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King Buzzo @ The Wick - 7/14/14
King Buzzo has been touring in support of his solo record This Machine Kills Artists, and in between fighting with KISS fans he brought his impressive hair and guitar playing to bear on NYC for two shows this week with Mary Halvorson. First he played Santos on Sunday (7/13) and then The Wick the next night (7/14), pictures of which are in this post. Buzz has been around for so long, and been around so many legendary people and scenes, that the idea of getting to be in his solo company for awhile is a rare, exciting thing. He played a set with just his acoustic guitar that included a mix of solo songs, Melvins songs, a few covers, and a liberal dose of storytelling from that storied career of his.
More pics, as well as video of Buzzo playing the Melvins classic "Boris" and one of him telling a long, entertaining story (with guitar interludes) about Mike Patton from the show, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
"As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys. So I don't think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two fuck-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and fuck-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn't do it, why should he face the consequences? That's what I think!"Keeping up with the zeitgeist as always, KISS have been in the news a lot lately. We already told you that they're currently touring with Def Leppard in support of our military, but so much else is happening in the world of KISS that it warrants further discussion.
- King Buzzo, to the Missoula Independent
"Fucked-up alcoholic junkie guy" Ace Frehley is releasing a new solo album called Space Invader in August on eOne. He's already released a song called "Gimme a Feelin", which is streaming here.
Second of all, we'd like to remind you of the existence of 4th annual KISS Kruise which sets sail on Halloween and runs through November 4th and also involves Cheap Trick and, oddly enough, Purson, among some other acts. This places them in the rarefied air of artists like Weezer and Flogging Molly who have their own sea-bound carnivals. Full lineup below.
Immediately upon returning to land, the band will set up shop in the desert for the most appropriate Vegas Residency in the history of Vegas Residencies. KISS Rocks Vegas will run from November 5-23 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it," says Gene Simmons, with some trenchant commentary on the digital age. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, avowed KISS fan King Buzzo of the Melvins, who has been touring in support of his recent solo release, has, as you can see above, gotten involved in the discussion about KISS's new, Frehley and Criss-less lineup, which is apparently controversial in some circles. After receiving some hatred from Kiss fans who were upset about his "junkie" comments, Buzz was none too pleased, and retorted via his Vice-published tour diary. "So, for the record, you Kiss fan fuckheads who are giving ME shit for saying as it turns out, the exact same thing as Gene can KISS my ass!" There are a number of similarly wonderful quotes in both Buzzo articles, so I'd recommend reading them in full.
And in a final bit of musicians-talking-about-KISS-in-Vice-news, White Lung's Mish Way has apparently turned into Chuck Klosterman and is now writing about how great it is to get stoned at a KISS concert and the relative differences between rock decades. The 21st century, man.
White Lung are touring in July and September.
Buzz was just in NYC for two shows. We caught the 2nd one which was at The Wick.
Below check out the Melvins classic cover of "Goin' Blind," so you can understand where King Buzzo is coming from. Kiss dates and Kruise lineup are down there too.
OFF! at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF! just got even more super. For their next tour, drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless, Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes) is unfortunately sitting out, but the legendary Dale Crover of the Melvins will be filling in for him. The tour includes support from Bad Antics and Gay Kiss, and it hits NYC on August 22 at Europa. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 11:55 AM.
The band also just released a video from their record release show for Wasted Years. Watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...
by Ian Chainey
King Buzzo at Housecore Horror Film Festival, 2013 (More by Trent Maxwell)
Richard "King Buzzo" Osborne, frontman/guitarist for the Melvins is now streaming his new solo outing, This Machine Kills Artists, in full. The record (not to be confused with the new Scion AV split with Tweak Bird) is a departure from his recognizable stew of slow sludge, booming doom, and Kiss-riffs twisted into a nightmare. Instead of punk distortion overload, This Machine is simply Buzz and an acoustic guitar, recorded straight to tape, string rattle and all. It will be released by Ipecac on June 3. Then, Buzzo will hit the road for a long tour.
That said, it would be a mistake to think This Machine lacks heft. While opener "Dark Brown Teeth" is a Richie Havens-esque strummer containing beautiful, haunting singing pulled from '70s power pop, there are long passages where the collection gets unnervingly dark. When I caught Buzzo at the Scion Rock Fest, I was surprised by the force of his impact. I wrote:
He yelled, growled; hammering the same gut-bucket progression past flushness. His grey hair spun out in spirals, whipping the air. He was Woody Guthrie in a nightmare. The audience watched reverently.It was but a man and his guitar, but his charisma, keen sense of melody, and focus kept a crowd of antsy metalheads facing the stage during his set. This Machine isn't any different. Its sub-three minute songs, while raw, are full of surprises.
In related news, after a Kickstarter campaign dating back at least two years, The Color of Noise, the documentary tracking the history of Amphetamine Reptile Records will be seeing a debut shortly. Began by Tom Hazelmyer in 1986, the Minneapolis label catered to the burgeoning noise rock scene, releasing records by Melvins, the Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Tar, Today is the Day, and many, many more that have achieved a cult following. Its legacy lives on today, influencing third and fourth waves of noisy bands best described as having that 'AmRep' sound. The film will premiere May 30 at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee and features many talking heads ranging from Steve Austin, Derek Hess, John Stainer, and, yep, King Buzzo.
by Ian Chainey
If Tweak Bird operate under one principle, it's fun. The Illinois-transplanted Los Angeleno guitar n' drums duo doesn't think music should be taken too seriously, so, instead, they offer seriously fun music. Yet, lest you think their tunes are tossed off, treated with the same irreverence as seeds and stems, know that their easygoing, whatever-ness belies a whip-smart wit and canny understanding of earworm melodies; just baked within thick, stoner distortion and sprinkled with occasional Nuggets when they've had too much to dream.
After an assist in the beginning from Dale Crover of their past tourmates the Melvins, Caleb and Ashton have cut together quite a collection of releases, with the anticipated Any Ol' Way available today (5/20) via Let's Pretend Records. Then, starting May 24, the two will tour, making a round-trip through the US on a month-long trek. On June 12, the Birds will roost at Death by Audio in NYC. Prepare to be pleasantly deafened. All dates are listed below.
So, to help ring in the new addition to their discography, they're also contributing a non-album track, "Upside Down Frankenstein," to a new installment of the Scion AV Rock Show singles series. Tweak Bird inhabits the B-side with the Melvins' King Buzzo (who also has a new album coming) occupying the A, thus commemorating the Scion-presented show the pair played together in LA this past February. In typical Tweaked fashion, "Frankenstein" starts shambling along with heavy, lazy drums; like Brant Bjork taking it easy on a Sunday morning. A thudding chord progression enters, teases some grit, then makes the bed for a close vocal harmony in the manner of the Everly Brothers. . .if gifted a vaporizer. A chorus of the three-word title is given a couple go arounds before the brothers bring the track to a close with a world-swallowing amount of Brian Wilson reverb. Similar to that smiler, it's just fun. And, well, it's on-the-surface simplistic, but there's a certain craftsmanship present. The rough edges have been sanded down by consideration; from the Shel Silverstein-esque, mouth-pleasing nonsense refrain, to the hints something bigger is lurking in the shadows.
A stream of "Upside Down Frankenstein" makes its premiere in this post. Listen to that, along with Buzzo's contribution to the split and the list of all Tweak Bird dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville, FL multi-venue punk festival The Fest just announced even more bands, including Melvins, United Nations, Coliseum, Small Brown Bike/Casket Lottery-related Able Baker Fox (who haven't played in a while), Whores, Vacation, Plow United's Brian McGee and more. Full list of additions below.
The new additions join Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square and many, many more. Passes are still available.
Meanwhile, Melvins singer Buzz Osborne, or King Buzzo, recently released another song from his upcoming acoustic solo album, This Machine Kills Artists, which is due out on June 3 via Ipecac. Like previous single "Dark Brown Teeth," it's acoustic but it's not like Buzzo is going singer/songwriter on us or anything. It's pretty much a drum-less, distortion-less metal song. Check out the new track, titled "Instrument of God," below.
And in more related news, United Nations singer Geoff Rickly (who also used to sing a band called Thursday) recently wrote for The Talkhouse on how he paid $2,000 on StubHub to attend one of The xx's 40-person shows at the Park Avenue Armory in March. Here's how he described the show:
As the set progresses, the room changes. The night turns magic. The lights drop and "Fiction" starts playing. Now the beat is booming somewhere behind us. It's becoming increasingly clear that this small room is a facade and we're in a massive space. The walls turn into screens that are being projected on from outside. The ceiling starts rising above us, first one story, then two, then three. Liza grabs my hand as the soundtrack to her loneliness throbs in the air around us.Read the rest of his interesting (and pricey) story about how and why he ended up forking over two grand for the show, at The Talkhouse.
The walls blow off the room and lights come streaming through the air from great distances. The band is slinking through one number after the other. Music has never been sexier or more vivid. It felt like being inside the record sleeve. The sound roaring in the void around us, the lights echoing the artwork -- this is the closest I've ever been to the realization of a musical vision.
Stream the new Buzzo song, with the full list of Fest additions, below...
by Doug Moore
King Buzzo w/ Melvins at Housecore Horror Film Fest, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Back in February, we mentioned that Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne of (the) Melvins had made his latest predictably unpredictable career move -- he had recorded a solo acoustic 10" album titled This Machine Kills Artists, which is slotted for a June 3 release via Ipecac, and went on an accompanying March solo tour. Though said tour involved some SXSW appearances, it didn't hit NYC.
The first round must've gone well, because Buzzo's booked a much longer run of acoustic dates in June and July (plus an appearance at the aforementioned 2014 edition of Scion Rock Fest). This round does include NYC -- Buzzo is hitting Santos Party House on July 13 and The Wick in Brooklyn on July 14. Tix for the Santos show go on sale this Friday (4/4) at 10am; tix for the Wick show are on sale now.
Buzzo's also released a single from that acoustic recording titled "Dark Brown Teeth" a while back. Though "acoustic Buzzo" doesn't necessarily inspire confidence as an idea off the bat, the man's rhythm guitar work has always been impeccable, and his versatile singing voice has long been a key component of his main band's sound. This track produces flattering evidence of both.
Stream it, and check out the full run of Buzzo's solo dates, below...
I just wanted an excuse to think about True Detective more as I wait for the 7th episode, so here's a post about the music which includes the show's title sequence theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family, and info on the well curated songs in each episode.
Check out what they played in episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. Names include a lot of country and folk classics mixed with newer indie rock stars, metal, psych rock and more. The Black Angels were in episode one and their tourmate Roky Erickson appeared via his band The 13th Floor Elevators in episode 2. Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Earle, Melvins, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Sleep (!), Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Omar Rodríguez-López's Bosnian Rainbows, and the Kinks all made the cut so far too. Who is the Yellow King though?
UPDATE: Check out the music from episode 7.
Listen to the Handsome Family intro song below...
By Doug Moore
TONITE! (...sort of, not really)
Real talk: the weather fucking sucked this week, and it shows few signs of improving over the weekend. On top of that, it's Valentine's Day today. Not brutal! (Or doubly brutal, depending on your inclinations.) But you guys are troopers, right? And there's a good amount of fun stuff going on this weekend:
Tonight (2/14): industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy are playing at Webster Hall along with Army of the Universe & Cult of Youth, though the show is sold out. Saint Vitus is hosting a more romantic event (by some definitions, anyway) -- the DLR-era Van Halen tribute band Bottom's Up.
Tomorrow (2/15): gnarly noise rock locals Fashion Week are playing an ABC No Rio matinee along with out-of-towners Manners, Dying, & Capacities. Rozamov's tour is hitting Acheron, with help from Godmaker, Eggnogg, & Crushed. Meanwhile, long-running death/thrashers Deceased will put in a one-off appearance at Saint Vitus alongside Fantom Warrior, Penetration, Sacrificial Blood, Exhumation, & Iron Force. Keep an eye on our nifty NYC metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
In other news:
The great Polish death metal band Decapitated have entered the studio to record their sixth album.
Some grainy, 30-second streaming samples of the new Triptykon album are available on Amazon, if you're into that kind of thing.
Knelt Rote have canceled their appearance at Martyrdoom 2014, which is a bummer. On the bright side, Lord Mantis and Evoken have joined the bill.
Shirley Temple's passing reminded a lot of people that her daughter Lori Black was briefly a member of (the) Melvins, though Black's stint in also-ran thrashers Clown Alley continues to go uncelebrated.
The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced another spring tour. This one's with Tera Melos & Vattnet Viskar (the latter of whom are playing NYC soon), and while it doesn't stop in NYC, you can catch it if you schlep out to Hartford, CT on May 10. All tour dates are listed below.
Over in the IO corner:
We checked out great new tunes by New Light Choir, Behemoth, The Wounded Kings, and Xothist. We continued our career-spanning retrospective on Babylon Whores. We gave you the deets on all of this week's $$$-worthy new metal. And we spoke to NYC metal scene fixture Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse, Body Stuff, Today is the Day, & the Precious Metal Series) on our East Village Radio show. Tune in every Tuesday night at 10pm on EVR.com for ticket giveaways, interviews, and the best new riffage around.
The Dillinger Escape Plan tour dates and Buzz Ozborne stream below. Anything else?
by Doug Moore
King Buzzo w/ Melvins at Housecore Horror Fest, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Melvins are about as predictably unpredictable as any heavy band out there. Their recent stunts include trying to set a US tour record by playing all 50 states in 51 days and reverting to their original early-'80s lineup for their most recent album.
For his next trick, vocalist/guitarist Buzz Osborne will be playing a run of solo acoustic shows in February and March, starting with a Scion Rock Show appearance in LA on 2/25. This wouldn't be such a weird move for most rock frontmen, but Buzzo is not known for his friendliness to such sensitive endeavors. As he put it himself:
"I'm looking forward to taking this show on the road! Solo acoustic is something I'd never thought I'd be doing. Maybe that's why this will work!"Osborne will also release a "commemorative 10-inch" (odd word choice, but okay) of the tour via Amphetamine Reptile on a date yet to be announced.
No NYC stop at the moment, sadly, but if you're going to be in Austin for SXSW you can catch Osborne there. All dates are listed below...
Delta Spirit (more by Tracy Allison)
Looking for something to do in Chicago? Death will be at Reggie's.
Philly gets Swearin and Screaming Females.
The Breeders will be in Austin.
Washed Out plays Atlanta.
San Francisco gets the Melvins and Mudhoney at the Great American Music Hall Melvins also tour Australia in December. All dates are listed below...
by Doug Moore
So this is intriguing: over the weekend, the Brooklyn venue Acheron announced a show headlined by "the Big Easy Sludge All Stars" on November 16. The show also features locals Trenchgrinder and Syphilitic Lust.
The show's flyer, below, describes the heretofore-unknown Big Easy Sludge All Stars as "featuring members of Down, Mystick Krewe of Clearlight,
Melvins and Outlaw." (UPDATE: There's no Melvins member involved. It was a mistake on the initial flyer and the new flyer can now be seen below.) You may also recall that Eyehategod -- which features Jimmy Bower of Down and the Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, and who recently played the Housecore Horror fest with Dale Crover of Melvins on drums -- are about to hit the Northeast for a few dates. The band is playing Saint Vitus on 11/14 (tickets), but the show on the November 16 is listed as "TBA at TBA". Oh, and the Acheron show has a $25-per-ticket presale already going. You do the math.
Eyehategod announced their permanent replacement drummer on Friday. Check out the full set of upcoming Eyehategod dates, and the show flyer, below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod / Down / GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
New Orleans sludge masters Eyehategod announced yesterday that Aaron Hill of New Orleans bands Missing Monuments and Mountain of Wizard will be the drummer for Eyehategod going forward, including a date at Saint Vitus on November 14 with Mutilation Rites and The Communion (tickets). The question of a permanent drummer has been in the air since the death of original Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze in August. Dale Crover of Melvins filled in this past weekend during Eyehategod's Joey Lacaze tribute set at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. Check out Eyehategod's scheduled tour dates below, and look for additional dates in the coming weeks.
The four-day Housecore Fest (10/24 - 10/27) was hosted by Phil Anselmo and featured a stacked line-up, including Melvins, Gwar, Pallbearer, Goblin (performing their score to Suspira in full), Down and many more. You can check out pics from day 2 and days 3 & 4 over on BV Austin. IO sent guest writer David Hall down to the fest, and you can check out his two part review and additional photos on Invisible Oranges.
Eyehategod tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
My Bloody Valentine wrap up the North American leg of their 2013 tour next month, with the last two shows here in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 & 12. Tickets are still available. (PS look for an interview with MBV's Kevin Shields on this site soon.) While it hasn't been listed on Hammerstein's site, opening the 11/11 show -- and a few others on these dates -- are Dumb Numbers. The band is more or less Australian musician Adam Harding who has previously played on Lou Barlow's last two solo albums. His own stuff -- and voice -- is not so far from Lou's style, but mostly played in a super-sludgy style that occasionally lumbers into doom territory.
Dumb Numbers put out their debut album earlier this year via Joyful Noise and helping Harding out on the album is an impressive cast, including Barlow, plus Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph, David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Dale Crover (Melvins), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), and more. Oh, and David Lynch shot the album cover (Yow did the design/layout). You can stream stream the whole album below, along with the Yow-directed video for "Redrum."
As to who exactly is playing in Dumb Numbers on these dates is not 100% clear. Murph is definitely on drums. And the band is "not sure about" whether they're opening on the second MBV Hammerstein date (11/12), so stay tuned. Their confirmed tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and video, below....
by Wyatt Marshall
Russian Circles @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Russian Circles will release their fifth studio album, Memorial via Sargent House on October 29, and they've already released two songs from the album, including one with guest vocals from Chelsea Wolfe (with whom Russian Circles are currently touring Europe). Today Russian Circles released another song from Memorial, the massive and gorgeous "1777." Stream that below.
Meanwhile, Melvins recently streamed a new track, "City Dump," from their forthcoming album, Tres Cabrones. That album, Melvins' 19th, is out on November 5 and features original drummer Mike Dillard. Melvins recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with a massive tour which hit NYC in August. Did you go?
by Doug Moore
Dale Crover with (the) Melvins (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NOLA sludge kings Eyehategod have been in limbo since the untimely passing of drummer Joey LaCaze last month. LaCaze was a unique talent, and the band wisely chose not to rush into announcing a replacement for him. However wise, this decision had a price. LaCaze's empty throne forced the band to cancel their Invisible Oranges-sponsored boat show earlier in September.
Eyehategod's 25th-anniversary appearance at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest has hung in the balance since. Happily, the festival announced today that the band has found a suitable fill-in for their 10/26 appearance: Dale Crover of (the) Melvins, who will also join the bill as a replacement for Crowbar.
Presumably, Crover won't replace LaCaze in the long term; his main band tours a lot, and he's one of its two core members. But as far as matches for EHG go, he's as good as they're likely to get -- dude is one of the hardest hitters in the game, and he's got the chops to manage EHG's sneaky time-stretch tempo component.
Dan Auerbach, no longer the owner of Dylan's hair (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Keys singer/record producer Dan Auerbach had been going through a divorce with Stephanie Gonis, and TMZ reports that his wife has obtained a pretty interesting piece of their assets...
Here comes the story of Bob Dylan's hair ... which apparently belongs to the ex-wife of Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach. Seriously (according to court docs obtained by TMZ).Jack White's divorce has also taken a bad turn (though nothing to do with celebrity body parts), and in emails sent to ex-wife Karen Elson, he revealed some hard feelings about the other singer/guitarist-of-blues-rock-duo-whose-name-has-a-color-in-it (namely, their kids being enrolled in the same Nashville school):
We've learned ... Auerbach's extremely bitter divorce with Stephanie Gonis was finalized this week in Tennessee ... after the warring couple came to terms on splitting up their assets.
First, the money: She gets more than $5 million. Plus, she gets the couple's 2012 Toyota Highlander and one of the family homes.
But who cares, because the real story here is BOB DYLAN'S HAIR.
According to the divorce docs, the couple owns an asset described as "Bob Dylan Hair."
It's unclear how the hair was obtained ... when it was obtained ... if the hair contains any product ... etc. -- but the point is, Dan agreed to part ways with it in the divorce.
My concern with Auerbach is because I don't want the kids involved in any of that crap ... That's a possible twelve f***ing years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a**hole with other people trying to lump us in together.Meanwhile, Jack's label, Third Man Records, just released a live King Tuff album, and there's a live Melvins LP due out September 10. You can stream "Just Strut" from the King Tuff LP, below.
To take this all full circle, a recording recently surfaced of Jack White and Bob Dylan performing The White Stripes' "Ball and Biscuit" back in 2004. Listen below...
Melvins at House of Vans (more by Maclyn Bean)
You may remember that Melvins aren't just a band for the ice cream-obsessed. No, fans will take in their sluggy riffs when its boiling hot with no sign of frozen relief -- like at House of Vans in July -- and are eagerly awaiting a new record due this fall. Shocker, I know.
Evidence of the new record can be found in some new video, which captures the band performing "Antioxdote" at Scion Rock Fest this year and being interviewed by hip hop legend Prince Paul. Check out both videos below.
You may have heard about the last minute Melvins show at Humboldt Park in Chicago? Turns out the appearance was part of an AV Undercover piece that had the trio perform "Graveyard" by Butthole Surfers in front of a parked ice cream truck. Video is in this post. Make sure and watch the video, which shows a swarm of kids clamoring for free ice cream and completely indifferent to the band around them. The song breaks down into cacophony, which is actually the perfect soundtrack to the sugar-fueled feeding frenzy around them. Knowing the Melvins and their sense of humor, I am sure this is something they are very happy about.
Melvins' AV Undercover video is below...
Melvins with Milk Dillard on drums, Webster Hall 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Just like in 2009, Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover of The Melvins will team with drummer Mike Dillard for Tres Cabrones, a new LP! Due on Ipecac in November. Dale will move to bass for the set of new tracks, with Dillard occupying the kit:
"Tres Cabrones is as close as we're willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up," explained Osborne. "The best part is it's all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we wrote 30 years ago and chose instead to simply create NEW songs. It worked out perfectly."The Melvins are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary on the road, though without bassist Jared Warren (on paternity leave) and with Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers) filling in. If you missed them, check out pictures from their recent show at House of Vans with Baroness and Honky (which features Pinkus and Crover).
photo by Lukas Hodge, words by Andrew Sacher and Fred Pessaro
Melvins / Baroness
The free House of Vans shows continued this week (7/31) with a triple attack of sludge metal from The Melvins, Baroness, and Melvins/Butthole Surfers-related band Honky. Pictures of the former two are in this post, and another set of the show (including shots of Honky) is at Invisible Oranges.
For Baroness, this was their first NYC show since heading back out on the road following last year's tragic bus crash. (And it was actually the same venue they would have played last summer.) John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams are the only members who remained in the band after the accident, and Baizley is actually the only original member left. Despite this, and a noticeably calmer Baizley than the earlier days (which, all things considered, you'd forgive him for), the band was tight and the show was a great time. The show was mainly split between Yellow & Green and Blue Record, including live favorites like "Take My Bones Away," "March to the Sea," "The Sweetest Curse," and "Swollen and Halo." Only complaint was that I wish the set was longer, which it probably will be when Baroness headline Irving Plaza on 8/14 with Royal Thunder (tickets).
Congrats go out to Jared Warren of Big Business, who sat out this Melvins tour in favor of paternity leave. In his stead was bassist Jeff Pinkus of Honky, who ably backed the band, though Jared's sweet harmonizing croon was missed. The band's appearance featured tracks old and new, and even an appearance from Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers.
More pictures of Melvins/Baroness below...
Baroness at FSPF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Baroness finally returned to the road this year, and as discussed, this summer's tour includes not one, but two NYC shows. The first of those is a free House of Vans show on July 31, which is being headlined by Melvins, and also features openers Honky. RSVP is required, and opens today (7/15) at 9 AM. Like all House of Vans shows, entry is still first come, first served. Show flyer below.
Baroness' other NYC show this summer is a not-free one at Irving Plaza on August 14 with Royal Thunder, which tickets are still available for.
Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video from the band's recent Pittsburgh show, below...
Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:
6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop AlongAll shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...
We knew that Baroness would be playing House of Vans with Melvins on July 31, but House of Vans have released dates for the rest of their free summer concert season. The other shows will happen June 27, July 11, July 18, August 15, and August 29. Any guesses on who will play this year? BrooklynVegan will have the exclusive entire lineup announcement next week. We saw it and are excited, but can't say anything yet. .Stay tuned!
Baroness at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
When sludge-metal-turned-alt-rock greats Baroness first announced that they'd be doing a full North American tour this year (their first since their tragic bus crash) we guessed that a NYC show at House of Vans would get added. Once Baroness finally did announce a NYC show, it turned out to actually be happening at Irving Plaza (8/14) with Royal Thunder (tickets).
However, now the band did just announce that they will in fact be playing House of Vans on July 31. And to make it better, it's with The Melvins (which explains their TBA NYC show that day). To make it even better, it's totally free. Stay tuned for more information (an RSVP link is probably forthcoming).
Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video, below...