Entries tagged with: High on Fire
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
High on Fire are on tour and played two NYC shows this weekend, the first of which was at Bowery Ballroom on 11/30 with tourmates Goatwhore, Primate and Lo-Pan. The shows marked not only a triumphant return for guitar god Matt Pike following his stint with rehab, but also a chance to document his return for all posterity: both Bowery Ballroom and the following night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg were recorded for a live album. Pictures from Bowery are in this post (and pics and a review from Music Hall are on the way). More, and a video of Primate performing Black Flag covers at the after-party at Saint Vitus, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Occultation at Saint Vitus, July 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Quite a few excellent choices tonight (11/30), but one show that I havent seen discussed much is Occultation's record release party! The band will celebrate the release of Three and Seven on vinyl at The Gutter TONIGHT (11/30), joined by Ominous Resurrection and Miracle of Birth.
The first of TWO area shows for High on Fire, Goatwhore, Primate & Lo-Pan kicks off at Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/30) before hitting Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow (12/1). Don't forget that Primate will play an afterparty tonight at Saint Vitus (12/1, doors at midnight) featuring an all Black Flag covers set. Tickets are still available or you can try your luck at winning a pair! Contest details are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
DOWNLOAD: Hoax - "Free The Land" (MP3)
Hoax at Power of the Riff East, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The brutal punk assault of Massachusetts's Hoax gets a video treatment for "Fantasy," which appeared on their recent 7" via Painkiller Records. Just as anti-social as the band itself, check out the fetish-laden video below. Not for the squeamish.
In other Power of the Riff news, look for the latest installment to go down on 12/20/12 in Los Angeles at Henry Fonda Theater. There the band will be joined by High on Fire (who play NYC twice this month), sunn o))), Corrosion of Conformity, Black Breath, Dead in the Dirt, Loincloth and Void ov Voices. Tickets are still available for this whopper of a show.
Check out that Hoax video below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Al Cisneros with Om at Bowery Ballroom, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Sleep is honored to perform at Maryland Deathfest 2013.Good news, which hopefully also means the return of Sleep for recorded material as well. Wow. More details on the way including, hopefully, tour dates outside of their appearance at 35 Denton and at MDF.
Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) and Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) have been carefully balancing busy touring schedules to push forward with Sleep as a full, reunited band...
We look forward to MDF and beyond.
Praise thee who accept The Iommic in thine heart
Current Sleep bandmates have been busy with their other projects as of late. Jason Roeder just celebrated the release of the new Neurosis LP in Oakland (pics). Matt Pike is currently on tour with High on Fire, and will play two NYC shows this weekend. And last but not least, Al Cisneros played with Om at Bowery Ballroom on 11/21 (pics) and will return to join Johnny Marr (who has a new solo album coming) and Kim Gordon at Terminal 5 on 12/1 for Dinosaur Jr's celebration of You're Living All Over Me. Tickets are still available.
Dinosaur Jr recently added a grip of European dates to their current slate of shows. Check out those dates alongside a stream of the new live album recorded in 1987 titled Chocomel Daze (out now on Merge).
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
Atlanta grindcore supercrew Primate are currently on tour with High on Fire, Goat Whore and Lo-Pan which will slam into NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on 11/30 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 12/1. Tickets to both shows are still available.
For more Primate action, the band will also bless an after-party for the Bowery show which will happen at Saint Vitus on 11/30 where they'll play an all Black Flag covers set. Doors are at midnight for this one, and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates are listedbelow, along with the tour flyer.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
High on Fire at BV-PoTR Deathmatch 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sure, Pike's stolen guitar still hasn't show up, but High on Fire have some other news to celebrate. Matt Pike is on the mend following his stint in rehab and now will team with Goatwhore and Lo-Pan for a US tour. Look for the tour to hit November 30 at Bowery Ballroom and December 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg along with Primate (who recently dropped an new LP this year). Tickets go on AMEX presale on noon on Wednesday (9/26) and regular sale on Friday (9/28).
All tour dates are listed below, along with a brand spankin' new video for "Death to the Architects of Heaven" by Goatwhore.
Matt Pike and his Les Paul at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Matt Pike of High on Fire and Sleep just encountered some pretty terrible news:
Matt Pike's Les Paul guitar has been stolen from storage in a North Bay studio. Please be on the lookout.Best of luck to Matt, and we hope he recovers the guitar.
Details of the guitar:
1992 Les Paul Standard, tobacco burst finish.
Serial number 92462499.
Lace "Pike" signature pickups installed.
The 70's style strap has no strap locks, it's screwed directly to the guitar with fender washers.
The truss rod cover on the headstock is says "Jimmy" in script letters.
The SKB case has "pike" stenciled in 3" white old english letters on the lower left corner.
There is a label on top that says "TEMPEST".
This guitar is legendary and has been used in both High On Fire and Sleep.
If you see this guitar listed on eBay, Craig's List, a web classified forum, pawn shop, etc, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Note: there are many Tobacco burst Les Paul's out there, please contact us if you see this specific one only.
Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in NYC
* K.Flay @ Moscot
* Jarana Beat @ Barbes
* Raya Brass Band @ Barbes
* Scott Smallwood @ The Stone
* Jennifer Hartswick @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Birthmark, Town Hall @ The Rock Shop
* Microcosm: Sonic Territories @ The Stone
* Raquel Cion: Gilding the Lonely @ Joe's Pub
* Speculator, Cool World, Eola @ Shea Stadium
* Chicago, The Doobie Brothers @ Jones Beach
* Less Than Jake, Catch 22 @ Starland Ballroom
* Marina And The Diamonds, MS MR @ Webster Hall
* Telephoned, Psychobuildings @ Knitting Factory
* Famoro Diouabate, Blazer Sound System @ Zebulon
* Amy Lynn & the Gunshow,Shayna Steele @ Joe's Pub
* Mindtroll, Kate Ferencz, Cat Butts, Priests @ Big Snow
* The Queers, Agent Orange, Flat Tires @ Rocks Off Cruises
* Emma Donovan, High Highs, George Byrne @ Summerstage
* Daddy Long Legs, Bloodshot Bill, T. Valentine @ Union Pool
* Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe, Marriages @ Highline Ballroom
* The Kills, Black Bananas, Viva Viva @ Hudson River Park Pier 63
* Night Shining, The Golden Age of Piracy, Cotter, Sumak @ Cameo Gallery
* Airiel, Screen Vinyl Image, The Stargazer Lilies, Luxa @ Cake Shop
* Sonny and the Sunsets, MAGIC TRICK, Sam Jayne (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Maxxi Soundsystem, JDH & Dave P, Paul Raffaele @ (le) poisson rouge
* Protomartyr, Parquet Courts, Bandname, Family Curse @ Death By Audio
* K-Holes, Viva L'American Death Ray Music, Turn To Crime @ Union Pool
* Dashboard Confessional, Tallhart, Elle King @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Motive, The Can't Tells, The Harmonica Lewinskies, Intensive Care @ Pianos
* Floating Points, Jacques Greene, Secret Circuit, Hieroglyphic Being @ P.S.1
* Husky, Sheppard, High Highs, George Byrne, Maya Jupiter and Friends @ Summerstage
* Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Menahan Street Band @ Williamsburg Park
* Dan Vapid & The Cheats, Kurt Baker, The Challenged, The Naturals @ Knitting Factory
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Filthy Savage, The Psyched, EULA, Big Ups, The Numerators, Yeah Well Whatever @ 929 XPO
* Tokyo Police Club, Vacationer, Shinobi Ninja, Body Language, Lights Resolve, We Barbarians, The Nightmare River Band @ Pier A
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out!
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Antibalas play a free show at Williamsburg Park tonight with The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow opening. 5 PM doors.
Sonny & the Sunsets wrap up a three-show NYC-area run tonight at Glasslands with Magic Trick (Tim of Fresh & Onlys' other band). Tickets are still available and is highly-recommended. Check out the video for Sonny & the Sunsets' "Pretend You Love Me" below.
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High on Fire is BACK with a new video for "Fertile Green". Glad to hear that Matt Pike is on the road back to good health.
You haven't really heard New Order's "Blue Monday" till you've heard it sung by a Welsh male choir. You can watch Brythoniad Male Voice Choir take on this indie disco staple below.
Cold Specks at Hotel Vegan, March 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Tom Rainey @ Barbes
* The Do @ Mercury Lounge
* Marty Ehrlich @ The Stone
* Kathy Mattea @ City Winery
* Jonny Corndawg @ Mercury Lounge
* Rob Base @ Tappen Park Summerstage
* New York Chamber Trio @ The Stone
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Doom Squad, North America @ Zebulon
* Mumford & Sons, Dawes @ Pier A Park
* Peter Yarrow @ McNally Jackson Books
* Le Blorr, Sunbears! @ Knitting Factory
* Cold Specks, Doe Paoro, ARMS @ Glasslands
* Sanctuaries, Life Size Maps @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Family Band, Jennifer Castle, El Dorado @ Union Pool
* The Voices In Your Head, The Can't Tells @ Cameo Gallery
* The March Fourth, Ruby Fray, Globular Cluster @ Cake Shop
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Big Black Cloud, Girls of Porn, Family Curse, Necking @ Death By Audio
* Dream Affair, Anasazi, Religious To Damn, Nao Katafuchi @ Public Assembly
* Yemen Blues, Khaira Arby, UkanDanZ @ Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell
* CMA Songwriters Series w/ Little Big Town, Natalie Hemby, Bob DiPiero@ Joe's Pub
* Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs) @ Beacon Theatre
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Maggie Roche, Sloan Wainwright, Suzzy Roche @ Madison Square Park
* Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Starlight Girls, Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
* Summerscreen ('The Princess Bride') w/ Extreme Animals, Soft Circle, PC Worship @ McCarren Park
"Tell Your Friends" comedy comes to The Bell House tonight, and in addition to the listed guests like Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and Todd Barry, there's a "JUST CONFIRMED: A SURPRISE GUEST" which they "can't say too much about this guy, except to say, if you've seen one of the TYF! surprise guests before, you know it means we've got someone goddamned amazing to close out the show. Trust me, if you miss this you're going to be very very sad."
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" opens in theaters this Friday. Hopefully you already caught our free screening on Monday at Sunshine Cinema. Tonight you can "Meet the Filmmakers: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, and Lee Toland" at the Apple Store in SoHo.
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The xx play Terminal 5 on Thursday (8/2). Check out video of new song "Swept Away" from their recent LA show below.
Grimes DJ'd 285 Kent this past Sunday (7/29), you can check out video from her set (she's cranking Marylin Manson) below. Don't forget she plays a free River Rocks show next week (8/9) with Wild Nothing and DIIV.
Passion Pit made a video for their single "Constant Conversations" and you can watch that below too.
High on Fire during SXSW (more by Greg Cristman)
"High on Fire would like to thank everyone involved with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for the opportunity to be a part of this year's tour," said the band in a statement. "We regretfully will have to bow out as our friend and bandmate begins his recovery, but very much appreciate having been asked to be a part of this summer's festival run."And with that statement, High on Fire have exited their previously discussed appearance on said tour. Best of luck to Matt Pike, who we last (for a while?) saw at Scion Rock Fest as part of Sleep. No word as to what that means for the NYC shows scheduled on that tour.
Evoken have signed to Profound Lore and are readying their new LP Atra Mors for release. The NJ funeral doom crew will release the long-player on July 31st and the record features eight new tracks from the crew including "An Extrinsic Divide", which is available for streaming below.
On a completely different note, Sick Fix will release Vexed via A389 Records, another slab of hardcore fury from the band featuring a member of Magrudergrind. Stream the new track "Boudica" below.
All streams, suggested shows and more are below.
They've been away for a bit, but Zeke will return to the East Coast to play Hoboken at Maxwell's on July 21st with Buzzkill. The show is the only East Coast date for the Northwestern band, who will also play a pair of dates on the West Coast in Oakland and Reno. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now. Tour dates are listed below.
Zeke's last LP was 2004's Til The Livin' End, which was subsequently followed up with splits with Disfear and Peter Pan Speedrock.
Check out some videos by Zeke alongside a listing of all dates below.
The star-studded end to Down's set
With all of the drag queens, bikini-clad girls, and slow-rolling neon cars blasting hip hop, it would be perfectly understandable to mistake East 7th Ave in Ybor City for another Saturday night on the strip. Yet the clubs of East 7th had been invaded by the the black-shirted, devil-horn weilding crew: the fourth-annual Scion Rock Fest was in town.
Ybor City is located north of downtown Tampa, Florida and was the site of 2012's edition, boasting names like Sleep, Merzbow, Oxbow, Repulsion, Sick of it All, Suffocation and many others across four stages (The Orpheum, CZAR Bar, Crowbar, and The Ritz). Though I never made it over to the Orpheum, I saw my fair share of incredible performances across the remaining three stages, many of which will likely never happen again.
Thoughts on Scion Rock Fest 2012, pictures, and video from many of the sets are below.
As we found out not long after posting the dates, Bowery accidentaly announced the old tour lineup with the new High on Fire dates. If you missed the post update, note that neither Kylea or Torche are opening for High on Fire at Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets on sale at noon.
High on Fire at the BV/POTR Deathmatch (more by Greg Cristman)
Knowing the High on Fire guys, it's safe to say that the Oakland metal trio will probably try to tour their asses off on the strength of their recent LP De Vermis Mysteriis'. Continuing to prove that true, now comes word that the band will headline a pair of NYC shows which will also feature appearances from Torche and Kylesa (who are currently touring with Gwar). The three bands, a repeat lineup from a previous tour, will hit Bowery Ballroom on August 1st and Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 2nd. Tickets for both the Bowery show and the MHoW show go on AMEX presale on April 25th at noon, and regular sale on Friday.
UPDATE: Torche and Kylesa are no longer on these shows, and have disappeared from the Bowery sites.
The shows are in addition to High on Fire's appearance as part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour which hits Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on 7/27, Saratoga Performing Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY on 7/31, and The Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT on Aug 5th. That tour includes names like Slayer, Anthrax, Slipknot, Motorhead, and many others, which vary by date. More details are available at the Rockstar site. All tour dates are listed below.
Miami four-piece Torche recently played NYC at Gramercy, are scheduled to hit the Orion Festival, and have a new LP in Harmonicraft. Stream that in full at Spin.
All tour dates and some classic video below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Trash Talk @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
The BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day show took over two stages at Scoot Inn on 3/16, and one day of the multi-day Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at the venue. With a ticket price tag of free and a stacked lineup that included High On Fire, Trash Talk, Off!, Ceremony, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, Full of Hell, Dead In The Dirt, Code Orange Kids, Heartless, and Balaclava, its understandable that there was a line around the block for most of the amazing day.
We already posted one set of photos from the show at BV Austin, including shots of Heartless, Ceremony, Balaclava, Full of Hell, and Code Orange Kids. Here are some pictures & video of High on Fire, and Off!, and more of Balaclava, Trash Talk, and Ceremony. Photos of Dead In The Dirt, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, and others are on the way. More below...
Sleep at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
As many know, the history of Sleep's Dopesmoker is almost as fascinating as the seminal release itself. A few different versions have been released, but now it seems that Southern Lord will release the ORIGINAL version of Sleep's epic album, done the way the band intended for release in the mid 90s:
For the 2012 reissue, there are some very notable changes. The original studio tapes have been remastered presenting the album as the band had originally intended. The audio is clearer, louder, and at last brings a true representation of SLEEP's hour-plus Weedian chronicle. Exclusive to this Southern Lord edition is brand new artwork by long time SLEEP artist Arik Roper, to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Additionally, this reborn version of Dopesmoker boasts an unreleased live recording of one of the band's best all-time performances: "Holy Mountain" from San Francisco's I-Beam in 1994.No word on when the release will actually surface but break out the bong, it'll probably be worth a listen. All Sleep tour dates and a stream of the Tee Pee edition of Dopesmoker are below.
High on Fire at Fun Fun Fun (more by BBG)
As you might have heard, High on Fire is back with De Vermis Mysteriis, the band's new LP due on April 3rd. Check out the first track from the LP below as originally surfaced on Pitchfork. Reminder, High on Fire will play the BV/POTR show on 3/16 as part of the four-day Deathmatch series at Scoot Inn and though details on the rest of the Deathmatch shows are still TBA, we'll have those when they surface.
I also announced a day show happening at Lovejoys in Austin on 3/17.
Crusty DM crew Deviated Instinct reunited in 2007 and are hitting the road for a string of US dates surrounding their MDF and Chaos in Tejas dates including a stop at Acheron on May 25th with Dresden, Nomad, and Koward. Nomad will also play tonight at Lulu's as part of their 7" release and tour kickoff party. All Deviated instinct dates are below.
Deicide kicked off their US tour last night and will hit NYC on Saturday (3/3) at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are still available. The band will be joined by Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams, and Lecherous Nocturne on this current trek dubbed "March Of Death 2012".
German thrash crew Destruction will celebrate 30 years as a band with a round of US dates in May. Look for the tour, which also includes Warbringer, Vital Remains and Pathology, to hit NYC at BB King's on May 16th. Tickets are on sale.
Revenge's SCUM.COLLAPSE.ERADICATION is out NOW via Nuclear War Now. Order your copy at their site and stream a song from the record, "Retaliation (Fallout Prayer)", below.
Stream the new Wizard Rifle in full at Invisible Oranges. The LP, entitled Speak Loud Say Nothing, is due via Seventh Rule on March 13th.
Check out some live pics of Lock Up, Goatwhore, Strong Intention & Black September posted at BV Chicago.
Did you read the interview with Locrian & Mamiffer by Eugene Robinson yet?
More suggested NYC shows, dates and the stream for that Revenge track below.
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - "Adult" (MP3)
High on Fire at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
High on Fire have announced De Vermis Mysteriis, the band's new album due on EOne Records on April 3rd. The LP, produced by Kurt Ballou, features 10 tracks and draws inspiration from "a fictional grimoire created by Psycho author Robert Bloch and incorporated by H. P. Lovecraft into the lore of the Cthulhu Mythos." Head below for all tour dates and details on the release.
Don't forget that High on Fire will join Trash Talk and a mammoth cast of others for the BV/Power of The Riff show during the Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at Scoot Inn on March 16th in Austin. All High on Fire dates are below.
Another band scheduled to play the day party, Ceremony, have posted a new track from their forthcoming Zoo. Check out "Adult", downloadable below as well as a a video for "World Blue" below. All Ceremony dates are below.
The Melvins have announced TWO new releases, including the The Bulls & The Bees EP due on March 13th via Scion A/V and the forthcoming LP Freak Puke due via Ipecac on June 5th. Those expecting a four-piece will be surprised to know that the Freak Puke LP will be from "Melvins Lite", aka Buzzo, Dale and bassist Trevor Dunn. Fans of the four piece shouldn't fret, Jared and Coady will be on the road with Unsane this April.
Arabrot, who were one of the most impressive bands at byLarm this past week in Oslo (pics/review coming) have released a video for their title track to Solaranus. Check that out below, along with a stream of another Norwegian band that I enjoyed, Dark Times.
More suggested NYC shows, streams, a new Rise & Fall video and a full live set by Bolt Thrower from 1989 is below.
High on Fire at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
March 16th, March 16th, March 16th! If you're going to be in Austin, save the date on your calendar folks! On Friday March 16th, 2012 at Scoot Inn (1308 e4th St), BrooklynVegan, The Power of The Riff, and Southern Lord will combine forces for a MARATHON of events that kickoff at noon and end waaaaay after the sun goes down.
The FREE daytime portion, in conjunction with the four-day Thrasher/Converse "Death Match" event at the venue, is an all-ages shindig that will kick off at noon and feature a skateramp with skaters and bands all day long. Shortly after doors open, expect to see eleven bands across two stages including sets from the following:
March 16, 2012 @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX (noon-6pm)That's right... High on Fire AND Off! AND Trash Talk (playing their FOURTH year of SXSW shows with us) AND Black Cobra AND Ceremony all in the same space, not to mention the awesome undercard of bands like Deafheaven (playing their second year of SXSW shows with BV), new favorites Full of Hell, Balaclava, Heartless and Dead in The Dirt. It is going to be insane, so bring a hard hat.
* High on Fire
* Trash Talk
* Black Cobra
* Full of Hell
* Dead in The Dirt
* DNF (members of Trash Talk, Touche Amore)
As the day show comes to a close, we'll get ready for our night show at the same venue... amounting to a total of FOURTEEN HOURS of destruction! Not to mention the food trucks, a full bar, and so much more to keep you fed and hydrated (or buzzed, depending on your poison) during the onslaught.
Stay tuned to BrooklynVegan for details regarding the official night showcase (it has been announced), and for more about the day show (or our OTHER day show on Saturday at Lovejoys), including set times. In the meantime, head below for video of some of the bands playing our MEGA-show at Scoot Inn on March 16th!
Phil of Kylesa at Public Assembly (more by Markus Shaffer)
Kylesa are having a great end-of-year thanks to many accolades for their 2010 effort Spiral Shadow. I'm sure they'll see many new fans in the audience while touring at the end of Dececmber and through most of January. Tickets are still on sale for their headlining show at Santos Party House.
We asked Phillip Cope of Kylesa what he listened to in 2010. His list makes me think that maybe Beach House is the answer to world peace, or at least that Beach House is something that Broken Social Scene, Kate Nash, S Carey and Kylesa can all agree on (and an album that SPIN and Rolling Stone BOTH put at exactly #17 on their lists). His full list of favorite songs, most of them with video streams, below...
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!
Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...
It's 1PM in Texas and I just tied a bandana around my face before its time to get down to business. I'm not some outlaw out to rob a bank and hop on a speeding stagecoach; With the dry dirt and the hordes of kids in full-on circle-pit/floorpunch mode, a bandana or a surgical mask is a key tool in dealing with the clouds of dust that form around the chaos.
Chaos it was, off-stage that is, as the crowd popped for the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, Snapcase, Dwarves, Municipal Waste, Gwar, Mastodon and others on Fun Fun Fun Fest's Black Stage (where I spent a good bit of my time). Though I wandered to the Orange Stage to catch amazing performances from Cap'n Jazz, The Hold Steady & Descendents (among many others) and the Blue Stage to catch scorching shows from Big Freedia, Pharoahe Monch, Dam-Funk, and A-Trak, but it was the Black Stage where I caught pretty much every single band in action.
And that's a lot! One of the great things about the Black and Orange stages is that they are actually TWO stages each. A band will finish their set, and then on a stage right next to it, another band will line check and play. Times between bands varied (due to set time length and on occasion, technical difficulties), but there were moments when it was as low as 5 minutes between sets. More music and less downtime.
I started out my Saturday (11/6) with Black Congress, whose powerful post-hardcore impressed the early crowd. Hatred Surge followed, and even with a new singer in tow, the brutality has stayed a constant. Power Trip was next, and they do crossover-thrash that is less DRI/ Municipal Waste, and more serious/furious. Bands this good shouldn't play this early.
I'm very picky about sung vocals and punk rock, so it's sort of no surprise that I didn't care for either Bad Religion (who had no guitar in the mix for the first three songs), The Briggs or The Vandals, but I did enjoy what I saw of Strike Anywhere's live set (even though I am not into their recorded output). Dreadlocked singer Thomas Barnett is as energetic a frontman as I would see on the Black Stage all weekend, and really added tremendous power to the band's melodic hardcore.
Muncipal Waste (more here)
Strike Anywhere is from Richmond, and the band got a "Richmond represent" shout out from the great Municipal Waste that day. The band thrashed their way through one of my favorite sets of the afternoon, complete with thrown trash cans, a wall of death, stage diving, and an "execution" courtesy of fellow Richmond band Gwar. Gwar was fun in a kitschy way and delivered a great set later in the day, but the crowd energy and the precision of MW's live show was the most memorable.
Also on the Black stage were Valient Thorr and The Casualties who both delivered energetic sets, with the latter giving a crusty spin on the Ramones classic "Blitzkrieg Bop". The mohawk-ed kids went ape, and a wall of death, which was later faux-mocked by Municipal Waste when they initiated their own wall of death, was called upon by vocalist Jorge Herrera.
On the Orange stage, I managed to catch Woven Bones, The Appleseed Cast, and Jeff The Brotherhood. Jeff The Brotherhood is a staple of the small stage in NYC, so it was a bit odd to hear that guitar tone blaring out of 50 feet of PA speakers. Odd, but no less fun/impressive.
Along with Municipal Waste, Big Freedia was another one of my favorite sets of the day. Her nonsense odes to ass, ass, and ass-clapping were a pure sugar-rush and left 90% of the crowd in hilarious amazement and the other 10% with a big old "WTF" look. The Freedia set was tamer than her usual appearances, but no matter, it was still much fun and much booty-shakin. Dam-Funk would also get the crowd moving on that same stage hours later.
Seeing Big Freedia meant missing a good portion of Cap'n Jazz, who announced on stage that Fun Fun Fun would be their last show. Unbelieveably kinetic and powerful, Cap'n Jazz reminds me that emo is short for "emotional" and not just a psuedonym for pop-crossover. Mesmerizing and awesome.
Sunday (11/7) was a late start for me, so I got to the venue to see the tail end of Junius (who played 2nd, after Eagle Claw on the Black Stage). They're a band I'm very familiar with for their latter-Isis crunch-and-clean vocals steelo. It was surprisingly the next band that really got me going: Peelander-Z. With a large crowd looking on, Peelander-Z delivered an incredible mix of energy, stage presence, audience participation, fun and simple song-craft, and plain old good times. They played from the crowd. They stage dove. They led the audience in a giant game of limbo. They had a footrace. Totally fun.
I have a lot of recent experience seeing OFF!, High on Fire, Kylesa, Floor, Mastodon, and The Bronx, who all played the Black Stage that day. All gave predictably excellent shows though Kylesa in particular seemed a bit more energetic that usual (lots of Laura pogoing). It might have been the fact that FFF marked the end of their US tour with Torche and High on Fire, but they were particularly good on that sweltering Sunday afternoon. Floor was great as usual, though I enjoyed them more at Red 7 later that night... possibly because their music felt like a bookend to a great weekend. Both High on Fire and Mastodon's setlist delved into all of their recorded efforts which, as a long time fan, was comforting.
I'm not particularly scared of anyone, but Human Furnace of Ringworm gives me the shakes. His gravelly voice propels the rest of the Clevo-hardcore band forward and blew my mind that afternoon. They were one of my highlights of the day, and if I had only seen them and Snapcase on Sunday, I would have been content.
If my dad listened to modern music anymore, he would go apeshit for The Hold Steady. The band cranked out a crunchy Springsteen-esque set and sounded better than I have ever heard them before. Though they were killing on the Orange stage, I made the hard decision to bounce to catch the rest of Suicidal Tendencies' set.
Nothing against Mike Muir, but he isn't in the same shape that John Joseph of the Cro-Mags is (Muir and the rest of the known universe). No matter, it doesn't stop him from zigging and zagging back and forth on stage as the rest of Suicidal Tendencies runs through hits like "You Can't Bring Me Down" and "I Saw Your Mommy". High energy stuff; I can't imagine running in circles while trying to recite the words to "Institutionalized". Catch Suicidal and Cro-Mags together at Terminal 5 on November 14th.
If I was to pick two of my favorite sets from Sunday, the winners easily go to Snapcase and Descendents. Snapcase was brutal, technical, confrontational, and totally fun; the crowd gave back every ounce of energy that the band put in. From the opening notes of their third song, "Zombie Transmission" from Progress Through Unlearning, I knew that this was going to be a highlight. We need more shows from Snapcase.
Descendents, who we also need more shows from, are one of the few bands that pass my "no clean vocals in punk rock" test. Their songs are funny without being goofy, melodic without being overtly pop, and driving/hard when they want to be. Classics like "Suburban Home", "Bikeage" and a good portion of Somery, "Everything Sucks" and many of the highlights from that LP, and tons of others all made their way onto the setlist that night. And yes, the band made sure to fit in "All" and "Weinerschnitzel". Too fun, and though I left Mastodon early to catch them, I have no regrets.
As far as pictures go, we already split the fest up into ten other posts, my pictures from Saturday included. This post is number 11 and it includes all my pictures from Sunday (and it is our final set of Fun Fun Fun pics from this year) which continue, below...
photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG
Kylesa played Public Assembly on Monday, 10/25, with Hull, a one-off surprise show for the band during their current trek with High On Fire and Torche (Webster Hall pictures here, Torche pictures here).
Unofficially, the show marked the band's coronation of Spiral Shadow, their new LP out NOW on Season of Mist. Quite a few tracks from that LP were represented at the shindig, including my personal fave the crunch-y Built-To-Spill-esque "Don't Look Back". The band opened with the old fave "Hollow Severer" and closed with the Static Tensions burner "Scapegoat" complete with Philip Cope and Corey Barhorst on tribal drumming duties.
A big thank you go to all who attended and to the incredible Hull who came out of a live-show-slumber (they are currently writing their follow-up to Sole Lord) to debut some new material in their opening set.
More pictures, including shots of the very sweet merch, and some video courtesy of ((unartig)) and Chris La Putt (from both NYC shows), below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Matt Pike of High on Fire @ Webster Hall
High on Fire descended upon a packed Grog Shop Friday night on top of a diverse three-band hard-rock bill and staked a powerful claim to the heavy metal throne with an hour-long display of brutally intelligent music.We've seen a lot of Torche lately, and it wasn't that long before their headlining show at Webster Hall on Sunday night that we saw High on Fire either. The band played Gramercy and Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this year, but we were happy to have them back.
Singer and guitarist extraordinaire Matt Pike is finally starting to show some signs of wear and tear on his face after about two decades of nonstop touring. So maybe he's not literally immortal. We watched him effortlessly switch from the slower, spacier stoner-rock of the recent Sleep reunion to High on Fire's relentless heavy metal in the space of just a few weeks. So we'd have to say he's probably at least a demi-god.
[a review from the Cleveland show]
Kylesa, who opened the Webster Hall show, on the other hand hadn't played NYC since supporting Mastodon at Irving/MHOW in May of last year. And all three bands had the next night off of their tour together, which prompted Kylesa to schedule a surprise Monday show at Public Assembly. Pictures from that Brooklyn show with Hull are forthcoming, but you can dig on the rest of the Webster Hall pictures (Torche ones HERE), some video, and the setlists, below....