Entries tagged with: Kylesa
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Kylesa at Gramercy Theatre earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Kylesa's new album Exhausting Fire comes out next week (10/2) via Season of Mist and now the whole thing is here to stream. As the early singles hinted, it's a continuation of the progression they explored on 2013's Ultraviolet: heavy psychedelic music that doesn't fit nicely into any one genre (including "metal"). Listen to the whole thing below, via Noisey.
The band's tour with the similarly psychedelic Inter Arma, the sludgy/garagey Indian Handcrafts, and Irata (who are on Kylesa's Retro Futurist label) hits NYC on October 21 at Saint Vitus (tickets) and Jersey City on October 22 at Monty Hall (tickets).
Cassette Store Day is back for its third year, celebrating the glory of tape, and happens October 17 in North America, UK, Australia, New Zeleand and Germany. The North American branch is being handled once again by the cassette fanatics at Burger Records and there's over 100 exclusive titles for CSD 2015, including ones by Motorhead, Sebadoh, The Gaslight Anthem, Foals, Kylesa, Beach Slang, Alex G, Green Day, and more. The full final list of titles is below, and more info on them is over at the CSD site.
A full list of participating Cassette Store Day stores is here.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Kylesa at Gramercy Theater earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Kylesa already shared "Shaping The Southern Sky" and "Lost and Confused" off Exhausting Fire, and now they released a third track, "Night Drive." It's another dose of swirling psychedelia, and the softest one we've heard from the new album yet. Listen below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Cult of Luna / Kylesa
Sweden's metal boundary-pushers Cult of Luna had to cancel a short North American tour back in May, but they're finally here now and kicked off their run with the great Kylesa at NYC's Gramercy Theatre last night (9/1). They stuck mostly to their latest album, 2013's Vertikal, but worked in older favorites like "Dark City, Dead Man" too. Kylesa have a new LP on the way, which they gave us one off of ("Shaping the Southern Sky"), and otherwise they mixed it up pretty well between their previous four. The show was opened by InAeona. More pictures, and CoL and Kylesa's setlists, below.
Kylesa at Gramercy Theatre - 9/1/15 (photo via BV Instagram)
Kylesa already announced a tour with the excellent bands Inter Arma and Indian Handcrafts, and support from Irata (who are on Kylesa's Retro Futurist label), but it didn't initially include a NYC date. Now that Kylesa's short tour with Cult of Luna hit NYC's Gramercy Theatre last night (9/1) though, they added one for October 21 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Vitus are on sale now. They also added Jersey City's Monty Hall (10/22) (tix).
UPDATE: Here's pictures from the Gramercy show.
Kylesa's new album Exhausting Fire comes out October 2 via Season of Mist. Listen to two tracks from that, with their updated list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Last month, psychedelic metal band Kylesa revealed Lost and Confused" off their upcoming seventh album, Exhausting Fire (due 10/2 via Season of Mist), and today they're back with a second single: "Shaping The Southern Sky." It opens like a track off 2013's Ultraviolet, with Laura Pleasants taking lead vocals and offering up some heavy dream pop, but it eventually drifts into trippy desert-psych and ends with a wailing guitar solo. Listen below (via Noisey).
As you may know, the band's tour with Cult of Luna hits NYC on September 1 at Gramercy Theatre (tickets). They also have a run with Inter Arma and Indian Handcrafts, which does include Northeast shows (Boston, Philly, DC) but nothing in NYC. Updated dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Kylesa will release Exhausting Fire, their followup to 2013's Ultraviolet and seventh album overall, on October 2 via Season of Mist. Lead single "Lost and Confused" picks up where Ultraviolet left off, trekking further into heavy, dreamy psychedelic rock territory and away from sludge. Listen below.
They have more dates after the shows with CoL too. All are listed, with the new song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cult of Luna support same sex marriage
Swedish post-metallers Cult of Luna were supposed to tour North America in May, but they cancelled and said the tour would be rescheduled for September. The official announcement on that tour
is still TBA, but several of the dates have been revealed.
UPDATE: Full tour announced, and the Kylesa leg also includes InAeona.
The NYC date happens on September 1 at Gramercy Theatre, the same location they would have played in May. But this one's even better, because the great genre-crossing Kylesa is on board too. Tickets for NYC go on sale Friday (7/3) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (7/1) at 10 AM. All currently known CoL dates are listed below.
Kylesa are also on the west coast/southwest leg of The Fall of Troy's Doppelganger tour. The east coast leg has And So I Watch You From Afar and Slothrust, and hits NYC on September 17 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Cult of Luna and Kylesa dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
photo: Om at LPR in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Al Cisnero (Sleep) and Emil Amos' (Grails, Holy Sons) band OM have a few dates coming up this year. They were part of today's initial NXNE lineup announcement, and also playing Santa Ana's Psycho California Festival (May 15-17) with Sleep, Pentagram (performing First Daze Here), Cult of Luna, Earth, Kylesa, Russian Circles, Eyehategod, Indian, Pallbearer, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Tombs and more. Tickets for that fest are on sale, full lineup below.
Full tour schedule, a video, and the Psycho California lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Janette Valentine
We're still about about a month away from the new Torche album, Restarter (due 2/24 via Relapse), and today we get its third single, "Loose Men," via Rolling Stone. Following the two four-plus minute sludgesters they've released so far, this one's a punk-paced ripper clocking in at under two and a half minutes. It's also got one of the most addictive riffs of any Torche song, and this is band with a lot of great riffs. Check it out below.
As mentioned, Torche are going on a tour with their labelmates Nothing, and since we last spoke Miami's Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa) (not to be confused with the Wormed black metal side project of the same name) were added to that tour too. It hits NYC on March 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated tour dates, and the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Our friends Washed Up Emo launched this site IsThisBandEmo.com where you can type in a band's name and get the "emo council"'s verdict on whether or not said band is emo. It's a fun/funny site with some indisputable ones (like American Football), some that will surely anger people (sorry Fall Out Boy fans), and of course some on-the-fencers (let the Jawbreaker arguments begin). Whether or not a band is emo is of course an Extremely Important Issue, and we wanted to have some fun with it and stir it up some more by putting together a list of 10 great songs by non-emo bands that are pretty damn emo. Credit where it's due: in coming up with the list, I googled a bit to see other opinions on how emo these bands are, and found that Popstache did a similar list in 2011, and it actually included two of the same bands as this one.
Emo isn't meant as a bad word here, just a genre. Check out our list, in no particular order, below...
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).
On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.
On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.
Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.
There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.
Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.
Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)
Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.
Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.
Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.
We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).
It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.
During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.
That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.
The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.
Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.
And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.
That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.
Check out the full list below...
photos by Caroline Harrison
Kylesa @ Saint Vitus - 10/25/13
Kylesa, Pinkish Black and Sierra's BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-presented tour wrapped up in Virginia over the weekend, after stopping in NYC for a sold-out show Saint Vitus Bar on Friday (10/25). We've got a set of pictures and a review over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
This was my first time seeing Kylesa, so I can't really compare this experience to seeing them in a larger setting, but playing in a small club worked for these guys. The house was packed, the sound was huge (and excellent), and the band crammed onto the tiny stage right up next to each other. Kylesa's dual drummer set-up sounded better closer to the stage -- they often double each other, and any nuance differentiating their parts can be lost at a distance. Regardless, this band knows how to play to their strengths, and it didn't hurt that the crowd was packed with folks who leapt at the chance to see Kylesa in a smaller setting like Vitus.Check out the pictures and full writeup over at IO. More pictures are in this post.
NYC locals So Hideous (whom we recently debuted a track by) opened this show. We missed them, but they're about to head out on tour. Check out those dates, along with more pictures of Kylesa (including one of their setlist), Pinkish Black and Sierra from Saint Vitus, below...
by Doug Moore
Castevet @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As we've mentioned a few times in recent weeks, Brooklyn's reclusive metal alchemists Castevet will playing their Invisible Oranges-cosponsored record release show Friday (10/25) at Union Pool, with Oneirogen and Vorde. You may recall that Andrew Hock of Castevet was recently named one of the 30 best guitarists under 30 by, um, Red Bull. There's no presale for this show, but tickets are $10 and doors are at 9pm.
Meanwhile, Wormed and 8(!!) other bands play the Paper Box tonight (10/24). (Tix here.). The NYC stop of the IO-sponsored Kylesa/Pinkish Black/Sierra tour will hit Saint Vitus tomorrow night as well (10/25). (Tix here.) The Weed Is Weed/Godstopper/Yoshiko Ohara/Imperial Triumphant show on Saturday (10/26) we mentioned a few weeks back has gotten a big boost in the form of new headliner (and death metal supergroup) Disma, which makes it one of the wildest (in terms of sheer oddness) metal bills in recent memory. No advance tix available, but doors are $10.
And finally, '90s-era NY metallic hardcore stalwarts Sworn Enemy will hit Saint Vitus Bar on Sunday (10/26) with Dehumanized, Alekhine's Gun, Leech, and Thorn Constellation . Tix for that show here.
Am I missing anything?
For more heavy shows, check out our NYC Metal Show calendar. It rules. Get icky with some streaming Disma below.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn's Meek Is Murder are releasing their sophomore album, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, on October 22, and after revealing one of its tracks, the band are new debuting a second, "Ghost Moth," which makes its premiere in this post. Like most tracks on the album, it's a spastic, ever-evolving tune, and it includes some air-guitar-worthy shredding, not unlike what their producer Kurt Ballou did on "Sadness Comes Home" last year. The song only stays whiplash-inducing speed for so long though, before they pull a 180 and end in a head-nodding sludgefeast. Check it out below.
Meek Is Murder also have some previously discussed hometown shows coming up, including the Metal Injection/Metal Sucks CMJ showcase on October 18 at Acheron with Fuck the Facts, Fit For an Autopsy, Hivesmasher and the live debut of Stomach Earth, the new project of Mike McKenzie of The Red Chord (who once counted Meek guitarist Mike Keller as a member too). Tickets for that show are still available. After that, they join their friends So Hideous (who also have a new album on the way) for a day show (3 PM) on October 26 at ABC No Rio with NJ post-metal quintet East of the Wall and Mary Todd.
Meek Is Murder song stream below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Kylesa @ MDF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The second annual all-ages Southwest Terror Fest happens at Tucson, AZ's The Rock from October 10 - 13. This year's line-up is loaded with more than sixty bands including Red Fang (who recently played 285 Kent and are releasing a new album), Early Graves, Sacred Reich, Helms Alee and Subrosa. Single day tickets are on sale now. Most extreme music genres are covered, so feel free to pick your poison. Full line-up and set times are below.
Savannah sludge crew Kylesa (who played MHOW during Northside), Denton psych-weirdos Pinkish Black and Sierra, who are about to team up for a Brooklyn Vegan / Invisible Oranges sponsored tour will perform as the fest's headliners on October 10. Look to hear some of Kylesa's recent album Ultraviolet, Pinkish Black's excellent new album Razed to the Ground and Sierra's debut full-length Pslip (stream tracks from both Razed to the Ground and Pslip here) on that tour that hits NYC at Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).
Stream Kylesa's recent album, Ultraviolet, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pinkish Black at WIERD in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, Texas duo Pinkish Black are set to release their new album, Razed To The Ground, on September 17 via Century Media (the followup to their Handmade Birds debut), and the whole thing is now available to stream. Though they've got ties to the metal scene and elements of doom, it's really the goth/darkwave vibes that stick out most, and this should appeal to a pretty diverse audience. Check it out now, via Pitchfork, and you can also listen to two of its tracks below.
As you may know, Pinkish Black are set to head out on a BV/IO-presented tour with another band on the fringes of the metal scene, Kylesa. Also on the tour is Sierra, who recently released their debut full length, Pslip, on Kylesa's own Retro Futurist label (stream it below). The tour hits NYC on October 25 at Saint VItus, and tickets for that show are still available.
The tour dates are listed, along with streams, below...
Pinkish Black have just released another track from the their forthcoming Razed To The Ground. The track, "Ashtray Eyes," first surfaced at Roadburn and is on their first effort for Century Media (9/17) which is the follow-up to their Handmade Birds debut. Stream it and the previously released "Kites & Vultures" in this post.
Song streams below...
BrooklynVegan, in conjunction with InvisibleOranges, is the proud to announce our sponsorship of an upcoming tour featuring Kylesa, Pinkish Black and Sierra that will encompass the entire month of October. The shows head West from Kylesa's native Georgia on October 1, loop around the Northwest and head East by the end of the trek, hitting Saint Vitus on October 25. Advance tickets aren't on sale yet but you can keep checking Ticketfly. UPDATE: Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates are listed, as well as the tour poster, below.
Arabrot at By:Larm 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Norway's Arabrot have teamed with Kylesa's Laura Pleasants to bring us "Arrabal's Dream," the first track from Arabrot's forthcoming self-titled LP, due on Fysisk Format on September 3. The sludgy new offering is one of two Arabrot releases in 2013, as the band recently dropped a split with Rabbits. You can check out the 7", plus "Arrabal's Dream," below.
still from Kylesa's "Unspoken" video
Psychedelic sludge band Kylesa just brought their tour through NYC for a great show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and have now just revealed the video for "Unspoken," one of the standout singles on their new record, Ultraviolet. Check it out below...
by Andrew Sacher
Kylesa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/14/13
After spending most of my Friday night (6/14) of the Northside Festival at the Invisible Oranges showcase (pictures on the way), I headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was hosting a pretty like-minded bill, to catch headliners Kylesa. Kylesa's current tour is surrounding the recent release of their psychedelic new album, Ultraviolet, but they've actually only been playing a few cuts off of that, instead choosing to split their set pretty evenly between material from their last five albums. The album that got the most representation was 2009's breakout album, Static Tensions, and they dug even further back to tracks like "Where The Horizon Unfolds" and "Bottom Line" too.
With Kylesa's ever-changing sound, their fanbase is becoming pretty split. Those who prefer the older material were probably happy to see how generous Kylesa were with providing it, but everything that characterizes them as a band today was present at the show too. Phillip Cope is now equipped with a more massive electronic rig than usual, allowing him to throw the band's increasingly drone-y atmospheres into their sludgefest, and their light show is more similar to Tame Impala's than it is to most other metal bands. And with Laura Pleasants singing more than ever before on the new album, she fronted the band at the show as much as Phillip did. Needless to tell anyone who's seen them before, but if you haven't, they totally rip on stage. Not a boring moment the entire show.
Check out some videos and the full setlist from the show below...