Entries tagged with: KEN Mode
By Ian Chainey
At the Gates
So, as Tomas Lindberg made clear at this year's MDF, this At the Gates thing is actually happening. At War With Reality, the melodeath band's first album since 1995's Slaughter of the Soul, is set for an October 28 release date through Century Media Records. Good to know they're not fossils.
Speaking of classics, Death's Spiritual Healing is getting re-done by Relapse. The deluxe edition will come on LP or CD and it's available for preorder now. You can also catch Death to All -- the tribute act manned by ex-members -- on the road soon. Check out a trailer for the reissue below. IN A WORLD WHERE WAVEFORM PEAKS AND VALLEYS ARE SCRUTINIZED. . .
The slightly younger Bat signed to Hells Headbangers for their debut LP. The band will also be dropping a 7" titled Cruel Discipline, too. The speed metallers featuring links to Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and Volture are getting in the van soon, starting things off by checking into NYC's The Acheron on August 22.
GWAR hit MetalSucks' podcast and said new characters are coming, thus ensuring GWAR are the viscera-soaked metal version of Menudo or something. They're also blazing new merchandise options with a GWAR cigar named, wait for it, a Cigwar. I'm all for blunt names. Hey-yo. GWAR-B-Q starts today (8/15).
Speaking of GWAR, one of the clubs they played a lot back in the day was City Gardens in Trenton, which is the subject of a new documentary called "Riot on the Dance Floor". BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC premiere of that doc along with a Q&A afterwards with the director, John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Howie Abrams (In-Effect Records, etc) and more. Tickets are still available.
Lastly, Metallica, er, Mastodon's Brent Hinds was. . . interviewed. . . I think. Mastodon also updated their upcoming North American tour dates. You can find both below, and an interview we did with Bill Kelliher at Invisible Oranges.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of BrooklynVegan's metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions that are streamable below.
Let's hit the flicks first: Windhand now have a video for "Orchard." They'll also be touring soon, including a stop on September 20 at NYC's Saint Vitus.
As for the streams, the Iron Lung-related Pig Heart Transplant are offering two tracks from For Mass Consumption (September 2, 20 Buck Spin).
Trad doomers Cardinals Folly have premiered another from Out Cult Continues! at The Obelisk (August 19, Shadow Kingdom Records - preorder). Invisible Oranges debuted the initial transmission last month.
The drone project BLACKWOLFGOAT, from the mind of Black Pyramid/Milligram member Darryl Shepard, dropped "Notausgang" from Drone Maintenance (August 26, Small Stone Recordings).
Num Skull have another peak available from their Relapse remaster of the lost thrash classic Ritually Abused (September 16, Relapse - preorder).
Denton, Texas weirdos Bludded Head plopped out "Shitsucker Blues" off of Reign in Bludd (October 6, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia).
And finally, blasters 1349 covered Voivod for the always-fun Decibel flexi series. Aside from Cardinals Folly and 1349, you can hear all of the streams below.
Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:
SATURDAY (8/16): Blackened thrash nuts Ketzer are making the trip over from Germany for the first time. They'll be joined by Natur, Throaat, and Occult Burial at Saint Vitus (tickets). If you're still in a punk frame of mind, The Acheron has ZEX, Process, Vermin, Symptom, and Heathen (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As we have a compulsion to do, we rounded up the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. (Hint: Check out the punk section of Things We Missed.)
We took a deeper look at blackened buzzer Panopticon.
And we debuted death metal standout Diskord.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
Tickets for Taking Back Sunday's first annual holiday show at NJ's Starland Ballroom with The Menzingers go on sale today at 10 AM.
The BrooklynVegan-presented Hard Girls, Broadcaster, Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry) and Will Wagner (Smith Street Band) show at Death by Audio happens this Sunday (8/17). Admission is $8 at the door.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Ian Chainey
No stage diving please...
That pic above is from the Millington, TN stop of Mayhem Fest and was tweeted/deleted by Trivium's Paolo Gregoletto with the caption, "Brutal pit for the first band today." Ouch. I've had games of Solitaire that have been better attended. I think there are more actual Sumerians still in existence. Even the inflatable bottle is on the insta-quip action.
As for live dates with a better chance of drawing a crowd, Pyrrhon (whose singer, full disclosure, used to write this column) have updated their upcoming schedule for their tour with Gigan and Artificial Brain. In addition, grinders Die Choking -- who will be sharing a bill with Pyrrhon in October -- have several tour dates on the horizon including a show on August 10 at the Grand Victory with King Parrot, Organ Dealer, and Nightcrawler. Tickets are available now. All of the dates appear below.
KEN mode, who have an Invisible Oranges-presented show coming up, teased some new jams in a concert recently. You can check out "Blessed" on their facebook.
Finally, Converge have, uh, also been ". . . working diligently on this tour at every moment we get to write new music." Footage of them practicing new material is down below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
While the newswire was quiet, the streams were not. There are a ton of tracks available for your perusal, including a freebie from Manes. The 'name your price' single of Floydian falseness (they named it Vntrve, they get it) is available below.
For full streams, blackened deathers Belphegor are now offering the freshly released Conjuring The Dead. You can also hear Rabbits bash out their primitive stomp on Untoward (August 12, Lamb Unlimited - preorder). Plus, core crushers Coliseum are streaming their remastered reissue of their first album. All three are below.
Single tracks: 1349 blast through "Cauldron" from the smartly-titled Massive Cauldron Of Chaos (September 30, Season Of Mist - preorder). Cinema grinders Graf Orlock dropped "A Decent Proposal In A Shitty Alley" from Trailer. They've also got some upcoming tour dates with Dangers and Holy. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats put out the single "Runaway Girls" in preparation for their US tour. And Decapitated and made "The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation" public, which is culled from Blood Mantra (September 30, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Sorry, let me rephrase that in Death Metal English. THE OUTFIT OF INCARNATE EVIL, CEPHALIC REMOVAL, AND DEXTROUS WIZARDY PRESENT AN ENSORCELLED SPELL OF AIR VIBRATION DAMNING A PHANTOM DEITY. Or something. All of the streams are below.
Prefer purty pictures? Tons of videos also made their way online. Triptykon shot a buffet of delights for the eye with "Aurorae." Reminder: They said they were going to make MDF 2015. Hope so. Entombed A.D. whispered, "Welcome to Carcosa," with their flick for "Pandemic Rage." And vikings and fellow MDF 2015 participants Einherjer put together an acid-aided animation for new song "Nidstong." You can watch the videos below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/8): The loaded Summer Slaughter tour featuring, deep breath, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within the Ruins, Fallujah, Boreworm, ZFL, and Goatwhore -- which LiveNation has stylized as "Goatwh**e because NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY -- is happening at Irving Plaza as we speak. Tickets are still available at the door. If grind/twilight is more your game, the international bill of Department Of Corrections, Budd Dwyer, Sea of Bones, and Mother Brain are at Saint Vitus tonight (tickets).
SATURDAY (8/9): The Acheron is screening the Welcome to Deathfest documentary along with sets from Argentinum Astrum and Belus (tickets). And the reformed Drowningman will be at Saint Vitus with Pilot to Gunner and As We Were (tickets). The Austerity Program, whose new LP we reviewed on IO, play Shea Stadium with Gnarwhal, Pinecones and Voice Coils.
SUNNNNNNNDAY (8/10): The Die Choking show mentioned above slides into Grand Victory with King Parrot, Organ Dealer, and Nightcrawler (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? Our NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We got the week started by tracking all of the new tunes in Upcoming Metal Releases. We then put on our thinky-caps by examining what makes a critic-proof band. We had premieres aplenty with Big Black Cloud, Divider, and Godhunter. We welcomed you to our book collection with a review of the classic Hammer of the Gods and not so classic Wheels of Confusion. We chatted with Behold! The Monolith about losing a member and what it takes to keep on going. Arsis' A Celebration of Guilt turned 10 this week and we broke down the album that feels like it was released yesterday (sigh, get off my lawn). And finally, we caught up with Lucky 13's Melody Henry about the status of her bar's new location.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Ian Chainey
KEN mode at 285 Kent in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Noisy post-hardcore trio KEN mode will be heading out on the road at the end of August for a short run of North American dates before hitting Europe with Hark. The first leg of their travels checks into places like Chicago and Philadelphia. On September 2, they'll play NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges presented show with Psalm Zero & Couch Slut. Tickets are on sale. The full list of tour stops appears below.
The Saint Vitus bill is particularly stacked and all outfits are armed with new ammo. KEN mode are touring in support of 2013's Entrench. They recently released a video for "The Promises of God" which you can watch below. Post-metallers Rosetta just got back from China and continue to tour for their album The Anaesthete. Metallic hardcore deafeners Tiger Flowers dropped Dead Hymns in April. And the proggy East of the Wall put out Redaction Artifacts last year and have been shredding it up with recent dates that include a suddenly active PsyOpus.
All of the dates along with the KEN mode video and streams from their Saint Vitus stagemates appear below.
By Doug Moore
Randy Ortiz artwork
Last month, we started a new series of interviews over at Invisible Oranges called Graphic Content, in which we talk to metal/hardcore-associated visual artists about their craft. The inaugural edition featured Alex Eckman-Lawn, who's done album covers for the likes of Yakuza, Maruta, Starkweather, and Dim Mak The second edition, which is up today, features Canadian illustrator Randy Ortiz, who's worked with heavy artists like KEN mode, Fuck the Facts, and Intronaut, as well as non-metal artists like Why?.
Here's a snippet of our conversation:
What's the process of working with bands like for you?You can check out more of Ortiz's work on his website; the IO interview showcases some of his best work too.
I find the work that I get now though is when bands come to me, now that I have more of an established career and my work is out there more. When they come to me it gives me that bit of power to be like, hey, you're coming to me for my work because you like my work, so let me do my own thing. Let me listen to your music and I'll come up with ideas. If you have ideas yourself that's cool too; just let me know. More than likely I will not use them because they usually suck -- from my experience anyway, but I'll make my own suggestions and they usually go for it. And like I said, they come to me for my ideas, right? And that's what they're hiring me for so I feel I have a say in that matter.
Are there any trends you're tired of in metal art?
I don't wanna name any artists, but there's a certain artist or two that have seemed to spawn a whole army of duplicate artists that just do the same fucking shit over and over again. I mean, I'm influenced by a lot of artists as well. If you're going to use the same techniques, go for it, but create something new, you know? Something refreshing. Maybe it's 'cause these bands, that's all they want. They want it to look like this other artist.
I think a lot of artists, especially when they're starting out, they don't realize that you have the option to do your own thing, to be your own creative thing. You don't have to copy other people to be successful. But I feel that's what a lot of people are doing, they're just copying and riding the coattails of these other artists who were first doing it in the beginning, you know? I just wish people would just be more creative. I dunno. Maybe I'm just an asshole but that's just how I feel.
Speaking of Fuck the Facts & KEN mode: the former are currently touring the Midwest and Canada; they're playing Chicago tonight (4/17). You can check out their full set of dates below. Meanwhile, KEN mode were just announced as part of the 2014 Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC; they also recently recorded a BBC Radio 1 live session, which is still available for streaming -- you can check it out below.
Check out those Fuck the Facts dates below as well.
We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.
Full initial lineup below...
photos by Di Lynn Ring
Russian Circles / KEN mode / Inter Arma @ Bowery Ballroom - 2/20/14
One of the best crossover-metal tours of the year so far swung through NYC when post-metal/post-rockers Russian Circles, furious post-hardcore rippers KEN mode and the psychedelic/black metal leanings of Inter Arma hit Bowery Ballroom this past Thursday (2/20) at Saint Vitus on Saturday (2/22). Both shows were sold out. A set of pictures from the Bowery show are in this post, and stay tuned for more in depth coverage of the Vitus show.
More pictures, and Russian Circles/KEN mode's setlists, below...
By Doug Moore
Russian Circles at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Russian Circles put out one of the most critically successful kinda-metal albums of 2013 in Memorial; they also toured pretty heavily on it, including a memoriable stop at Saint Vitus this spring.
It looks like they'll be coming back in February, with a killer support package to boot. The band just announced a six(ish)-week North American tour, with direct support from KEN mode and additional support from Inter Arma on most dates and Helms Alee for the tour's West Coast leg. The Inter Arma-fied version of this package will hit NYC twice: February 20 at Bowery Ballroom, and February 22 at Saint Vitus. Tickets aren't on sale at for either venue yet, but keep an eye out.
Both of these shows should absolutely rule. Russian Circles's spacious jams are built with live interpretation in mind. KEN mode and Inter Arma both released great albums of their own in 2013, and both spent virtually the entire year touring aggressively behind them (often together). Lineups don't get much more road-tested than this one.
Check out the complete set of dates and stream a Russian Circles jam from Memorial below.
photos by Vladislav Grach
the reviews are in: KEN Mode @ Saint Vitus, 8/9/2013
KEN Mode and Rosetta's InvisibleOranges-sponsored tour played their Brooklyn date at Saint Vitus on Friday (8/9), adding on support from hardcore-influenced favorites Tiger Flowers and instrumental jaw-droppers East of the Wall. The show, which doubled as a celebration for Rosetta's new effort, The Anaesthete, featured impressive sets from all four bands, and you can check out pictures and video from all appearances in this post.
by Fred Pessaro
KEN Mode at Pitchfork 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, KEN Mode play Saint Vitus tonight (8/9) as part of their larger tour with Rosetta (who have a spankin' new LP). The band will team with East of the Wall and Tiger Flowers for the appearance, a whopper of a four-band bill. Don't miss it, tickets are still available.
Grecian black metallers Zemial impressed at one of their last US appearances, Rites of Darkness 2011. Now the band have returned from a seven-year recording hiatus to offer NYKTA, their new LP due via Hells Headbangers on, appropriately, Halloween. Stream two new tracks from the effort below.
Sci-fi obsessed death metal troupe Gigan is readying Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science, their new LP due on 10/15 via Willowtip. The effort features a pair of tracks that have made their way out, "Electro-Stimulated Hallucinatory Response" and "Influence through Ritualistic Projection," both of which are available for streaming below.
Don't forget that every week, you can tune into Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio on Tuesday at 10 PM Eastern to listen for the latest and greatest in the heavy underground. If you missed it, check out this week's episode in the EVR archives and you can check out the playlist too. Next week we will host Pitchfork editor and Show No Mercy honcho, Brandon Stosuy! Tune in Tuesday (8/13) at 10PM ET.
If you missed it, in the past week on InvisibleOranges we posted photos from the Raspberry Bulbs release show, streamed the new Dead in the Dirt, War Master, Anicon demo, a snippet from the new Jesu, and new albums by The Howling Wind and Orbweaver .
For more metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
Those Zemial and Gigan streams are below...
Rosetta at Public Assembly in NYC, April 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
As discussed at InvisibleOranges, reverb-heavy Philadelphian post-rock/metal band Rosetta have decided to go the DIY route, releasing their new LP, The Anaesthete, on Bandcamp for the fan-friendly price of "whatever you want." Get your digital copy at Bandcamp.
That gives you at least 24 hours of lead time to get prepared for the band's performance at Saint Vitus in August 9 (tickets), part of the band's East Coast tour with KEN Mode that kicks off tonight (8/8) in Richmond, VA. All tour dates are listed, alongside a full album stream, below.
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Action Bronson appealing to a new demo
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Annie, Fiona Apple, Metz, TV Ghost, Noun, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Franz Ferdinand, King Khan & the Shrines, Action Bronson, KEN mode, Chance the Rapper, Sebadoh and more, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swans / Solange / fans
Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.
Pitchfork Fest 2013 returns to Union Park in Chicago this weekend with three days of 100% Pitchfork-approved acts including headliners Bjork, R. Kelly, and Belle & Sebastian (who we just caught in Brooklyn and Austin). Single day tickets for two of the days are still available. Check out the full schedule and head to BV Chicago for a preview of Friday.
Looking for an alternative while in Chicago this There's always ? Rotted Tooth Fest and Sailor Jerry's Cobrafest. Look out for the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store in Wicker Park. Check our Chicago Show Calendar for even more.
Bringing some metal to Pitchfork fest are KEN Mode who just kicked off a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-presented tour that includes three Chicago shows total, three shows in Texas and a NYC show at Saint Vitus which is on sale now. Tour flyer below...
KEN Mode at 285 Kent, June 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
As discussed in a recent interview by Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio (listen to the archived show), noise-core unit KEN Mode will hit the road for more dates this summer. With alternating support from Inter Arma and Rosetta, the shows include a stop at the Pitchfork Festival (who just announced set times) as well as Saint Vitus on August 9. Ticket info for that show is forthcoming.
Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan are proud sponsors of this tour, the dates of which are listed below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
photos by Harriet Roberts and Keith Marlowe
Torche by Keith Marlowe
As discussed previously, Torche played the Invisible Oranges showcase during Northside Festival at 285 Kent on Friday (6/14). Backed by strong support from metallic Am-Rep lovers KEN Mode, blues-y riffers Lo-Pan and groove-leaning black metal badasses Inter Arma, the sold out show was a monster. More pictures from the IO showcase are in this post.
The IO show happened at basically the same time as Kylesa at Music Hall of Williamsburg , just a few blocks away and also part of the greater Northside Festival.
More 285 Kent pics are below.
photo by Caroline Harrison)
Torche @ 285 Kent, 6/14/2013
285 Kent has seen it's share of wildness over the years, but Friday night during Northside Festival was a different animal. Floridian bubblegum-sludge favorites Torche headlined the space along with KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma, one of only a handful of metal shows to grace the space (Pitchfork's Show No Mercy was another). More photos and video from the show are up at InvisibleOranges.
The show was one of two Inter Arma shows in Brooklyn, with the band also hitting Union Pool the next day as part of an Invisible Oranges event for Summer Thunder where they were joined by Anicon and Pyrrhon.
Torche at Saint Vitus, March 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Torche are here, bringing their woofer-shaking doom-pop along with metallic noise-killers KEN Mode and stoner-y groove merchants Lo-Pan as part of a string of dates together. Inter Arma opens the show tonight at 285 Kent (6/14, tickets or Northside badge gets you in) and will play a second show tomorrow at Union Pool (6/15) as part of the FREE Summer Thunder series with Anicon and Pyrrhon.
Both shows are brought to you by InvisibleOranges, and you can win one of five pairs of tickets to 285 Kent. Details on how to win and related video are below
Weedeater at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
InvisibleOranges and BrooklynVegan are proud to present the Weedeater North American tour, which includes shows state to state throughout the summer (unfortunately no NYC, though). The band, who recently played Saint Vitus and Maryland Deathfest around Memorial Day, will share dates with ASG and Lo-Pan along the way. Full tour schedule is below.
Putting a bird in your ear: Torche 7" art
More sunny sludge from Torche, who have released the new track "Keep Up," which will be found on the fothcoming Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club 7. Stream it below and look for the 7" to surface in physical form in July.
As mentioned, Torche will perform at 285 Kent on June 14 with Lo-Pan, KEN Mode and Inter Arma as part of an Invisible Oranges presented Northside showcase. Tickets are still available or you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Torche at Saint Vitus in March (more by Harriet Roberts)
Invisible Oranges have announced their inaugural Northside Festival showcase for June 14 at 285 Kent. The punk venue will return headliners Torche back to their roots, and they'll be joined by stellar support from KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma! Tickets are on sale or you can get in with your Northside badge The show is a stop on Torche and KEN Mode's tour, dates of which are listed below.
Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement regarding a day show on June 15 at a space TBA. Promises to be a rager. In the meantime, check out a Torche video below.
KEN Mode at the Invisible Oranges SXSW 2013 Showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
KEN Mode have released a new video for "Counter Culture Complex," culled from the recently released Entrench LP. The clip features snow, fire, pagan-type rituals and a bit of mystery. Check it out below.
As mentioned, the Canadians are still on the road and will be hitting NYC to support Orange Goblin at Saint Vitus on April 22 (tickets), Pitchfork and more upcoming dates. All known KEN Mode appearances are listed below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Jesse Matthewson with a 'Legalize Gay' thong on his face
At the BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday day party (3/15), we had an indie rock-oriented lineup on the outdoor stage (The Main) and a metal stage, courtesy of our metal blog Invisible Oranges (and Heavy Dicks), indoors (The Jr). Easily one of the most anticipated bands on the metal stage was KEN Mode, whose fifth album, Entrench (released the week of SXSW), has proved to be something of a crossover album for the band. It's a punishing record, bringing sludge metal, post-hardcore, and noise rock into a killer mix -- and KEN Mode's live show is even more intense.
The band looks out into the crowd with impenetrable death stares while creating as much noise as melody, and the whole thing is pretty terrifying -- but it's the kind of terrifying that makes you want to move closer and closer to the stage. They played a bunch off the new record, and while KEN Mode don't sound like they're going pop metal anytime soon, on some of the tracks, like early singles "Counter Culture Complex" and "The Terror Pulse," those harsh vocals really got stuck in your head. It got pretty anthemic at the end of that latter tune, with guitarist Jesse Matthewson and bassist Andrew LaCour trading vocals on "THIS IS GOODBYE! TO THE MAN YOU ONCE KNEW!"
KEN Mode also played our BV/Invisible Oranges showcase at The North Door the next night (they were a last-minute replacement for Pinkish Black, who had to drop off), where they were even louder and had a great light show adding to their intensity. More on that show soon.
Special thanks to Heavy Dicks and M for Montreal, along with our sponsors Onkyo, mophie, Jameson, Zico, Food For Lovers, American Apparel, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, ReDigi, Signazon, Korg, Creative Creation, and Mirrored Media, ASCAP, MailChimp, and Pink Avocado who we couldn't have done the Friday day party without. A full set of pictures from that party is coming soon. More from KEN Mode's set below...