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by Ian Chainey

Haitian Rail
Haitian Arms

Last year, Many Arms' Nick Millevoi and Hyrrokkin's Edward Ricart folded together the experimental fringes of out-there jazz and rock as the Ricart/Millevoi Quartet. Haitian Rail, the resulting date with Travis Laplante on tenor sax and Ches Smith on drums, was equal parts avant-garde jazz soundbomb, bruising noise rock, and spiderweb-intricate prog. The varied timbres made for quite a palette. Ricart's bass lines busily fluttered and were caked with AmRep grime. Millevoi played like an attacking chessmaster, tossing out chameleonesque scales and runs that challenged the rest of the band to react. The rest of the band were up to the task. A record like Haitian Rail lives and dies by the interplay between its builders. Haitian Rail thrived.

Fast forward a year and another Ricart/Millevoi album is on the way. This one is called Solarists, out on July 22 through New Atlantis Records. There are some changes. Most notably, the quartet have shifted operations under a familiar sobriquet, Haitian Rail. Plus, there are some new friends within in the ranks. Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus) takes over Laplante's counter-melody duties and drummer Kevin Shea (Most Other People Do the Killing) assumes Smith's stool. And, jeeze, if "Trembler" and Solarists' cover art is any indication, things are getting dark.

"Trembler" cuts right to the chase. Shea and Ricart weave in, out, and around each other by way of blink-and-you'll-miss-them rhythms. They're like two bikers lane-splitting during a traffic jam. Ricart, in particular, seems intent on exhausting notebook after notebook of riffs and song ideas. So, with the space eaten up by the rhythm section, Millevoi and Blacksberg hang back. Millevoi again covers a lot of miles with his tone. He starts out swishing around a Duane Denison twang and then spits corrosive skronks upon whatever Shea and Ricart are constructing. Blacksberg, on the other hand, mops things up with comparatively melodic legato sweeps, also adding in percussive periods and commas when required. Suddenly, Shea takes over with a drum solo that is both athletic and cerebral. It sounds like someone dropped an ant farm on his kit and he's trying to quickly eradicate the scourge, yet he plays with so much balance. His logical calculations catch on and the entire band finally comes together, ending with a spiky arrangement that could be a caffeinated read of Eric Dolphy's "Gazzelloni."

Or, in other words, holy crap.

"Trembler" is the opening song on Haitian Rail's Solarists, available July 22 on New Atlantis Records (preorder). It makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed below.

Nick Millevoi will also be out on tour with Many Arms soon, including a NYC show Thursday (6/5) at Saint Vitus with Dysrhythmia and Mick Barr/Marc Edwards (tickets). Speaking of Dysrhythmia, they'll be on a bill featuring Oneida and Beach Creeps at Glasslands Gallery on July 17 (tickets). And the always-working Mick Barr has a number of engagements upcoming, including solo sets and collaborations with Mike Pride. All of those are listed below.

Stream "Trembler," along with the Solarists cover art, tracklisting, and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Haitian Rail releasing a new LP (stream a track); Dysrhythmia and Mick Barr playing Vitus w/ Many Arms & other shows"

by Ian Chainey

Prizehog
Prizehog

Noise rock/sludge experimenters Prizehog are out on the road. The Bay Area-born, Portland-located trio is touring in support of their newest effort, Re-Unvent the Whool. Released back in March, the long-player has received its share of acclaim, taking the tribal thump of Neurosis and the woosh of space rock, filtering the result through the pitch-shifted everything of avant-pop. It's a neat blend of varied elements, coalescing into a heavy listen that's definitely not ponderous.

They're currently in New York for two different dates. The first is tonight (5/22) at Cake Shop in Manhattan with Columboid (minimal synth madness that's ex-Vaz), Insect Ark (Bee and Flower leader Dana Schecter's lap-steel/bass solo drone), and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man, Old Man Gloom, half of Hydra Head's roster, etc.). Tickets are $8 at the door. The second is Friday (5/23) at Saint Vitus, sporting a bill of Vaz (noise rock related to '90s legends Hammerhead), Mossenek (guitar/electronics duo with Mick Barr), and Collapsible Baton. Tickets are still available.

Speaking of Vaz, the noisy nutters also have two other NYC dates forthcoming. On June 1, they'll hit the Cake Shop with Bludded Head, Coma in Algiers, Couch Slut, and Marriage + Cancer (K Records band formerly known as nucular aminals) in support. Then, on June 22, Vaz will hook up Tweak Bird -- who we premiered a song from this week -- and Bbigpigg at Death By Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Bludded Head, the Denton doom dealers, are stocked with some out-there merch, so definitely be on the look out for that. They and Marriage + Cancer also playThe Gutter in Brooklyn on May 31 with Vulture Shit, one day before their Cake Shop show.

All of the tour dates, along with a load of streams, appear below.

Continue reading "Prizehog on tour (in NYC now); Vaz playing shows; Bludded Head and Marriage + Cancer & Stephen Brodsky too"

by Doug Moore

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Mick Barr w/ Krallice at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

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Editor's note: For the past 7 months, since losing long-time BrooklynVegan metal editor Fred Pessaro, we were lucky to have Doug Moore aboard to help fill in our metal coverage, to edit and write for Invisible Oranges and to handle these weekly Heavy Lowdowns. Unfortunately, today is Doug's last with us. He's leaving to focus on his non-music-writing endeavors, including--as we've had to disclaim many times--his role as frontman in the Relapse-signed band Pyrrhon. We wish him well! We also wish Doug had made it into the forthcoming "Metal Cats" book. For some reason, he was left out, so we pay tribute to Doug today with our own version. Please enjoy Doug's final Heavy Lowdown along with some Metal Doug With Cats!
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It's that time again. Let's get heavy.

Young Widows have debuted a digital-only bonus song from the Easy Pain sessions and added some West Coast dates to their tour. Stream the tune and check out the dates below.

Cannabis Corpse have debuted a song from their upcoming fourth (!!!) album, From Wisdom to Baked. Shockingly, its title is a weed-themed play on a death metal classic ("THC Crystal Mountain"). Stream that below as well.

Playing Enemy's noisecore classic I Was Your City has been reissued on vinyl by Corpseflower Records. If you haven't heard it, you can -- and should! -- check it out below.

Excruciating Terror have canceled their non-MDF appearances this spring, including their 5/22 NYC show with Birdflesh.

And here are your weekend live heaviness options:

TONIGHT (4/25): A forward-thinking lineup featuring Zevious, Bangladeafy, El Drugstore, & Noxious Foxes hits The Gutter. No presale, but $7 at the door.

TOMORROW (4/26): The Chaos Bodies series continues at Trans Pecos with an imposing lineup that features Ocrilim (Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, & Nebadon ($10 at door). Corrosion of Conformity's tour hits Saint Vitus, with local support from Kings Destroy, Roadsaw, & Ruby the Hatchet (tix).

SUNDAY (4/27): Full of Hell return to NYC for the third time in as many months, this time with Column of Heaven & Nyodene D in tow, for a Silent Barn show. Local support will come from The Communion & Skullshitter. $10 at the door.

Over in the IO corner:

We went deep with Jason Netherton of Misery Index / Dying Fetus fame. We unraveled the mysteries of Japanese avant-metal collaboration houds Vampillia. We talked to a pair of German music researchers about the physiology of screaming. We waxed philosophical about Behemoth & the Metal Alliance Tour. We jammed new music by Forest of Tygers and Weedeater, who apparently really enjoy doughnuts. We ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever. And we gave away tickets to this year's Paganfest tour on our East Village Radio show, courtesy of Irving Plaza. Be sure to tune in next week at 10pm for more giveaways, interviews, and shredding tunes.

That does it for me. Blast some ugliness below (more Doug With Cats included! - editor).

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Doug With Cats, Young Widows, heavy show options, Cannabis Corpse, this week on IO & more"

by Doug Moore

Vampillia...maybe
Vampillia

Members are consist of 3 vocals; the ugliest rock star Psychic Yamanashi whose voice is nothing but annoying. Another vocal is Death voice from wood cutter Mongoloid who is very manly with secret naive heart. Mysterious Opera voice from beastly monster Velladon. They are backed by 3 strings; Punk and Classic, Progressive, also by piano, twin guitars, base, broadcasting. Main drum is skillful Chikada famous of World's end girlfriend, and support drum is Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins. There are Toyohito Yoshida from BOREDOMS as a guardian god.

--Vampillia band bio

If you're not familiar, Japan's Vampillia are an extremely odd offshoot of the legendary noise/punk band Boredoms -- the anything-goes chaotic vibe is similar, but Vampillia focuses more heavily on pomp and theatricality. You can check out the thoroughly weird video they produced in advance of their upcoming SXSW performance below. They've also toured with the likes of Jarboe and Nadja; you can hear their excellent recorded collaboration with the latter below as well.

Vampillia will be returning to SXSW for the third time this year, and they'll be putting in a number of other live appearances during their time in the country as well. Three of them will be in New York City. First, they'll play at Silent Barn on March 8 alongside Mick Barr (playing a rare 'slow' solo set), Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon. Two days later, they'll play Death By Audio on March 10, along with Colin Marston, Geryon, & Mossenek, which is Barr's collaboration with vocalist Chuck Bettis. (Mossenek have an upcoming release on American Tapes; they also have a full-length and a Japanese tour w/ Nadja and Vampillia in the works.) Since Geryon features both members of Krallice's rhythm section and both Marston and Barr hold down guitar spots in the band, their entire lineup will be performing...separately. How often does that happen?

Vampillia will put in one more NYC appearance after SXSW -- they're playing the Knitting Factory on March 16, along with Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum, Zarigani$, Happy, & Starmarie, as part of the "Japan Nite" tour (which also includes an appearance at Athens's Slingshot Festival). Tickets are available.

UPDATE: Vampillia also play NYC on March 7 at Trans-Pecos with Guardian Alien (ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band), G Lucas Crane and Brian Chase; and March 9 at Pianos with Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, and Three Thousand Rivers.

Mick Barr also has a third NYC show coming up -- March 21 at Secret Project Robot, alongside Ornament & Total Life, both of which are offshoots of the experimental unit Growing.

Check out the aforementioned Vampillia jams and the list of all of their currently announced dates below...

Continue reading "Vampillia (members of Boredoms) touring, playing NYC shows with members of Krallice & others (dates & streams)"

Killer Mike at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Killer Mike

Daughter @ Mercury Lounge, CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Daughter

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Daughter @ Apple Store SoHo
The UK ethereal folk act play a free acoustic show tonight at Apple Store Soho. 8 PM, free.

El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot, Kool AD @ Webster Hall
El-P and Killer Mike have a new album out together under the name Run the Jewels, which means tonight's co-headlining show will feature tons of collaboration between the two rappers, in addition to each one's long history of quality tracks. All three rappers lined up to support the night are excellent too, so this show should be a fun one start to finish.

Baroness, Royal Thunder @ Irving Plaza
Baroness were recently in town to play a free House of Vans show with the Melvins, where they played a great set, but being that they were opening, it was unfortunately on the short side. Things should be better tonight when they headline Irving Plaza. And if you're going, make sure to get there early for the great, sludgy Royal Thunder.

Summerscreen w/ Aa, Amen Dunes (6:30pm) @ McCarren Park (FREE)
It's the last free Summerscreen show of the season...which would be sad if tonight's film wasn't the 1984 family fantasy The NeverEnding Story. Which means the summer night will go on forever? (That may be a case for Lionel Hutz.) We can only hope either Aa or Amen Dunes will cover Limahl's cheezeball themesong before the film starts. Bands at 6 PM and the film starts at sunset. FREE.

Gnarwhal, Spanyurd, Mick Barr @ Death By Audio
Spazzy, proggy Nashville duo Gnarwhal will be making a racket at DbA tonight with the equally loud (though more mathy) Chicago band Spanyurd. Mick Barr is doing a solo set as well.

Ceremony, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Give, Luther @ Asbury Lanes (NJ)
Once a powerviolence band, now garage punk, Ceremony are at NJ's Asbury Lanes, which means things could be getting pretttttttty rowdy. Tourmates Ed Schrader's Music Beat open the night and their brand of stripped down post-punk rips too. The both play 285 Kent on Saturday (8/17).

Krief @ The Saint (NJ)
If you're in Asbury Park tonight but punk's not your thing, maybe hit The Saint to catch Dears guitarist Patrick Krief who makes pretty soaring guitar rock on his own.

Q-Tip (#Offline) @ Output
Q-Tip's weekly party, now at Output, aims to recreate the vibe of '90s clubs when most of us weren't staring at our phones all the time. But when you leave please be sure to include the pound sign in "#Offline" when you tweet about it.

Poodles, Monogold, Not Blood Paint, Appomattox @ Pianos
Joyous, rhythm-heavy locals Monogold continue their residency at Pianos continues tonight. Stick around after their set for the surf instrumental jams of Brooklyn's Poodles.

Designer Drugs, Lacey Youngblood @ The Rock Shop
Like last year, a handful of Brooklyn bands are going to Stockholm for the Brooklyn, Sweden festival. You can wish two of them -- including EDM rave faves Designer Drugs -- bon voyage tonight. (No doubt, this is a weird show for The Rock Shop.) The ticket price includes an hour of complimentary Brooklyn Brewery beer.

Big Terrific @ Cameo (FREE)
Max Silvestri hosts this popular weekly free comedy show that tonight welcomes Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, and Mike Recine.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Today is the 10th Anniversary of the 2003 East Coast Blackout.

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

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Mick Barr (right) w/ Krallice at Saint Vitus last week (more by Fred Pessaro)
Mick Barr

As mentioned, Secret Chiefs 3 are going on a North American tour this year which brings them to NYC for shows on May 17 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and May 18 and 19 at Union Pool (tickets). After those shows, they'll do a residency at The Stone, playing two sets (8 and 10 PM) every night from May 28 to June 2.

Other residencies are happening at The Stone in June as well, including Sylvie Courvoisier from June 4-9 and Ned Rothenberg from June 18 to 23, both of which include shows with Ikue Mori (and Ned's also includes a show with Marc Ribot). After that, Zeena Parkins, who appears during Ned's residency, will hold her own residency from June 25-30. On the first night of that residency, Zeena plays a duo set at 8 PM with guitar great Mick Barr (of Krallice).

Mick Barr has other shows coming up too, including April 20 at 92YTribeca with Little Women (tickets); May 2 at Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave) for the previously discussed Red Bull Music Academy-presented Queens Drone Activity Progress festival with Pharmakon, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi, Prurient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Pete Swanson, Noveller, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter, Vatican Shadow and others (tickets); and May 22 at Silent Barn as a trio with Johnny Deblase and Larry Kwartowitz. The rest of the bill includes Brown Wing Overdrive, DeTrop and Pet Bottle Ningen. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.

Updated Secret Chiefs 3 dates are listed, along with a Mick Barr song stream, below...

Continue reading "upcoming Mick Barr shows, a Secret Chiefs 3 residency at The Stone, and more"

Pharmakon

Pharmakon will release Abandon, Margaret Chardiet's debut effort with Sacred Bones and first long-player overall. Look for it on May 14th via the label, but first check out the new track "Crawling On Bruised Knees" available for streaming below..

Chardiet's noisy, confrontational and abrasive live show is a must see, and you can catch her at a trio of upcoming NYC shows including, most imminently, the previously discussed April 7th date at 285 Kent with Jason Lescalleet and Spencer Yeh Trio (tickets) and at another show at 285 Kent on June 15th with Marshstepper, Body of Light, Lust For Youth and Foreplay as part of the Northside Festival. Ticketing info for that one is on the way, or get in with your Northside Festival badge.

Pharmakon also has one other NYC date, as part of the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy series of events, and it's a whopper:

On May 2, the Red Bull Music Academy will turn the spectacular Knockdown Center into a temple of thundering noise with some of today's most daring sound artists for Drone Activity In Progress. The night will see performances from sixteen solo artists and duos on three stages, where the sound bleed between stages is entirely intentional.
Joining Chardiet will be performances from Stephen O'Malley, KTL (Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg), Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Prurient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy, Oren Ambrachi, Alan Licht, Vatican Shadow, Pete Swanson, Mick Barr, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, Alberich, Noveller, grassmass and Hiram Martinez, and $8 tickets for the show, which is one night after the big "Round Robin Duet" show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, are on sale and will include shuttle bus service from the Jefferson L train.

All other dates and that stream is below.

Continue reading "Pharmakon readies 'Abandon' (stream a track), adds dates, playing big RBMA show full of experimental artists (dates)"

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The Allman Brothers are playing ten shows at Beacon Theatre between March 1 to March 16. Tickets for all ten nights are on Fan Club presale now, go on AmEx presale today at noon, and general sale starts January 11 at 10 AM.

The Black Crowes are playing four nights in the NYC area this Apirl, with shows at The Capitol Theatre on April 2 and 3 and Terminal 5 on April 5 and 6. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows and the T5 shows go on sale January 11 at 10 AM.

The Big Pink are playing an Encore! Session at Le Baron Chinatown on January 7.

Denitia and Sene were added to the Memory Tapes show at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are still available.

Kria Brekkan is playing the newly reopened Silent Barn on January 8 with Aaron Roche and Gabrielle Herbst & Swoon Shop. No advance tickets for this one, more details at the facebook event.

Machinedrum, who just played Le Poisson Rouge on 12/30, will play a free show at Tammany Hall on Saturday (1/5) with Allies for Everyone (DJ), Evan MIchael, Dan Wender, and Sheepshead.

Zs, Mick Barr, Hubble, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, and DJ Ripley are playing Public Assembly on Sunday (1/6). No advance tickets, more details at the facebook event.

Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Lux Perpetua, and Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Death by Audio on January 19. Admission is $7 at the door.

The new lineup of Zs: Patrick Higgins, Sam Hillmer, Greg Fox
Zs

Zs celebrate their 10th anniversary with the new box set The Complete Sextet Works: 2002 - 2007, which is out September 13 via Northern Spy (preorder). The four-disc set contains more nearly five hours of tunes from the band and includes a 22-page booklet. Sample some of those tracks below.

Help celebrate Zs' 11th year and the set's release with an appearance scheduled for August 29 at 285 Kent where the band will be joined by Wet Ink Ensemble, Extra Life, Mick Barr + Marc Edwards Duo, Hubble and Diamond Terrifier, along with DJ sets from Brandon Stosuy and Robin Carolan. $10 gets you in the door. The show will also be a coming out party for new members Patrick Higgins (Bachanalia, ex-Animal) and drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien).

Stream material from the box set below, and congratulations to Zs on their decade in existence.

Continue reading "Zs ready 10th Anniversary boxset (streams), schedule release party at 285 Kent"

Mick Barr with Krallice at House of Vans last Year (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Krallice

Six-string guitar deity Mick Barr will join Tim Dahl and Kevin Shea for a performance on August 16th at Zebulon. Cellular Chaos and From Bacteria to Boys will join in on the madness for the evening, so prepare for an evening of jaw-dropping instrumental prowess. You have been warned.

The show goes down six days after Mick plays the previously discussed Basilica Music Festival in Hudson NY (on 8/10). There Barr will join names like Liturgy, C. Lavender, Brian Dewan, Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, The Psychic Paramount, Hiro Kone and more over the two day extravaganza. Tickets are still available for you procrastiating folk.

In also-Mick-Barr-news, his celebrated black metal project Krallice have released a stellar new song in "IIIIIIII" from the forthcoming LP Years Past Matter. Stream that below, and preorder a copy of the LP via the band directly. Krallice will celebrate the release of the new LP at Saint Vitus on August 25th with Ancient Wound and new addition Sea of Bones. Tickets are still available.

That song stream and the Krallice cover art are below.

Continue reading "Mick Barr playing Zebulon & Basilica; stream new Krallice track"

Some of you may remember art installation The Maze which took over Death by Audio back in Fall 2009 and at at Chashama's Visual Arts Space in 2009. Well it's back, as the You Are Here Festival has returned for a month-long residency at Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick (389 Melrose St) from July 12 - Aug 4.

Just like in previous years, the festival will include a "gigantic life size maze", and will host a grip of performers on Thursday - Saturday during their stay at the space. Thursday's kickoff event (7/12) features Miho Hatori's New Optimism, ZS, Bachanalia, Ann Liv Young and DJ JG Thirlwell of various Foetus incarnations. Other performers throughout the month include Xeno and Oaklander, Hubble, Mick Barr, Dan Friel, Zs, VAZ, Amen Dunes, Extra Life, Diamond Terrifier and many many more. Full schedule for "You are Here" is below including details on the art exhibitions at the space.

The festival is also readying a limited mixtape, featuring unheard/rare tracks from many of the performers scheduled for the event. Get a copy at the shows and at the You Are Here site, and check out "Hubble Potatoes" by Hubble which appears on said comp below.

In related news, both Diamond Terrifier and Hubble will perform at Zebulon tonight (7/10), joining Excepter and Hagfish & Poet Lounge. The show is part of a month-long residency durated by Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of Zs) on Tuesdays at the venue. The remainder of shows will feature a Patrick Higgins electro-acoustic set with Sleng Teng, and Tetryl Red on 7/17, ATM, with Psychic Reality, and Chuck Bettis on 7/24, and the final show on 7/31 with Talibam!, Violet Raid, Sun Watchers, and GADDFJXR.

Full details on the fest are below. The group is currently seeking funding for a Berlin edition in September 2012, contribute if you can.

Continue reading "The You Are Here Festival (aka The Maze) is coming to Secret Project Robot"

The Basilica Hudson
Basilica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

words by BBG

Kevin Hufnagel at Union Pool (more by Samantha Marble)
Kevin Hufnagel

Saint Vitus and Singe Valah Productions will host "Of Stardust", a two-part event on 11/3 that will double as both an exhibition for "Where Purgatory Ends" by Costin Chioreanu, and a show directly after. The event kicks off at 6PM with some complimentary wine and the exhibition, a US exclusive of Chioreanu's works accompanied by the recorded soundtrack of the artist and Rune Eriksen (ex-Mayhem). Listen to some of that audio below. For some examples of the art of Costin Chioreanu head here.

The exhibit will remain up as the event transitions to a live show at 8PM with performances by Musk Ox, Daniel Menche, Ocrilim (Mick Barr), and Kevin Hufnagel, all delivering sets until the evening closes. The Musk Ox and Daniel Menche performances are both one-off appearances. Advance tickets are on sale for the show (for $13), or you can get yours at the door ($15).

Alternately, and on a much bigger note, Rune Eriksen's old alma mater, Mayhem, will be in NYC that same night for a show at Gramercy Theater that's being billed as the "pre-game" for Metal SuckFest which is at the same venue the next two nights (11/4 & 11/5). More Mayhem dates HERE.

The actual Metal Suckfest recently added pornogrind band Lake Bukkake (not kidding) and will run a special on tickets TOMORROW (11/2), reducing ticket prices to $25 from $30.

In also related news, Kevin Hufnagel will be at Saint Vitus on 11/5 as well, this time performing as part of Vaura for their appearance with Rosenkopf and Anatomy of Habit, the latter's exclusive area appearance. Tickets are still available for Anatomy of Habit, a BrooklynVegan/Wierd production.

Check out some "Where Purgatory Ends" video and the soundtrack to said exhibition, along with a teaser for Metal Suckfest below.

Continue reading "'Where Purgatory Ends' exhibition & show in NYC this week, Mayhem & Metal Suckfest too"

by BBG

The Atlas Moth at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
The Atlas Moth

Reminder! The Atlas Moth will team with KEN Mode at Union Pool on Saturday (10/1) as part of their string of dates together. Doors are at 9PM and $10 gets you in. The Atlas Moth's An Ache For The Distance is out now.

Premonition 13, featuring the mighty Wino, will team with The Gates of Slumber and Mount Olympus for a show at Saint Vitus on 11/17. The show is part of a number of dates for the legendary vocalist, all of which are available below.

Mick Barr has several shows showcasing his many faces in the coming weeks. October 4th will see Barr as part of the Mike Pride/Jon Irabagon/Mick Barr trio at The Stone, while 10/9 will see a solo set from the guitar wizard with Extra Life, Pygmy Shrews, and GDFX at Glasslands. Mick Barr will team with Chuck Bettis as a duo at Bruar Falls on 10/14 with Zevious, Nick Millevoi, Hyrrokkin, and Brown Angel and last but not least, look for Barr on 11/3 at Saint Vitus as part of Ocrilim with Musk Ox, Daniel Menche, and Kevin Hufnagel (tickets).

Bison BC will team with Primitive Weapons, Bezoar, and Sannhet at Saint Vitus on 10/17 as part of a close to their successful round of dates with Weedeater and Saviours. Tickets are on sale.

Argonauts(!) and Alkahest have been added to ABC No Rio on 10/8 with The Body and Thou, their only current NYC date. In semi-related news, Infernal Stronghold will play the venue in the week following (on 10/15) but will return to NYC to play Europa with Absu and the newly added Villains on 11/12. Tickets are on sale.

Hot Graves return to NYC with a date at Acheron on 10/16 with The Communion and Salo The all ages show kicks off at 8PM.

If you haven't heard, Rwake have been added to Hull's Record Release show at Mercury Lounge on 10/10. Tickets are on sale.

In addition to Monday's show at Acheron with Mutilation Rites (10/3), the Black Twilight Circle tour will hit NYC AGAIN on 10/7 at The Charleston with Raspberry Bulbs. Flyer is below. The show is one of only two shows on the schedule for Raspberry Bulbs, who will also support Villains during CMJ. Tickets are on sale.

All flyers, some video (including the new Ghoul video!), and mor esuggested shows and tour dates are below. What did I miss?

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

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

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

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

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

All dates below...

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by BBG

Mick Barr last night at Zebulon
Mick Barr

Three guitarists of amazing prowess stripped down, stepping away from the comfort of blast-beats, double bass, and rhythm guitar to play solo sets last night (8/29) at Zebulon. The trio, Mick Barr, Kevin Hufnagel and Andrew Hock, each performed separate sets that showed their true virtuosity on their instrument, touching on improv, clean guitar, and looping to create fascinating pieces out of their usual comfort zone. It was a night that captured a glimpse of the abilities of these performers that is seldom seen behind the wall of distortion.

Andrew Hock (Castevet) started off the night, mixing clean spanish style guitar with blasts of feedback noise, eventually transitioning to electric. It was here that he stylistically shifted, looping phrases with an e-bow that recalled the bouncy, bubbling rhythms of Growing with the added underlying textural washes of Stars of The Lid in moments.

Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) followed, proving that the ukelele isn't just a kitschy instrument damned to Hawaiian tourists or Eddie Vedder's "newest discovery". Hufnagel wielded the four-string like a spanish guitar, playing sad yet powerful passages interjected by short and funny discussion with the crowd. Chops dont always equal good songwriting, but Hufnagel has the ability to shepherd his guitar wizardry into short yet memorable blasts of guitar frenzy.

Mick Barr (Krallice, Orthrelm) closed out the evening with his circular and powerful electric guitar compositions. Like a possessed hummingbird, Barr's maniacal riffing is both impressive and dumb-founding; his laser-accurate fretting had him sliding up and down the neck without missing a single note. Barr's style is almost percussive, with his picking hand thumping against the pickup as he ripped out jaw-dropping riffs that were jazzy with touches of death and black metal. After long stretches of what seemed like 128th-notes, Barr would interject jarring Fugazi-like start-stop rhythms and booming chords that could have stood against most doom bands today. If he didn't sound so good, you could easily sit back and take in the freak show aspect of it all; Mick Barr's abilities as a performer blur the lines between insanity and genius. But mostly genius.

Mick Barr's new solo LP Coiled Malescence will be released by Safety Meeting on September 13th. Listen to one song below...

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by BBG

Krallice at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
Krallice

Though Krallice plays with Converge and Touche Amore tonight (8/24) at House of Vans, Mick Barr won't take a moment to bask in the post-show glow before heading out the door. Directly following House of Vans, Mick Barr will head to Zebulon to play a show as part of Barr/Shea/Dahl (Kevin Shea from Talibam and Tim Dahl of Child Abuse), supporting Little Women with Stern.

The show is one of two for the frenetic guitarist, as he'll also hit Zebulon on 8/29 with Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhthmia, Gorguts) and Andrew Hock (Castevet) just 5 days later (8/29).

Andrew Hock also plays as part of the Anthony Coleman/Andrew Hock Duo with Ches Smith and others at Cafe Orwell (Varet street) on Friday (8/26). For more info, head to the Facebook invite.

Krallice also play Union Pool on 9/17.

Mick Barr is currently prepping his new solo LP Coiled Malescence via Safety Meeting Records. Preorder it now and stream one track, "Vohvar", with the cover art and tracklist below. Stream the whole thing at Decibel.

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by BBG

Mick Barr with Krallice at Union Pool (more by BBG)
Mick Barr

Some great options tonight (8/5)! If you aren't heading out to catch Castevet at Saint Vitus or Oak at 538 Johnson, you might want to swing by Death By Audio to catch Mick Barr (of Krallice) with Vaz, Lichens, and The Dreebs. A paltry $7 gets you in.

Krallice will play Union Pool on 9/17 with Black Anvil, Ruin Lust and Urfaust!

Reminder! Disma / Coffinworm / Unearthly Trance / Oak at Saint Vitus on Saturday! Tickets are still available. I interviewed Daryl this week.

Sete Star Sept will hit The Charleston on August 19th, as part of a bill that will also include Penis Geyser, The Communion, and Radiation Blackbody. The show is part of a US/Canadian tour for the Japanese grind band. All dates are below.

ACxDC will team with Napoleon Complex, Brain Slug, aand Skelptarsis for a show at Pary Xpo on August 9th. The show is part of the band's East Coast Devastation tour.

Nihilistic hardcore band Sea of Shit will hit Stolen Sleeves on August 12th for a show with Vaccine, Ilsa, and Callous

Great Falls, which features members of Kiss It Goodbye and Playing Enemy, will be in the NYC area to play a pair of shows on their East Coast tour. Look for them at Lit Lounge on August 8th with Fashion Week and A Passage Between and at Acheron on August 11th with Xaddax, Radiation Blackbody and Passage Between.

More suggested shows and some video is below. What did I miss?

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Deerhoof at Europa in March (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Deerhoof

Deerhoof have a few festival appearances this fall including Midpoint Music Festival, the Polyvinyl 15 Year Anniversary show with Joan of Arc and Braid (and many more) at the Pygmalion Music Festival, and ATP NJ. They've added a few shows surrounding those festivals. They'll play NYC on September 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Mick Barr and White Suns open the show. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (7/6) at noon.

All tour dates below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Zs - Acres of Skin (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zs - Diamond Terrifier (Zebrablood remix) (MP3)

Zs

Avant-garde band Zs are celebrating their new LP New Slaves (out now on Social Registry) with a show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight (5/11), and they've brought along a pretty amazing cast of characters to pad the show. Kicking off at 8PM, the Brooklyn band will be joined by noise collective Excepter, guitar god Mick Barr and synth band Silk Flowers with river-dredging vocals, in addition to Dutty Artz DJs Matt Shadetek & Lamin. Tickets are still available.

It's one of two NYC shows on the calendar for Zs, with the second taking place June 26th at Issue Project Room with david linton: bicameral research sound & projection system.

New Slaves marks Zs' first full-length LP on Social Registry, after dropping their Music of the Modern White EP on the label last year. The band recently debuted the track and a video for "Acres of Skin". Download that track above, and check out its video below.

The band also sent along an exclusive new remix of their song "Diamond Terrifier" done up by Zebrablood of Excepter (who play their show tonight). The result is a 12-minute dancefloor-from-hell take on the breathy 13-minute drone-like original; don't listen alone with the lights off.

That song figures into the band's plans for future, which include a record of New Slaves remixes with contributions expected from Brian Degraw (Gang Gang Dance), Gabe Andruzzi (The Rapture), Genesis P-orridge (Throbbing Gristle/Psychic Tv) Jim Thirwell (Foetus), Dutty Artz DJs, Zebrablood (Excepter) and others. They plan on touring Europe in late July/early August.

More on what's in the works for Zs and their sax player/community-mover-and-shaker Sam Hillmer (straight from Sam's mouth) - including the last concert of the Real Bushwick/Bushwick Real series on June 4th with Janka Nabay, nine11thesaurus and more, and another Maze, which he says is being planned for fall 2011, and will be constructed of chain link fences outside - is posted below...

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by BBG

Toby Driver
* Toby Driver photo by Gemma Fleming

Toby Driver is an "other". Not like Benjamin Linus or one of the Dharma Initiative, but in that his artistic endeavors Kayo Dot and Maudlin of The Well exist in the in-between, and outside. Driver's current project, Kayo Dot, is prepping to release their fourth album Coyote via Hydra Head on April 6th. On Coyote, elements of goth, avant-jazz, prog, ambient, and the kitchen sink meld with the avant-garde, making for an intensely fascinating and eclectic listen.

Driver was recently asked to curate the month of February at The Stone, John Zorn's non-profit club in the East Village. We sat down to ask Driver about some of the bands he chose which include solo sets from members of Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Extra Life, and Bloody Panda in addition to Baby Dee, Oxbow, Gnaw, and a full performance by his own band doing Coyote from start to finish, and the recent resurrection of Maudlin of The Well.

Full interview and Stone schedule, below....

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photos by Leia Jospe

Lightning Bolt

"When you hear the stories that after Hisham Bharoocha left [Lightning Bolt] to form Black Dice, Chippendale took over vocals by jamming the microphone into his mouth, it all seems to make perfect sense. Lightning Bolt concentrate their efforts around the sheer propulsion and energy their music drives off. And while Chippendale has always been an excellent drummer, the vocals he provides here and there open up the sounds in immense manners. On the forever moving "Transmissionary," fused with menacing, twirling music that swirls and confuses, his vocals convey a ghostly blend of spectral vision - they're spooky, vital and completely necessary." [adequacy.net]
Hisham Bharoocha is no longer in Black Dice either. He now spends his time performing as Soft Circle. He released a split 12 inch on PPM with High Places in July

Black Dice, Mick Barr and TV Ghost opened for Lightning Bolt at Above the Auto Parts in Bushwick last night (10/30). Leia missed the first two bands, but more shots from the second half of the show, below...

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words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chloe Rice

DOWNLOAD: Krallice - "The Mountain" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Krallice - "Dimensional Bleedthrough" (MP3)

Kraliice's Mick Barr (solo) at Show No Mercy September edition
Mick Barr

After a triumphant debut, the mighty Krallice is back with Dimensional Bleedthrough, their NEW LP for Profound Lore! Due on Nov 10th, the band recently debuted the title track, but now dig on their latest skullcrusher "The Mountain" available above! Featuring the meaty guttural screams of bassist Nick McMaster on vox instead of the banshee wail of virtuoso Mick Barr, "The Mountain" is a seriously heavy track. Check out the cover art and track listing for the album below.

To celebrate the release, the band will team up with Malkuth, Orphan, and Liturgy at Union Pool for a show on November 13th! That date is just 12 days after the virtuosic Colin Marston is scheduled to play NYC with Dysrhythmia as the last date of their tour. Right before that Liturgy and Malkuth also share a bill at Market Hotel on Halloween.

Mick Barr recently played the September edition of Show No Mercy alongside the mighty Gnaw, Castevet, and Period. A few more pics from that show are below.

Castevet AND Malkuth are also on board to play Union Pool with the incredamazing Woe and the equally awesome Aluk Todolo on 10/4. $8 gets you in.

Besides Krallice, Profound Lore is also prepping the new LP from Portal, as well as the new Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, Anthrax, etc) project Crucifist, which is out NOW.

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Sam Hillmer (left) playing with Zs @ the Yard (more by Sarahana)
Zs

You Are Here (The Maze) is a performance festival in a sculptural maze taking place at Williamsburg's Death By Audio from September 10 - October 2, 2009. Emphasizing the sprawling and interconnected nature of New York's underground, a trip through the maze offers a peak inside NYC's diy art/music scene. A meditation on passage and desire, You Are Here engulfs the space and presents beckoning inhabitants, dead ends, and uplifting epitaphs. Medium and genre vary and overlapping and simultaneous performances are frequent, each performer establishing a different corner or dead end as his or hers.
The lineup and installation is being put together by TROUBLE (Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris). Acts in the three-week schedule include Calvin Johnson, Screaming Females, Mick Barr, Ty Segal, Grooms, Extra Life and others.

Skeletons kick off the first night of the festival on September 10th as the Skeletons Big Band, a 12-piece band (expanded from their usual four) that's also playing September 7-9th at Roulette. There they'll be performing "New Works for a Larger Ensemble" which includes "excerpts and new arrangements from their record in progress "PEOPLE," a long form piece based around conversations in Greyhound busses and stations, and beyond..."

The full schedule for the Maze (and the lineup for Skeletons Big Band) is below...

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