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Meat Puppets (w/ Gibby Haynes) / Soul Asylum @ Bowery Ballroom
Meat Puppets at Bowery Ballroom
Soul Asylum at Bowery Ballroom

There was an Up On The Sun a bit earlier in the set and it lasted over 10 mins. It included Cris and Elmo bumping into the speaker and it almost falling over followed by Cris's best Urkel impression ("Did I do that??). That was some epic shit right there. Curt and Elmo bouncing those spicy riffs back and forth of one another while Cris lays down some, as he called them, direct quote: "Tasty fucking bass licks!". Quite accurate. And Shandon. Shandon has to watch all this unfold in front of his very eyes and keep up with the Kirkwood Guitar Noise Expo. Anyone who can drum in this band is someone of serious talent. Killin' it back there.
Somewhere after 9:30 Soul Asylum hit the stage and Dave Pirner had on an Aquaman shirt. File that under "Hashtag: Rad". These dudes are way more than just Runaway Train, and this being my third time seeing this band I can say that they've proved that with every set. Somebody To Shove brought the crowd back to life from it's short intermission real quick. Shut Down preceeded two personal favorites of mine, Just Like Anyone and Misery. Such a tight band these dudes are. - [Concert Confessions]
Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets' co-headlining tour brought them to NYC for two shows: Brooklyn Bowl on 6/20 and Bowery Ballroom on 6/22. At the Bowery show, Meat Puppets (who got the early slot that night) brought out Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes for a cover of Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights." Video of that below.

No special guests during Soul Asylum's set, just a lot of favorites from the '80s and '90s, and a few from their upcoming new album. Pictures from the whole night continue below.

In related news, Meat Puppets' Cris Kirkwood recently launched a new podcast. So far there's episodes with Keith Morris, The Black Lips, Neil Hamburger and more.

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OFF! at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF! just got even more super. For their next tour, drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless, Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes) is unfortunately sitting out, but the legendary Dale Crover of the Melvins will be filling in for him. The tour includes support from Bad Antics and Gay Kiss, and it hits NYC on August 22 at Europa. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 11:55 AM.

The band also just released a video from their record release show for Wasted Years. Watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

OFF! @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/17/14

Before they even played a single note, the mood inside Bowery Ballroom was pretty unruly as cups of beer were projected at the stage as the punk vets in the supergroup OFF! took the stage. Singer Keith Morris, who used to front Black Flag and Circle Jerks, took his mic and said, "Don't throw your beer! Drink your beer! Don't be a fucking moron!" He then went on to introduce the band which features Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides, Redd Kross bassist Steven Shane McDonald, and Rocket from the Crypt drummer Mario Rubalcaba, and as they started their engines Morris shouted, "...and we are OFF!" The band went into their high-octane old-school garage punk sound that has had fans around the world thrilled for bringing the sound that made them infamous in their respective previous band back to a new generation who have really only heard that type of sound on records.

As circle pits broke out, stage divers launched into the crowd-- including Coats, and fists were punching the air, OFF! turned Bowery Ballroom into another legendary Bowery venue, CBGB's which was up the street from where everyone was letting loose on Saturday night. With a mix of old and new school punks, it was a chance to relive the glory days of a genre that in its purest form was its rawest. [Officially A Yuppie]

Hardcore punk supergroup OFF! brought their tour to NYC over the weekend for a Bowery Ballroom show on Saturday (5/17). The tour is in support of their new album, Wasted Years, and included plenty off that, plus older favorites like "Black Thoughts" and "Jeffrey Lee Pierce." Opening the show were their similarly punk tourmates, NYC's Cerebral Ballzy and Santa Ana's NASA Space Universe whose singer spent the show on the floor. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.

They continue, with OFF!'s setlist, below...

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Hardcore punk supergroup OFF! (featuring ex-Black Flag/Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris and others) already released "Void You Out" from their upcoming LP, Wasted Years (due out 4/8 via Vice), and they've now released another LP cut, "Hypnotized," which you can listen to below. Their tour hits NYC on May 17 at Bowery Ballroom (tix).

Song stream below...

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OFF! at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)

Keith Morris's hardcore punk supergroup OFF! (which also features members of Hot Snakes/Rocket from the Crypt, Redd Kross and Burning Brides) are returning with a new record Wasted Years on 4/8 via Vice, and after revealing that they'll play this year's Punk Rock Bowling festival, the band have announced a full 2014 tour. That tour is with Cerebral Ballzy (also playing Punk Rock Bowling) and NASA Space Universe, and hits NYC on May 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.

OFF! also just made a video for "Void You Out" off the new LP, which you can watch, along with the list of dates, below...

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While Keith Morris spent much of last year with one of the two Black Flag incarnations, FLAG, he's now back with his punk supergroup OFF! -- whose lineup also includes Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) -- and will release the next OFF! record, Wasted Years, on April 8 via Vice. That's the cover art above, designed by Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn, who did most of Black Flag's artwork), and you can listen to the album's first single "Void You Out" (via Rolling Stone) along with the tracklist, below...

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by Doug More

OFF!'s Keith Morris @ Irving Plaza, 9/19/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
(black) FLAG

If you're into video games, or have friends who are -- so basically, if you are living -- you've either played or heard someone talk about playing Grand Theft Auto V during the past week and change. The game, which dropped on September 17, is widely being hailed as a masterpiece, and it's certainly been commercially successful. GTAV earned $800 million in sales during its first 24 hours on the market and $1 billion during its first three days, which evidently makes it the fastest-selling piece of entertainment media in history. It's big enough that GTAV will be a major part of this year's New York Film Festival Convergance Program, with multiple panel discussions and events.

One of the reasons that the GTA series is so popular is because its world is so well fleshed out. You can have a pretty good time just driving around Los Santos listening to the in-game radio, which is frankly much better curated than most real-world radio. You can thank Keith Morris of OFF! and (black) FLAG (whose tour with T.S.O.L. and Cerebral Ballzy hit Irving Plaza last week) for that, among others. Morris not only curated one of GTAV's radio stations; his other band, OFF!, also contributed an exclusive song to the game. OFF! are currently gearing up to record a new LP, which should see an early 2014 release. We've got that new song streaming in this post.

Song stream below.

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FLAG, comprised of former Black Flag-ers and Descendents Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton, will play a series of precision strikes this summer and fall. Weekends shows and festivals will be the band's MO thus far, hitting Orion, Punk Rock Bowling, NXNE, FYF Fest and more, but do include a string of East Coast dates in September. Look for FLAG to hit NYC on September 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on presale on Wednesday (5/15) at 10 AM with regular sale hitting on Friday (5/17) at 10 AM.

The band recently played a surprise show in Redondo Beach, CA where the band performed at a Moose Lodge. Video of that performance is below.

Greg Ginn is also on the road with Black Flag (they'll be here next month), and doesn't take kindly to the fact that FLAG exists.

All dates and that video are below.

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photos Chris La Putt

"Listen, I just watched OFF! and The Spits. I know nothing about with binders or whatnot, but Keith Morris lectured me about voting. #punk" - Scare Gardscare

The Spits @ Irving Plaza - - 10/16/2012
The Spits

CMJ at Irving Plaza (where there are big shows every night this week) began Tuesday night with the touring combo of OFF!, The Spits and Double Negative. It was a night of angry-not-punk rock... From a recent Rolling Stone article:

"With part of the hardcore mentality there became this batch of rules," [OFF!'s Keith] Morris tells Rolling Stone. "If somebody says, 'Well, you're hardcore' or 'You're punk rock,' I'm not gonna argue with you - except I'm not any of that stuff. I'm 57 years old. I'm just angry, and I'm pissed off."
Though it continues:
"What we're doing now is kind of like a party," Morris says. "And we invited some of the bands that we believe are the best to be playing with us, to make this special, to make our party on wheels something that we want a lot of different people to come to."
The party on wheels continues TONIGHT IN NJ (for those who missed the Irving show because they were home watching the debate).

Check out more pictures from NYC, OFF!'s setlist included, below...

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Off! @ a Way Out West aftershow in Gothenburg in 2011
Way Out West

As we were just saying, Off! were putting the finishing touches on their new album. This new press release from Vice Records has even more info:

In a creative pace to match the breathless vehemence of their music, punk/hardcore luminaries OFF! have announced the follow up to their much heralded debut First Four EPs will arrive in the form of a self-titled full length May 8th, 2012 from Vice Records. Barrelling through sixteen high intensity tracks in as many minutes, the album demonstrates the LA quartet had still further to ratchet up their visceral sonic maelstrom, delivering a "dark party" soundtrack of unleashed exasperation and bitterness executed with a rigorous precision that more than lives up to the cavalcade of accolades heaped upon them so far by the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, LA Times, among many others. Full tracklist below.

In conjunction with the impending release the band have announced a string of live dates in support of the album including a trio of appearances at next month's SXSW Festival and select record release shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and San Diego. The Los Angeles show, which serves as the album's proper record release, is booked at the legendary Whiskey a Go Go, former host to many of the most important punk/hardcore bands of the early 80's including The Germs, The Ramones, The Misfits, and countless others.
Tickets for the previously mentioned NYC show at Bowery Ballroom are on sale now. All tour dates are listed, along with the new album tracklist, and a set of pictures I took in Sweden last year, below...

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No Flag
No Flag

No Age, who in 2009 backed Bob Mould to play Husker Du songs at ATP, covered Black Flag's "Six Pack" and The Misfits' "Hybrid Moments" at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. Original Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, who was there with his band OFF!, didn't join No Age on the covers like he did when Superchunk covered Black Flag and The Misfits at House of Vans. However, last night at Levitt Pavilion in LA, No Age and Ceremony played a FYF-presented free show with special guest No Flag, aka No Age, Keith Morris, and fellow founding Black Flag member Chuck Dukowski! Picture taken by Lance Bangs above. Video of No Flag playing "Wasted" and videos of No Age at Pitchfork Fest below...

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by BBG

OFF!, Lemuria

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the idea of Superchunkplaying a song with Keith Morris or covering the Misfits would have been sneered at and scoffed upon as blasphemy. Though the North Carolina band has always been lumped in with an indie scene, Superchunk's power-pop has a definite bite to it, a fact that becomes much clearer on the live stage. Superchunk is a punk band and they ruled the FYF-presented show at House of Vans last night, tearing through fun covers of "Where Eagles Dare" and "Gimme Gimme Gimme" and bouncing like their shoes were spring-loaded.

Support for Superchunk was similarly strong. Lemuria opened the show, playing poppy punk-inflected ballads that owed debts to the headliner as well as other 90s greats like Velocity Girl and Breeders. OFF! know their way around a live show, and the band played a reliably raucous set that dipped into their split with Trash Talk and recent 4x7". Pitting was limited and though blood was shed on the floor of the mosh pit, it was reportedly nowhere near insanity that erupted during Ceremony. Cro-Mags/Fucked Up/Pissed Jeans? Wear a helmet.

Aside from the aforementioned covers that occupied 2/3 of their encore (the last 1/3 was "Hyper Enough" from Here's Where The Strings Come In), Superchunk's set touched on moments from their entire discography including their latest Majesty Shredding. It has been over a decade since I last saw this band and I am happy to say that besides some grey hair (a few lost ones), this indie mainstay is intact and as good as ever live.

We alrady posted one set of pictures. A second, along with the Lemuria & Superchunk setlists, is below....

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Mac & Keith (photo by Andrew St. Clair)

We have a full post with pictures and review of last night's show at House of Vans coming, but meanwhile check out a video of 2/3 of Superchunk's encore, aka the part where (Off!'s) Keith Morris came out and performed Gimme Gimme Gimme (Black Flag) and Where Eagles Dare (Misfits) with Mac and band. It was pretty amazing (especially the Misfits part, no offense Keith). Video below...

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photos by Tamara Porras, words by Andrew Sacher

J & Henry
Henry Rollins & Dinosaur Jr.

Off!, lead by former Circle Jerks/Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, kicked off night four of Dinosaur Jr's Bug tour at Terminal 5 last night (6/23). Keith prefaced the show with an introduction of Off!'s veteran lineup that includes Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald

(Redd Kross). Off! launched directly into album opener "Black Thoughts" and immediately met and exceeded the expectations set by the impressive lineup. With some of the crispest tones and sharpest hits, the band thrashed along ruthlessly as they pummeled through minute-long blasts, which acted as the perfect backdrop for Keith's piercing screams and powerful on-stage force. Despite the fact that the large venue was only about half-full at this point, Off! delivered as if the room was packed. Keith Morris, with Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown EP and a long stint in Circle Jerks under his belt, had every right to act like he knew he was a legend, but instead he modestly expressed how grateful he was for the people that came out early to catch their set.

Keith and band

Though Off! were certainly a difficult to act to follow, Fucked Up took a stab at it with almost the exact opposite approach to punk. While Off!'s songs rarely reach the 2-minute mark, Fucked Up's usually double or triple it, and explore much artier territories. Their set consisted mainly of material off their recent epic David Comes to Life, and though the set wasn't especially long, they hit most of the album's high points. Fucked Up played as hard as ever, and the new songs really pulled through live. The only downside was the size of the venue. Damian's usual antics, like going into the crowd and holding the mic out over the audience work well in smaller clubs, but if you weren't in the first few rows at Terminal 5, it came off less successfully than the band deserved. Things should be a little better at 285 Kent on Saturday night.

Before Dinosaur Jr. took the stage, Henry Rollins (aka the second Black Flag frontman on stage that night) conducted a much-anticipated interview with the band. Henry was a great person to interview Dinosaur Jr. Not only is he arguably the best speaker in punk rock, but the admiration between Dinosaur Jr. and Henry Rollins for each other was so clear. Henry opened his interview by telling us he is a "XXXL Dinosaur Jr. fan," and during the interview, when asked which live shows were influential on them, Murph mentioned Black Flag. In the interview they discussed things like how Dino got their start, the independent music industry, Husker Du (whose frontman Bob Mould should have been at Terminal 5 instead of 92YTribeca), Lou's departure from the band, and other related topics.

Dinosaur Jr.

After the interview concluded, the members of Dinosaur Jr. left the stage shortly before returning to play Bug in its entirety. J Mascis began the show by saying, "We opened the other night with 'Freak Scene' and it was kinda weird so we're gonna play 2 songs that aren't on Bug first." The band quickly jolted through "In a Jar" and "The Wagon" before taking on their 9-track masterpiece Bug. The opening chords of "Freak Scene" rang throughout Terminal 5 as the crowd responded with cheers of admiration for the album's powerful opener. In typical Dinosaur Jr. fashion, J. Mascis stayed virtually still for the majority of the set, even when ripping through noisy, intricate solos, as Lou Barlow was bashing around stage. Though "Freak Scene" is by and large the album standout, some of the most exciting moments of the show came later on in the set. The band's energy on "Yeah We Know" and "Budge" was especially dead on. For the album closer, "Don't," Lou admitted that he had blown his voice out screaming the song on the first night of the tour so he invited a friend up to perform vocals. Dino turned the song into an extended jam as their guest vocalist writhed on stage and executed a frenzied rendition of Lou's screams on the track. Same story, same special guest at the Northampton show.

After the jammed out track subsided and Bug was over, the band performed an encore with three more tracks. The last one, a cover of "Chunks" by Last Rights, invited Fucked Up's Damian Abraham out to perform lead vocals. Once starting the song, it only took Damian a few seconds to end up back in the crowd, and for their guest vocalist who had performed on "Don't" to run back on stage, grab J's mic, and join Damian in the song. After the encore and much praise for the band from Damian, Dinosaur Jr. left the stage again, putting an end to a truly unforgettable night.

More pictures, video of the Henry Rollins interview, and Dino Jr.'s setlist below...

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Off!'s Keith Morris @ Europa for CMJ 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)

"We're definitely gonna tour, there's no doubt about it. There's too much excitement in the air, the reaction has been too great for us not to take advantage of all the opportunities that are coming our way. We're definitely gonna tour. We'll go to Europe, he's never been to Japan or Australia, he's never experienced some of the things that he should've experienced so we're gonna do that in this band. If a bigger band asks us to open up and play hockey arenas and they're good, we're gonna do it." [Dimitri Coats]
OFF! will hit the road for a proper U.S. tour, and with the incredible Trash Talk! The tour kicks off in Atlanta on March 22nd and scoots along the East Coast, tagging Santos Party House on March 26th before terminating in Minneapolis.

OFF!'s is also playing the sold out Coachella Festival. Trash Talk are meanwhile heading down to Australia. All dates below...

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by Michael Hill

"The guys that we were working with before just had this mental thing where we can just write whatever we want and people are gonna like it. It's like what the fuck is up with that? Are you kidding?" - Keith Morris

OFF! (photo by Dan Monick)

Keith Morris was the original front man for Black Flag and later the Circle Jerks, two bands that defined the sound, ethic and attitude of American Hardcore Punk. For that, he achieves legendary status, at least in my eyes, so when I was offered the opportunity to talk to him about his new band Off!, I was blown away to say the least. If you were basketball fan, it would be like meeting Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson.

The easy way out would be to label Off! a "supergroup" but that's not accurate. The reality is that the band is made up of a group of friends that happened to all have been in great bands. That's apparent when you listen to the 16 (18 minutes long!) tracks on The First Four E.P.s and see the live show. The core of the band is Morris and Dimitri Coats, the guitarist/vocalist for Burning Brides. The rhythm section consists of Steve McDonald (Redd Kross) on bass and Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes, Black Heart Procession, Clikatat Ikatowi) on drums. The music is raw, to the point and vicious, it's everything you want a hardcore punk band to sound like but after talking to Morris and Coats, it was made clear to me that Off! is a band that sounds like a punk band but doesn't carry the baggage of being a punk band. You won't see any Mohawks or leather jackets, there won't be any whining about "The Scene" or any posturing going on. You just go to the show, get your mind blown then go home taking with you a true, honest experience.

I showed up to the interview [on 10/21 in NYC] about 30 minutes early, got a cup of coffee and kicked it in the lobby of the office where the whole thing was going to take place. I had questions prepared...I was trying to be a "pro" as possible but when I heard Keith Morris's unmistakable voice emanating from the other room, I became like the 16 year old fan boy that wrote the words "Damaged" on a plain white t shirt with a black sharpie and pounded 1 litre bottles of Jolt! Cola. I also learned that you don't actually interview Keith, you sort of capture his vibe and maybe steer him towards the subjects you want to talk about.

Read part one of our talk below...

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by BBG

Fun Fun Fun Fest

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.

Fun Fun Fun Fest

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...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest in review w/ more Day 3 pics (part 4) - Snapcase, Floor Suicidal Tendencies, Kylesa, Ringworm & more"

most photos by Jason House, some photos by Keith Marlowe, words by BBG

OFF! at Fader Fort (by Jason House)

OFF! completed their NYC invasion with a three-day stint of reportedly raucous shows at a packed out Europa on 10/21, Generation Records on 10/22, and at Fader Fort on 10/23. I attended Europa and caught the tail end of Cerebral Ballzy and the entire 20+ minute OFF! set which was, exactly how I like my hardcore: brutal, unrelenting, lightning fast, and intensely fun. Fans of Circle Jerks, Black Flag, and early 80s hardcore take note, these guys rule.

OFF! currently has two dates on their calendar though none on the east coast. November 7th will see the band play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin (tickets) while two+ weeks later the band will appear at Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles for an in-store.

OFF! performed their entire first EP (of four) on Carson Daly on 10/15 (before CMJ). Dig on video of that, some video from Europa courtesy of ((unartig))), and lots of pictures from Europa, Fader Fort, and Generation Records, setlists included, below.

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photos by Rachel Carr, words by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Off! - "Upsidedown" (MP3)

Off! played FYF Fest

"Supergroups" are hardly ever that super, but Off! is an exception. Featuring Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), the band have a new release on the way, The First Four EPs preceeded by The First EP, and we have a taste of one of those tracks, "Upsidedown", available for the first time ever, above.

Off!'s high-octane early hardcore power killed it at SXSW, and they did it again this past Saturday as part of FYFest in LA...

Keith Morris' new hardcore group OFF! played with intensity, but had a surprisingly short set even for a punk group. Morris sweetly took time to pay eulogy to a deceased friend named Jeffrey Pierce at one point, dedicating a song to his old friend whom he used to party with in the old days. The group's guitarist called out the fact, "Let's hear it for our singer Keith Morris who just got out of the hospital two days ago!" To which Morris responded with, "Let's just play the fucking song." The group promised two more but strangely only did one before shouting "Fuck you Greg" before abruptly leaving the stage. [mxdwn]
Sleep, !!!, Unbroken and many others were also on the FYF bill. Off's other upcoming shows include Riot Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

A full set of pictures and a review from that festival is forthcoming, but until then, check out a few more photos of Off!'s appearance, with some videos (from on and off stage), below...

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by BBG

Off! (photo by Lindsey Byrnes)

Whether or not the band name Off! is a not-so-subtle reference to another band that featured the great Keith Morris and dealt destruction to the insect populi, one thing is certain, they rule. Besides the incredible vocalist for Circle Jerks/Black Flag, punk supergroup Off! also features a killer lineup including Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and the foursome have announced their debut material to be released with Vice Records!

Off!, who you may have caught at SXSW this year, will release the accurately titled First EP via limited edition 7" inch on October 12th. Featuring art and an exclusive poster courtesy of Raymond Pettibon, aka the evil genius behind Black Flag's iconic album covers, the release is the first of four 7"s to be compiled on the First Four EPs (another Black Flag nod) due on November 23rd - a collection of 16 songs which will each feature its own Pettibon sleeve art.

As the tour dates indicate below, Off!, in addition to playing FYFFest and Riot Fest this year, has announced their involvement in Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest (happening November 6th and 7th). For those of you counting at home, that brings the list of confirmed FFFFest bands to Woven Bones, Suicidal Tendencies, Slick Rick, Best Coast, Dirty Projectors, Cap'n Jazz, The Gories, Yelle, Snapcase, The Dwarves, High On Fire, and The Hold Steady! Stay tuned for more lineup announcements for the great Texas festival.

Meanwhile, Mario Rubalcaba was NOT part of the recent (and impromptu) Hot Snakes reunion that took place on July 29th at an Obits/Night Marchers show in San Diego, CA (the bands were on tour together).

You can view video of the three Hot Snakes songs from that set, as well as all Off! tour dates & a video from their first show in LA, below...

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words & photos by BBG, Off! photos by Brian Reilly

Steve Brooks of Torche is all smiles

OK, guilty as charged. Though there were a zillion other incredible bands all rockin across Austin at that exact same moment, but I chose to see Torche a SECOND time at Beerland on 3/18 (the first was at the BV Day party). The party was called Kill Your Idols and its lineup proved to be much more eclectic, featuring various strains of punk (old school, indie, bratty, garage, post) amongst the lineup with bands like Off! (featuring Keith Morris of Circle Jerks, Mario of Earthless & others), Gun Outfit (80s Sonic Youth-y style post-punk currently on Post Present Medium, owned by Allen Spunt of No Age), Audacity (super bratty punk featuring Damian Edwards of Crystal Antlers), and Charlie & The Moonhearts (garage-y melodic punk).

Off! (by Brian Reilly)

Hey All!

Keith Morris has a new band.......OFF! which is made up of Steve McDonald from REDD KROSS on bass, Dimitri Coats from the BURNING BRIDES on guitar, Mario Rubalcaba formerly of HOT SNAKES,CLIKITAT IKATOWI,ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT and currently in EARTHLESS on drums, & Keith on vocals.

Add OFF! to your friends & check out their upcoming shows @ SXSW in Austin,Texas!

Circle Jerks

I missed Off! at this show (Brian was there though), but caught them later at MWTX (pics for the latter still to come). Their short blasts of riffy 80s punk rock bliss were awesome. Hopefully this band is real, and not just a one off project. I arrived at the show in time to see Gun Outfit who featured some excellent song-writing but lacked in the live show department; I'd be curious to hear their full-length. Audacity were unhinged with energy -almost irritatingly so. Charlie & The Moonhearts struck a balance between the two with both fun stage energy and catchy songs. Torche, well they whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

More pics and some video of Torche performing "Tarpit Carnivore" (my favorite Torche jam) are below...

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photos by Rachel Carr

No Cancer Benefit for Irene Garcia's Mom

The sold-out event, concisely named "No Cancer!" hoped to raise money for Irene Garcia, the mother of a prominent L.A. scenester who was recently diagnosed with what an event volunteer would only call "an extremely rare form of cancer." All proceeds from the daylong festival -- including ticket revenues and merchandise sales -- went directly to the cause.

Organized by local indie promoting giant Sean Carlson and his team at FYF Fest [I HATE ROCK N ROLL RECORDS and VIDEOTHING.COM], "No Cancer!" brought together an eclectic group of well-known and under-the-radar bands from Los Angeles and across the country, with acts hailing from New York and Texas performing over the course of the afternoon. [Daily Trojan]

As advertised, No Age, Vivian Girls, Abe Vigoda, Cowabunga Babes, Best Coast, Nodzzz, Darker My Love and others played "No Cancer: A benefit for our Friend's Mom" in L.A. on Sunday, February 7th. Sean Carlson and FYF [update: who were NOT the organizers of this - see fixed quote above] are also the ones behind The Soft Pack's 10 shows in 10 days one weak earlier. More pictures from the benefit, with the full lineup and Vivian Girls' setlist, below...

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Chuck Biscuits

I can now say with 99,99% confidence that legendary drummer Chuck Biscuits is in fact alive and well! So what the hell happened yesterday? How did the rumor that he died of throat cancer start? Why did everyone believe it? Well, before the chain reaction of irresponsible blog posts and news stories (guilty), it all began with one James Greene Jr. James, according to the Boston Herald (one of the sources I read before posting myself) (and whose story credits Blabbermouth), is "a freelance music writer from Brooklyn, New York".

Though I didn't completely realize it at the time of my own hasty posting, James's Chuck Biscuits obituary was THE source of it all. Before I re-posted his words I had read about Chuck's death - in addition to at the sources mentioned above, in the BrooklynVegan comments, and was told about it via an IM, and saw that someone had updated Wikipedia with his death info (reliable, I know), and noticed via Google that Punk News had even put a "-2009" after his name and date of birth. The news was spreading fast. By the end of the day, at least 50 websites had reported that Chuck was dead.

At first glance James's blog post seemed super legit too. First of all, who would make something up about Chuck Biscuits? (Lars Ulrich maybe, but Chuck Biscuits????). It was a well thought out obituary which even sourced Chuck's family members (a "mass email" even), and (ironically) the post was tagged "Shit That Can't Be Real Yet Somehow Is"!

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Circle Jerks

"...and the mighty Circle Jerks were on. The place was filled people, and Keith Morris started out with some funny anecdotes, after which the band took of.....and how! They were tight as hell, and really on top of their game. They played a lot of classics like " Wild" and " Wasted" , but ended the set with 5 Black Flag covers. Holy Shit! That's probably the closest I will ever get to seeing Black Flag live. It was fucking awesome. Crowd went nuts and climbed on the speakers dived off everywhere. Insane! Keith Morris is a hero!" [ZXZW blog]
Like Mess With Texas last year, and Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, this year's Mess With Texas (a joint production of Transmission Entertainment and F Yeah Fest) was held in Waterloo Park in Austin on Saturday (3/21). The 3rd annual, all-day, free, 2-stage festival takes place during SXSW, and the organizers know how to put together a lineup.

Not quite as big as last year's three-stage extravaganza with The Breeders and NOFX (probably due to lack of serious sponsorship), the packed park still got more than their didn't-cost-any-money's worth. Stage One had 12 bands, ending with back-to-back Thermals, Lucero, Monotonix, Circle Jerks, and Black Lips. I didn't stick around for Black Lips - partially because Circle Jerks (7:30-8:05) was the perfect ending to the long day in the sun (Black Lips should never play after Black Flag), and partially because I've seen Black Lips so many times, I figured there was more to discover back in town where the final night of official showcases were just getting underway (more on those later).

More Circle Jerks pictures, including one of the setlist, below...

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