Entries tagged with: Kevin Hufnagel
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...
DOWNLOAD: Fielded - "Another Time" (MP3)
Kayo Dot at The Stone (more by Paul Birman)
Kayo Dot just celebrated Coyote, and will now show off their new baby Stained Glass (due this fall via Hydra Head) at a show at Bowery Electric TUESDAY (8/24) with Cleric and Bad Girlfriend (who will also play Union Pool with Hallux). The avant garde team will play a pair of sets at Bowery Electric, the second being "an exposé on the bass guitar sound used in Coyote".
For Kayo Dot honcho Toby Driver, the show means two in three days as he played Zebulon last night with as part of Tartar Lamb alongside Seaven Teares (Charlie Looker's new project), and mezzo-soprano Amirtha Kidambi/percussionist Cory Bracken (who performed works by John Cage, Larry Polansky, Morton Feldman and many others). Tartar Lamb recently kickstarted their campaign to record a follow-up to 2006's 60 Metonymies.
Meanwhile, last night at Bruar Falls, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) played a solo show with Religious To Damn (mem A Storm of Light), Fielded, and Psychic Steel. Both Fielded (the solo project of Lindsay Powell of Ga'an/Festival) and Psychic Steel are currently on the road and will loop through Death By Audio TONIGHT to team up with Lichens and Driphouse. Fielded will release Terrageist, the new LP due on September 7th via Catholic Tapes. Dig on "Another Time" above and check out the video/stream some more material below.
Lichens recently supported Hallogallo at Maxwell's, will support Sleep in Chicago (with Ga'an) and is also scheduled to play the now sold-out Sleep show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 9/8. Tickets are still available though, for a SECOND (actually first) NYC show for Sleep on 9/6, this time with support from Doomriders and Unearthly Trance (no Lichens).
Dates and videos below...