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by Wyatt Marshall

Gwar at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
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We lost Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, a couple weeks ago and now the surviving Gwar members have released an official statement on his death via a video. In it they talk about the memorial service that will happen just before August's annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA which will continue as planned in Brockie's honor. (The band added that Brockie passed away peacefully in his sleep.) Watch the video below, in which Gwar gives a forceful reminder that "Orderus would order you to be present and to pay tribute to Dave Murray Brockie, his own personal slave!" In just over two weeks, the universe has lost two ultimate overlords.

Gwar has also announced the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation. Here's a mission statement from Gwar's site:

The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave's body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave's vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation's first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.

Donations can be made on Gwar's website.

Watch Gwar's message below...

Continue reading "surviving GWAR members pay tribute to Oderus in video, announce the formation of the Dave Brockie Foundation"

GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
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GWAR @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
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GWAR @ Irving Plaza - Zombie Prom (more by Chris La Putt)
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Crack-a-Thon 2010 (more by Gabi Porter)
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This week started with the sad news that GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) had died. Since we first posted, GWAR's manager released another official statement:

On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days. Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

According to local Richmond, VA station WTVR, authorities are treating the death as drug-related, though TMZ said "one law enforcement source said, "There were no drugs found, as far as I know.". TMZ also points out that Brockie was sitting in a chair when found

Just last week, GWAR announced the date for this year's GWAR-B-Q: August 16 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, VA. (We went last year.) It will still happen as planned (ticket info TBA), and the official Brockie public memorial will take place the day before (8/15) at Hadad's Lake. More info to come.

Some of the members of GWAR -- past and present -- talked to WTVR in a memorial piece which you can watch below.

Meanwhile, other tributes have been flooding in from all over. Jon Stewart, who used to bartend at NJ club City Gardens where GWAR often played (watch an entire 1988 concert shot there below), mentioned Brockie's death when interviewing Gibby Haynes earlier this week on The Daily Show; TOOL dedicated their show on Monday (8/24) in Cedar Park, TX to Brockie; FOX News show Red Eye, on which Oderus appeared many times, paid tribute on Tuesday (watch below); and Williamsburg's Vinnie's Pizza in Brooklyn has GWAR specials today on their well-known specials board:

The specials menu @ Vinnie's in Brooklyn today (3/28)
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Over at Invisible Oranges, Scab Casserole penned a funny, moving tribute to Oderus:

Too often, we take metal too seriously. There's a reason for that -- many of us were lost before we found metal, so to laugh at the thing that made us complete seems like blasphemy. For many, the best metal is defined by how true-ness, by stern beliefs and hard limits held by musicians concerning everything from politics to production values. On top of that, good metal is created through hard work by ultra-dedicated musicians, which is no joke if your music of choice is incredibly technical and atmospheric. But metal is also gross. The majority of us are boozy, eczema-riddled, semi-literate jackasses, even those legendary figures we like to idolize. Cliff Burton took rank shits and Euronymous jacked off on his mother's sheets. GWAR were honest about all that, even under a hundred pounds of foam rubber. They were the KISS of the '90s, when things like KISS had been recognized as totally silly, even if they were also totally awesome. GWAR expressed their politics by beheading Ronald Reagan onstage. They didn't invite you into the GWAR Army, they threw you into the Slave Pit or fed you to the alien. Their songs contained traces of grunge, funk, alternative, and even hip-hop, because why not? Nothing is sacred, everything is awful, let's have fun.
Read the whole thing -- and we highly suggest you do, it's great -- over at Invisible Oranges.

Though we think "Scumdogs of the Universe" is a true classic, GWAR are probably the ultimate "must see live" band and there's really no better tribute to Brockie than to watch footage of his endless creativity and humor, onstage as Oderus. We've got lots of clips -- as well as some infamous TV appearances (Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer) and their Empire Records cameo -- below....

Continue reading "Oderus Urungus we miss you (Dave Brockie tributes pouring in; death being treated as drug-related; GWAR-B-Q still happening w/ public memorial; videos & more)"

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In celebration of her new book, Amy Yates Wuelfing appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night (3/25) to discuss her new book, No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, which focuses on the long-closed, famed NJ venue City Gardens.

Along with her on the show was Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, who Amy (and co-author Steven DiLodovico) interviewed for the book, and whose band was one of Jon Stewart's (who bartended there) first shows at the venue with Dead Kennedys. You can watch a video of Amy, Gibby and Jon discussing the book and past experiences at the venue, below. Also keep an eye out for "Gwar" written on Gibby's arm in honor of the late Oderus Urungus.

As discussed, there are some upcoming live events for No Slam Dancing, including a signing/reading in NYC on April 19 at Jonathan Levine Gallery (529 W 20th St #9) from 3-5 PM.

Gibby Haynes will also be in NYC soon. He's taking part in Michael Dorf's Paul Simon tribute show which happens on Monday, 3/31 at Carnegie Hall. Gibby will be performing as a duo with Bob Forrest (Thelonius Monster, The Bicycle Thief), and other artists include Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar), Isobell Campbell (ex-Belle & Sebastian) with Andy Cabic (Vetiver), John Doe (X), Judy Collins, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint Josh Ritter, Mike Gordon (Phish), Madeleine Peyroux with Jon Herington (Steely Dan), and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

Daily Show video below...

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Gwar at Housecore Horror Fest 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
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The founder and lead singer of renowned metal band Gwar, David Brockie, has died, numerous sources close to the band tell Style Weekly.

A member of the Richmond Police Department confirmed early Monday that the 50-year-old musician was found dead in his home Sunday between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. by his roommate.

"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop says. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."

"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

The news comes in a year the Grammy-nominated band marks its 30th anniversary and recently returned from a long-awaited first performance in Japan. It recently announced that it would hold its fifth Gwar-B-Q concert Aug. 16 at Hadad's Water Park. [Style Weekly]

David Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, the frontman of graphic, theatrical metal band Gwar, has passed away at 50 years old. Cause of death has not been revealed, but police do not suspect foul play. You'll be missed Oderus Urungus. Thanks for all the maniacal shows over the years.

None of Gwar's or Brockie's representatives have confirmed the death yet, but NME reports that Gwar's management will issue a statement later today (3/24). UPDATE: Gwar's manager Jack Flanagan (Sleazy P Martini was apparently unavailable for comment) issued a statement confirming the death:

It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.
Watch a Gwar video below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Heliotropes @ Cake Shop 11/16/2013
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Brooklyn's Heliotropes released their riff-heavy debut, A Constant Sea, over the summer and if you haven't heard it yet you can stream it below. Seeing them live is where it's at, though, and luckily these ladies like to play shows. Your next chance to see them is at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 27 where they'll open for the first of Psychic TV's two shows there. House of Blondes are also on the bill and that should be an interesting show to say the least. Like all BK Bazaar shows, it's free.

We've also got a belated set of pics from Heliotropes' 11/16 show at Cake Shop and those are in this post. Also, we've been asking bands to give us the 2013 Best Ofs, and Heliotropes singer Jessica Numsuwankijkul gave us a rather interesting list, her "Top 6 Musical Torture Scenarios of 2013." Check that out, along with those Cake Shop pics, below...

Continue reading "Heliotropes list their "Top Musical Torture Scenarios of 2013," opening for Psychic TV ++ belated pics from Cake Shop"

by Wyatt Marshall

Iron Reagan at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)

Iron Reagan, the thrashy hardcore punk band made up of Municipal Waste's Phil Hall and Tony Foresta and former Darkest Hour members Ryan Parish and Paul Burnette, will be releasing a split with Exhumed, with whom Iron Reagan just kicked off a tour. The split's due out on January 7, but you can now hear Iron Reagan's contribution "Mini Lights," which we premiered on Invisible Oranges today. It rips, of course. Give it a listen below.

Last we heard from Iron Reagan they earned 30th on Decibel's best of 2013 list with their debut full-length Worse Than Dead, but before that it was announced that Iron Reagan would be touring with GWAR and playing the Invisible Oranges sponsored A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash, the two-day Baltimore party for the label that Iron Reagan calls home. In addition to the tours with Exhumed and Gwar, Iron Reagan will fit in a couple of dates with Mammoth Grinder and Power Trip. The GWAR/Iron Reagan tour hits NYC on 12/27 at Irving Plaza (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Power Trip and Iron Reagan don't share a bill in NYC, but Power Trip will be here for their own show on January 15 at Saint Vitus with Suburban Scum and Manipulate, so there's no shortage of crossover thrash around these parts any time soon. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.

Listen to "Mini Lights" and check out all of Iron Reagan's and Power Trip's tour dates below...

Continue reading "Iron Reagan on tour, streaming new song; Power Trip touring too, playing Saint Vitus (dates & stream)"

Flatbush Zombies at North Coast Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to stuffing your face on Thursday, it also means looking for good deals on all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and probably the rest of December). NYC music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre are getting in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun, and offering no Ticketmaster fees for all shows happening in December and January at Irving and Dec-Feb at Gramercy.

Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday (11/29), and running through 11:59 PM on Monday (12/2), you can get fee-less tickets to Flatbush Zombies (tix), A$AP Ferg (tix), Gwar (tix), Andrew WK (New Year's Eve) (tix), Mykki Blanco (New Year's Eve) (tix), Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz (tix), and more.

Unfortunately not part of this deal because it happens in April, but you can still get tickets to our BrooklynVegan-presented London Grammar show at Irving Plaza.

by Wyatt Marshall

Eyehategod / Down / GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
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New Orleans sludge masters Eyehategod announced yesterday that Aaron Hill of New Orleans bands Missing Monuments and Mountain of Wizard will be the drummer for Eyehategod going forward, including a date at Saint Vitus on November 14 with Mutilation Rites and The Communion (tickets). The question of a permanent drummer has been in the air since the death of original Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze in August. Dale Crover of Melvins filled in this past weekend during Eyehategod's Joey Lacaze tribute set at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. Check out Eyehategod's scheduled tour dates below, and look for additional dates in the coming weeks.

The four-day Housecore Fest (10/24 - 10/27) was hosted by Phil Anselmo and featured a stacked line-up, including Melvins, Gwar, Pallbearer, Goblin (performing their score to Suspira in full), Down and many more. You can check out pics from day 2 and days 3 & 4 over on BV Austin. IO sent guest writer David Hall down to the fest, and you can check out his two part review and additional photos on Invisible Oranges.

Eyehategod tour dates below...

Continue reading "Eyehategod announce new drummer, played Austin's Housecore Horror Film Fest w/ GWAR, Goblin & more (pics)"

by Doug Moore

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Pig Destroyer has been a band since 1997. That's a long time; some of you reading this were probably born that year. During that 16-year run, various members have come and gone -- the band has had four drummers (if you count Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun drummer Dave Witte's brief stint) and three samples/electronics folk, but never once have Pig Destroyer included a bassist in their ranks.

Until now, anyway. In an interview with Terrorizer, guitarist Scott Hull has announced that John Jarvis (drummer Adam Jarvis's cousin) will be joining the band on the four-string. Here's Hull's explanation for the change:

"After so many years of remaining bass-less, why did you decide to welcome a bassist into the fold now?
Scott Hull: Well, the biggest reason we DIDN'T have a bass player, or another guitarist, for so many years was that we just didn't want the added complication of someone having to learn lines that I'd already written. Additionally, we just didn't want to have another person in the band because it adds complexity; travel arrangements for shows, space in a van/bus. . .etc etc. As the years progressed, we just thought "well we've gone this far without anyone else, why bother introducing a new headache now?" But honestly, I've been wanting to broaden the scope of our music for quite some time. It would be very difficult, for instance, to really do some Jesus Lizard-y type of material without a bass player, but we want to bring that sound into our material somewhat as well as some other styles that would really require a bassist, so that really made us think about it seriously. Luckily, the bass player we chose is a really good fit technically and personality-wise. He gets where we are at and knows we are picky about what we do and when, so he wont get impatient that we aren't touring 200 days out of the year.

Does this mean you'll be retroactively adding bass lines to your old classics when playing live?

Scott Hull: Yep, we've been doing that. And for the most part, it's added some real depth to the tracks, which is exciting. In some cases, like for the songs 'Terrifyer' and 'Starbelly', it's really changed them altogether. It's very cool. I feel like we kinda reinvigorated ourselves when Adam came into the band, and we're kinda doing it again with John. Change is good.

This decision was arguably overdue; Pig Destroyer have had a tough time replicating the thickness of their recorded material when they play out in the past, and a bass presence will make a huge difference for them. The Jarvises also play together in the awesome grind/death/hardcore outfit Fulgora, who hopefully won't throw in the towel now that both guys are working on Pig Destroyer.

Pig Destroyer will debut their new lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest, which starts on Friday (10/25) and runs until Sunday (10/27). Housecore has quietly become one of the best American metal festivals of the year, and it'll host a couple of other significant firsts: Goblin playing their Suspiria live with the film, and Dale Crover (of Melvins) drumming for Eyehategod. You can still buy walk-up tix for the fest or venue-limited badges; check out the full lineup of bands below.

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GWAR at the 2013 GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA (more by Josh Sisk)
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While we're still feeling aftershocks from MIA's bird-flipping incident during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show, there is currently an online petition to get GWAR for the 2015 Halftime show. So far, nearly 40,000 people have signed it. GWAR have officially endorsed this, with bandleader Oderus Urungus saying:

It has long been the joy of GWAR to submit the human race to any number of hideous tortures, and I can't think of anything more horrible than you having to watch acts like The Black-Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars perform. So the temptation to ignore this is great! But then you start thinking about all of the people that who have never experienced GWAR before, and will be forced to do so if we do get the gig, well, at that point my colossal mega-ego kicks in and I am all over it.
You can sign the petition too.

Meanwhile, in the present, GWAR (who played Riotfest Chicago recently) released their new CD, Battle Maximus last week (9/17), and you can stream the title track below. They'll be on tour for most of the fall. While none of those dates hit NYC, they have announced a short run of holiday shows in December that includes a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on December 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at 11 AM. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "GWAR released new CD, endorse Super Bowl petition, touring, including NYC holiday show (dates & stream)"

photos by Kirstie Shanley

Gwar / Danzig
Riot Fest - 2013 - Day 1
Riot Fest - 2013 - Day 1

Not long after [Andrew W.K.'s set], on the Roots Stage, part-time UCLA professor and full-time punk rocker Greg Graffin joined his band Bad Religion. The great thing about the California punk veterans is that the majority of their songs (in true punk rock fashion) rarely pass the two-minute mark. We were treated to a nice variety of songs from their 30+ year career, including classics like "I Want to Conquer the World," "We're Only Gonna Die," and "Infected." They also performed a few tunes from this year's True North, such as "Fuck You," "Dharma and the Bomb," and the LP's title track. The members threw around some self-depreciating humor, poking fun at their age. "We've been around since the 80s!" said Graffin, now fully greyed. Their songs are timeless, and some are even more relevant now than ever. Just go re-listen to "21st Century Digital Boy." [BV Chicago]
Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests this year) is currently underway. It's on its third and final day (9/15) as we speak (set times). The festival began this past Friday (9/13), and on the first day we caught sets by Danzig, Joan Jett, Bad Religion, Gwar, Atmosphere, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Saul Williams, Dessa, and more. Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 2 pictures are now posted here and here. Day 3 pictures are here and here.

More day 1 pics below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 1 in pics (Danzig, Joan Jett, Gwar, Bad Religion, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Atmosphere & more)"

words/photos by Josh Sisk

Gwar-B-Q 2013

This weekend (Aug 18th, specifically), I decamped to scenic Richmond, VA to catch the 4th annual Gwar-B-Q at Hadad's Lake, featuring Gwar (of course), Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Corrosion of Conformity, Cannabis Corpse, and a host of other bands. Hadad's is a"water park" that could only exist in the most chill of Southern cities -- consisting of a murky natural pond with a ramp for bicyclists to do insane flips into, and a beach surrounding a man-made 'lake' full of fun (but dangerous-looking) swings, slides, and platforms to jump off of. Hadad's was, for many years, the site of the epic Best Friend's Day parties, which seem to be over, but Gwar-BQ fills the slot nicely -- offering the same fun activities along with a good lineup of acts on two stages and a slew of Gwar-themed products ranging from Gwar beer to Gwar BBQ sauce to even Gwar water.

Good line-up this year, with a slew of solid openers like Detroit's Wilson and the costumed Kung Fu Dykes starting the day off. X-Cops, a Gwar side project making their first appearance since 1996 (and not the Brooklyn indie band with a similar name), were the first band on the main stage that really caught my attention -- they were basically a lower production value Gwar, with various costumes and mini-skits. Cannabis Corpse and Warbeast both put in solid, crowd-pleasing performances on the main stage as well, but for me the day really got into high gear when CoC took the stage. I've caught them 3-4 times in the last couple of years but I never get tired of seeing them. Richmond's own Municipal Waste followed, and really ratcheted up the crowd excitement with party anthems, RVA anecdotes, a "wave of death" and general good cheer. Beach balls and inflatable sex dolls were flying into the photo pit during their set, along with endless crowd surfers..

Pig Destroyer/Gwar fans
Gwar-B-Q 2013
Gwar-B-Q 2013

The moment the Waste's set ended, Pig Destroyer began to play on the second stage, and the crowd went crazy, keeping the energy going. The second stage was set up in a sort of gazebo, with high rafters, and once the crowd spilled onto the stage, surrounding the band, they also climbed up into the ceiling, pounding on the rafters, making it rain a fine white silt on all of us. (Hopefully not asbestos.) The security came into the crowd, trying to get everyone to come down, with only partial success. All this chaos going on just seemed to encourage the band, though, and they turned in one of the best shows I've ever seen them play.

Gwar took the stage in daylight, a fact that surprised me, but shouldn't have since there weren't any lighting rigs present. At first it was odd seeing them play in broad daylight, but it didn't really detract from the copious blood-spraying, decapitations and anal spelunking being played out on stage, and it certainly didn't seem to slow the crowd down. I saw one kid be launched from the crowd, fly over the barricade, land on his head and shoulders unaided... only to bounce right back up and run back around to get back in the mix. Gwar fans are serious.

All in all, a very fun way to spend a late summer day in Richmond, though I wouldn't want to be the one to have to clean that pool afterwards...

More pics from Gwar-B-Q are below.

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Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
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As mentioned, ever-evolving punks Ceremony are set to play this year's This Is Hardcore festival in Philly (they play on 8/10) alongside Kid Dynamite, The Suicide File, Modern Life Is War, Judge, Blacklisted, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Paint It Black, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Defeater, No Redeeming Social Value, Gwar, and more. Head to TiH's site for tickets. Updated lineup and schedule below.

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

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

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

Continue reading "Ceremony touring with Ed Schrader's Music Beat around This is Hardcore (dates & updated schedule)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

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

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

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

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PUSTULUS MAXIMUS
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GWAR WRITES:

It was a little less than a year ago that the world was rocked by the passing of Flattus Maximus, back to the cosmos from whence he came. And since that day fans of GWAR have wondered how the mighty overlords of GWAR would deal with the void it left within the band. GWAR responded the only way they knew how-by soldiering on-and continued to play as a four-piece. But from the very beginning of that phase, the quest began to find the new Scumdog that was in every way as magnificent as his predecessor. Today the members of GWAR are pleased to inform their legions of followers, and even more so their many enemies, that once again the band is whole, with the proclamation that long-lost cousin of Flattus, Pustulus Maximus, has officially joined the band in the position of lead guitarist, and will join with the group on their upcoming "Fate or Chaos" tour.
The AV Club finishes out the 2012 season of their "Undercover" video series with a very special version of Kansas' arena-rocking hit, "Carry on My Wayward Son," as done by.... GWAR! Watch that, with more info on Pustulus, below.

Continue reading "Watch GWAR cover Kansas (with new guitarist PUSTULUS MAXIMUS) -- video"

Fiona Apple @ Winstar World Casino last night (via rideincircles)
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The brouhaha surrounding Fiona Apple's drug arrest last week just keeps going. (They're calling it AppleGate!) Over the weekend, Apple talked about her jail experience, or something like that, in Houston. It involves two "lock boxes."

Then, Hudspeth County Sheriff's department spokesman Rusty Fleming offered an amazing rebuttal that included this bit:

Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say, -- now that you've been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don't worry Sweetie, I won't bill you.
Texas state law classifies hashish possession as a third-degree felony, so according to AlterNet, Fiona could be headed back to jail for up to ten years.

Fiona Apple ended up not playing Austin the night of her arrest even though she was let out that same day, but another woman musician making lots of news lately, Amanda Palmer did.

Meanwhile in Bushwick, Bill and Hillary Clinton were hanging out with indie musician Lia Ices, Joel Cohen, Gloria Steinem and other hip cats at Roberta's on Friday.

The great Amenra is preparing to launch Mass V, the band's new LP due via Neurot Recordings on November 26th. Check out the tracklisting, album art and a teaser video below.

Flying Lotus's new album 'Until The Quiet Comes' is streaming at NPR.

The Barclays Center opens this week. Will you be going inside or protesting out?

Speaking of protests, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is on strike. UPDATE: Were on strike.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: more Fiona Apple, new Myspace, James Franco's band Daddy, Bill & Hillary @ Roberta's, Grizzly Bear, RIP baby panda & more"

Gwar at Irving Plaza in June (more by Chris La Putt)
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Gwar, who played NYC last month as part of Irving Plaza's Zombie Prom, have just announced the 'Fate or Chaos' 2012 Fall Tour with DevilDriver, Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder which will invade NYC on October 16 on Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 27 at noon.

October's MHOW show won't be the first time that Gwar plays the Brooklyn venue. The band brought their bloody mess to that venue back in 2011 too and it was packed, messy, and sold out, just as this next one is sure to be.

All dates on the 'Fate or Chaos' tour are listed below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Gwar

If you're gonna have a band play at Zombie Prom, Gwar has to be the ultimate get. The undead, white walkers, and recently deceased came out on Saturday (6/9) dressed in their finest tuxes, frilly dresses and entrails for the big bash at Irving Plaza with the post-apocalyptic metal legends being the evening's main attraction. Part of the proceeds went to the toward The Smoot Family Fund, in honor of fallen Gwar member Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus).

Lots more Prom pics are below.

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Gwar at MHoW (more by Chris La Putt)

How do you up the ante on a Gwar show? Have them headline a Zombie Prom.

This is a zombie event like no other!! Irving Plaza will be full of the undead!! Booze, Blood & GWAR!!

...Take your official prom photo. Receive your official prom pin.
The Zombie King and Zombie Queen of the prom will receive special prizes...

There will be a "Pageant of the Undead" - Zombies don't do beauty pageants...they do gore pageants!

There will be a crowning of the King and Queen of the prom. Yes, there are prizes!

The grand finale is when the sickest band in metal history...Hark to the hideous majesty of your MASTERS, rulers of Earth, the MIGHTY GWAR will take the stage.

In addition, to all of those prizes for costumes, you can also win prizes like "an original drawing of a full page from THE WALKING DEAD comic books". All of this insanity is for a good cause too; proceeds from the show will go toward The Smoot Family Fund, in honor of fallen Gwar member Cory Smoot. Tickets are on sale for this 21+ event.

In related news, Ghoul recently returned from a tour with Gwar, will head out on the road for some dates on their campaign toward Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. Look for that tour to hit Saint Vitus on May 23rd with Nashgul, Occultist, and Pizza Hi Five. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates and some video is below.

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by BBG

Ghoul at California Discord Fest (more by BBG)
Ghoul

Ghoul, who are now on board for Chaos in Tejas 2012 and scheduled to play Saint Vitus in May (tickets), will hit the road for a string of dates with Gwar, Municipal Waste, and Legacy of Disorder that will include a stop at Starland Ballroom on 3/18. All dates are listed below. Municipal Waste is readying their new LP The Fatal Feast via Nuclear Blast on 4/10.

In related news, Cannabis Corpse will now feature Landphil of Municipal Waste on vocal duties, and you can cath them on the road for a string of dates with Revocation and Ramming Speed. The dates include a stop at Saint Vitus on April 28th. All tour dates are below.

Sathanas will headline the first ever live appearance from Vrolok, along with NY's Hubris & NJ's Mortum at Cake Shop on Saturday (tonight, 2/11). $12 gets you in the door for this night of local black metal. Show flyer is below and Facebook event page is here.

Some great artists that are definitely metal friendly: Paul Romano, Mike Wohlberg, Kat Gun, Buddy Nestor, and Caitlin Hackett, will band together for an art show at Gristle Tattoo (178 N8th St) on 2/25. More details can be found at this link.

Black Breath has a new track, "Mother Abyss", currently streaming below. The track, which debuted via Revolver Friday, is from the band's forthcoming LP Sentenced to Life. Look for the LP on March 27th via Southern Lord.

More suggested NYC shows, some live Coffins video, tour dates and that Black Breath stream, below...

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Cory Smoot (right) @ one of his last shows (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Gwar

North Dakota coroner William Masselo, MD has released a statement regarding the death of Cory Smoot, better known as Gwar guitarist Flattus Maximus, who passed on November 3rd at the age of 34.

"We have finalized the autopsy report and death certificate. I have determined that Cory died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease."

The band, which will continue as a four-piece until the current tour schedule is complete, has officially retired the character of Flattus Maximus, and has announced no plans regarding a new GWAR-tarist.

Metal Blade and GWAR have since set-up the Smoot Family Foundation to raise funds for Cory's wife, Jaime, and their unborn child.
Donate to the Smoot Family Foundation if you can and if you can't then head to The Canal Club in Richmond, VA on January 7th to catch Mensrea, Cannabis Corpse, DBX and more as part of a record release show for Smoot's solo LP When Worlds Collide. All proceeds from the show will go towards the fund.

Gwar is forging on as a four-piece for the forseeable future. Full tour dates (all in Europe in the New Year) are below.

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RIP Flattus Maximus (more by Chris La Putt)
Cory Smoot

The show must go on...

Gwar will still perform Friday at Edmonton Event Centre, despite the death of one of the band's guitarists. Cory Smoot was found dead as the U.S. band was about to enter Canada on Thursday morning, according to Gwar's frontman. -[Edmonton Journal]

The above story was confirmed by Tankcrimes Records, the label home of Ghoul. No words.

Flattus Maximus (right) in Chicago on 10/31 (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Gwar

Metalsucks is reporting that Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus has passed away:

It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR's current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him.

-Dave Brockie-

Heartbreaking news. Gwar was on tour and crossing into Canada for their final stretch of dates with Ghoul, Every Time I Die and Warbeast. More details are forthcoming.

Gwar played Irving Plaza in NYC back on 10/23. Cory's third to last show was on Halloween in Chicago (his last was last night in Minneapolis). More pictures from the Chicago show are HERE

R.I.P. Cory Smoot, your humor, stage prescence, and contribution to one of the most theatrical bands ever will be missed..

by BBG

Ghoul at California Discord Fest (more by BBG)
Ghoul

If ever there was a match made in tour-pairing heaven, its Ghoul with Gwar on the upcoming Return of the Maggot tour. Both Gwar and Ghoul practice faceless heavy music with a ultra-black sense of humor. Both aren't afraid to let a little blood spray on the crowd. Both have a highly entertaining live show. But while Gwar's chemistry relies heavily on stage theatricality, Ghoul's is quite the opposite, using minimal stage props and focusing on what matters the most, well-honed songwriting.

If you believe the rumors about Ghoul's genetic makeup, it makes sense that they'd crank out excellent records; the nameless, faceless fiends may or may not contain members of Ludicra, Dystopia, Stormcrow, Impaled, Asunder, Engorged and many others. And while Ghoul is definitely a serious band, they're definitely one to disembowel you with their blunt-death metal riffs and then make bad jokes while they play with your spilled entrails. Metaphorically speaking. I hope.

Ghoul is preparing to follow-up 2006's Splatterthrash with their latest opus of guts & gore Transmission Zero. The new LP, currently up for preorder, hits the racks on November 8th, but you can preview four of the eleven songs below. Check out "Off With Their Heads", "Blood Feast", and "Metallicus Ex Mortis" below alongside the album title track, which makes its debut here. Listen to those those alongside previous releases Splatterthrash and We Came for the Dead / Maniaxe also streaming below.

The Return of The Maggot tour kicks off today (10/18), so make sure and catch Ghoul (like at Irving Plaza on 10/23, tickets) at the dates below.

Continue reading "Ghoul releasing 'Transmission Zero' (song premiere), now on tour with Gwar (dates)"

by BBG

Gwar at MHOW (more by Chris LaPutt)
Gwar

Gwar will take their pus-ridden tour on the road with Every Time I Die, Warbeast, and Ghoul(!), hitting Irving Plaza on October 23rd. Tickets for that show go on sale today (August 12) at 10AM.

The tour, dubbed the "Return of The World Maggot Tour", will kick off in middle October in North Carolina and loop the country, eventually heading back to the East Coast by the end of November. Full tour schedule is below. Gwar is also headlining the Gwar-B-Q, which will feature the debut of Argonauts, as well as performances from Darkest Hour, Battlemaster, and many others.

Ghoul (who may or may not contain members of Impaled, Ludicra and Engorged) will perform material from their forthcoming eleven-track Transmission Zero LP, due on Tankcrimes. The band will also dip into that new LP at the California Discord Fest in Los Angeles, alongside Rattus, Dropdead, Lack of Interest, Despise You, Magrudergrind, and many many notable others on 9/24 and 9/25 at the Vortex. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates and some classic Gwar video on Joan Rivers and Jerry Springer is below.

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