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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 Wyatt Marshall

Andrew Hock with Castevet at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Castevet

Psalm Zero, the Brooklyn experimental metal duo comprised of Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Charlie Looker (Dax Riggs, ex-Zs/Extra Life), just finished prepping their debut album, The Drain, due out on March 4 on Profound Lore. It's an album to look forward to--Psalm Zero's material so far has managed to uniquely blend industrial, metal and a clean/harsh vocal mix to strange and compelling effect. Listen to the album's title track, and watch a video of them performing it at the soon-to-be-closed 285 Kent, below.

Psalm Zero's playing a show on February 9th at the Acheron with Yautja, Geryon (also featuring a member of Castevet) and Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura, Gorguts). Tickets are on sale for what's sure to be an interesting evening--between Psalm Zero, Yautja's grind, Geryon's bass-guitar-only death metal and Kevin Hufnagel's chilled-out experimental wizardry, things are gonna get weird. Flyer below.

Psalm Zero will also be playing down at SXSW. Stay tuned for more details on that.

Meanwhile, Yautja, whose lineup includes members of Coliseum, Gnarwhal, and Nameless Cults, have a few EPs and splits out and they'll release their debut album, Songs of Descent, in February via Forcefield Records. You can stream its single, "Concrete Tongue" (via Lambgoat), along with the tracklist below.

All streams, video and flyer below...

Continue reading "Psalm Zero & Yautja releasing LPs, playing together (streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Grass Is Green
Grass Is Green

Boston's Grass Is Green have announced that they'll release Vacation Vinny, the followup to 2012's Ronson, on January 14 via Exploding In Sound. Like many others in the Northeast area have been doing, they recorded the album at Silent Barn's studio with Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna producing. The LP's first single, "Vacation 2.0," pretty much picks up where Ronson left off, with fidgety stop-start post-hardcore and screwy, discordant melodies that you might not call "catchy" but that definitely stick in your head. Stream the new track, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

As discussed, Grass Is Green will be going on a tour with Speedy Ortiz which doesn't hit NYC, but right before that, Grass Is Green will play an Exploding In Sound year-end celebration at Baby's All Right on December 30 with a ginormous lineup of Porches, Krill, Ovlov, Roomrunner, Pile (acoustic), Baked, Dead Wives, Big Ups, Gnarwhal, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, and special guests. Admission is $10 at the door.

Meanwhile, Bad History Month has some other dates before that, including another Brooklyn show happening on December 17 at Death by Audio with Bueno, Bennio Qwerty, and Sediment Club. All of their dates are listed below.

Porches have other upcoming dates too.

And speaking of Exploding In Sound Records, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a show with EIS on December 12 at Death by Audio with Chumped, PUP, Slothrust, Slow Warm Death, and Alarms & Controls.

All Grass Is Green and Bad History Month dates are listed, along with that song stream, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Grass Is Green releasing a new LP, touring, playing year-end NYC show w/ Porches, Krill, Roomrunner, Big Ups & more"

Killer Mike at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Killer Mike

Daughter @ Mercury Lounge, CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Daughter

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Daughter @ Apple Store SoHo
The UK ethereal folk act play a free acoustic show tonight at Apple Store Soho. 8 PM, free.

El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot, Kool AD @ Webster Hall
El-P and Killer Mike have a new album out together under the name Run the Jewels, which means tonight's co-headlining show will feature tons of collaboration between the two rappers, in addition to each one's long history of quality tracks. All three rappers lined up to support the night are excellent too, so this show should be a fun one start to finish.

Baroness, Royal Thunder @ Irving Plaza
Baroness were recently in town to play a free House of Vans show with the Melvins, where they played a great set, but being that they were opening, it was unfortunately on the short side. Things should be better tonight when they headline Irving Plaza. And if you're going, make sure to get there early for the great, sludgy Royal Thunder.

Summerscreen w/ Aa, Amen Dunes (6:30pm) @ McCarren Park (FREE)
It's the last free Summerscreen show of the season...which would be sad if tonight's film wasn't the 1984 family fantasy The NeverEnding Story. Which means the summer night will go on forever? (That may be a case for Lionel Hutz.) We can only hope either Aa or Amen Dunes will cover Limahl's cheezeball themesong before the film starts. Bands at 6 PM and the film starts at sunset. FREE.

Gnarwhal, Spanyurd, Mick Barr @ Death By Audio
Spazzy, proggy Nashville duo Gnarwhal will be making a racket at DbA tonight with the equally loud (though more mathy) Chicago band Spanyurd. Mick Barr is doing a solo set as well.

Ceremony, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Give, Luther @ Asbury Lanes (NJ)
Once a powerviolence band, now garage punk, Ceremony are at NJ's Asbury Lanes, which means things could be getting pretttttttty rowdy. Tourmates Ed Schrader's Music Beat open the night and their brand of stripped down post-punk rips too. The both play 285 Kent on Saturday (8/17).

Krief @ The Saint (NJ)
If you're in Asbury Park tonight but punk's not your thing, maybe hit The Saint to catch Dears guitarist Patrick Krief who makes pretty soaring guitar rock on his own.

Q-Tip (#Offline) @ Output
Q-Tip's weekly party, now at Output, aims to recreate the vibe of '90s clubs when most of us weren't staring at our phones all the time. But when you leave please be sure to include the pound sign in "#Offline" when you tweet about it.

Poodles, Monogold, Not Blood Paint, Appomattox @ Pianos
Joyous, rhythm-heavy locals Monogold continue their residency at Pianos continues tonight. Stick around after their set for the surf instrumental jams of Brooklyn's Poodles.

Designer Drugs, Lacey Youngblood @ The Rock Shop
Like last year, a handful of Brooklyn bands are going to Stockholm for the Brooklyn, Sweden festival. You can wish two of them -- including EDM rave faves Designer Drugs -- bon voyage tonight. (No doubt, this is a weird show for The Rock Shop.) The ticket price includes an hour of complimentary Brooklyn Brewery beer.

Big Terrific @ Cameo (FREE)
Max Silvestri hosts this popular weekly free comedy show that tonight welcomes Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, and Mike Recine.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Today is the 10th Anniversary of the 2003 East Coast Blackout.

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

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