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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.

Denver single day tickets are on sale too. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

Toronto single day tickets are also on sale. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago announces daily lineups, single-day tix on sale"

Neutral Milk Hotel @ P4K Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Neutral Milk Hotel, Circulatory System @ Prospect Park Bandshell
While Jeff Mangum hasn't released any new music since 1998's In The Aeoplane Over the Sea, nobody really seems to mind now seeing how he and NMH are finally playing shows again, and many people are getting to hear those songs live for the first time. Following this past winter's shows, he and the band now return to NYC for a victory lap at these two outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn! shows, which sounds like a nice place to hear the classics.

Arto Lindsay, Zs, Bigyuki @ LPR
Downtown scene vet Arto Lindsay has long dabbled in tropical sounds so it should come as no surprise to see him playing this show as part of Brasil Summerfest.

FREEMAN (formerly Gene Ween) @ Mercury Lounge
With his long-running band a done deal, the artist formerly known as Gene Ween released his new solo album today via Partisan. He's got a soft spot for '70s pop on the new album which is an enjoyable listen. He celebrates the album's release tonight at this show.

Joyce Manor @ Rough Trade
Joyce Manor's new album is out today, and it combines the forceful punk of their debut with the more ambitious leanings of its followup, all without crossing the 20-minute mark. This is an early evening in-store (they go on at 7 PM and you have to purchase the album from Rough Trade to get in), so that plus their knack for short songs should give you plenty of time to catch another show afterwards.

Juicy J, Project Pat @ Terminal 5
Juicy J is a veteran of hip hop thanks to his time in Three 6 Mafia (remember, he been rich since the '90s), but he doesn't act like an elder statesman. The trap rap bangerz on last year's Stay Trippy are as fun and modern as many of today's younger stars.

PHOX, Trails and Ways @ Knitting Factory
Wisconsin indie pop outfit PHOX combine sunny melodies with folky arrangements (and honeyed, breathy vocals) for a sound as airy as a summer breeze. This is their first of two NYC shows this week.

Brody Dalle, Slothrust @ Bowery Ballroom
Brody Dalle put out three records of solid grunge punk in the early 2000s with The Distillers. This year she's got our first solo album out, but from the looks of recent setlists she's been treating her crowds to plenty of material from her old band as well.

Lucero, The Vansaders @ Stone Pony
Country punks Lucero know how to have a rowdy, whiskey-fueled good time, but they also know how to pull your heartstrings with sad (and also whiskey-fueled) down-on-their-luck songs. They don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they play two nearby shows, this being the first.

Kiesza @ Santos Party House
The thumping house bass of Kiesza's hit "Hideaway" gets stuck in your head pretty quickly, and for us in New York, watching its video filmed on the streets of Williamsburg is about as fun as the song itself. Now you can see her live in New York tonight.

Electric Six @ Rocks Off Cruise
Electric Six are essentially a one-joke band -- off the charts ego/bravado/innuendo over danceable rock -- who've managed to milk it across 10 albums. Whether you had enough after "Danger! High Voltage!" or still dig the schtick, E6 are always a fun live show. Plus, this is on a boat.

RX Bandits, The Dear Hunter, From Indian Lakes @ Best Buy Theater
While RX Bandits seemed like they'd be done for a while there, they are actually fully back in action and have a new album out this year which is more of their punk/prog/reggae blend.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Drive-By Truckers @ The Paramount 6/28/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Having just played two NY-area shows with The Hold Steady, the Drive-By Truckers tour rolls on on for a few more days, wrapping up next week in Cincinnati. They'll then refuel and hit the road again this fall, doing runs with Lee Bains III, Lucero and Houndmouth. They've also got a NYC stop planned for October 17 at Beacon Theatre with St Paul & the Broken Bones. Tickets for the Beacon show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon with AmEx, Chase and local presales beginning Thursday (7/10) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers touring this fall, including NYC (dates)"

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Tickets for the Sam Smith show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Bombay Bicycle Club show at Terminal 5 with Milo Greene go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Black Lips and The King Khan & BBQ Show shows at MHOW and Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon and 10 AM respectively.

Tickets for the 7 Seconds, Iron Chic and The Copyrights show at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Yelle show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour hits Gramercy Theatre on Halloween and Music Hall of Williamburg on November 6. Tickets for those shows go on sale at 10 AM and noon, respectively.

AJ Davila is playing a Latin Alternative Music Conference showcase at Gramercy Theatre on July 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

The Crookes are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Lucero and J. Roddy Walston & The Business are playing The Capitol Theater on July 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Crocodiles and Sisu show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the A Sunny Day In Glasgow show at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mr. Twin Sister shows at Baby's All Right are on sale now. Tickets for their show supporting The Antlers at Webster Hall are still available too.

Tickets for the Gruff Rhys show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Reigning Sound show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Brody Dalle show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Her show opening for QOTSA at Capitol Theatre is sold out.

Tickets to see Gene Ween's band FREEMAN at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Merc and Baby's shows are still available.

Tickets for the Amon Amarth show at Best Buy Theater with Sabaton and death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Extinction of Mankind) go on sale today at noon.

Amon Amarth and Sabaton's other tour dates are with Skeletonwitch. They're not on the Best Buy Theater show, but tickets to see them that same night at Saint Vitus with Evoken and a special guest go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the I Am The Avalanche and Somos show at Saint Vitus go on sale today at noon. Tickets for Somos' show with Mat from Citizen at The Studio at Webster Hall are still available.

Tickets for the Weatherbox and Dikembe show at Saint Vitus are on sale now.

Tickets for the Schoolboy Q show at Central Park Summerstage with Isaiah Rashad, Domo Genesis, A$AP members and more are on sale now.

Tickets for the No Age/Pissed Jeans side project Rat Fist show at Cake Shop are on sale now. No advance tix for their Death by Audio show.

Tickets for the Infest show at Acheron with Magrudergrind and others are on sale now. Tickets for their Wick show with Paint It Black and others are still available.

Syd Tha Kyd is playing Baby's All Right on June 6 with White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Fink is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Alex Winston is playing Le Poisson Rouge on May 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Incan Abraham show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Northside shows (including one with White Rabbits) are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Riot Fest

The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest 2014 Chicago & Denver lineups (The Cure, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Wu-Tang, Flaming Lips, MANY more)"

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2014 lineup (The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, DFA1979, Afghan Whigs, Buzzcocks, more)"

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 line-up announced! (Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Jack White, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Chuck Ragan & The Camaraderie
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Hot Water Music co-frontman Chuck Ragan will release his fourth solo album, Til Midnight, on March 25 via SideOneDummy. Like most of his solo material, it sees Chuck pulling more from folk than punk, though its first single, "Something May Catch Fire," is one of his more layered solo cuts, complete with rollicking drums and a busy fiddle line. That track just premiered over at The A.V. Club, and you can listen below.

Chuck also announced a tour with The White Buffalo and Johnny Two Bags, which comes to NYC for a show on April 18 at Irving Plaza. For the tour, he'll be joined by his backing band The Camaraderie, which features Todd Beene of Lucero, David Hidalgo Jr of Social Distortion, and others. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/21) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (2/19) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Chuck Ragan releasing a new LP, touring (dates & stream)"

photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Sacher

Lucero / Titus Andronicus / The Menzingers
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Memphis country punks Lucero have been on tour with Titus Andronicus that came to NYC for a big show at Terminal 5, which The Menzingers opened, making for a great triple bill of heartland punk. Not long before the show, Lucero had told us in an interview that they were nervous to return to the venue, because when they were last there, opening for The Black Keys, it was one of their worst shows ever with the crowd heckling them, equipment malfunctions, and more disaster. Things seemed to go over better for them this time around though. In Lorraine Schwartz's review for Examiner, she wrote positively of the show, only saying it was subdued in comparison to the drunken Brooklyn Bowl shows Lucero played pre-New Year's Eve this past December.

Lucero played a lengthy set, hitting tracks from all over their career, as far back as their self-titled 2001 debut, and as recent as this year's Texas & Tennessee EP. Co-headliners Titus Andronicus played many of the usual live favorites, a bit of new stuff, and ended with a tribute to Lou Reed by covering The Velvet Underground's Sister Ray. And though Lucero were fine this time, maybe it was openers The Menzingers plagued by the venue's size? Pictures of all three bands and Titus' setlist are in this post.

Lucero and Titus' tour treks on, and then in 2014 Lucero will go on a St. Patrick's day tour with Dropkick Murphys. That tour hits the NYC-area for shows in Long Island and NJ (tickets).

Lucero (and Titus and The Menzingers) were also recently down in Gainesville for The Fest, and speaking of country-punk bands that played The Fest, Pretty Boy Thorson (of country-punk band The Falling Angels) was down there with his band The Slow Death who play NYC tonight (11/12) at Coco66. Like I wrote in today's What's Going On Tuesday post, The Slow Death (not to be confused with Slow Warm Death) drop the "country" but keep the "songwriter punk" element, resulting in raw, anthemic jams.

As discussed, The Menzingers also have upcoming headlining shows in NYC with Modern Baseball, Banquets, and Ma Jolie (sold out); and West Chester, PA with Modern Baseball, Cayetana, and Cassavetes (tickets).

More pictures and Titus' setlist from T5 below...

Continue reading "Lucero, Titus Andronicus & Menzingers @ Terminal 5 (pics)"

by Jonathan Dick

Lucero @ Terminal 5 (more by Mike Lerner)
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Memphis, Tennessee's Lucero are as much country as they are punk, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, the band's sound since their inception in 1998 has evolved along with their fans who are devoted to the refusal to be compartmentalized as the band is themselves. Lucero's latest, Texas & Tennessee, saw the band sidestep the more involved sounds of previous releases without sacrificing the core element of songwriting that continues to underscore their signature sound. On tour now with Titus Andronicus, they return to Terminal 5 in NYC this Friday, November 8th, with Titus and The Menzingers for what is sure to be a great show. I had the opportunity to talk to vocalist/guitarist Ben Nichols about his writing process, appreciating his roots, and how he hopes this Terminal 5 show won't be like the last.

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My first question just concerns the formation of Lucero, Ben, and how you've seen the band evolve since then.

Ben: We started in '98 or something like that. Actually, our first show was in April of '98. There's definitely been an evolution over those fifteen years. We started off trying to go against the grain and playing these punk rock shows and just playing the quietest, slowest, saddest music possible. It was mainly just me and Brian Venable, the guitar player, who started the band. Then we had Roy and John, and we became a drunken rock n' roll band pretty fast after that. Then we hit the road, and yeah...we were quite possibly a too drunken rock n' roll band. There were some dark years in the middle there. Actually, for the last six years, we've had Rick Steff on the piano, and we added a horn section for a couple of records. That kind of brought us out of the darkness. As far as me, personally, is concerned...it made me really enjoy playing music again. The touring had kind of just worn me down, but adding those extra elements and those instruments - that really got me excited about the band again. With the last two records it's evolved into this...I don't know...the Memphis sound and the Memphis roots, we've definitely tapped into those sources a little more than we did in the past. We're kind of more comfortable with being a Memphis band. I think we're more comfortable showing where we're from a little bit and letting those roots show. Now we're this rock n' roll soul band. I don't know. I'm not sure what the hell we are [laughs]. There's still some country songs. Actually, the next record will probably be fairly countryish. It's a big ol' mess of fifteen years that's tough to remember.

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Continue reading "an interview with Ben Nichols of Lucero (who are on tour with Titus Andronicus now, playing Terminal 5... again)"

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Free tickets to the Washed Out Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on "sale" today at noon.

Smif n Wessun are playing Mercury Lounge on December 2. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/08) at noon.

Tickets to see White Denim at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Drowners show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Weekend and Nothing at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Baths at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Ida Maria at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for her Rough Trade NYC show.

Tickets to see Courtney Barnett at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for her Rough Trade NYC show.

Tickets to see Mogwai at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Dropkick Murphys and Lucero are going on a St. Patrick's Day tour that hits NJ on March 10 at Starland Ballroom and Long Island on March 11 at The Paramount. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (11/8) and there's a venue presale for the Paramount show starting Thursday (11/7) at 10 AM. No NYC date on this tour at the moment, but Lucero will be in NYC this Friday (11/8) at Terminal 5 for a show with Titus Andronicus and The Menzingers. Tickets to that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair.

The Front Bottoms' upcoming BV-presented show in NYC is sold out, but they just announced a tour with You Blew It! that comes to the area for a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North. Tickets for that entire tour, including the LI show, are on sale now.

Escort and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing The Bell House on November 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Andrew Sacher

The Menzingers at Riot Fest Brooklyn 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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As discussed, Philly punks The Menzingers are heading out on a tour this year, and since we last spoke they've been added to the NYC stop of the Lucero and Titus Andronicus tour, which happens on November 8 at Terminal 5. That makes three bands with an equal knack for punk and classic, folk-style songwriting on one bill. Tickets for the T5 show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details and updated flyer below.

The Menzingers also headline their own previously mentioned NYC show on November 29 at Bowery Ballroom, which is now sold out. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for that show too, including scrappy emo band Modern Baseball (who just played the Run for Cover CMJ showcase), Jersey City punks Banquets, and Philly post-hardcore noodlers Ma Jolie. All dates are listed, along with the updated flyer, below.

Banquets, probably the most likeminded band on the bill to The Menzingers, recently released their self-titled sophomore album via Black Numbers (the same label that put out the new Placeholder album). If you like Jersey punk bands that are very much "Jersey punk bands" or Hot Water Music, you might dig this record. You can stream it below. All of their dates, including a NJ show with The Swellers and Candy Hearts tonight (10/22) and a NJ show in November with Restorations (who also play NJ with Bouncing Souls), are listed below too.

All Menzingers dates are listed, along with a full set video from the Orlando stop on their tour with Restorations and those show flyers, below...

Continue reading "The Menzingers opening for Lucero & Titus Andronicus (win tix!); Banquets & Modern Baseball opening for Menzingers"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Titus @ Pier 84, 8/8/2013
Titus Andronicus - Pier 84, NYC - August 8th, 2013 - Photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lucero spent this weekend in Little Rock hosting their Family Picnic. In a few weeks off they'll have a few west coast dates to contend with followed by a European tour followed by another set of US dates, this time with Titus Andronicus. The tour includes stops at The Fest, Index Festival and NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on November 8. Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale at noon on Wed (8/14), and go on sale to the general public starting Friday (8/16) at noon. The two bands also visit Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on 11/12 and The Haunt in Ithaca, NY on 11/13. The full set of tour dates is below.

Titus Andronicus dodged the rain last week (8/8) at the final River Rocks show of the season, with support from Ducktails and Juan Waters. We previously posted pictures from that show, but you can check out a second set from the show in this post. More of those pictures with all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Lucero & Titus Andronicus touring, playing Terminal 5 (dates) ++ more pics from Titus' River Rocks show"

Ben Nichols of Lucero in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Alt-country punks Lucero are doing their annual Lucero Family Picnic on August 10 at the Riverfest Ampitheatre in Little Rock, AR this year. At the picnic, they'll be performing their excellent 2002 album, Tennesee, in addition to "set of Lucero classics." The lineup also includes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Little Rock's John Moreland, and Guy Venable (father of Lucero's Brian Venable).

Tickets for Lucero Family Picnic 2013 are on sale now. There's also a VIP option, which includes a tailgate and BBQ with the band before doors open. Flyer for the picnic is below.

Lucero have other dates this year, including some festivals like Gainesville's The Fest, which they were recently added to, along with J. Robbins (of Jawbox), Tim Kasher (of Cursive, and who has a new album on the way), Pile and more.

Updated The Fest lineup and a list of all Lucero tour dates, which include Dallas' Index Festival, below...

Continue reading "Lucero playing their annual Family Picnic w/ Wanda Jackson & more, added to The Fest (dates & updated lineup)"

"Lucero just tearing up Brooklyn Bowl, they may be the best band in America right now... yes they are that good" - DJ Rich Russo (The Peak)

Lucero at Brooklyn Bowl (via John Brown)
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Lucero kicked off their four-night New Year's Even run with Brooklyn Bowl shows on Friday (12/28) and Saturday (12/29) before hitting Boston with The Hold Steady on Sunday (12/30). Videos from both nights are below.

Then on New Year's Eve, Lucero joined The Hold Steady to ring in the new year at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. After The Hold Steady played "Barfruit Blues" it turned midnight and they welcomed in the new year, continuing with the bulk of their set in 2013. The Hold Steady's set was interrupted due to a crowd member who needed to be rushed to a hospital, but they picked things back up soon after. Their setlist and a video from that night are below. Comedian Kurt Braunohler opened the night.

All videos and setlist are below...

Continue reading "Lucero played 2 nights at Brooklyn Bowl and NYE at Wellmont w/ The Hold Steady (videos, setlist)"

Brooklyn Bowl during a Deer Tick show (more by Tracy Allison)
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As you probably know, we've been posting a bunch of year-end lists from artists this year, and we've also posted a few from venue guys like Josh Moore and Johnny Beach from Bowery Presents, Jack "Skippy" McFadden of Emo's in Austin, and Andy Bodor from Cake Shop. Now we've got a top 10 albums list from Brooklyn Bowl talent buyer (aka booker) Adam Geringer-Dunn. You can see Adam's full list below.

Brooklyn Bowl is where Lucero (who gave us two year-end lists) are beginning their New Year's Eve run. The country punks will play a two-night stand at the Brooklyn venue on Friday (12/28) with Nude Beach and Saturday (12/29) with Hollis Brown. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a 2-day pass. Details on how to enter to win are below. Lucero also play NYE at Wellmont Theatre with The Hold Steady, which is one of many New Year's Eve options in the NYC area.

Adam Geringer-Dunn's year-end list and contest details below...

Continue reading "Adam Geringer-Dunn's (from Brooklyn Bowl) top 10 albums of 2012 +++ a chance to win a 2-day pass to Lucero"

Lucero at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
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Earlier this month, we posted a pretty eccentric year-end list from Todd Beene of Lucero and we've since received an even more eccentric list from the band's drummer Roy Berry. He called it his "top whatever list for two thousand twelve." It doesn't have one album on it and some of the items couldn't be farther from "music-related." But I don't wanna say any more about it because you should just check it out for yourself. The whole thing is below.

As mentioned several times (like in our recently posted New Year's Eve guide), Lucero are going on a short four-night tour to ring in the new year, three dates of which happen in the NYC area. First, they'll play Brooklyn Bowl on December 28 with Nude Beach and December 29 with Hollis Brown. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both are still available. Then after that, they'll play New Year's Eve at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ with The Hold Steady. Tickets for that show are still available.

Check out Roy Berry's list below...

Continue reading "Roy Berry lists his "top whatever" things of 2012: Lucero's NYE run begins this week"

Lucero at Brooklyn Bowl, Dec 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
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Lucero's upcoming shows at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets for 12/28 & 12/29, or both) and New Year's Eve gig at Wellmont Theater with The Hold Steady (tickets) will be here before you know it. We cornered pedal steel whiz Todd Beene to ask him about his favorite things form 2012. His top 10 for the year (which includes other stuff besides music, like, um, underwear) is below along with his very entertaining commentary.

Continue reading "Todd Beene of Lucero's Top 10 of '12 (LPs, underwear & more)"

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins is selling a new (re-recorded actually) song to raise money for her hometown of Neptune City, NJ, one of the many areas hurt badly by Sandy (Nicole's property included). In her own words:

I originally wrote and recorded this song in 2006. I wrote it about my feelings on the town i grew up in, Shark River Hills and Neptune City. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and after seeing the destruction it has left for my neighbors, friends and family I decided to rerecord the song for everyone to raise money to help us rebuild.

This version of "Neptune City" was recorded November 4th, 2012 at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis Tennessee with the help of engineer Matt Ross-Spang and pianist, Ricky Steff of Lucero.

100% of all donations received from the download will be directed toward nonprofit organizations working to restore and rebuild our Jersey Shore. The funds will be regranted from ATC's Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund. Specific organizations will be announced once the full range of needed funds emerges.

After disaster strikes, the aftermath is broken down into three separate phases: Rescue, Relief, and Recovery & Rebuilding. Goverments and multinational bodies are usually best equipped and poised to handle the first two phases. The Recovery & Rebuilding phase is where donors can have the most impact in helping communities over the long-term. It is critical to full recovery but is often the most overlooked and under-resourced phase as news sources turn to other stories and disasters. Thus, we are holding off on announcing specific organizations until the full impacts and long-term implications of the disaster become more clear.

Sincerely,
Nicole Atkins

Head to her Bandcamp now to listen and possibly buy the song. The picture above was taken while Nicole was recording the new version with Ricky Steff of Lucero.

In related news, Dean Ween was supposed to host a benefit in Asbury Park, NJ this Sunday, but the date has changed to WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 28 (the venue is still The Saint).

Ben Nichols of Lucero & fans in Austin - 9/10/12 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ben Nichols
Ben Nichols
taco dog

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Tickets for the Lucero and The Hold Steady NYE show at Wellmont Theatre went on sale today. Did you pick up yours? We just caught Lucero frontman Ben Nichols earlier this week when his acoustic tour came to Austin. Check out pictures at BV Austin. As discussed, Lucero also play two nights at Brooklyn Bowl (12/28-29) before the NYE show. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon.

The New Yorker Festival and other tickets went on sale today too.

Tickets are still on sale for the upcoming Dr. Dog & Delta Spirit show in Rumsey Playfield, and we're giving away a pair on Facebook.

Alabama Shakes are on a tour now which comes to NYC on October 4 at Terminal 5 (sold out). We just caught their tour stop in Chicago earlier this week, a free "dream" show presented by American Family with fellow Alabama bands The Pollies and Doc Dailey on the bill. Check out pictures of that show at BV Chicago.

The rent is still too damn high. Jimmy McMillan will run for mayor in 2013.

The Walkmen played Conan last night (9/13). Check out a video of them performing "Love Is Luck" and "We Can't Be Beat" from their new album, Heaven, below. Tickets are still on sale for their show coming up at Terminal 5 with the Dum Dum Girls.

Wondering which producers contributed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music album, Cruel Summer? Check out the updated tracklist with production credits for each song. In related news, you can check out the extended version of "New God Flow," which features Ghostface Killah, over at Pusha T's website.

more below...

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Lucero at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Lucero

The Hold Steady and Lucero, who have a history together and are no strangers to New Year's shows in the NYC area, will be teaming up for a NYE (12/31) show at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for what is sure to be a very drunk and wild night go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon.

UPDATE: Lucero are also playing two nights at Brooklyn Bowl a few days before NYE (12/28-29). Individual tickets (12/28 and 12/29) as well as two-day passes go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon.

The Wellmont show is yet another addition to the growing amount of NYE options in NYC and the surrounding area. So far, options include Nas at Radio City, My Morning Jacket in Boston, and They Might Be Giants' 3-night run at MHOW. The Disco Biscuits are also doing a NYE run in NYC, with four nights at Best Buy Theater from December 26-29 and NYE (12/31) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all 5 Disco Biscuits shows (and a 4-day pass option for the Best Buy Theater shows) go on sale Friday (9/14) at 1 PM, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/12) at 10 AM and an AEG Live presale starting Thursday (9/13) at 11 AM for the Best Buy Theater shows.

Lucero recently made a 10+ minute mini-documentary about the making of this year's Women & Work album, and also recently made what is their first music video ever for that album's title track. About the video, frontman Ben Nichols said, "Our fans have made videos over the years, we've never made one ourselves until now. Why? Basically because we're unorganized and lazy." You can watch their mini-documentary and the music video, along with a list of Lucero dates and Hold Steady dates, below.

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Walter Schreifels of Quicksand at Union Pool in 2010 (more by Redboy)
Walter Schreifels

today in NYC
* Kotorino @ Barbes
* Jay Sean @ Luna Park
* Saadi, Jogyo @ Santos
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Hollow Roots @ Joe's Pub
* Jackie Heyen @ The Stone
* Nas @ iHeartRadio Theater
* Kitty Pryde @ Vibe Lounge
* Drusi is Coming @ Joe's Pub
* Inspectah Deck @ BB King's
* Thollem Sworld @ The Stone
* Peanut Butter Wolf @ Le Bain
* Pedro Giurado Sextet @ Barbes
* Dunes, Household @ New Museum
* Quicksand, Italian Horn @ Bowery Ballroom
* Puro Instinct, Outer Limitz, Splash @ Glasslands
* Batillus, Gnaw, Summoner, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* DJ Pierre, Ron Morelli, Justin Strauss @ 285 Kent
* SFV Acid, Super Ugly, Harshboyz, Peter Fonda @ Big Snow
* The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Brooklyn Bass @ Cameo Gallery
* Variety Lights, Dinowalrus, August Wells @ Public Assembly
* The Dikes of Holland, Dog Bite, Little Seizures @ Cake Shop
* Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, Pepper @ Williamsburg Park
* Eugene Mirman, A.C. Newman, Wyatt Cenac @ The Bell House
* Goldroom, Body Language (DJ Set), AIMES (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* CCB Reggae All-Stars, Junior Toots, Top Shotta Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* X-Ray Eyeballs, Useless Eaters, Nice Guys, King Prom @ Death By Audio
* 2 Skinnee J's, Wau Wau Sisters, Exes of Evil @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Apollo Run, Team Genius, Happy People, Alfonso Velez @ The Rock Shop
* Ghost Beach, Tiny Victories, Neighbors, Starlight Girls @ Delinquency BLVD
* Miguel, Ryan Leslie, Marcus Canty, Leah LaBelle, Deon Young @ J&R MusicFest
* Bird with Strings, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Daniel Carlton @ Marcus Garvey Park
* James Blood Ulmer Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ City Winery
* Estrogen Highs, Nuclear Santa Claust, Trepanning, Trash Tide @ Brooklyn Fireproof
* Glenn Branca, Neptune, Christina Carter, White Suns, Action Beat @ Public Assembly
* Cinema Cinema, Jackpot, Tiger, Hounds Basket, Big Fur, Bambara, Big Ups @ Paper Box
* Alex Winston, Angela McClusky, Bandana Splits, Computer Magic (DJ Set) @ The Bowery Hotel
* Audio Fiction, Quiet Loudly, Fast Years, Indian Rebound, Wicked Tomorrow, Swaai Boys @ Pianos
* Fiasco, Dope Body, No One & The Somebodies, Infinity Shred, Butter The Children, Cave Cricket @ Shea Stadium
* Kastle, Distal, Giraffage, DJ Sliink, YEN TECH, Lemonade (DJ), Nite Jewel (DJ), Nadus, Elite Gymnastics (DJ), No Eyes, White Ring, Nadus, Westside Schmucks, Rezzie, Thomass, Rpeg, Mischeif, Lowry @ The Electric Warehouse

BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out!

King Prom, featuring members of The Numerators and The Splinters, play their first-ever show tonight at Death by Audio, opening for Xray Eyeballs, Nashville's Useless Eaters and Boston's Nice Guys. Doors at 8 PM, show's at 9.

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Major Lazer made a video for "Get Free" featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. Check it out below.

Lucero made a video for "Women and Work." Check it out below.

Ice Choir made a video for "A Vision of Hell, 1996" and you can check that out below too.

Polica played Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday (8/22). Check out a video of them performing "Dark Star" on the show below.

What else?

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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.

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

Metallica / Fucked Up at Orion Music Fest, June 23, 2012
Orion Music & More
Orion Music & More

Metallica's Orion Music & More festival went down in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field this weekend, featuring the band performing Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album on Sunday (6/24), in addition to many other bands across four stages. Bader Field, which was previously used as an airport, was filled with rockers of all kinds -- from the satanist metalheads to the Gaslight Anthem-shirt bearing rock and rollers. In addition to the bands, you could check out Lars Ulrich's curated film screenings, James Hetfield's classic cars, Kirk Hammett's horror memorabilia, rock memorabilia with everything from old Velvet Underground postcards to Melvins posters, and much much more. And all of this went down just across the water from the towering, lit-up excess of Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, Caesars Palace, and the like.

Baroness
Baroness

I showed up to the festival on Saturday about halfway through Baroness' opening set on the main Orion Stage. Though the crowd was still pretty thin (they went on at 1 PM), the band delivered a strong set filled with a great mix of hooks and sludge, winning over most of the people who had showed up early enough to catch them.

Next stop for me was Lucero, also on the Orion Stage. "This song's called 'Women and Work,' it's about whiskey," said singer Ben Nichols of the title track off their most recent LP, making what was only one of many whiskey references during their set. They had a solid mix of the upbeat ones like that, and their sprawling slow-burners. The band sounded best on those slower cuts, as they drifted across the hot, sunny, mid-afternoon Bader Field, though I'm sure the foot-stompers would have taken charge in a smaller, tightly packed venue like their drunken NYE show at Brooklyn Bowl. The band did crank up the distortion on "Sounds of the City," and got great crowd reaction during "All Sewn Up," which he dedicated to the audience: "Plenty of fucking bad tattoos out there, so this one's for all y'all."

Fucked Up

After Lucero's set ended, the Fuel stage saw what might have been the wildest set of the day with Fucked Up. Frontman Damian Abraham began by saying, "Last year we were thinking... who would be the craziest band we could play with, and we were like... METALLICA!" before kicking into "Queen of Hearts" off 2011's epic David Comes to Life. As per ushe, it only took about three seconds into that song for Damian to barge into the crowd (where he spent most of the show) and another few minutes before he took his shirt off. They relied most heavily on material off of David, playing other highlights like "The Other Shoe," "Turn the Season," and more. In the past I've said that Damian's in-the-crowd antics tend to be less successful in larger venues, but at Orion fest he did everything in his power to make his way through the entire crowd. He must have been part of every single mosh pit that broke out, and traveled everywhere from the kids pushing against the barrier to the people standing in the very back.

The Gaslight Anthem followed, taking to the Orion Stage, and came out with an introduction from Lars (as many other bands that day did). After his introduction, the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" began playing through the PA as the band walked out, with frontman Brian Fallon decked out in an "RIP MCA" shirt (written in Run DMC typeset). I didn't notice it during Baroness or Lucero (and maybe Fucked Up's loud mayhem was to blame), but the sound at Orion Stage was significantly lower for all the non-Metallica bands that played, and it became easy to feel removed during The Gaslight Anthem's set. Despite the conditions, the band still sounded on point. They played "45," the single off their upcoming album, which is easily their best song since The '59 Sound, and older favorites as well, like "Old White Lincoln," "The Patient Ferris Wheel," and of course, "The '59 Sound."

Lars Ulrich introducing Hot Snakes
Orion Music & More

I then made my way over to the Frantic tent -- undoubtedly the best stage to watch bands -- for Hot Snakes, who were also introduced by Lars. Lars acknowledged the stage as well ("this is becoming my favorite stage of the day... this is where all the cool kids hang out!") and said tons of flattering things about Hot Snakes. The band thanked him a couple times for his compliments, before asking the crowd if any of us had heard of them, to which they were greeted with massive cheers that they seemed pretty surprised about. After all the intro-ing, the band began playing the buzzsaw guitar riff of "I Hate the Kids," the opening track off 2002's classic Suicide Invoice. They reunited last year after breaking in 2005, and they've definitely still got it. They played a good amount of Suicide Invoice, including "LAX," "Who Died," "Gar Forgets His Insulin," and the punishing title track.

After Hot Snakes' set, Modest Mouse took over the Orion Stage, and like with The Gaslight Anthem, the sound and setting of this stage did them absolutely no justice. We got some great songs -- "Bury Me With It," "Dramamine," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- but they were mostly drowned out by the talking of the uninterested crowd, many of who had begun gathering for Metallica. Not surprisingly, "Float On" was the one song that stopped the crowd from talking and got 'em singing along. Things probably went over better for Modest Mouse at the more indie-centric Governors Ball, which they played on Sunday.

Suicidal Tendencies meanwhile were playing to a giant crowd on the smaller metal-centric Damage Inc. stage, with help from their ex-bandmate, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo who joined them for a bunch of songs.

Suicidal Tendencies/Arctic Monkeys
Suicidal Tendencies
Orion Music & More

Hands down, my highlight of the pre-Metallica portion of the festival was Arctic Monkeys, who played the Fuel stage directly before the headliners took over Orion. It goes without saying that Lars took the time to introduce this band (their first record is his favorite of the '00s) and he said tons of appreciative things about the band, including that he's seen them every time they've played his city. They opened their set with the attack of "Brianstorm," which sent the band into a frenzy that didn't let up once during the set. Though the band's latter two records have been a bit less popular than their first two, they've really shown a maturation in sound on them and especially on a festival with a mass of heavier bands a lot of their newer material fit right in. Songs like "Pretty Visitors" and "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" border on sludge metal and stood out just as much, if not more than older classics like "Teddy Picker," "Fluorescent Adolescent," and "Dancefloor." In keeping spirits with the festival, during "Don't Sit Down," Alex Turner changed the line, "bite the lightning," to "Ride the Lightning," and pointed across the field at the Orion stage where Metallica's stage hands were gearing up for the band to play said album in full.

Alex takes complete control of the crowd and throws in a bit of playful arrogance, like pointing to Matt Helders and saying, "check this shit out," before one of Matt's more technical drum parts. The band pretty much kept their whole set in full throttle mode, eschewing many of their lighter songs, and they delivered with colossal power. Over ruthless drumming, stoner rock guitar solos, and overall ceaseless energy, Alex effortlessly topped it all off with his soaring vocals, almost of all of which were met by singalongs from the crowd.

Metallica
Orion Music & More

Finally, after the rest of the festival had wrapped up, the strings of Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold" from Metallica's S&M album began playing through the PA, which meant the band -- who for many, were the sole reason of coming to the festival -- were about to take the stage. They opened with a bunch of live staples, like "Hit the Lights," "Master of Puppets," "Sad But True," and "The Four Horsemen," plus a newer one as well. Then the lights went black and on the stage's screens, popped up a video of clips from Metallica's Ride the Lightning period, which was greeted by huge cheers of the thousands of people that knew the band's performance of the album was on the way. When soundclips of Cliff Burton surfaced on the video, even more applause came, honoring the band's bassist who performed with them on their first three albums before passing away in a tour bus accident in 1986. After the video ended, an animated play on the Lightning album artwork took over the screens and the album's final track, "Call of Ktulu" began playing (they performed the album in reverse). Once "Ktulu" picked up, the lights came back on, revealing the band members on stage playing the song, and yielding more and more applause.

After the instrumental track, live favorite "Creeping Death" came in, sending the band pummeling into a spiraling vector of thrash. The band's theatrics, rock star approach, and tendency to play hits-heavy sets can give off the feeling that they've reached the point where their shows are simply crowd-pleasers, but it's really not the case. The band whole heartedly rock the fuck out on stage, and despite everything else going on, simply watching them play is pretty mind blowing.

According to Lightning's reverse tracklist, after "Creeping Death," came "Escape," which the band have never performed live, mainly because James absolutely hates the track. For anyone who didn't know, he made it abundantly clear at the show and even looked like he was having a bit of trouble getting into it while they played it live for their first time ever, but by the end, the crowd had welcomed its live debut more than excellently. Though James wouldn't hear of it -- "NO!" he yelled when the crowd tried convincing him that they loved it.

Metallica
Orion Music & More

Then came "Trapped Under Ice," followed by "Fade to Black," which was by far the loudest singalong on the album during the acoustic guitar-led verses and, as occurs at Metallica concerts, the melody to Kirk's guitar solo in the intro. After the song's headbanging second half, James, with a smug smile, responded to the fanatic cheers with, "Yeah, I like that one too." The level of noise stayed above 10 for the following song, "For Whom the Bell Tolls," whose chorus saw tons of \m/-raised arms attached to bodies screaming along. Following the album's title track, Metallica wrapped up their performance of the album with much anticipated opening thrasher, "Fight Fire With Fire," for which the screens behind the band showed the masses of audience members singing along to the song's choppy vocals.

Directly after the performance of the album ended, the band stayed on stage and went immediately into more live staples -- "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." They then left the stage before returning for an encore which began in the dark with the acoustic intro of "Battery," and then hitting the lights for the song's slaying mile-a-minute riffing. The encore wrapped up with loud fireworks, black Metallica beach balls thrown int the crowd and two more live staples, "One" and "Seek & Destroy" and after the members of the band continued to thank the crowd for coming and making their festival a success.

More Orion Music Fest coverage to come. Lots more pictures, including Roky Erickson, Red Fang, Suicidal Tendencies, and more are below.

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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...

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