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Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Grimes
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.

If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?

More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2012 day 2 in pics (Godspeed, Hot Chip, Grimes, Wild Flag, Chromatics, Flying Lotus, Cloud Nothings & more)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

The Basilica Hudson
Basilica

The Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory, converted into an art and performance space. Located just steps from the Hudson Amtrak Station on the waterfront of the historical town of Hudson, NY.

We are honored to pursue the mission of the Basilica's founder and former owner, Patrick Doyle, who over the last decade transformed the building into a gathering space for the local community...

2011 marked a new chapter at Basilica Hudson, which continues to host diverse events ranging from community fundraisers to art exhibitions, to food and film festivals, and remain an extraordinary venue for independent music and theater.

The Basilica Hudson will play host to the Basilica Music Festival, an event on August 11th and 12th that will feature art and genre-defying music over two days. The first night, titled "Metal Machine Music: Solo Noise Artists & Their Machines", will feature Liturgy, Mick Barr, C.Lavender and Brian Dewan, the DJs responsible for Rainbow in The Dark and more still TBA. Night two will shift gears a bit, featuring appearances from Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Full details on the Basilica Festival and the flyer are below...

Continue reading "Basilica Music Festival coming to Hudson, NY (Liturgy, Gang Gang Dance, Mick Barr, Prince Rama & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin , words by Andrew Sacher

Metallica / A Place to Bury Strangers at Orion Music Fest 6/24/2012
Orion Music & More
Orion Music & More

Day 2 (6/24) of Orion Fest kicked off with sets by two different, but both very dark Brooklyn bands: Liturgy in the Frantic tent and A Place to Bury Strangers (whose new album, Worship, is out this week) on the Fuel stage. Unfortunately, I showed up a bit too late for Liturgy, but I was able to catch the tail end of APTBS' set, which saw Oliver Ackermann turning his monitors to face the audience and putting his vocal mic up to his guitar amp, creating even more noise than the trio already make. You can catch APTBS in their hometown on 7/27 at MHOW with Hunters.

Ghost
Orion Music & More

Then I headed over to the Orion stage for Sweden's Ghost, who were introduced by James Hetfield (who is openly a huge fan). James intro-ed the band saying, "It's never too early for scary," and despite the bright sun shining over their stage, he was right. The band, who always come decked out in white ghoul cloaks with singer Papa Emeritus in face paint, crown, and black cloak, were creepy as ever. Papa Emeritus lead the band with demonic priestlike conduction as he bellowed the vocals to a number of songs off their 2010 LP, Opus Eponymous. The only time he wasn't in the spotlight is when the band took an instrumental break and he stood in the back of the stage, hands pressed together and remaining completely still.

I left about halfway through Ghost for the second half of The Black Angels, who were playing the Frantic tent. They supplied a huge dose of droning psychedelia, and though singer Christian Bland's vocals are often delivered stoically, he's quite charismatic on stage. During their last song, which saw bassist (and Elephant Stone frontman) Rishi Dhir switch over to sitar, they went into an extended jam which eventually saw Rishi playing the sitar riff of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" (which the Black Angels recorded an exclusive performance of at Coachella) and was soon joined by the rest of the band who covered about half of the song. Slowly, the band exited the stage until only Rishi was left, sending waves of sitar over the head-nodding audience.

Best Coast
Orion Music & More

Around 4 PM, Best Coast began their set at the Orion stage. Diplo was probably wondering what the faces of Metallica fans would look like during Liturgy's set, though I was also pretty curious about what they'd look like for Best Coast, who played the same stage Metallica would later headline with many anxious fanatics already claiming their front row spots. I think I did actually see one guy sleeping (or maybe he was just really zoning out to the music?), but overall they actually got a pretty great reaction from the people who gathered to see them. The new album, The Only Place (which came out last month), is lacking compared to their debut (it's not bad, just too much of the same), but this was definitely the best I've ever seen Best Coast -- no doubt due to their decision to finally add a bassist. When mixed into a setlist, some of the new songs, like "Why I Cry," actually proved themselves to be standouts, and the songs from her debut sounded great as well. In response to a fan request, they played "When I'm With You" earlier than planned, and before going into it, frontwoman Bethany Cosentino promised a Fleetwood Mac cover too. That cover presumably would have been "Rhiannon," which the band are contributing to the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute LP, and premiered on NPR this morning... but they never got around to it.

Next band on my schedule was Titus Andronicus, who were playing the Frantic tent. Before they began, I heard a crowd member ask someone, "So are these guys metal, or is it regular music?" A few minutes later, they fired up their set of regular music, riling up everyone in the tent. The crowd was pretty small -- everyone else was waiting for Metallica or watching Avenged Sevenfold -- but the people who were there were loving it, singing along, pumping their fists, and starting push pits. When the band began fan favorite, "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future," the crowd's singing was overpowering frontman Patrick Stickles and if anyone wasn't taking part, they joined in on the ending's repeated "you will always be a loser!"

Metallica
Orion Music & More

When Metallica took the stage a bit before 8:30, they started their set exactly the same as the night before. Everything including AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" playing through the PA directly before the band walked out, the "Ecstasy of Gold" strings with accompanying video clip, followed by "Hit the Lights" and "Master of Puppets," was there, just like it had been the night before. I realize that Metallica have a routine for their shows, but at a festival where much of the crowd had shown up for both nights, it would have been an appropriate time to throw a few curveballs into the set. The only pre-Black Album songs included in Sunday's setlist that wasn't in Saturday's were ...And Justice for All's "Blackened" and "The Shortest Straw," which were great but it would've been nice to hear more/different tracks from Master of Puppets or Kill 'Em All.

That said, I had already been going into Black Album night with less anticipation than I had for the performance of their 1984 colossus Ride the Lightning the night before, and they did deliver well. The bigger Black Album tracks like "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True," and "Nothing Else Matters" were still tons of fun and the crowd goes nuts for them. One of the biggest highlights was "Through the Never," which of all the Black Album tracks is most similar to their thrash roots. Regardless of your thoughts on the album's material though, they performed it flawlessly and was a welcome dip into Black Album's deeper cuts that are less likely to see the light of day at other Metallica shows.

Pictures and review of Day 1 are HERE. More pics from Day 2 below...

Continue reading "Orion Music Fest day 2 in pics and review (Metallica, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, APTBS, Ghost, Sepultura & more)"

Metallica

As mentioned, Orion Music & More happens this weekend in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field from June 23-24 and is being headlined by Metallica both nights, who play Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album in full on Sunday (6/24). Other bands playing include Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Hot Snakes, Fucked Up, The Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Liturgy, A Place to Bury Strangers, and more, plus a heavy stage with Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk, Thy Will Be Done and others. The heavy stage (aka "Damage, Inc.") isn't the only place you can catch heavy bands though. The festival also includes Baroness on the Orion stage, The Sword on the Fuel stage, Liturgy on the Frantic stage, and Ghost on the Orion stage. You can check out the full schedule of both days and all four stages HERE.

Orion Music & More is the first NYC-area appearance for Hot Snakes since the reunited band played The Bell House and Maxwell's in December. They'll play another area show (also in NJ) at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in September.

As mentioned, it's the first time in a while that Modest Mouse will be in the NYC area. They play Orion on Saturday (6/23) before heading to Randall's Island for Governors Ball, which also happens this weekend.

There's a ton of stuff going on at Orion other than live music too. You can pick up rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Ktulu's Rock 'N' Roll Emporium, check out film screenings hand-picked by Lars Ulrich at Hit The Lights Films, skate the Motorbreath Mini Ramp, have a glimpse into Kirk Hammett's creepy personal collection of horror film memorabilia at Kirk's Crypt, surf, nerd out at the ESP Guitar Experience, check out the Metallica Museum, show your support for a variety of charities, or check out the car show.

If you're heading out to Atlantic City for the fest this weekend, head here for directions. If you're driving, there's no on-site parking at the field, but there are a number of parking areas nearby and free shuttles that run from the lots to Bader Field. If you're taking the train, you can get there via the Amtrak or the NJ Transit Rail and there will be a free shuttle from the Atlantic City terminal to the festival. Once you're there, this map should help you get around. We're also told that it's about a 20-30 minute walk from the boardwalk.

Tickets for the festival are still available.

Too Much Horror BusinessToo Much Horror Business

In related news," Kirk's Crypt" isn't the only place Mr. Hammett will be indulging in his love of all things creepy. He'll be publishing a book titled Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection this October via Abrams Image with photographs of his personal collection of horror memorabilia. The book also includes Kirk's own handwritten captions for many of the photographs. He'll be putting out limited edition toys, like the ones he's been collecting his whole life, along with the book this October. You can pre-order the book at Kirk's online toy store. He'll be discussing the book at Kirk's Crypt at 4 PM each day.

Maybe his old friend Glenn Danzig will add it to his book collection...

Continue reading "Metallica's Orion Fest is in Atlantic City this weekend; Kirk Hammett releasing horror memorabilia book"

Liturgy at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Liturgy

If you've noticed a handful of interesting shows at The Stone happening next week, like the acoustic Vaura show (4/20) or the Amen Dunes and Guardian Alien show (4/17), they're part of Chippy Fest, which goes down at John Zorn's non-profit venue from April 17-22, and was curated by John Zorn's exclusive designer Heung-Heung Chin (aka Chippy)

On April 21, the night after Vaura plays, Toby Driver (who is a member of Vaura and also fronts Kayo Dot/maudlin of the Well) will present the world premiere of his new trio, Ichneumonidae, which includes violinist Timba Harris (of Secret Cheifs 3) and Michelle Morinaga. That same night, Toby also plays as a member of Stern with Chuck Stern, Keith Abrams, and Tim Byrnes.

As mentioned, Kayo Dot, Vaura, and Dysrhythmia share a bill at DBA on 4/28.

Other 'Chippy Fest' shows include Mick Barr (of Krallice), Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy), and Nymph on Wednesday (4/18) and Miho Hatori (with Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer), Timo Ellis, and Unstoppable Death Machines on Thursday (4/19). The Stone's full calendar is here.

Speaking of Mick Barr, his music and William Brittelle's music will be performed by ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble on May 11 at 12 at The Kitchen. ACME players for this concert are Caleb Burhans (violin, banjo, and voice), Clarice Jensen (cello), Eric Lamb (flute), Megan Levin (harp), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola) and Chris Thompson (percussion). Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, he kicks off a residency at Issue Project Room on Saturday (4/14) with Liturgy bandmate Bernhard Gann. The show is free but "sold out". Other dates in the "3-month residency" have not been announced yet but presumably will be soon.

Meanwhile, Hunter's ex-bandmate Greg Fox's Guardian Alien project (who also plays The Stone next week) plays Death by Audio TONIGHT (4/13) with Black Pus (of Lightning Bolt), Mounds, Buck Gooter, and Alien Whale. Guardian Alein will return to DBA on 5/11 with DJ Dog Dick and 2 Ton Bug.

Araabmuzik

Todd P is taking on Mexico again this weekend and in a mega way. San Pedro Garza García is the home of the annual Festival NRMAL 2012, a one-day (on 3/10, but with multiple-pre, after, and post parties) multi-stage festival that features a whopping 55 bands across thress stages from noon until 2AM. The festival will feature headlining appearances from Araabmuzik, Girls (who have just been announced as part of MWTX during SXSW) and White Ring (who play our day show on Wednesday during SXSW), in addition to performances from Liturgy, Gatekeeper, Friends, Davila 666, Grimes, Teengirl Fantasy and many, many more. Full lineup details are below.

Continue reading "Todd P takes on Mexico Saturday (FESTIVAL NRMAL 2012)"

Pitchfork

The press release say:

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15! Seven years in, this independently run three-day event has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced and rewarding weekends of music around.

A tremendously focused and thoughtfully curated event, the Pitchfork Music Festival has historically introduced emerging bands while also honoring a great number of already beloved and internationally renowned acts. This year continues with that high standard and welcomes Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker, and Willis Earl Beal! But this is only the beginning! There are more than 30 acts to still be announced.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that the Pitchfork Music Festival will not be raising ticket prices in 2012! Our goal has always been to create an affordable atmosphere with music at its focus, and do so in a way that is sustainable and exciting. So why raise ticket prices if you don't need to, right? Tickets for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 9 at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and a limited number of three-day passes for $110! Based on years past, three-day passes will sell out very quickly. Tickets will be available on the festival website.

In addition to its musical offerings, the Pitchfork Music Festival also features a wide array of other activities for its 50,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries to easily enjoy. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the fest not only supports local businesses and economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.
The full Chicago festival lineup so far, including Willis Earl Beal who we recently hosted in the same city (where Willis happens to also live), is listed below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Music Fest 2012 initial lineup announced"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus was an extraterrestrial apparition who looked like she could start hovering Linda Blair-style at any moment. "Swords," the glitchy overture to Zola's latest album, Conatus, ushered the four-piece band onstage through fog and a wall of artificial blue starlight, Zola positioned front and center in a flowing white gown. She didn't stay put for long. Bolstered by synth, drums and electric violinist Christiana Key (whom audience members praised by name more than once throughout the night), Zola beautifully belted out "Avalanche," "Shivers" and most of the tracks from Conatus while floating, hopping and jazzercising across the smoky stage. After a hot hour Zola was already gone and back for the encore, stationed behind a double-decker Akai keyboard while Key's violin groaned along to the somber ballad "Skin." -[CMJ]
Zola Jesus lead the charge on an all-star cast at Webster Hall on 2/18. Liturgy (who is now down to a duo and a MacBook Pro) and Talk Normal opened the show. Pictures adorn this post.

Zola Jesus plays Lincoln Hall in Chicago tonight and her full slate of tour dates (including Sasquatch) are below. The dates ALSO include an appearance at SXSW as part of the Sacred Bones Showcase on 3/14 at Elysium with Amen Dunes, Led Er Est, The Men, Psychic Ills, and Wymond Miles.

All dates, pictures from Webster Hall, and Zola Jesus's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Zola Jesus, Talk Normal & Liturgy @ Webster Hall (pics,setlist)"

by BBG

Hunter of Liturgy

Jeff Tandy, creator of the above photo, writes:

"I'm calling you out, Hunt-Hendrix! I'll be at Martyrdoom Fest in Brooklyn on June 30, 2012. I hate you. I hate what you do. Come down and we'll fight!... I will feed you all the Brooklyn sidewalk you can eat, HHH. I'll show you the side of black metal you don't have the fortitude or will to explore. Seriously, I will fuck you up."
The above challenge was issued to the the Liturgy frontman in a Facebook group called "Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, come fight me." The creator, Jeff Tandy of Birth A.D., Averse Sefira and an ex-live member of Krieg, is not making his feelings about the Liturgy frontman secret, though it's hard to take the group completely seriously with photos like the one above. I hope it's not real though. Exerting your energy into bands you don't like takes away from finding bands that you do.

UPDATE: The Facebook group has been removed.

Though Jeff Tandy will be there, neither Jeff nor Hunter will be performing at the Martyrdoom Festival on June 30th at Public Assembly. Tickets are still available (no word on whether Hunter plans to attend).

Hunter will be performing at Metallica's Orion Festival in June though... along with bands like (?!?) Modest Mouse and Arctic Monkeys.

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The above-pictured tweet is courtesy of Diplo who is currently out on the road with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy as opener. Lirtugy's next NYC show is with Zola Jesus and Talk Normal at Webster Hall (where fans will probably not make any weird faces), and their next NJ show will be part of a 2-day Metallica festival in Atlantic City called "Orion" (where they'll probably play so early, no Metallica fans will actually see them anyway).

Speaking of Zola Jesus, her tour just pit the Parish in Austin with Talk Normal and local Austin band Technicolor Hearts. Check out pictures at BV Austin.

Speaking of Diplo, he's on the cover of the new Billboard with Skrillex and A-Trak.

Liturgy's new video for "True Will" and all their curent tour dates are below...

Continue reading "I wonder what face the crowd will make when Liturgy opens for Metallica"

Orion Music

The rumored two-day NJ Metallica festival is true, and it's happening on June 23 & 24, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ. 22+ artists (music and comedy) will play with Metallica headlining both nights with special setlists. Metallica will play the Black Album in its entirety on one of the nights "for the first time ever on US soil", and... Ride The Lighting on the other night! The venue is Bader Field (an abandoned airport).

Other bands are:

Arctic Monkeys • Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse • The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant • Fucked Up • Best Coast
Hot Snakes • Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr. • Lucero • Roky Erickson
The Black Angels • The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers • Liturgy
+ more TBA
There will be a MET Club Ticket Presale on Feb 8 at 10am with a special MET Club presale price of $125 for two days. Public sale begins Feb 11 at 10am. Early bird tickets will be $150 for two days, or $175 if you wait to buy them.

"More than just music, the festival will also feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band's individual interests - and allowing fans to interact directly with each of the band members. More details soon!"

The festival is in partnership with C3 who also does Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

New Party Systems art
New Party Systems

Brooklyn bar and music venue Union Pool will host another Jonathan Toubin benefit show TONIGHT (1/18). The show will feature "a three ring circuit of cross-fading solos, duos, trios & big bands" with The Notekillers, Kyp Malone, Kid Millions, Greg Fox, and Bernard Gann. That big band they speak of? New Party Systems:

New Party Systems came together when four musician friends - Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), David First (Notekillers), Greg Fox (X-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and Bernard Gann (Liturgy) all ran into each other the same day at Zuccotti Park, early on during the Occupy Wall Street occupation. Out of that fateful meeting came the decision to form a music collective inspired by and supporting the movement. The video by director Toni Comas and producer Anna Franquesa feature people from all over the world, including musicians Martin Bisi, Kid Millions, Bob Ostertag and the students who were involved in the UC Davis pepper spray incident."
Purchase the song at Bandcamp. View the video and stream the songbelow.

Speaking of Jonathan Toubin benefits, there's also one going down in Chicago on Friday.

Speaking of TV on the Radio, they've been added to the Rolling Stones tribute show going down at Carnegie Hall. The lineup is now MARIANNE FAITHFULL, RICKIE LEE JONES, RONNIE SPECTOR, ROSANNE CASH, STEVE EARLE, TAJ MAHAL, MARC COHN, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, PEACHES, JOVANOTTI & TV ON THE RADIO, GLEN HANSARD (OF THE SWELL SEASON), RICH ROBINSON (OF THE BLACK CROWES), CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, and JACKIE GREENE (with more TBA).

More TVOTR tour dates (all in South America) (aka Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile), with the New Party Systems music, below...

Continue reading "New Party Systems (members of TVOTR, Oneida, Liturgy, Notekillers) playing Toubin benefit; more bands added to Stones tribute"

DOWNLOAD: DIamond Terrifier - "It's Already After The End Of The World" (Freedom Garden 10-8-11) (MP3)

Diamond Terrifier
Diamond Terrifier

Diamond Terrifier (aka Sam Hilmer of Zs) is introducing his new bi-weekly series, 'PRACTICE!' taking place at Zebulon every other Tuesday. This month it takes place on January 17 and 31, and he's performing at and curating each one. The 1/17 show includes Lichens, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy who are opening for Zola Jesus at Webster Hall), LZA/Dutch E. Germ (of Gang Gang Dance), and DJ sets by Laurel Halo and The Oracle. The 1/31 show includes Dan Friel< GDFX, Rat Attack, and DJ sets by Chief Boima (of Dutty Artz) and The Oracle. All shows in this series are free.

Diamond Terrifier also has a bunch of other shows coming up in NYC this month, including one TONIGHT (1/10) at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, where he will perform a live score for the film Shaman of the Blind Country, narrated by William S. Burroughs. He also plays Shea Stadium on Saturday (1/14) with Controlled Bleeding and Dan Friel, and Littlefield on January 18 with Patrick Higgins and Eric Wubbles (tickets). The next night he'll be in Brooklyn again at La Sala (1/19) with Extra Life, and Union Pool on January 24 with Dan Friel, Zulus and Grooms.

Diamond Terrifier is also set to release his first official full length this September via Northern Spy. The album will be produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. Until then, he's been releasing a single every month on his website. Check out this month's installment, a live recording of "It's Already After The End Of The World" from Freedom Garden in October, below, and download it above.

All dates and the stream below...

Continue reading "Diamond Terrifier playing & curating shows w/ many special guests, working on an album (dates & MP3)"

Sleigh Bells at Webster Hall (more by David Andrako)
Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells will begin their Reign of Terror this year, with the release of their new LP which features "Born to Lose", a track you can listen to below (alongside an album teaser). Sleigh Bells will begin a reign over Florida in early February when they play a string of dates with Diplo and Liturgy. The dates will conclude by 2/14 and Sleigh Bells will soon be back in NYC to headline Terminal 5 on February 17. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale at noon on January 11th, with regular sale hitting two days later.

Liturgy will also head back up to NYC, but to play Webster Hall on February 18. They'll support Zola Jesus at that show. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates, the SB song stream and that video teaser, below.

Continue reading "Sleigh Bells playing Terminal 5; Liturgy opening for Zola Jesus"

Sleigh Bells at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sleigh Bells

RCRDLBL and Bing are presenting a show at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center on December 15 with Smoke and Mirrors and special guest Diplo. The 21+ show is free but RSVP is required. The flier for this show is below.

Diplo also just announced a Florida tour with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy. The tour, which has been dubbed the 'Paradise Lost' tour, will be in support of the new Sleigh Bells album, Reign of Terror, which is due out on February 14 via Mom + Pop. No music from the album has been released yet (except for the riff-heavy album trailer) and a lot of the track titles share names with other popular songs and/or bands ("Born to Lose," "Leader of the Pack," "Comeback Kid," "Never Say Die," "D.O.A." etc). The album trailer and tracklist are below.

Speaking of Liturgy, they recently recorded their first ever Daytrotter Session, playing songs off of their Aesthetica album, which came out earlier this year. You can listen and download the entire session for free HERE.

All dates, video, fliers, and other stuff below...

Continue reading "Diplo playing free NYC show, going on tour w/ Liturgy & Sleigh Bells (who announced a new album)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Boris @ Irving Plaza
Boris

Japanese band Boris have been touring across America with a rotating cast of notable openers including Coliseum and Tera Melos (who they played with in Chicago), and Asobi Seksu and Liturgy who supported them in NYC at Irving Plaza on Thursday night (10/27).

For Liturgy, who are already finished with their leg of the Boris tour (Boris already misses them), it was probably the last time they will ever share a NYC stage with their now-ex-drummer Greg Fox.

More pictures from the NYC show, including a shot of Boris's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Boris, Asobi Seksu & Liturgy played Irving Plaza (pics)"

by BBG

Kuxan Suum at Acheron (more by BBG)
Kuxan Suum

Though previously listed with the same lineup as the show they just played at Acheron, this Friday's 9pm Black Twilight Circle show at The Charleston will feature an almost entirely different lineup with Raspberry Bulbs, Volahn, Arizmenda, Shataan, and The Haunting Presence. Black Twilight Circle also visit WFMU that day (10/7).

The show is also one of two upcoming shows for Raspberry Bulbs who will also join Villains, Occultation and Skull at Saint Vitus on 10/18 (tickets).

Speaking of black metal, the.... New Yorker wrote a piece:

The fertile and fractious U.S. scene in the genre known as black metal can be understood through a familiar moment in rock history. In the sixties, British bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones mined American blues, first copying their heroes and then creating something vivid and novel. In the nineties, a range of American acts began drawing from the work of Norwegian metal bands that were famous mostly for a look and for several unpleasant events. The Norwegians were largely faithful to the "corpse paint" costume, in which the face is covered in white makeup, with black circles drawn around the eye sockets. Upside-down-cross pendants and spiked bracelets were common accessories. The tabloid-worthy events centered on a musician named Varg Vikernes, of the one-man band Burzum, who encouraged and participated in the burning of churches. In 1993, while playing bass in a band called Mayhem, he murdered the guitarist, a man known as Euronymous.
Until recently, it was a legacy that the genre couldn't shake. But now American bands such as Liturgy, Krallice, Absu, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Inquisition have left a fair amount of the pageantry behind--not to mention the violence--and helped to create a community, as well as a musical moment that is rife with activity...
The article goes on to talk about Wolves In the Throne Room's recent show at The Bell House.

Wolves in the Throne Room, who premiered a track at NPR, have also since received 'Best New Music' from Pitchfork.

Speaking of Liturgy, The Quietus recently interviewed Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room . They discussed, among other things, Liturgy and its place amongst the "black metal elite": Aaron Weaver says:

"Wolves in the Throne Room has absolutely received the same kind of criticism, because over the years I've said the exact same thing [as Hunter regarding black metal's ability to be positive and optimistic]. That's something that I believe very strongly. I think that maybe the difference is that I've always said that we don't play black metal. I refer to Wolves in the Throne Room as a black metal band just sort of out of convenience. But I've also been really clear over the years that I do think that true black metal, which is a worthwhile and very powerful thing, does need to be negative. It does need to be rooted in the darkest aspects of the human experience - bitterness, negativity, hatred, violence, tribal warfare, mass murder, these sort of things lurk in the human experience, and it's always been there. And true black metal channels that incredibly destructive and insane and violent energy."
Read the whole thing HERE.

Liturgy's tour with Boris hits Irving Plaza later this month.

Extra Life at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Sarahana)
Extra Life

Extra Life have a few shows coming including one at Death By Audio on September 25 with Little Women and Vaz and another at Glasslands on October 9 with Pygmy Shrews, Mick Barr (of Krallice), GDFX (aka Greg Fox who just left Liturgy), and DJ Caroline Teagle. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.

GDFX has other shows coming up including one tonight (9/7) at 285 Kent Ave with The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Knife City, and Extreme Animals. Greg also plays a record release show for his Guardian Alien project on September 23 at Shea Stadium. Guardian Alien also plays Bruar Falls on October 5 with Alan Watts and Zebulon on October 9, the same night as the GDFX show at Glasslands.

Your last chance to catch Greg playing as a member of Liturgy is on their tour with Boris and Asobi Seksu which hits NYC on October 27 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available.

Krallice also has shows coming up including 9/12 at the Bell House Wolves in the Throne Room and Thou. Krallice were supposed to open for the same bill on September 14 at Death By Audio, but they've switched shows. Krallice also play on September 17 at Union Pool with Urfaust, Black Anvil, and Ruin Lust

All dates below...

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Greg Fox (center) on stage with White Hills (more by BBG)
White Hills

Spazzy drummer Greg Fox of Liturgy will leave the Brooklyn "white metal" crew after their October tour with Boris. The departure is amicable. Liturgy tours a lot and Greg wants to shift his focus to other things, like his solo project GDFX (who recently released One Thing, stream it), Guardian Alien (who play a release show on 9/24 at Shea Stadium), and more (stay tuned). Fox told us:

Liturgy was fun and educational, but it's time for me to move forward. As a drummer in New York City, I have the opportunity to learn a lot from many very talented folks, and I'd like to be more open to those opportunities. If it makes sense for bands to last a long time then they do, otherwise you have to move on to the next thing, new experiences, new chapters. I wish Liturgy all the best. I'm excited about the future, about trying new things and making other plants grow, about growing personally, and about eating more pho.
And for the record, Greg Fox is that obsessed with Vietnamese noodle soup, though no word if said obsession caused friction between the band members. I am guessing not.

Catch Fox's final NYC show with Liturgy when they play with Boris/Asobi Seksu at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates and some video is below.

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Greg Fox behind the kit with White Hills (more by BBG)
Liturgy

As discussed, Greg Fox of Liturgy is GDFX, and as just mentioned, his new LP One Thing is out NOW via Impose on blue vinyl. While the LP is definitely heavy on Fox's weapon of choice (drums) at times, it isn't in many of the ways you would expect. The new LP touches on stuttering samples, glitch, uber compressed snares, 8-bit and even some drone over the course of its 40 minutes, all of which you can exclusively stream below.

If you missed GDFX at Shea Stadium last night (8/25), well, he plays two more shows tonight (8/26). One of them is back at Shea Stadium with Woodsman (their second of two NYC shows this week). The other is with Amen Dunes at Saint Vitus.

If you miss the St Vitus show, Amen Dunes will also play a show at the soon-to-be-closed Live With Animals in Brooklyn on 9/24 with with K-Holes, CAVE, and PC Worship.

Before then PC Worship will do some touring with Greg's band Liturgy in September. That's before Liturgy play a string of dates with Boris that brings Liturgy to Irving Plaza on October 27.

Greg also plays in/as Guardian Alien. A record release show for that project happens at at Shea Stadium on 9/23.

Greg has filled in on drums for White Hills, and that band (sans Greg) will play a free show as part of the Rock Yard series.

Album stream & all tour dates for GDFX, Liturgy and PC Worship are below.

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Amen Dunes at Glasslands (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes will rev up the reverb at Saint Vitus on August 26th with Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Zomes, and GDFX as part of their record release celebration for the new and haunting psychedelic garage LP Through Donkey Jaw. Tickets are on sale.

Through Donkey Jaw was released via Sacred Bones last week and features "Christopher" (video below) and "Not A Slave" (stream below).

Bobb Trimble recently welcomed the new LP The Crippled Dog Band via Yoga Records. The release compiles long-lost material from the outsider folk musician's aborted LP...

The year was 1983, and Bobb Trimble had two then-unrecognized masterpieces to his credit and a lot of confusion and indifference from his fellow travelers in the Worcester, MA "Wormtown" scene. Never one to worry much about appearances, Bobb accepted an invitation to join a group of teenage boys who called themselves The Crippled Dog Band ...and led the Band on enthusiastically received gigs throughout the region. Unbeknownst to almost anyone, they completed a raucous album full of addictive hooks, feedback, teen chatter and video game noises. But soon the Band splintered and Bobb decided to forget about the whole thing, disposing of the entire 500-count LP pressing in an .office park dumpster.
Stream one track, "Live Wire", alongside a video from 1983 (!) for "You Should See My Girl" below. If you aren't familiar with the Bobb Trimble "legend" catch up with an interesting Guardian article.

Zomes is nom de plume of Asa Osborne (Lungfish), who released Earth Grid via Thrill Jockey in April. Check out "Openings" streaming below.

GDFX is Greg Fox of Liturgy, who recently released a new LP via Impose Records entitled One Thing. You can listen to "Pipedream" below. Liturgy play Irving Plaza with Asobi Seksu and Boris on 10/27 as part of Boris's US tour. Tickets are still available.

All song streams and videos are below.

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Hunter of Liturgy at Mercury Lounge (more by Greg Cristman)
Liturgy

MoMA's Performance Program resumes with a new commission by the New York-based artist collective Grand Openings. In collaboration with musicians, performance art scholars, sound artists, filmmakers, writers, and friends, the group is composing a multifaceted live program that relates to the history of performance art in general, as well as MoMA's particular institutional structure. Some sections are informed by encounters with the Museum Archives, current exhibitions, the Museum's architecture, and staff members; others are indirect meditations on the practice of performing itself. The title of the program, Grand Openings Return of the Blogs, refers to an additional documentary element of the work--a daily account of the actions in the form of handwritten texts, fabricated objects, and audio podcasts--which will be presented in the gallery space and on MoMA.org.

Grand Openings comprises five core members--Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Jay Sanders, Emily Sundblad, and Stefan Tcherepnin--with different backgrounds in art, music, curating, and criticism. Their partly scripted, partly improvised actions; loose choreographies; musical scores; and acts of self-reflection coexist within a chaotic structure.

Grand Openings have portions of the program devoted to Near Dark, sand painting, live blogging, and have even commissioned NYC "white metallers" Liturgy to play part of the program TONIGHT at MoMA (7/29), or should I say this afternoon, starting at 6PM. Get there early and check out the full schedule for Grand Openings Return of The Blogs (we're confused too).

Liturgy also play with Asobi Seksu and Boris at Irving Plaza on Oct 27th. Tickets are on sale now, and you can try and win them at our Facebook page.

Talk Normal @ Mercury Lounge in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
Talk Normal

In addition to with EMA tonight, you'll have two more chances to catch Talk Normal in NYC in September when they open for Weekend at Glasslands (9/3) and Mercury Lounge (9/4). The shows are the week before Weekend plays Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, NC. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now and go on sale for the Mercury show Friday (7/22) at noon. UPDATE: More dates announced and listed below.

Guitarist Sarah Register of Talk Normal is also a producer, and she recently produced an album by NYC's GDFX aka Greg Fox (Liturgy, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Teeth Mountain, Guardian Alien). One Thing will be released via Impose Records as a blue 12" on August 16, and GDFX will play a bunch of shows around that time to help promote it. They're listed below along with one of the songs from the album. Liturgy is currently out on tour and will do even more touring later with Boris.

Weekend, recently played LPR instead of the Seaport due to rain. All upcoming dates are listed below...

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