Entries tagged with: Kevin Hufnagel
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Meek Is Murder at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:
Ohio metallic hardcore band Enabler and Brooklyn mathcore trio Meek Is Murder (who currently share drummer Frank Godla) are going on a tour this June which ends in Meek Is Murder's hometown on June 14 at the Acheron. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
Enabler are planning to release their new album Fail to Feel Safe this year via Century Media (release date TBA), and Meek Is Murder's new LP, Onward/Into the Sun, comes out May 5 via Rising Pulse Records. You can hear the killer single "Onward Toward A Red Horizon" below (via VICE), and the whole album can be previewed at the listening party TONIGHT (4/24) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg for MetalSucks and Metal Injection's Heavy Metal Happy Hour.
Brooklyn sludge weirdos Unearthly Trance have been broken up since 2012 (though members continued on in Serpentine Path), but they're now ready to come out of hibernation to release a new album on Relapse Records and play shows again. So far they have two hometown shows announced. They open the Samothrace show at Saint Vitus on May 24 with Trenchgrinder and Beefrot (tickets); and also play Acheron on July 17 with Churchburn and Belus (ticket info TBA).
The genre-crossing Kayo Dot have a Brooklyn show happening May 21 at The Paper Box with Hex Inverter, Disparager and Kevin Hufnagel (tickets). Frontman Toby Driver also has his Stone residency coming up in August.
Ontario hardcore band Born Wrong have a new album and touring plans on the way, but most of that is still TBA. Meanwhile, they do have one show coming up, which happens in Brooklyn on May 9 at Acheron with local hardcore band Creeping Dose (whose new 7" Filth Is Power is out now) headlining, as well as Mommy, Pleasure Industry and Dilate. Tickets are on sale. We haven't heard anything from the new record yet, but if last year's angry, uncompromising Art District EP and the prior year's Holding Cell EP are anything to go by, we have high hopes. Stream those below.
Industrial one-man band Author & Punisher plays Fat Baby on May 7 with SpeakOnion, Digit216, Theologian and Bruzed (tickets).
Noisem, who will be in NYC in June on their tour with Iron Reagan, recently detailed their new album and released two songs. Blossoming Decay will be out June 6 via A389, and you can listen to the 2-minute hardcore rippers "1132" and "Graining Enamel," below. A third brand new track, "Replant and Repress," is streaming at Punk News.
KEN mode, who will play NYC in June with Fight Amp, Pyrrhon and Couch Slut, shared a second track from their upcoming Steve Albini-reocrded album, Success (due 6/16 via Season of Mist). Like the first single, "These Tight Jeans" is a workout in AmRep-style post-hardcore, and you can listen below (via NPR).
Other previously-mentioned heavy NYC shows include Slayer with King Diamond and Code Orange, Slayer on their own, Nuclear Assault (final tour) / Murphy's Law / Whiplash, The Flex / Red Death, Vattnet Viskar, Horrendous, Wolfbrigade, Arabrot / Pinkish Black, Goatwhore / Ringworm / Black Breath / Theories, Crowbar / Lord Dying, Misery Index / Lord Dying, Bongzilla / Crypt Sermon / Hasj, Conan / Mantar, Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Prmitive Weapons, Today Is the Day, Elder / Kings Destroy / Apostle of Solitude, Repulsion, Ufomammut, and still many more.
Not about a show, but earlier this week we premiered a new song from NWOBHM vets Raven, called "Fight," over at Invisible Oranges. If you're into that, you may also be into reading IO's recent piece, "British Steel & Iron Maiden: 35 Years Later."
Last but definitely not least, Sweden's Tribulation released their death-metal-meets-classic-rock album The Children Of The Night this week on Century Media, and then put out the video for its opening track, "Strange Gateways Beckon." Watch that below.
photo: Jack White in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Jack White, Run The Jewels @ Madison Square Garden
Former White Stripe, blues lover, and guitar-rock devotee Jack White returns to MSG (where The White Stripes played in 2007) for his first headlining show here as a solo artist. His recent sets have all had him mixing it up between his solo stuff and his former bands (at his Nashville show on Wednesday, he actually reunited The Raconteurs on stage). If you're going tonight, definitely don't miss Run The Jewels, the recently-formed rap duo by Killer Mike and El-P that truly reinvigorated both of their careers. Tonight's show is sold out.
If you're not going, you can stream it live on Pandora. It begins at 9 PM and loops for the next 72 hours. An archive will go up on February 3 where you can listen to it song-by-song.
Hamilton Leithauser, Elle King @ Bowery Ballroom
While no longer fronting The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser retains his signature raspy, impassioned delivery...and taste in suits.
Torres, Mainland, Heliotropes, Ancient Ocean @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Torres announced her new album earlier this week, and put out the single which has her sounding more rocking than on her debut. Hopefully we'll hear even more new stuff tonight.
Beverly, Honduras, Christines @ Alphaville
Bushwick bar Alphaville has been open for a few months, but this is the first official show in its back room performance space. It's a pretty killer kickoff, with the ultra-melodic indie rock of Beverly, '60s revivalists Honduras, and Christines' thick shoegaze.
Blondes (DJ), John + Jehn, Johnny Hostile, JDH @ Good Room
While here for Savages' residency, singer Jehnny Beth has been doing a few shows with partner Johnny Hostile as their electronic duo incarnation. Blondes will be DJing.
Tombs, Black Anvil, Darkside NYC @ The Acheron
Sludgesters Tombs and black metallers Black Anvil are two of NYC's best local bands, and this spring they'll hit the road together in Europe. But tonight they'll give their hometown a taste of that same double bill.
Screaming Females @ Stevens Institute of Technology
Screaming Females are about to release their sixth album, and from the sound of the songs they've put out so far, it's going more of their badass rock and killer riffs. They've got a couple NYC shows coming up next month, but tonight they'll be nearby in Hoboken.
Invisible Familiars, Adam Schatz & Thomas White's Option Copter (w/ Cibo Mato, Delicate Steve, Sean Lennon + more) @ Baby's All Right
Having worked with Martha Wainwright, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon and others, Jared Samuel's own music, as Invisble Familiars, is an appealing hodgepodge of styles that is at once quirky, folky, poppy and danceable. Tonight's the release party for his Other Music debut and opening is Adam Schatz & Thomas White's Option Copter that features Cibo Matto, Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, Sean Lennon, and "many more!" Sounds intriguing.
Ben Howard, Hiss Golden Messenger @ Hammerstein Ballroomv
Ben Howard's the headliner, but if you're going to this show we especially recommend showing up for Hiss Golden Messenger. He'stransformed from a haunting bare-bones folk singer to an Electric Dylan-esque folk rocker, and whatever mode he's in, it's great.
Celestial Shore, Zula, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Voice Coils @ Shea Stadium
This is a pretty stacked bill of local experimental bands, with the mathy indie pop of Celestial Shore, the psych pop of Zula, the arty/eccentric Cloud Becomes Your Hand, and prog collective Voice Coils, who include members of various local bands and are fronted by Mitski.
Ovlov, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, KSPILL @ Silent Barn
If you miss the indie rock and post-hardcore sounds of the '90s, you'll find that the bands on this bill fill that void pretty well.
Addison Groove, Doctor Jeep, ROZI, Regent Street @ Cameo Gallery
UK footwork producer Addison Groove is one of the musicians who had the pleasure of collaborating with DJ Rashad before he sadly passed away. If you like Rashad's stuff, there's a good chance you'll dig Addison Groove's too.
Frontier Ruckus, The Bros. Landreth @ Mercury Lounge
Michigan folk pop band Frontier Ruckus released their fourth album, Sitcom Afterlife, in late 2014. Tonight they make their way to NYC in support of it.
Sara Rachele, Kevin Hufnagel @ Union Hall
Singer/songwriter Sara Rachele makes folk with a rock edge, and opener Kevin Hufnagel is a ukulele-playing solo artist when he's not shredding in metal bands Dysrhythmia, Vaura, and Gorguts.
John Oliver @ Beacon Theater
While we wait for Last Week Tonight to return to HBO, host John Oliver does standup tonight in one of Manhattan's toniest venues.
Demetri Martin @ The Paramount
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin brings his tour just out of NYC tonight, and he'll be back in February to play the city proper.
Wolf Alice, Drenge @ Mercury Lounge
Two buzzy, hard-rockin' UK bands hit Mercury Lounge for the early show tonight.
The B-52's @ The Space at Westbury
Coming up quickly on their 40th anniversary, The B-52's still bring the party with a catalogue of classic dance-friendly postpunky new wave.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Doug Moore
Members are consist of 3 vocals; the ugliest rock star Psychic Yamanashi whose voice is nothing but annoying. Another vocal is Death voice from wood cutter Mongoloid who is very manly with secret naive heart. Mysterious Opera voice from beastly monster Velladon. They are backed by 3 strings; Punk and Classic, Progressive, also by piano, twin guitars, base, broadcasting. Main drum is skillful Chikada famous of World's end girlfriend, and support drum is Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins. There are Toyohito Yoshida from BOREDOMS as a guardian god.If you're not familiar, Japan's Vampillia are an extremely odd offshoot of the legendary noise/punk band Boredoms -- the anything-goes chaotic vibe is similar, but Vampillia focuses more heavily on pomp and theatricality. You can check out the thoroughly weird video they produced in advance of their upcoming SXSW performance below. They've also toured with the likes of Jarboe and Nadja; you can hear their excellent recorded collaboration with the latter below as well.
--Vampillia band bio
Vampillia will be returning to SXSW for the third time this year, and they'll be putting in a number of other live appearances during their time in the country as well. Three of them will be in New York City. First, they'll play at Silent Barn on March 8 alongside Mick Barr (playing a rare 'slow' solo set), Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon. Two days later, they'll play Death By Audio on March 10, along with Colin Marston, Geryon, & Mossenek, which is Barr's collaboration with vocalist Chuck Bettis. (Mossenek have an upcoming release on American Tapes; they also have a full-length and a Japanese tour w/ Nadja and Vampillia in the works.) Since Geryon features both members of Krallice's rhythm section and both Marston and Barr hold down guitar spots in the band, their entire lineup will be performing...separately. How often does that happen?
Vampillia will put in one more NYC appearance after SXSW -- they're playing the Knitting Factory on March 16, along with Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum, Zarigani$, Happy, & Starmarie, as part of the "Japan Nite" tour (which also includes an appearance at Athens's Slingshot Festival). Tickets are available.
UPDATE: Vampillia also play NYC on March 7 at Trans-Pecos with Guardian Alien (ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band), G Lucas Crane and Brian Chase; and March 9 at Pianos with Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, and Three Thousand Rivers.
Mick Barr also has a third NYC show coming up -- March 21 at Secret Project Robot, alongside Ornament & Total Life, both of which are offshoots of the experimental unit Growing.
Check out the aforementioned Vampillia jams and the list of all of their currently announced dates below...
by Doug Moore
We mentioned a few weeks ago that talented Nashville sludge/grind act Yautja are coming to NYC for a show at The Acheron on 2/9, along with Psalm Zero, Geryon, & Kevin Hufnagel. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the Acheron show is part of a full tour, and all dates are listed below. Tickets for the Brooklyn date are still available.
The tour is in support of their killer debut LP, Songs of Descent, which comes out on February 11 via Forcefield Records. We already posted one song from that album, "Concrete Tongue," and now you can check out another, titled "Denihilist," which we just premiered over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:
Nashville's Yautja, named after the aliens from the Predator series, have an almost preternatural grasp of the perfect lurch. This skill is on full display in this exclusive premiere of "Denihilist," the second track from the band's upcoming debut album, Songs of Descent. The song wastes no time in constructing a colossal riff of the sort that has allowed Gojira to somewhat improbably scale the heights of contemporary metaldom. Yautja's glowering racket is of much more mongrel stock, as the band mix the tumbling urgency of hardcore with the frantic pelt of grindcore, and dredge speedy death metal licks through a bottom-heavy, corrosive sludge that recalls the halcyon swamps of the early '00s.Check out "Denihilist," along with "Concrete Tongue," another recently-released album cut, "Faith Resigned," and the list of tour dates, below...
Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.
In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:
The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).
Stream some Azar Swan below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew Hock with Castevet at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Psalm Zero, the Brooklyn experimental metal duo comprised of Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Charlie Looker (Dax Riggs, ex-Zs/Extra Life), just finished prepping their debut album, The Drain, due out on March 4 on Profound Lore. It's an album to look forward to--Psalm Zero's material so far has managed to uniquely blend industrial, metal and a clean/harsh vocal mix to strange and compelling effect. Listen to the album's title track, and watch a video of them performing it at the soon-to-be-closed 285 Kent, below.
Psalm Zero's playing a show on February 9th at the Acheron with Yautja, Geryon (also featuring a member of Castevet) and Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura, Gorguts). Tickets are on sale for what's sure to be an interesting evening--between Psalm Zero, Yautja's grind, Geryon's bass-guitar-only death metal and Kevin Hufnagel's chilled-out experimental wizardry, things are gonna get weird. Flyer below.
Psalm Zero will also be playing down at SXSW. Stay tuned for more details on that.
Meanwhile, Yautja, whose lineup includes members of Coliseum, Gnarwhal, and Nameless Cults, have a few EPs and splits out and they'll release their debut album, Songs of Descent, in February via Forcefield Records. You can stream its single, "Concrete Tongue" (via Lambgoat), along with the tracklist below.
All streams, video and flyer below...
by Doug Moore
Kevin Hufnagel with Gorguts @ Irving Plaza, June '12 (more by Justina Villanueva)
It's pretty unusual that a metal guitarist deigns to pick up a ukulele, but Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia, Vaura, and Gorguts does so on a pretty regular basis. Hufnagel has been playing live solo gigs on baritone uke for a couple of years now; not to be outdone by his similarly prolific Dysrhythmia/Gorguts bandmate Colin Marston, he's compiled a bunch of his uke material into an album called Ashland. And unlike some ukulele-based albums, it's actually pretty awesome.
We're streaming all of Ashland over at Invisible Oranges this morning, along with an interview with the man himself. From the interview:
You've been playing solo gigs with the uke for a couple of years now, and versions of these compositions have been popping up on your Youtube account for about as long. When did you start writing these and how long did the compositional process take you?Ashland is out digitally today (10/8) via Nightfloat Recordings; a vinyl version will drop some time in early 2014 via The Crossing. Check out Hufnagel's Bandcamp for access to both.
I began writing material in April 2011. The album features 13 tracks, but at this point I have 25 songs! So it was hard to choose what to use for the record. The compositional process happened very quickly, honestly. Most of the songs are in the 2 to 3 minute range. They are more like miniatures. A melody would appear and I would usually only write about 2 or 3 additional sections to the song. From there I'd add little twists to the melodies when they would repeat, and subtle embellishments. There is something about working with limitations that can inspire and make for more productivity sometimes. That's the way I felt when writing for this instrument. Having small frets and only 4 strings really forced me to try and draw the most out of very little, while keeping it engaging. Sometimes I would further limit my options by placing a capo at the 4th, or 7th fret, in turn having even fewer frets to work with. I really enjoyed the challenge.
On several of Ashland's tracks, you place a wooden file under the ukulele's strings to change its tone and create a percussive sound. How'd you come up with that idea?
That's nothing I thought of myself. Plenty of other players have used that technique throughout time -- people like Fred Frith, and bands like Sonic Youth. I also use a hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings for certain tracks on the album. The idea of "preparing" instruments like that was most noticeably born from John Cage and his use of prepared piano, beginning in the 1930s. Yet, I still feel this is a technique not enough guitarists have explored, with its many textural possibilities. I also can't play drums. By using this technique on guitar or the uke, it allows me to play rhythmic patterns, via picking strings, that sound like percussion. Often the parts still retain overtones of strange pitches and melody. I plan to make my next solo album completely based on this approach.
Hufnagel also has live dates upcoming with both Vaura and Dysrhythmia, plus some solo gigs. As previously mentioned, Dysrhythmia hits Saint Vitus on 11/17 with Zevious and Geryon; tickets are available. Likewise, Vaura's aforementioned record release show is at 285 Kent on 11/23 with Kayo Dot and Psalm Zero; keep an eye on their Ticketfly page for tix. The first of the two solo dates is Wednesday (10/9) at the Spectrum.
Stream Ashland and check out all of Hufnagel's upcoming live dates below.
Bushwick Open Studios happens this weekend (May 31 - June 2) and is "a three day arts and culture festival that celebrates the community's vibrant arts scene with the goal of fostering dialogue and collaboration between local artists and residents." You can wander around the Brooklyn neighborhood and check out local artists' works where they made it. It's free and open to the public. Full artist listings are here.
There is also lots of music going on with BOS as well, which begins with an Official Launch Party at Shea Stadium on Friday (5/31) with Darlings, LODRO, Air Waves, and EULA. Tickets are $10 at the door and includes a Brooklyn Brewery open bar from 8 - 9 PM. More info at the facebook event.
There is also the BOS Music Festival which happens Saturday (6/1) at Don Pedro with The Othermen, Twin Guns and more; and Sunday (6/2) at Lone Wolf with Ken South Rock, Sorceress and more. Full line-ups are below and more info on the event flyer, which is also pictured below.
There's still more. The BOS '13 Electronic Music Showcase happens Saturday night at the Bossa Nova Civics Club with Octo Octa, Datalog, Tomeeo, Nanohumans, and Stephane Bonefant. More info at the facebook event.
On Sunday at Brooklyn Fire Proof East is "Moving On," a "fringe concert series" hosted by composer and performer Ian M. Colletti, (Vaudeville/ Vaudeville Park) and includes performances from Sam Mickens, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Dysrythmia's Kevin Hufnagel, Au Revoir Simone's Erika Spring, Sophia Knapp, and lots more. Line-up for that is below and more info at the facebook event.
Line-ups for BOS Music Festival and "Moving On" and that flyer below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Toby Driver of Vaura/Kayo Dot
WIERD will host a special Vaura appearance at their weekly party at Home Sweet Home tonight (7/25) (131 Chrystie St in Manhattan). The band will strip down to play a rare "acoustic variations" set at the venue, which will see the band unplug for the second time in their history (the first being at The Stone earlier this year). Flyer for the show is below.
Kevin Hufnagel of Vaura/Gorguts played a solo set Saint Vitus on 7/21. If you missed them, the pictures are here.
Also-Vaura member Toby Driver played Bowery Electric on July 19th with his Kayo Dot project, with support from Triple Cobra and The Big Con. Pictures from that show, the Kayo Dot setlist, and a flyer for tonight, below...
words by Doug Moore, photos by Caroline Harrison
Mike Scheidt, 7/21/2012
Saturday night (7/21) saw an unusual double header at Saint Vitus. The intimate first offering consisted of metal dudes playing decidedly un-metal acoustic music: Mike Scheidt (YOB), Nate Hall (US Christmas), and Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia). Prurient's post-midnight set offered latecomers a noise-addled second helping. (More on that later.)
Kevin Hufnagel is best known for shredding guitar performances in NYC prog-metallers Dysrhythmia and the death metal legends Gorguts. As a solo performer, Hufnagel cuts the volume dramatically; his recent run of live shows have focused on his baritone ukulele compositions. Though the medium has changed, Hufnagel's voice remained audible. His labyrinthine pieces demonstrated both scary chops and a gift for ghostly melody.
With a broad-brimmed hat casting his face in shadow, Nate Hall cut a Neil Young-esque figure onstage. His plaintive voice tended to wobble off pitch at times, but it's endearing--the kind of mistake that signifies sincerity. Hall fell in line with seemingly every metal musician who dabbles in acoustic balladry (Scott Kelly, Wino, Dax Riggs, Steve Brodsky, etc.) by paying tribute to Townes Van Zandt --his covers included "Kathleen" and "The Rake."
Mike Scheidt is one of the most talented musicians in metal today. His set made it clear that his voice is just as potent as his guitar work. (His considerable fretboard skill did make an appearance via a Doc Watson-influenced flatpicking exhibition.) Scheidt's vocal tone is simply superb; it reverberates with a fluid vibrato that many dedicated singers would envy. His voice illuminated a short but enthralling set that featured a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" alongside a string of originals.
Kevin Hufnagel will return to Saint Vitus on August 22nd for a date with Wino of the bar's namesake band and others (tickets).
Pictures from the early show at Saint Vitus are below.
Krallice at House of Vans (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Krallice have announced that their fourth LP, Years Past Matter, will see a self-release on CD/Digital with vinyl via Gilead Media "shortly thereafter". In celebration, the Brooklyn band will play NYC at Saint Vitus on August 25th. Tickets are on sale and support will come from Ancient Wound.
Reminder, Colin Marston of Krallise is readying Dysrhythmia's new LP which is due this fall. The band also has a record release show scheduled for Saint Vitus, this one on September 22nd (tickets). Two-thirds of Dysrhythmia recently played Irving Plaza as 1/2 of Gorguts (pictures).
Mike Scheidt at Bell House (more by BBG)
Mike Scheidt of YOB will head out on the road on a string of tour dates with Nate Hall (US Christmas), hitting the East Coast as part of a celebration of both's recent solo releases. The dates include an NYC stop on July 21st at Saint Vitus with Kevin Hufnagel, and tickets are on sale.
Both Nate Hall's solo debut and Scheidt's Stay Awake are out now via Neurot and Thrill Jockey respectively. Check out a video for "In Your Light" by the latter below.
in related news, Dysrhythmia (which features Kevin Hufnagel on guitar, along with bandmate Colin Marston) will team with The Wayward and Praetura as part of their record release show on September 22nd at Saint Vitus (tickets). The band's Profound Lore debut is due this fall.
And while on the subject, Colin and Kevin are now members of the reformed Gorguts, who play next week with Death to All at Irving Plaza.
All listed tour dates and that video are below.
Kevin Hufnagel on stage with Vaura (more by Greg Cristman)
Vaura are back from a successful round of dates with Alcest that kicked off with a sold-out show at Public Assembly (pics). The band's well-received Selenelion is out and making noise, spawning a pair of video treatments including "Drachma" and "Obsidian Damascene Sun", the latter of which comes courtesy of Terrence Hannum (Locrian) and makes its world premiere here today. Check that out below.
If you haven't seen Vaura, you have two vastly different chances to do so in the coming weeks. Next week Vaura will play a special acoustic set at The Stone (on 4/20 with a Kevin Hufnagel acoustic set right before it!) followed by a show the nest week at Death By Audio on 4/28 where the band will enlist their other projects Dysrhythmia and Kayo Dot for the show (yes, their family).
Check out both Vaura videos, including the Terrence Hannum (Locrian) produced "Obsidian Damascene Sun" below...
Vaura, the Brooklyn crew comprised of members of Religious to Damn, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Kayo Dot and Maudlin of the Well, have released their debut LP Selenelion this week via Weird Records. The LP encompasses elements of post-punk, goth, shoegaze, metal, and so much more seamlessly and effortlessly.
Head below for a full album stream, a set of tour dates, and an interview with Josh and Kevin from the band...
words by BBG
Kevin Hufnagel at Union Pool (more by Samantha Marble)
Saint Vitus and Singe Valah Productions will host "Of Stardust", a two-part event on 11/3 that will double as both an exhibition for "Where Purgatory Ends" by Costin Chioreanu, and a show directly after. The event kicks off at 6PM with some complimentary wine and the exhibition, a US exclusive of Chioreanu's works accompanied by the recorded soundtrack of the artist and Rune Eriksen (ex-Mayhem). Listen to some of that audio below. For some examples of the art of Costin Chioreanu head here.
The exhibit will remain up as the event transitions to a live show at 8PM with performances by Musk Ox, Daniel Menche, Ocrilim (Mick Barr), and Kevin Hufnagel, all delivering sets until the evening closes. The Musk Ox and Daniel Menche performances are both one-off appearances. Advance tickets are on sale for the show (for $13), or you can get yours at the door ($15).
Alternately, and on a much bigger note, Rune Eriksen's old alma mater, Mayhem, will be in NYC that same night for a show at Gramercy Theater that's being billed as the "pre-game" for Metal SuckFest which is at the same venue the next two nights (11/4 & 11/5). More Mayhem dates HERE.
In also related news, Kevin Hufnagel will be at Saint Vitus on 11/5 as well, this time performing as part of Vaura for their appearance with Rosenkopf and Anatomy of Habit, the latter's exclusive area appearance. Tickets are still available for Anatomy of Habit, a BrooklynVegan/Wierd production.
Check out some "Where Purgatory Ends" video and the soundtrack to said exhibition, along with a teaser for Metal Suckfest below.
Mick Barr last night at Zebulon
Three guitarists of amazing prowess stripped down, stepping away from the comfort of blast-beats, double bass, and rhythm guitar to play solo sets last night (8/29) at Zebulon. The trio, Mick Barr, Kevin Hufnagel and Andrew Hock, each performed separate sets that showed their true virtuosity on their instrument, touching on improv, clean guitar, and looping to create fascinating pieces out of their usual comfort zone. It was a night that captured a glimpse of the abilities of these performers that is seldom seen behind the wall of distortion.
Andrew Hock (Castevet) started off the night, mixing clean spanish style guitar with blasts of feedback noise, eventually transitioning to electric. It was here that he stylistically shifted, looping phrases with an e-bow that recalled the bouncy, bubbling rhythms of Growing with the added underlying textural washes of Stars of The Lid in moments.
Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) followed, proving that the ukelele isn't just a kitschy instrument damned to Hawaiian tourists or Eddie Vedder's "newest discovery". Hufnagel wielded the four-string like a spanish guitar, playing sad yet powerful passages interjected by short and funny discussion with the crowd. Chops dont always equal good songwriting, but Hufnagel has the ability to shepherd his guitar wizardry into short yet memorable blasts of guitar frenzy.
Mick Barr (Krallice, Orthrelm) closed out the evening with his circular and powerful electric guitar compositions. Like a possessed hummingbird, Barr's maniacal riffing is both impressive and dumb-founding; his laser-accurate fretting had him sliding up and down the neck without missing a single note. Barr's style is almost percussive, with his picking hand thumping against the pickup as he ripped out jaw-dropping riffs that were jazzy with touches of death and black metal. After long stretches of what seemed like 128th-notes, Barr would interject jarring Fugazi-like start-stop rhythms and booming chords that could have stood against most doom bands today. If he didn't sound so good, you could easily sit back and take in the freak show aspect of it all; Mick Barr's abilities as a performer blur the lines between insanity and genius. But mostly genius.
Krallice at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
Though Krallice plays with Converge and Touche Amore tonight (8/24) at House of Vans, Mick Barr won't take a moment to bask in the post-show glow before heading out the door. Directly following House of Vans, Mick Barr will head to Zebulon to play a show as part of Barr/Shea/Dahl (Kevin Shea from Talibam and Tim Dahl of Child Abuse), supporting Little Women with Stern.
The show is one of two for the frenetic guitarist, as he'll also hit Zebulon on 8/29 with Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhthmia, Gorguts) and Andrew Hock (Castevet) just 5 days later (8/29).
Andrew Hock also plays as part of the Anthony Coleman/Andrew Hock Duo with Ches Smith and others at Cafe Orwell (Varet street) on Friday (8/26). For more info, head to the Facebook invite.
Krallice also play Union Pool on 9/17.
Mick Barr is currently prepping his new solo LP Coiled Malescence via Safety Meeting Records. Preorder it now and stream one track, "Vohvar", with the cover art and tracklist below. Stream the whole thing at Decibel.
Psychic TV at Europa (more by Greg Cristman)
Psychic TV will perform "Live In Thee Wierd" at Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St) TONIGHT (8/17), a rare show that will see Genesis team with Kevin Hufnagel (!) and Martial Canterel (!) to perform "classic trax from the albums Force the Hand of Chance (1982), Dreams Less Sweet (1983), A Pagan Day (1984), and Allegory & Self (1988)" at Midnight. $15 gets you in, more details are at the Facebook invite. Update: the Facebook event is dead or private and there's no mention of the show on Wierd's website, but we did confirm that this show tonight is Genesis acoustic (not the full band).
In related news, Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) will team with Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Krallice) and Andrew Hock (Castevet) to play a rare solo guitar show on 8/29 at Zebulon. The show is FREE with suggested donation, and kicks off at 9PM. Mick Barr will release his new LP Coiled Malescence via Safety Meeting Records. Preorder it now.
Richmond noise-rockers Hex Machine recently completed a round of tour dates that took them out west. Kicking off the return trip in Portland this weekend, Hex Machine will be back east to play Brooklyn's Union Pool on July 8th with Wizardry, Bad Dream, and a Kevin Hufnagel ukelele set. All tour dates are below.
Bad Dream also play Union Pool a month later with True Widow.
As mentioned, Kevin Hufnagel plays Death By Audio Wednesday (6/29) with Dysrhythmia. They'll join Guzzlemug, PAK, and Xaddax at the Brooklyn venue as part of a larger tour for Guzzlemug which hits Allston tonight (6/28). Stream two Guzzlemug LPs below, alongside all tour dates.
All tour dates and some video is below.
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Kevin Hufnagel, Bruce Lamont, Lichens
Bruce Lamont played Union Pool on February 27th (maybe while you were watching the Oscars?). The show opened with the swelling synth/vocal soundscapes of Lichens, the serene yet jaw-droppingly-technical fretwork of Kevin Hufnagel and an improv set from Brooklyn sludgesters Cocaine & Abel. Lamont was seated for the bulk of his empassioned headlining set, which was comprised of looped samples, live guitar (from him and Kevin Hufnagel!), saxophone, and vocals. Robert Lowe of Lichens remains seated for his performances, which are always compelling, always unique, and always powerful as he weaves synth textures with stacked vocal loops. Kevin Hufnagel and his acoustic was easily the quietest of the three, and the crowd adjusted their volume to take in his impressive instrumental prowess.
Make sure and catch Bruce Lamont in Chicago on 3/3 or in Austin during SXSW at the Profound Lore showcase on 3/19 (more dates TBA). More pictures from Union Pool are below...
Lichens at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by BBG)
Lichens (aka Robert Lowe) is also playing Union Pool on Feb 27th with Kevin Hufnagel and Bruce Lamont and Cocaine & Abel. $10 gets you in. Hufnagel is currently recording the new Gorguts LP in Canada (!).
Kevin Hufnagel recently played a show with Religious to Damn and Tamaryn who again team up for a show next week at Don Hill's.
Lichens played a show at Glasslands in January with Thank You who return to play Death By Audio tonight with Double Dagger and Dustin Wong.
Dustin Wong (who you should definitely check out) was on the bill when Nightlands played their first-ever show at Glasslands recently. As Bill pointed out, Nightlands play their second-ever NYC show tonight (2/12) at Glasslands with Philly's Sun Airway, Warm Ghost, and Dinowalrus.
Tonight's Ace Hotel show is one of three upcoming NYC Prince Rama dates. You can also find them at Bowery Ballroom on Feb 25th supporting Suckers and at Glasslands on March 2nd when they start their next proper tour.
Prince Rama's labelmate Panda Bear just released a song from his new album.
"What's Going on Saturday?" is on the way. In the meantime, check out This Week in Indie for more shows happening tonight (2/12).
Some video, the Sup flyer and updated Prince Rama tour dates are below.
photos by Harriet Roberts and Nikki Sneakers
Religious To Damn (mem Blacklist/Vaura/A Stom of Light) played their record release party at Glasslands on 1/13 in celebration of Glass Prayer, the band's new LP out via M'Lady's Records on February 8th. The LP features an appearance from Tamaryn who (despite a supposed last minute cancellation) joined the band on stage. Kevin Hufnagel (Dystrhythmia/Gorguts/Vaura) opened with a solo set on acoustic guitar after Charlie Schmid and his percussion ensemble 'I Sing The Body Electric' performed Steve Reich's 'Drumming'. There was burlesque from Anna Copa Cabanna, and records were played by Jonathan Toubin, Jeralyn Mason, and WIERD honcho Pieter Schoolwerth.
The Glasslands show was free, but unfortunately you will have to shell out a couple bucks to catch Religious to Damn at one of their next appearances: 2/6 at Glasslands with The Vacant Lots, Exit Music and ZaZa, on 2/23 at Union Pool with Man's Gin or on 3/25 at Cake Shop with Tog. Man's Gin also plays Mercury Lounge on 2/12 with Scott Kelly and Wino. Tickets are still available for that one.
Tamaryn will be back in NYC when she opens for the Raveonettes at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/20 (tickets are still on sale), and she'll be back even sooner to be part of this just announced February 19th event at MoMA PS1.
Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMAll Tamaryn dates, and more pictures from the Glasslands show, below...
Saturday Sessions: Hosted by Lauren Devine and Patrik Sandberg featuring performances by Tamaryn, Mirror Mirror, and visuals by Thunder Horse Video
Lauren Devine and Patrik Sandberg present an audiovisual experience featuring performances by Tamaryn and Mirror Mirror, with an immersive visual landscape by installation crew Thunder Horse Video. The one-time-only collaborative event will produce a synthesized encounter with Tamaryn's colossal and dense sound and the natural landscape that inspired it, exaggerated to unnatural proportion within MoMA PS1's physical space. Mirror Mirror's lead-in performance, with costumes by Lauren Devine, will further feature a synchronized video by artists Robert Bittenbender and Casey Jane Ellison.
Dysrhythmia at The Charleston in 2009 (more by Samantha Marble)
One of the world's most easily misspelled bands, Dysrhythmia, will play Union Pool on 3/11 as part of a show with Zevious (featuring Jeff Eber of Dysrhythmia), Smother Party, and A Fucking Elephant. The party jumps off at 9PM and will set you back $8. Kevin Hufnagel recently posted an update on the band that drops tons of incredible news about his and the rest of Dysrhythmia's projects:
Dysrhythmia is about half way through writing the next record. We'll start demoing stuff in the Spring and perhaps share a track or two online... Otherwise, a new record won't be likely until 2012. The wait will be worth it, promise... One of the reasons for that is simply due to the number of other musical ventures we have happening.In addition, Hufnagel's Vaura project has been playing some shows as of late, and Kevin will appear with the half of Vaura (Josh Strawn and Charlie Schmid) that isn't in either Dysrhythmia (Hufnagel) or Kayo Dot (Toby Driver) at the FREE record release party for their other project, Religious To Damn (a band that Zohra Atash is also a member of). As previously discussed, the show will go down at Glasslands on Jan 13th and will also feature an appearance from the great Tamaryn (who will NOT be playing a set of her own).
Gorguts will be recording the new album in February, with a scheduled Summer release. Touring will follow.
Krallice will have a new record out in April.
Zevious will be doing their first full US tour in March/April.
I'll have a new solo record called Transparencies out in March/April.
They'll be a record coming Summer/Fall tentatively titled 'Night Sessions' which is a collaboration between myself and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Costanza Francavilla...
I recently guested on a 20 minute track for long running Philadelphia-based experimental progressive metal/hardcore band Starkweather. This should be out sometime next year as part of a split release. It was an honor for me to play on this track. They've been one of my favorite bands for years.
Kevin Hufnagel on stage with Vaura at Death By Audio (more)
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week, and enjoyed the foul stench of Santos last night (12/2) with Watain (pics)! Here are a few shows of note for the coming week or so that we haven't covered yet. The guitar wizard you see above is Kevin Hufnagel, and you can catch the member of Dysrhythmia/Vaura play an acoustic set on a bill that also includes Misanthropic Noise (grindcore from CT), The Communion, and Rogyapa at Silent Barn Saturday night (12/4) for a wee 7 bones. You can also catch Kevin in his new band Vaura (with Toby of Kayo Dot) at Union Pool on 12/19 with Castevet & Mirror Gate.
The BV-presentation of Cough, Naam, Batillus, and Sea of Bones pops off next Saturday 12/11 at The Charleston. The flyer for that show, as well as a full list of upcoming shows for the week and beyond and some video, is below. What did I miss?
words and photos by BBG, additional photos by Greg Cristman
Monarch at Union Pool
They just can't get enough! French doom greats Monarch have added a third and final NYC show. It happens WEDNESDAY (11/17) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. The BrooklynVegan-presented show will also feature performances from Vaura (a new project featuring Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts/Dysrhythmia & Toby Driver of Kayo Dot/Maudlin Of The Well) and Brian Chase & Seth Misterka (Brian of Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing free-jazz with saxophonist Seth Misterka). The show kicks off at 8PM and costs $8!
We already posted pictures from the Monarch/Bloody Panda show at Cake Shop (which happened 11/12 with nutjobs Tinsel Teeth), but until now, haven't posted the shots from the show that happened at Union Pool the following night (11/13). Evoken opened that party with roar (and to similar audience applause), with Bloody Panda following and Monarch batting clean-up. Again, another great showing from both Bloody Panda and Monarch, who sounded incredible on the PA at Union Pool.
More pictures and video of all bands from Union Pool, including video of Monarch's full set, below...