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photo: Black Keys @ Pemberton Fest 2015 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Black Keyes

The 2016 Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happens at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 8 and The Black Keys, Rob Thomas and Lars Ulrich of Metallica have been added as presenters. Tickets for the ceremony go on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member and VIP presales on Friday (1/29) at 10 AM, with a Citi Cardmember presale starting Monday (2/1) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale beginning February 5 at 9 AM.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, NWA, and Steve Miller.

Related: The Beasties Boys will have an exhibit at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum beginning this weekend.

photos by Greg Cristman, video by (((unartig))), words by Andrew Sacher

Baroness at Saint Vitus - 12/20/15
Baroness

Baroness returned last week with their great new album Purple, and wrapped up a tour in support of it with two NYC shows on Sunday (12/20). The first was an afternoon in-store at Rough Trade, which I caught. It was a short set, just five songs in about a half hour, and had them opening with "March to the Sea" off Yellow & Green, playing three of the new album, and ending with the instrumental "Green Theme." John Baizley said they were ending with an instrumental because his voice was hurting from tour. You could tell it was pretty shot, but the band otherwise sounded fantastic and just watching the immense talent all four of them have as musicians is a thing to experience on its own. The crowd was clearly loving them too, and the band looked genuinely grateful to finally be playing new songs for people. At night they played Saint Vitus with Earthling, and we have pictures and a full-set video of that show in this post (including a pic of the setlist).

In other news, James Hetfield of Baroness' past tourmates Metallica named Purple his favorite album of 2015. (It was my third favorite metal album.) It's on a list that he posted to Metallica's fan club called "Top 10 Thingz of 2015" and it's the only one that's an album. Other thingz include meeting Robert Plant, jamming with Jerry Cantrell, Pepper Keenan being back in Corrosion of Conformity and, uh, Justin Bieber wearing a Metallica shirt. Obviously.

Check out James' full list with more pictures of Baroness at Saint Vitus, below...

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Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius, the late jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981, a player on multiple Joni Mitchell albums and more, was given the documentary treatment this year with Jaco, which Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo put together. From a NY Times review of the documentary:

When Jaco Pastorius first met Joe Zawinul, the keyboardist and composer behind Weather Report, he had his introduction ready. "My name is John Francis Pastorius III," he said, as Zawinul later remembered. "I'm the greatest bass player in the world."

That line appears more than once in "Jaco," an illuminating, compassionate new documentary, and its hubris comes across as both playful and deeply serious. Pastorius, who died tragically in 1987 at 35, was a sensation in his time. A maestro of the fretless electric bass guitar, he was revered for his warm, singing tone; his distinctly sinewy attack; and his mastery of harmonics, with which he could play chiming chords and a range of expressive effects.

...The film traces the subsequent trajectory Pastorius took from an aesthetically ambitious, large-canvas second album, "Word of Mouth," toward increasingly erratic public behavior. A psychiatrist from Bellevue Hospital, where he was committed in 1986, turns up to reiterate his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. By the end, Pastorius was back in Fort Lauderdale, living in a park. He died of a brain hemorrhage after being assaulted by a manager of a nightclub.

"Jaco," which portrays its subject in better times as a devoted father, is sensitive on the subject of his mental illness, and far less provocative than it could be about his death.

Joni is interviewed in the film, as is Flea, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Geddy Lee, and the extras include an interview with Carlos Santana. It's out now and you can check out the trailer, below.

The soundtrack for the documentary also features Rodriga y Gabriela covering "Continuum." You can listen to that below too.

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Kirk Windstein personalizing holiday cards
Kirk Windstein

As you may have noticed, it's the holiday season, and that might mean you feel the need to make holiday cards for your friends and family. If this seems daunting, fear not, sludge great Kirk Windstein of Down and Crowbar can make you a personalized holiday card this season. For only $10 he'll personalize the card to you or a friend and include a signed photo. What are you waiting for?

Looking for other holiday metal gifts? How about heavy metal nutcrackers? This is a line of nutcrackers in the likeness of famous heavy musicians like King Diamond, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Cliff Burton, Danzig, Abbath, and also Morrissey and Jerry Garcia (???). MetalSucks also has a metal holiday gift guide that's very useful. It includes items like Slayer's "Reign in Blood Cabernet Sauvignon" which comes in a small coffin, a Metallica bib for your friends with kids, and just some nice skull slippers.

You could also go the classic sweater route. There's just something about metal Christmas sweaters (hey, the thought of someone like Kirk in a Christmas sweater is always good for a laugh); they're just always a thing. Loudwire put together a list of some of the best this season has to offer, which include an Anthrax Hannukah sweater, a Babymetal sweater, and the always classic Slayer sweater.

Check out more details on the the Windstein cards and Carrie Brownstein's nutcracker instagram below...

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photo: Metallica at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)

The Super Bowl celebrates its 50th edition this year on February 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The halftime entertainment for the "Golden Super Bowl" hasn't been announced yet (Maroon 5 are the oddsmakers' favorites) but they have announced this year's now-annual "The Night Before" concert which happens February 6 at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Metallica are headlining and with openers Cage the Elephant. Tickets go on Citi presale on 11/4 at 10 AM Pacific, Giants season ticket-holder and Live Nation presale on 11/5 at 10 AM, and on sale to the general public on 11/6 at 10 AM.

In an interview video with radio jocks Lamont And Tonelli, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says getting to play this Super Bowl related show is a "huge honor." Check that out, and a commercial for the Day Before show, below.

In other large-scale, SF-based show news, The Decemberists, who have a new EP out and just played ACL Fest, are playing a big New Years Eve show at The Masonic with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, and tickets for that one are already on sale.

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photos by James Richards IV

Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
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Lollapalooza 2015

The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]
Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.

Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.

Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...

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Lollapalooza 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.

Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...

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"GOODY GOT IT!"
Sam Goody Got It Commercial
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Rough Trade Brooklyn's transformation into an old Sam Goody record store yesterday got us feeling nostalgic for the chain which got its start in NYC when Sam Goody himself opened a shop on 9th Avenue in Manhattan. So naturally, we took to YouTube where we were not disappointed. Watch some classic Sam Goody commercials and other fun stuff below...

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Superjam

As you may know, the annual Bonnaroo Superjam takes place Saturday night this year, and now the lineup has been announced. Once again, it brings together musicians from very different musical backgrounds, including Metallica's Rob Trujillo, Run DMC's DMC, Chance the Rapper, Reggie Watts, Pretty Lights, Jamie Lidell, John Medeski, Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, fun.), Eric Krasno, Karl Denson, Oteil Burbridge, Robert 'Sput' Searight (Snarky Puppy), Brian Coogan and Brownout Horns with special guests Cherub, Rhiannon Giddens and more. The Superjam begins at 1:30 AM (so technically Sunday morning, July 14).

Last year's had Skrillex, Janelle Monae, Chance the Rapper, members of The Doors, The Grateful Dead and more. Watch a documentary on that one, below...

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Lamour book

Another piece of Brooklyn rock history is being documented. From the Amazon listing:

During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. "Rock Nights" on Thursdays were first brushed off as a bad joke. But in less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits, the punch-line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century-long tsunami of hell-raising mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the world's most famous heavy metal mecca.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn is a large format book jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs, and memorabilia representing the rich music history of the Brooklyn venue. Hundreds of full-color performance photos of the bands that hit the L'Amour stage are featured prominently in the book, as well as interviews with many of the musicians. Venue staff, club regulars, and show attendees contribute slices of club life. L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn tells the story in stunning images and words of the famous heavy metal venue and its important contributions to the scene. If you are a heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff in general, this book is a must have.

and About the Author:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, DJ Alex Kayne started out as a mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid '70s. His club DJ career began when he beat a multitude of other DJs, winning a turntablist "Battle of the DJs" mixing contest at the Night Gallery Discothèque in Brooklyn. Word on the street about the winner of this battle spread quickly and Kayne began DJ-ing in several local clubs. Over the years he has worked at various venues large and small in and around the New York City area. He is considered New York City's first ever hard rock/heavy metal club DJ.

Kayne came to work at the world famous Heavy Metal Venue L'Amour in 1979 and his residency at L'Amour lasted on and off until the venue closed. He is the venue's original metal DJ and its longest resident DJ. He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer, among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast.

With a career spanning more than 35 years, including live performances at over 65 venues performing on the same bill with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, Life of Agony, Venom, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne is still actively working the Eastern Seaboard club scene where he is highly regarded and respected as a legend among rock and heavy metal DJs.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn is out December 15.

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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Record Store Day 2015 is this Saturday (4/18) and there's an almost overwhelming amount of special/exclusive product being released for it. Does the world need a vinyl pressing of The Pizza Underground demos? Should you buy the RSD repress of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run when original copies of the album can be found in most used record stores for $10? Probably not, but there are some things of actual interest coming out for RSD15, according to BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis who have put together a list of 15 recommended releases. You can browse that list below. What are you hoping to score tomorrow?

If you're heading out in NYC on Saturday, check out our NYC RSD guide to in-store performances, special events (and free beer). Our RSD picks in alphabetical order, with some song streams, below...

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Lolla

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Full lineup below...

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Metallica

Via press release:

In celebration of Record Store Day, on April 18th, Metallica will release No Life 'til Leather as a limited edition cassette. The seven tracks were recorded in 1982 in Tustin, CA by the band's original lineup of James Hetfield: lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Lars Ulrich: drums, Dave Mustaine: lead guitar, and Ron McGovney: bass. Straight from the archives, the original source material has been re-mastered to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes. No Life 'til Leather will be available for purchase at your favorite local record store and on Metallica.Com. The collection has never been available commercially until now. See below for the complete tracklisting.

A note from Metallica:

This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the "demo tape." In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as No Life 'til Leather and it led us to our first record deal . . . the rest, as you some of you may know, is history! We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world.

Look for expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector's set sometime this summer.
Slayer have a Record Store Day release coming too. Tracklist below...

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photo: Motor Sister @ Saint Vitus - 2/12/15 (photo by Jason Donnelly)
Motor Sister

Motor Sister -- the new band of Mother Superior's Jim Wilson, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Scott's wife and Jim's past collaborator Pearl Aday, Joey Vera (briefly also of Anthrax), and John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, Testament, currently of The Cult) -- are just over a week away from releasing their debut album, Ride (due 3/10 via Metal Blade), and it's now streaming in full via AllMusic. Listen below.

Motor Sister were also just in NYC, playing Saint Vitus on February 12. Anyone go to that show? How were they? If you missed it, or just want to relive it, check out two videos from the show below.

Scott Ian wasn't the only '80s thrash veteran to play Vitus this month. Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo played on 2/23 with his band Philm. Philm's tour hits NYC again on Monday (3/2) at The Stone. Slayer without Lombardo is touring this year too, and Motor Sister drummer John Tempesta's two former bands Testament and Exodus are touring together. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is also a current member of Slayer.

Motor Sister are also now labelmates with two former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitar from 2008-2014) and Shawn Drover (drums from 2004-2014). The two recently teamed up with Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass to form the band Act of Defiance, who will have their debut album out on the label this summer. If you're at all curious what that might sound like, you can watch a teaser video below.

Meanwhile, if you were wondering what Dave Mustaine does for fun, why, he plays Metallica songs of course! Metallica also have dates coming up this year, including headlining Brazil's Rock In Rio which they were announced for this week. All of their dates are listed below.

And last but not least in '80s thrash news, Overkill have announced a big NYC show happening October 17 at Terminal 5 with two veteran power metal bands, Symphony X and Sanctuary (whose 1987 debut LP was produced by and featured Dave Mustaine). It's Overkill's only upcoming US date at the moment. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at noon.

Motor Sister videos and LP stream, Act of Defiance teaser, and Metallica dates, below...

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Bruce Sinofsky

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky, whose series on the "West Memphis Three" cast doubt on the murder convictions of three Arkansas teenagers, catalyzing a movement that led to their release, died Saturday, longtime collaborator Joe Berlinger said. [CNN]
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Metallica recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their groundbreaking documentary Some Kind of Monster and sadly, not long after, they are now mourning the death of one of the movie's directors -- Bruce Sinofsky. [LoudWire]
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Bruce Sinofsky, the Montclair-based filmmaker, died at home on Saturday from complications of diabates. He was 58.

He was a very good filmmaker. He was also, much more importantly, a good guy, one I interviewed a number of times over the last 20 years or so, and - although I can't pretend to close friendship - one I am still very sad to lose.

Sinofsky, who was born in Boston, studied filmmaking at NYU, then got a job working for the revered documentarians Albert and David Maysles. [NJ.com}

Rest in Peace Bruce.

Watch/listen to some interviews with Bruce, below...

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Kirk Hammett

Last year, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett held his first-ever Fear FestEvil, and now he's giving it another go. The second annual Fear FestEvil will go down at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA on April 11 & 12. Kirks' got some cool bands on board too, including Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Blues Pills, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah. The night before the music begins, there's a "Murder Mystery Dinner/ VIP Party" at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Here's more on that:

On the 10, guests attending the Fear FestEvil VIP Party will enjoy a classic night of 'whodunnit' mystery madness, dining alongside Kirk Hammett, touring the infamously eerie and atmospheric mansion, and trying to figure out who killed who! Guests can expect twists, turns and clues from some very special 'horror royalty' as they try to crack the mystery open.
Tickets go on sale Monday (1/12).

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Metalsucks

MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.

The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?

The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.

Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.

UPDATE: Duh!

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Salad Days

The Pulp documentary is far from the only music film showing in NYC this month. Film festival DOC NYC runs November 13 - 20 with a wide variety of non-fiction films. Like last year, this also includes the "Sonic Cinema" music documentary program, which includes the world premiere of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990 (SVA Theatre, Fri. 11/14); Elliott Smith portrait Heaven Adores You (SVA Theatre, 11/15 & 11/20); and Jingle Bell Rocks! (Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, 11/19) which looks at people obsessed with Christmas music. Tickets are on sale (some shows sold out but rush tickets available) and the full "Sonic Cinema" lineup/details are below.

We're also giving away pairs of tickets to see Salad Days on Friday (11/14, 9:30 PM) and to the 11/15 (9:30 PM) screening of Heaven Adores You. Details below.

Not part of "Sonic Cinema," but DOC NYC is also hosting a 10th Anniversary screening of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster at IFC Center on Saturday (11/15, 11:15 AM) with director Joe Berlinger in attendance. Other non-music but notable films show at DOC NYC include Banksy Does New York, a look at the man in the Muppet suit I Am Big Bird, a 20th anniversary screening of Hoop Dreams and lots more. Full schedule is here.

"Sonic Cinema" lineup and trailers for all the films, plus contest details, below...

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RSD

As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.

Slim Shady

Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna and other pop superstars will touch down on the Mall on Nov. 11 to perform in honor of American veterans and their families.

Dubbed the Concert for Valor, the Veterans Day celebration is being hosted by Starbucks and HBO, which will open up its signal to cable subscribers nationwide during a live telecast. For those hoping to see it in three dimensions, the concert will be free and open to the public.

Organizers have also promised performances from Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as appearances by Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who is ­co-producing the event.

Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the concert is expected to draw a quarter of a million attendees. [Washington Post]

The Boss plays a related event in NYC on 11/5 too.

by Ian Chainey

Exodus

Bay Area thrashers Exodus have released a new track from their upcoming full-length Blood In, Blood Out. This one is called "Salt the Wound" and it features former Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett lending a solo. Glad to see Kirk is still finding work. Blood In, Blood Out, the band's 10th full-length, will be out on October 14 through Nuclear Blast (preorder). Exodus will then tour North America with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies starting in November. (Closest NYC show: NJ's Welmont Theatre on November 29.) You can stream "Salt the Wound" below.

It has been a bit of a roller-coaster news cycle for Exodus, lately. Ups: Guitarist Gary Holt will be appearing on Top Chef Duels this week (9/10) as a judge along with Scott Ian and Rob Zombie. A metal taste test? (A vegan one, actually.) Points if he quotes "Piranha." Downs: A fan was arrested for posting Exodus lyrics on his Facebook page. So Gary, maybe don't quote "Piranha." Maybe you should just shred it up as an answer any question. Worked for Harpo Marx.

"Salt the Wound" appears below.

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by Ian Chainey

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SLAYER WATCH: That pic above isn't from the worst remake of Porky's, it's more evidence that Slayer is back in the studio. That's producer Terry Date helming Slayer's potential 2015 return. Maybe we'll get to hear new stuff when they go on tour with Exodus, though maybe you shouldn't post about it on Facebook. The Ultimate Revenge Combat Tour Live '85 tour video appears below because Friday.

Slow metal week? Slow metal week. To drive that point home, Metallica were honored by Guinness World Records for playing seven continents last year. Fans are still waiting for the band to return to the continent of 1986.

All-star death metallers Bloodbath, one of Maryland Deathfest 2015's big draws, have recorded vocals for their new album. Says the band, "All vocals done and in the bag! The mix starts this weekend... Almost there now!" The band has yet to announce their new lead singer. Tip: Take a pic of the back of their head. Seems to work.

Mothership, who are playing the huge NYC-based Uninvited Festival, have wrapped up their next album, Mothership II. The record should hit the streets on November 11. Check out the van-art cover and the tracklisting below.

The folks at Noisey have put together a seven part documentary on one of America's most enduring metal scenes. NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou , which -- full disclosure -- was co-directed by former BV editor Fred Pessaro, will start rolling out on September 16. You can watch the trailer below.

Finally, to leave things on a high notes, a blast from the past: Football season has officially started, meaning we can dust off "81% Burnt," the Dillinger Escape Plan cover that's centered entirely on pigskin legend Art Monk. The track was submitted to the band back in 2001 when open tryouts for vacated vocalist were taking place. 100 percent perfection.

Earth
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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Full albums first: Earth, who got super heavy and super psych-y on their new album Primitive and Deadly, are streaming their new album all the way through. Check out it out below. The band is currently on tour and will be playing NYC's Saint Vitus on September 24 and September 25 for their David Lynch Foundation-supporting set.

For single tracks and videos, OSDMers Stench debuted "Road" from their forthcoming Venture (October 7, Agonia Records - preorder). The mighty Horrendous pushed death metal forward with "The Stranger" off Ecdysis (October 14, Dark Descent). And stoner rockers Lo-Pan have offered up another from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone Records - preorder). Lo-Pan are out on the road with Black Cobra and will play Saint Vitus on September 18 for a special Invisible Oranges presented show. Both will also be playing Uninvited Festival. All tracks appear below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY9/5): Get your underground blast n' big riff on with Organ Dealer, Beast Modulus, Huldra, Hercyn, and Through Thorn and Brier at Saint Vitus (tickets).

SUUUNNNNNDAY (9/7): The heavier-than-heavy Theologian, Megaton Leviathan, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul bill will shake the Acheron (tickets). If you'd prefer something short, sweet, and violent as hell, Punch, Crushed, Curmudgeon, and Water Torture play Death by Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. HUGE list. We debuted new recordings from Phobia and Striker. We interviewed interesting Japanese hard rockers Ningen-Isu and artist Mark Rudolph. We showed off our photos from Hoverfest. And we took a deep, deep dive into Lamb of God's Ashes of the Wake, a big album you may have skipped due to the stain of lamestream bro-dom.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and the reams of streams, and other noted details below.

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By Ian Chainey

Metallica at Orion, 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica

The outrage over Metallica headlining the upcoming Glastonbury Festival has gone ridiculous to ludicrous speed, but at least one group is presenting a somewhat legitimate gripe. (And no, we're not talking about Mogwai, who were thrown under the social media bus by a shite-y headline.) And if you don't agree with legitimacy, at least it's a different cry than "because they suck."

Remove Metallica from GlastonburyFestival for their support of Bear Hunting, a Facebook group intending to do exactly that, was created on May 25 and has since accrued over 13,000 likes. The moderators of the page take issue with James Hetfield's long-held support of big game hunting, particularly his narration duties on the History Channel's The Hunt, a series detailing Kodiak, Alaska hunters bent on bagging brown bears. (Two of these things are true: Eight states allow bear hunting. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game offers 496 hunting tags a year, given out via a lottery system. Critics say The Hunt starts well, but soon turns into a load.) Per the offended:

James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica is a supporter and promoter of big game hunting. This does not represent the values of environmentalism that have come to be so important at Glastonbury.
No word from the band or the festival yet regarding the Facebook page, but Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis hasn't been opposed to hunting in some instances.

However, Metallica have said they may open their set with Oasis' "Wonderwall." So, yeah, that'll calm everyone down.

If you're in a masochistic mood, you can stream a 30 minute episode of Metallica's tour diary, MetOnTour (not just the name for the method of your conception used by your Deadhead parents), below.

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By Ian Chainey

Ruining Lives cover art
Prong album

Long-running metallers Prong will be going on tour this year. A long tour. A really long tour. Starting in July, Tommy Victor and his two compatriots will start their epic trek in Italy and will loop around the European festival circuit. Then they'll fly back to the US with an occasional co-headlining slate with vet thrashers Overkill. To wrap things up, Overkill and Prong will do another Euro run, ending up in the Netherlands. Total number of dates: 64. Total number of days: 116. Total haul: So much Frequent Flyer swag. Check out the full list of dates below.

Prong have kept surprisingly busy since reforming in 2002 after an initial run from 1986 to 1997 that saw the band break out thanks to post-thrash classic and request-line favorite "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." The outfit started life as something of a crossover act before finding the groove and machine precision of industrial. Unfortunately, over their career, they've been something of a revolving door when it comes to membership. Still, they've had their share of impressive musicians including Paul Raven (Killing Joke), Ted Parsons (Swans), and Troy Gregory (Flotsam and Jetsam). Current bassist Jason Christopher joined the group in 2012 and Arturo "Art" Cruz in 2014. But, through it all, singer/guitarist Tommy Victor has been the lone Prong constant while splitting time as Danzig's shredder. No word if Victor will be handling six-string duties for the reformed Samhain at Riot Fest.

On September 30, Prong will hit Gramercy Theatre in NYC sans Overkill. Ticket details are TBA for that one, but tickets are on sale for the show they play with Overkill at Starland Ballroom in NJ three days earlier.

In August, Overkill join Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, D.R.I., Exodus, Municipal Waste, Body Count (who also have a Gramercy Theatre show coming up), Voivod, Hatebreed, Madball, Fucked Up and many more for the three day "Heavy Montreal" festival. Get yourself to Canada.

All Prong dates along with a cut from Prong's newest album Ruining Lives and a few classics appear below.

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By Ian Chainey

Origin and friend
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Fun fact: Do you know what happened 20 years ago today (5/16)? It was a Monday! Who says things aren't better in the future? (What, were you expecting a retrospective?) Anyway, we've got a ton to cover, so let's take a walk on the newswire:

Southwest Terror Fest's 2014 lineup has been announced, providing slow n' low lovers a roster straight out of a nocturnal emission. Held in Tucson, AZ from October 16 - 19, the fest has wrangled Neurosis, Sunn 0))), Pelican, The Body, and a whole heck of a lot more. Hearing aid manufactures are psyched. Also, probably best to bring a change of underwear. Check out the full lineup below.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett gave a progress report regarding the band's newest: "We totally want to make an album. But we have all these other touring commitments, and we have families now. Itís gonna be summertime soon, and itís hard to work because the kids are out of school. But we have a backlog of riffs in the riff bank." Please don't let the riff bank be Lehman Brothers, please don't let the riff bank be Lehman Brothers. . .

How about two bands working a little quicker: Witch Mountain's rootsy Sabbath by way of Grace Slick thick doom? Done. Mobiles Of Angels will be out on Svart Records in September. Progressive death metallers Fallujah? Done. The Flesh Prevails is in the can though there's no date yet. You can catch them at The Summer Slaughter Tour.

Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah has crafted a set of cuts for the video game Wolfenstein: The New Order. Available on May 20, the title promises a new outlet for Meshuggah supporters to tell you that you're playing it wrong.

Core hellions Coliseum have motˆred their way back to Deathwish Inc. and will reissue their eponymous debut from 2005 along with a collection of bonus tunes. A remixed/remastered sample is available below.

In other transaction news, sludge-flingers Usnea have been inked to Relapse with the two eying the end of 2014 for a new release.

If you don't have enough Thou in your existence or were keen to work on a back injury, Dead Tank Records have pressed a three LP whopper of pre-2010 material culled from the band's many splits. Preorders have started. Your mailman quit. The collection is also available for free download for those cloudwalkers among us.

Priest

WE ARE NEARING PRIME JUDAS PRIEST TIME! 30 seconds of "March of the Damned" hit the web, another cut from Redeemer of Souls. July 15 can't come soon enough. Preorder yours and that is its cover art above. Obviously. Stream the clip below.

Riff eviscerators Forest of Tygers, who we premiered on IO recently, are tour bound, setting up an American run for the end of May and beginning of June. Show specifics haven't been announced, but the tour poster is available for your perusal below.

Crusties Extinction of Mankind are set to roll on the road as well. The UK punk blasters will be hitting Maryland Deathfest, of course, but now the rest of the country has a chance to catch them. The outfit checks into The Acheron on May 29 with Aspects of War, Trenchgrinder, and The Brood. (Tickets.)

Entombed A.D., the version of Entombed operated by LG Petrov, are finally ready to issue Back to the Front after settling with the A.D.-less over the name dispute. Best guess for what the 'A.D.' signifies? 'After decision'? 'Awww, damnit'? 'Alexandre Dumas'? That's it. Total Three Musketeers fans. Code cracked.

Finally, if you're in the market for some new reading material, the always on-point Bazillion Points is reissuing Slayer Mag X, one of the on-the-scene zines that covered the rise of the second wave of black metal. The hardcover collects interviews and tales from Emperor, Mayhem, Bathory, and more. According to creator Jon Kristiansen, nary a word has been cleansed: ìThis is how Slayer Mag X was done, nothing has been changed and all errors are intact.î Buy it for your copy-editor friend and watch them slowly go insane. Preorders come with a shirt.

Don't forget: Keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Misery Index at Union Pool, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
miseryindex

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions. Many ones and zeros were transferred and crunched and streamed this week. So much so, we've got to round this up machine-gun style. Apologies in advance to your clicking digit. All streams mentioned can be found below.

Biggies:
- Death metal machine Misery Index dropped The Killing Gods in its entirety. You can grab the album from Season of Mist on May 23. (Preorder.)

- The second taste of Blissfucker, Trap Them's June 10 scheduled assault-by-buzzing is up. Titled "Organic Infernal," the cut makes good on that threat of a title. Prosthetic Records has the preoder.

- Corrosion of Conformity may be rocking their O.G. lineup, but the new stuff sounds fresh. "The Nectar" thrashes things up once again. IX is coming by way of Candlelight Records, June 24. (Preorder.)

- Dirge directors Wolvhammer have allowed the net to Crawl into Black Sun. "Death Division" is a lumbering monster. Profound Lore has got the hook-ups on July 8.

- The occult flute tooters Blood Ceremony are back dooming again with a single. "Let it Come Down" is the A of the Rise Above Records released limited slice. Mark the calendar for June 23.

- Vuyvr has 12 inches of wax on the way. Their EP, Incinerated Gods, comes courtesy of Throatruiner Records on June 26. The Swiss sore-throat-inciters have links to Impure Wilhelmina and Rorcal.

- Mayhem is certainly sharing the wealth, issuing their fourth nibble of Esoteric Warfare. By the time Season of Mist gets this one to the streets on May 27, there will probably be a few streams of shower singing and traffic humming make the rounds.

- Origin has made their Manifest Desolate known, sending out "Omnipresent" as a blasting memo. New roarer Jason Keyser (Skinless) sounds like he's in fine form. The album will hit North American shores on July 8 thanks to Agonia Records. (Preorder.)

- Been wondering what ex-Cryptopsy screecher Lord Worm has been doing? Well, looks like black clouds got him to wiggle out from under the earth. Rage Nucleaire get ultra bleak, inspiring the misanthropic to make their version of a smile. (Blank stare?) Black Storm of Violence will be on Season of Mist and is penciled in for a July 22 drop. (Preorder.)

- Lastly, Den Saakaldte, the Norwegian sorta-supergroup, is streaming one more from Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete. If you remember, we gave "Djevelens Verk" a lot of shine on IO. The just-released is named "Du Selvproklamerte Misjonaer" and if you weren't psyched (in all senses) for the June 10 Agonia Records push, you might be now. (Preorder.)

Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground.

Little Guys and Eye Candy:
- It was a good week for artists showcasing some visual flare, especially on the death metal side. Nader Sadek and Vallenfyre both screened treats for those looking for videos featuring more than a band in an airplane hanger. The tradsters in Magister Templi also decided to do up a promo in the style of a silent movie, thus possibly making one of the loudest silent movies ever?

- Gravecrusher, the Hungarian OSDM beast, is streaming Morbid Black Oath in full. The spooky Sectu also fall within the same vein and has a CV sporting a Therion connection.

- Full streams aplenty today, actually: The crusty core of Torch Runner is also available for your total enjoyment.

- Dagger, in the ye olde hard rock mold, now have a single. "Ahead of You All" includes contributions from members of Dismember and Grave, if you can believe it.

- And, to wrap things up, Inanimate Existence is just bat guano incarnate. Give "Omen" a click and prepare for a Scanners ka-boom.

Check out all noted streams below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY 5/16): Whoa. Today is one of those, "Oh yeah, this is why I live here," kind of days. First up, Hardcore Activity in Progress, the Red Bull Academy Festival at the Knockdown Center. I spy some primo metal in the shape of Napalm Death and Gnaw, along with plenty other noise-niks (Bastard Noise, Skullflower) that can cross over. (Tickets.) Then, Solstafir -- the downer doom Icelandic band whose country is kinda killing it right now -- will hit Saint Vitus with Junius and So Hideous. (Tickets.) Lastly, set up a punk knuckle puck with Two Man Advantage, La Armada, THE WILL, Cojoba, and Kantuta at The Acheron. (Tickets.)

SATURDAY (5/17): Black N' Blue Bowl begins this day, my friend. If you're unable to make that core blowout, other shows abound. The Keith Morris punk supercrew OFF!, Cerebral Ballsy, and NASA Space Universe are playing The Bowery Ballroom. (Tickets.) More punk? Sure, how about EU's Arse, Ajax, Sunshine Ward, and Creeping Dose at The Acheron? (Tickets.) If the theatrical is calling your name, Ghost B.C. and King Dude are sure to smash the stops at The Best Buy Theater. (Tickets.) But, if you want doom, you got it at Saint Vitus who have invited in Hull and Bloody Hammers. (Tickets.)

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY (5/18): Exhausted? Gonna reserve Sunday for a quiet brunch? Nah, man. Black N' Blue Bowl Day 2! If you want to put a ring in your ears, there's Young Widows, Helms Alee, and Highness at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) And, to wrap things up, there's your requisite death metal palette cleanser: Lecherous Nocturne, Morder, and DAY OF DOOM at Archeron. (Tickets.)

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We had reviews: Agalloch and Dwellers. We had interviews: Chris Reifert of Autopsy (who went Friar's on us) and Stuart Wellington from The Flop House. We had cool views: this Down live show review with some killer snapshots. We exposed you to new crews: the tech nutters in Torrential Downpour and soul-nourishing epic blarghing from Vinterbris. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your clicks in Upcoming Metal Releases.

ALAS: You have one last chance to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. If you haven't heard, the station is shutting down. It has been a blast, but all things must pass. The final show for IO kicks off Tuesday, May 20 at 10 PM. Be there! Scab and Wyatt will perform ancient Viking burial rituals.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below....

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