring, Sophia Knapp, and lots more. Line-up for that is below and more info at the facebook event.

Line-ups for BOS Music Festival and "Moving On" and that flyer below...

Continue reading "Bushwick Open Studios happens this weekend: music includes Greg Saunier, LODRO, Erika Spring, YYY's Brian Chase & more "

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Gorguts at Irving Plaza, June 2012 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
Gorguts

"It is with great joy that I announce the return of GORGUTS to Season of Mist! Things have not always been easy these last couple of years, but now it's all behind us and all I can say is that I'm more than eager to share this new record with all of you. Our forthcoming album will be a very detailed, dark, epic, emotional, conceptual record and Season of Mist was my first choice to be the standard-bearer for this new GORGUTS opus and I must say that I am more than happy to work with them again."
And with that, Luc Lemay announced that Gorguts will release their highly-anticipated fifth studio album later this year via Season of Mist. The band, which now features drummer John Longstreth and 2/3 of Dysrhythmia (Colin Marston and Kevin Hufnagel), made their return to the stage as part of a 2010 tour with Portal & Bloody Panda. They then played NYC again last summer for a show at Irving Plaza opening the sweaty Death to All reunion.

Dysrhythmia at Saint Vitus, Jan 5, 2012 (photo by Caroline Harrison)
Dysrhythmia

Dysrhythmia played Saint Vitus on Jan 5th, 2012, joined by a rare appearance from California crew Wreck & Reference with Soren (of Rosenkopf) and Planning for Burial. Check out a review, videos and a full set of pictures at Invisible Oranges.

AFE; file under brutal promo shots, houseplants
A Fucking Elephant

You had better have some big cojones to name your band A Fucking Elephant. The technical/progressive two-piece (bass/drums) are prepping to release their classily-titled Seven Inches of A Fucking Elephant, a two song effort that demonstrates the band's prowess as an instrumental powerhouse. At times AFE sound like they've studied the jaw-dropping skills of their recording engineer Colin Marston (the 7" was laid to tape at his A Thousand Caves studio) while others give glimpses of latter Bastard Noise. Stream that release in full below for the first time, get your copy via Nefarious Industries, and see themon the road at the dates below --  including at Public Assembly on Jan 20 with Hannibal Montana, Noxious Foxes and Multitudes. Advance tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Colin Marston, the multi-instrumentalist will be at Saint Vitus on Saturday (1/5) as part of Dysrhythmia's appearance with Wreck & Reference, Soren and Planning for Burial. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "stream 'Seven Inches of A Fucking Elephant,' catch them on tour (dates)"

photos by Jonathan McPhail

Dysrhythmia @ Public Assembly
Dysrhythmia

Dysrhythmia finished their round of dates in celebration of Test of Submission in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on Saturday (11/17). They were joined by a rare appearance from Loincloth (who we profiled here) and NYC's STATS and Rivers of Nihil. Though the latter band leans more toward the death metal end of things, the other three made it clear to see that the night was dedicated to math-y technical metal in different variations. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Dysrhythmia will join Wreck & Reference (profiled here and here), Soren (of Rosenkopf, who played his debut show at WIERD) and Planning for Burial on January 5th at Saint Vitus. The show is a rare appearance for Wreck & Reference, who are are visiting from their native Bay Area. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from Public Assembly, though unfortunately none of Rivers of Nihil (who we missed), below...

Continue reading "Dysrhythmia played Public Assembly w/ Loincloth / STATS, add show w/ Wreck & Reference, Soren & more"

Behold the Arctopus, winner of the best band photo ever Behold the Arctopus

Technical metal favorites Behold the Arctopus are back to wield the Warr guitar on Horrorscension, the band's new LP out now via Black Market Activities. Stream the entire LP below.

Though BTA have no tour dates on tap, Dysrhythmia (featuring Colin Marston) are currently touring their little (blackened) hearts out. Look for the band to hit Public Assmebly on 11/17 as part of a show with Loincloth and STATS (tickets). Dysrhythmia's new LP Test of Submission is out now via Profound Lore (for CD) and Nerve Altar (for vinyl).

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Colin of Krallice at House of Vans, 8/24/2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Krallice

Bloomberg oddly hasn't called a press conference yet, but in my eyes it is officially "Colin Marston Weekend." As discussed, Saturday night (9/22) will be spent celebrating Dystrhythmia's new LP at Saint Vitus with special guests The Wayward and Praetura (tickets) but tonight is another show for a different Marston project. Krallice headline Acheron tonight (9/21) with Mutant Supremacy and Feast of The Epiphany. Tickets are available at the door.

If you're heading to Acheron, get there early to catch Feast of the Epiphany, a project featuring Nick Podgurski (Extra Life), Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Tony Gedrich (STATS). The band, which dabbles in everything from doom to ambient to gothic post-punk, is preparing to release the new LP, Temperance, via New Firmament on October 20 and have dropped off a new track in the form of "Second Pulse" which is streamable below.

Check out that new track, a stream of the new Dysrhythmia, and more Feast of the Epiphany material below.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Dysrhythmia

Congrats to Dysrhythmia who welcome their new LP Test of Submission TODAY via Profound Lore and Nerve Altar soon. Stream the new LP from the Brooklyn technical metal gods below for the very first time anywhere!

Test of Submission will be celebrated with a string of US dates that kick off in Cleveland and extend into middle November. The dates conclude with a stint with the mighty Loincloth (who have a new LP) that includes a stop at Public Assembly on November 17th. Tickets are on sale.

Of course you can catch Dysrhythmia before that, as they ALSO play NYC at Saint Vitus on 9/22. Tickets are still available.

All listed tour dates and the album stream are below.

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words by Doug Moore, photos by Caroline Harrison

Mike Scheidt, 7/21/2012
Mike Scheidt


Saturday night (7/21) saw an unusual double header at Saint Vitus. The intimate first offering consisted of metal dudes playing decidedly un-metal acoustic music: Mike Scheidt (YOB), Nate Hall (US Christmas), and Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia). Prurient's post-midnight set offered latecomers a noise-addled second helping. (More on that later.)

Kevin Hufnagel is best known for shredding guitar performances in NYC prog-metallers Dysrhythmia and the death metal legends Gorguts. As a solo performer, Hufnagel cuts the volume dramatically; his recent run of live shows have focused on his baritone ukulele compositions. Though the medium has changed, Hufnagel's voice remained audible. His labyrinthine pieces demonstrated both scary chops and a gift for ghostly melody.

With a broad-brimmed hat casting his face in shadow, Nate Hall cut a Neil Young-esque figure onstage. His plaintive voice tended to wobble off pitch at times, but it's endearing--the kind of mistake that signifies sincerity. Hall fell in line with seemingly every metal musician who dabbles in acoustic balladry (Scott Kelly, Wino, Dax Riggs, Steve Brodsky, etc.) by paying tribute to Townes Van Zandt --his covers included "Kathleen" and "The Rake."

Mike Scheidt is one of the most talented musicians in metal today. His set made it clear that his voice is just as potent as his guitar work. (His considerable fretboard skill did make an appearance via a Doc Watson-influenced flatpicking exhibition.) Scheidt's vocal tone is simply superb; it reverberates with a fluid vibrato that many dedicated singers would envy. His voice illuminated a short but enthralling set that featured a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" alongside a string of originals.

Kevin Hufnagel will return to Saint Vitus on August 22nd for a date with Wino of the bar's namesake band and others (tickets).

Pictures from the early show at Saint Vitus are below.

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

Krallice have announced that their fourth LP, Years Past Matter, will see a self-release on CD/Digital with vinyl via Gilead Media "shortly thereafter". In celebration, the Brooklyn band will play NYC at Saint Vitus on August 25th. Tickets are on sale and support will come from Ancient Wound.

Reminder, Colin Marston of Krallise is readying Dysrhythmia's new LP which is due this fall. The band also has a record release show scheduled for  Saint Vitus, this one on September 22nd (tickets). Two-thirds of Dysrhythmia recently played Irving Plaza as 1/2 of Gorguts (pictures).

Another reminder though more on the imminent tip, Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia will play Saint Vitus on 7/21 (tickets) supporting Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Nate Hall (US Christmas).

Mike Scheidt at Bell House (more by BBG)
Mike Scheidt

Mike Scheidt of YOB will head out on the road on a string of tour dates with Nate Hall (US Christmas), hitting the East Coast as part of a celebration of both's recent solo releases. The dates include an NYC stop on July 21st at Saint Vitus with Kevin Hufnagel, and tickets are on sale.

Both Nate Hall's solo debut and Scheidt's Stay Awake are out now via Neurot and Thrill Jockey respectively. Check out a video for "In Your Light" by the latter below.

in related news, Dysrhythmia (which features Kevin Hufnagel on guitar, along with bandmate Colin Marston) will team with The Wayward and Praetura as part of their record release show on September 22nd at Saint Vitus (tickets). The band's Profound Lore debut is due this fall.

And while on the subject, Colin and Kevin are now members of the reformed Gorguts, who play next week with Death to All at Irving Plaza.

All listed tour dates and that video are below.

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Liturgy at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Liturgy

If you've noticed a handful of interesting shows at The Stone happening next week, like the acoustic Vaura show (4/20) or the Amen Dunes and Guardian Alien show (4/17), they're part of Chippy Fest, which goes down at John Zorn's non-profit venue from April 17-22, and was curated by John Zorn's exclusive designer Heung-Heung Chin (aka Chippy)

On April 21, the night after Vaura plays, Toby Driver (who is a member of Vaura and also fronts Kayo Dot/maudlin of the Well) will present the world premiere of his new trio, Ichneumonidae, which includes violinist Timba Harris (of Secret Cheifs 3) and Michelle Morinaga. That same night, Toby also plays as a member of Stern with Chuck Stern, Keith Abrams, and Tim Byrnes.

As mentioned, Kayo Dot, Vaura, and Dysrhythmia share a bill at DBA on 4/28.

Other 'Chippy Fest' shows include Mick Barr (of Krallice), Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy), and Nymph on Wednesday (4/18) and Miho Hatori (with Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer), Timo Ellis, and Unstoppable Death Machines on Thursday (4/19). The Stone's full calendar is here.

Speaking of Mick Barr, his music and William Brittelle's music will be performed by ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble on May 11 at 12 at The Kitchen. ACME players for this concert are Caleb Burhans (violin, banjo, and voice), Clarice Jensen (cello), Eric Lamb (flute), Megan Levin (harp), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola) and Chris Thompson (percussion). Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, he kicks off a residency at Issue Project Room on Saturday (4/14) with Liturgy bandmate Bernhard Gann. The show is free but "sold out". Other dates in the "3-month residency" have not been announced yet but presumably will be soon.

Meanwhile, Hunter's ex-bandmate Greg Fox's Guardian Alien project (who also plays The Stone next week) plays Death by Audio TONIGHT (4/13) with Black Pus (of Lightning Bolt), Mounds, Buck Gooter, and Alien Whale. Guardian Alein will return to DBA on 5/11 with DJ Dog Dick and 2 Ton Bug.

by BBG

Kevin Hufnagel on stage with Vaura (more by Greg Cristman)
Vaura

Vaura are back from a successful round of dates with Alcest that kicked off with a sold-out show at Public Assembly (pics). The band's well-received Selenelion is out and making noise, spawning a pair of video treatments including "Drachma" and "Obsidian Damascene Sun", the latter of which comes courtesy of Terrence Hannum (Locrian) and makes its world premiere here today. Check that out below.

If you haven't seen Vaura, you have two vastly different chances to do so in the coming weeks. Next week Vaura will play a special acoustic set at The Stone (on 4/20 with a Kevin Hufnagel acoustic set right before it!) followed by a show the nest week at Death By Audio on 4/28 where the band will enlist their other projects Dysrhythmia and Kayo Dot for the show (yes, their family).

Check out both Vaura videos, including the Terrence Hannum (Locrian) produced "Obsidian Damascene Sun" below...

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