Entries tagged with: Murder City Devils
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
by Andrew Sacher
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest went out on a high note on Sunday (11/9) after two previous days of fun fun fun. While I spent the first two days hopping from stage to stage, I spent the entire final day on the punk/metal-centric Black Stage, besides taking one brief break from the distortion to catch Angel Olsen's always-mesmerizing folk rock early on at the Orange Stage.
First up for me was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash "supergroup" with members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. You couldn't have asked for a better start to the day as Iron Reagan made good on their promise to play more songs than any other band on the festival and still be off stage before they were supposed to. With only minimal breaks for banter, they ripped through songs from both of their albums and various EPs and included a cover of Cannibal Corpse's "A Skull Full of Maggots." These dudes definitely look and act the part, with no lack of '80s thrash hair swings and stage moves. They almost never smiled on stage, but if a song like "Your Kid's An Asshole" doesn't give it away, nobody was taking themselves too seriously.
After catching that Angel Olsen set, the next band on Black Stage was Deafheaven. Though you'd think the they would really be better fit for a dark room, they looked readymade for a festival set under the sun. The band's black metal/post-rock blend was tight as ever, but in daylight frontman George Clarke is even more of a sight to see. He's all about showmanship and crowd interaction and spends so much of the show reaching his hands out Nick Cave-style over the eager fans who can't wait to reach back.
Then came Hot Water Music, as much veterans of the '90s punk/emo scene as Mineral and Knapsack who played two days earlier, just with many more albums and only a two-year breakup period. They sounded awesome as always, with the highlights off their 2012 comeback album Exister sounding as great as their more classic material. Like they did at The Fest the weekend earlier, they brought out Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause to split lead vocals on "Trusty Chords" and you can check out a short clip of that below.
After Hot Water Music, the veteran punk continued on the Black Stage through the end of the festival. The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.
After GB on the fest was Rocket From the Crypt, one of the many bands of John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc), who made it seem like their short reunion was over before this but luckily they had more in them. RFTC were great -- their many-membered lineup, two horn players included, took the stage in their matching outfits and delivered plenty of fan faves. We got "Middle," "On A Rope," "Heart of a Rat," "Im Not Invisible," "Glazed" and plenty more from their initial 10+ year run as a band.
Following them and headlining the Black Stage for the night was Murder City Devils, who were pretty much the perfect match for RFTC given they were around at the same time for a while in the '90s/early '00s and shared an approach to blending rock n' roll and punk. One difference though is Murder City have a new album out and they played some of that but we also got plenty from their prime era like "18 Wheels," "Press Gang," "Idle Hands" and more. Whether it was an old one or a new one though, Murder City were on fire. They were incredibly tight, loud, and full of a serious amount of energy. Catching their set was my personal biggest conflict of the weekend (I had to miss Neutral Milk Hotel), but with a set like the one they played I have no regrets.
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.
One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]
More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Murder City Devils in Philly in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Seattle garage punks Murder City Devils have been reunited for quite a few years now, and today (8/5) they put out their new album, The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again, their first release of new original music since 2001's Thelema EP on Sub Pop. The band's trademark organ, courtesy of former member Leslie Hardy, only shows up on one song, but singer Spencer Moody's growled vocals are still vicious as ever. You can stream the album in full at the band's webstore, where it can also be purchased in vinyl and digital formats. Three tracks can be streamed below.
The band also have upcoming tour dates including Riot Fest Chicago, Fun Fun Fun Fest and FYF Fest, but unfortunately none in NYC at the moment. All dates are listed, with those streams and the lyric sheet for the album, below...
Murder City Devils (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fun Fun Fun Fest says:
FUN FUN FUN FEST is announcing today two changes to the music lineup for the festival Nov 7-9, 2014 in Austin. Modest Mouse will now be performing on Saturday, Nov 8 on the Orange Stage. The band will fill the slot previously held by Death Cab For Cutie, who had to cancel their performance due to an unforeseen and unavoidable scheduling conflict. The band is very sad to miss out on FFF, and they look forward to returning to Austin in 2015.That was quick! It was less than a week ago (and at the start of a holiday weekend) that Fun Fun Fun Fest published their response to Death Grips.
Also, following the napkin-announced breakup of Death Grips, FFF Fest is announcing that the Murder City Devils will perform in their place on Sunday, Nov 9 on the Black Stage. Murder City Devils will be playing in support of their new album to be released Aug 5, "The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again," which is their first full length studio release since 2000's "In Name and Blood."
To view the full festival music lineup broken down by day and stage - or to purchase weekend passes, Ultimate Smooth Passes (USP) and single day tickets - go to funfunfunfest.com.
FFF Fest has also recently released their 2014 Yellow Stage lineup, including comedy (Fred Armisen, Thomas Middleditch & Kumail Nanjiani from HBO's Silicon Valley, W. Kamau Bell) and spoken word (John Waters, Jello Biafra) and more. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the skate & ride action sports lineup as well as this year's Aqua Olympics program.
Modest Mouse also have shows coming up in CT, NJ, NY and other places.
Death Grips were also supposed to play FYF Fest which Murder City Devils is already playing. MCD also have a handful of other west coast dates in support of a new album called The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again (out August 5), as you can see in their tour flyer with the cover art, below...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Murder City Devils / Tweens @ Union Transfer - 2/7/14
If you do not know the Murder City Devils, take a quick look on YouTube to get an easy idea of what their live shows are like. The band's been around since 1996 and are still going hard. Opening with "It's In My Heart" they hammered straight through a 19-song setlist. No in-between banter, no stopping, no encore.Organ-loving garage punks Murder City Devils haven't played NYC in years but they finally returned over the weekend when their tour with Cincinnati's poppy, punky Tweens hit Webster Hall on Saturday (2/8). We missed them in NYC, but we did catch the two bands at Philly's Union Transfer a day earlier, which the above review is from. Pictures from the Philly show are in this post.
...There was nothing between the band, the music, and the fans. The holy trinity of concert magic where you can feel the music and energy vibrate through your being. The crowd was wild with fans moshing and crowd-surfing all over the venue. There are some concerts you go to where the fans and the crowd you are with really make the show, and this was one of them. You fall down in the pit; someone's already picking you up before you hit the ground. If you ever wanted to crowd surf before but were too scared to try, this was the night. [That Music Mag]
They continue, along with the Philly setlist and a video from Webster Hall, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Murder City Devils are heading out on the road again in 2014, but before that, they've gifted us with a stream of their 1998 Christmas single via their website. If you don't already have the 7" buried in your collection, you can stream the a-side in all of its raw-throated, holiday-spirited balladry, below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Christmas song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Murder City Devils at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Organ-filled garage punk greats Murder City Devils have been going strong since reuniting in 2006, continuing to tour, and quietly releasing the "Every Day I Rise" b/w "Ball Busters In The Peanut Gallery" 7" in early 2012. It's a real solid single, and sounds surprisingly fresh for a band who hadn't put out anything new for ten years. The physical version is long sold out, but you can still pick up the digital for $2 at the band's webstore. You can also stream the A-side and check out a video of them playing the B-side at their 2010 Maxwell's show (filmed by unARTig) below.
The Seattle crew just wrapped up some dates on the west coast, including a show in Santa Ana with TSOL last night (11/12) (video of that below), and they've also announced some dates for 2014, including a January run in Texas and a February run in the Northeast. The Northeast run brings the band to NYC on February 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (11/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (11/13) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with those videos and stream, below...
photos by BBG
Four stages and more. Fun Fun Fun Fest truly is non-stop fun of many varieties. BBG spent most of Friday at the Black Stage (the one Danzig headlined). His pictures, including Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Murder City Devils, Russian Circles and the afterparty at Red 7, continue below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
According to a police report, the thief likely climbed up the two-story building's fire escape near Union Avenue after 3 am.That sucks! Beware of any suspcious tweets and/or emails.
After entering Jelly's second-floor office's unlocked door, the thief grabbed three computers: a Macbook Pro, a laptop used by Jelly promoters, and an employee's personal computer.
Jelly co-founder Alexander Kane lamented the loss of his work computer, calling its content "irreplaceable."
The shows will go on though. This weekend Jelly hosts two more parties. The first is the second edition of Rock Yard on Saturday (lineup at the link). The second is Sunday's Pool Party which this week is a "Block Party" and is scheduled to take place at/outside Brooklyn Bowl instead of Williamsburg Waterfront. The Sunday "block party" still has no announced lineup though (but Siren co-headliner Ted Leo is a rumor).
This weekend's Block Party is one of two upcoming "block parties" that Jelly has planned for us this summer. The next one will take place at South Street Seaport in NYC (and in three other states as well).
Video of cops busting/searching people at the July 18th Pool Party while Murder City Devils plays in the background (the 9 minute video is titled "Waste of Time: 9 Pigs to sniff out 1 Roach"), below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Murder City Devils, Obits, JEFF the Brotherhood & Silverghost played the second of seven Pool Parties happening at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. Stay tuned for a full report that also encompasses the show MCD played at Maxwell's on Friday. In the meantime, check out more pictures from the Sunday show, below...
JEFF the Brotherhood in Nashville in 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
today in NYC
PG6, Golden Dawn @ Cake Shop
Bob Log III @ Mercury Lounge
Konono No. 1, Javelin @ (le) Poisson Rouge
The Night Marchers, No Pasaran @ Maxwell's
Pronto (members of Wilco), Todd Barry @ Pianos
Heavy Cream, Reading Rainbow, The Splinters, Elks @ Death By Audio
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Janka Nabay, Diamond Rings @ Monster Island Basement
Murder City Devils, Obits, JEFF The Brotherhood, Silverghost @ Williamsburg Waterfront (Pool Party)
Murder City Devils headline the Pool Party today. They played Maxwell's on Friday. Video from that show below.
JEFF the Brotherhood play the Pool Party too. Their friends play Death by Audio.
Obits (ex-Hot Snakes) play the Pool Party too.
The Night Marchers (ex-Hot Snakes) played Siren Saturday, a secret show with Obits in Park Slope afterwards, and they play Maxwell's tonight.
Konono No 1 headlined the African Festival Saturday and play Le Poisson Rouge tonight.
photos by Keith Marlowe
"You know it's hot at the Murder City Devils show at Maxwell's when I'm considering pissing myself to cool off!" - John Agnello
If you missed the insanity that was Murder City Devils at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Friday night, well, then don't miss them today (Sunday, July 18th) them when they play for 100% free at the "Pool Party" at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn with JEFF the Brotherhood, Obits and Silverghost. More about the Maxwell's show later. More pictures and the setlist from the show, below...
@ a 2009 Pool Party (more by Tim Griffin)
I don't know what Veoba is either. The press release explains it though...
For the past 4 years, JELLY has hosted over 200,000 people for what has become one of the most groundbreaking FREE concert series in New York. Summer Sundays in Brooklyn have become synonymous with The Pool Parties and in the series' 5th Anniversary year, Pool Parties promises not to disappoint.They didn't announce who is playing the Brooklyn Bowl block party on August 1st. One complication might be that one of the bigger bands cancelled.
This year, The Pool Parties are again on the Williamsburg Waterfront for 7 dates from July 11th--August 29th. Due to scheduling conflicts, our August 1st date will be moved to a "Block Party" in and around Brooklyn Bowl making it 8 total "FREE Pool Party Sundays".
In celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary, JELLY also would like to give a big thanks to Senator Chuck Schumer and Phillip Goldfeder from the Senator's office for all of their support ensuring JELLY'S return to the Williamsburg Waterfront. JELLY owners Alexander Kane and Sarah Hooper state that, "It has been a long hard road this year to bring this series back to Williamsburg and it 100% could not have been done without Senator Schumer's efforts. "
The Pool Parties will be co-presented by VEOBA, an online resource for artists, managers, and record labels. Based in Chicago, but with global reach, VEOBA provides the music community with select services to progress and maintain their livelihood. VEOBA launched in May 2010 as a collective made up of music industry veterans, writers, managers, artists, and cartoon characters. From co-founder Jay Parkin, "More often than not, musicians rely on others to take their careers to the next level. We're here for those who care enough to do it themselves." Sharing Jelly's values of creativity and innovation, the people at VEOBA are thrilled to be involved in this summer's production. Parkin concludes, "For the independent and the like- minded, VEOBA facilitates the next step."
JELLY as well wants to give a shout out to all of their partners this summer from the new faces to old friends. Special thanks to AllSaints and Vans. As well as Amp Energy, vitaminwater®, SESAC, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, ZYNC from American Express^(SM), Spin Magazine, KEXP, and Main Drag. Along with OSA sponsors: Time Out New York, Brooklyn Brewery, and Heineken.
Now onto our official Pool Parties 5th Year Anniversary lineup! Check back soon for surprise guests we cant announce yet, the official DJ lineup for The Pool Parties 2010, and more fun things that are SURE to make the 5th Year Anniversary series one you will never forget!
The Official After-Pool Parties, presented by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, will be held at Brooklyn Bowl following every Sunday's Pool Party!
The only difference between the leaked lineup and the official lineup is the addition of another "SECRET SPECIAL GUEST" and the listing of some curators. You can see the full list of confirmed free shows, below...
Murder City Devils at Nokia Theater (more by Brian Reilly)
Maxwell's may be sold out, but from the looks of it Murder City Devils have a FREE show in their midst not soon after! A Brooklyn show is slated to go down on July 18th.... a Sunday. Hmm. A free show on a Sunday. I wonder what that is... and if that show possibly also includes Jeff The Brotherhood.
The July 18th show is a week before No Age, Cap'n Jazz and Lightning Bolt are free on a Sunday. A member of Cap'n Jazz (possibly with the whole band in tow?) also has a show coming up at Maxwell's right around that time.
There will be seven total Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer.
All Murder City Devils dates and some video is below...
DOWNLOAD - Melvins - "The Water Glass" (MP3)
Murder City Devils at Nokia (more by Brian Reilly)
After a show at Nokia earlier this year, The Murder City Devils are coming back for more east coast shows and a second NYC-area helping in 2010. That new short run of east coast dates includes a Maxwell's show on July 16th. Advanced tickets for the NJ show are only available at Tunes (according to the venue's website).
The show is less than a month after MCD drummer Coady Willis plays NYC twice with The Melvins, as part of their tour with Isis and Totimoshi (Isis's last tour ever). Tickets for 6/18 at Webster and 6/19 at MHOW are still available.
In other news, The Melvins have their new album The Bride Screamed Murder, due on Ipecac on TUESDAY (6/1). Dig on "The Water Glass" above. The LP isn't their only release on deck either. They'll also share a split on Hydra Head Records with tourmates Isis:
...Two ISIS songs featured on this split are amongst the last recorded output to be released by the band, and are (relatively) exclusive to this 12". The first, "Way Through Woven Branches" has previously only been available as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their most recent full length "Wavering Radiant". The second track "Pliable Foe", has never been released anywhere, and believe or not (at the time of this writing anyway), has managed to escape being sucked into the shadowy vortex of illegal internet file sharing. Both tracks were recorded during the sessions of the aforementioned "Wavering Radiant" album... The Melvins tracks featured on the flipside of this platter are culled from their latest full length album "The Bride Screamed Murder", albeit in highly altered forms from what appears there and are exclusive to this release. Remixed and reworked by the band themselves along with the help of ever nimble and able engineer and ally Toshi Kasai, these tracks are prime examples of The Melvins persona as we've come to know it - alternately jarring, tuneful, heavy, and bizarre.Look for it July 13th, the same day as that Torche/Boris split.
All dates and some videos below...
words by BBG, photos by Brian Reilly
It was a little surreal seeing the enormous LED billboard outside the Nokia with the crowned skull and crossed switchblade logo [for Murder City Devils] and all kinds of video of the band. But it was the punkest thing Times Square probably ever had on display, so as surreal as it was it was pretty fucking boss too.... The second the band started all hell broke loose. It was easily my favorite show of the three... My voice will be gone for the next couple days and I'm a little sore to be honest but man the Devils made my weekend... They're probably the only band around in the past couple decades that did the rock and roll they way it should be done. -[Frankenstein Sound System]One of the things that I worried about the most going into the Nokia show was the fact that the last time Murder City Devils played NYC was at the infinitely smaller CBGB's. Call me a doubter, but walking into the venue on 2/13, I expected it to be half full and although it wasn't comparatively as full as Carcass (my last experinece at the venue), I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout! MCD rules.
Unfortunately I missed all of Feral Children, but got there in time to catch MCD take the stage around 10:45. Playing a nitro-fueled set of garage-y punk which included stage dives, writhing on the floor, and full-on spazz attacks, the band played a 45 minute set before retiring to the back to reemerge later. The crowd seemed as energized as the band, even the audience sitting in the rear of the space; I noticed multiple people up and dancing during the set.
The band also taped an episode of Dinner With the Band while they were in town so stay tuned for that to surface on the IFC channel some time this year. More pics from the killer Nokia Theatre show are below...
IFC is creating a cuisine-oriented programming block to air Tuesday nights.Ten artists will be appearing on the new season, among them Murder City Devils who will be here taping the show during the trip that also brings them to Nokia Theatre (NYC) and Theatre of Living Arts (Philly). Tickets for those (three) shows are still on sale. The full list of 2010 'Dinner With the Band' artists (which you have a chance to be in the audience for), and a video of Les Savy Fav performing on the preview season, is below...
After a successful six-episode run of "Dinner With the Band" that began in November, Rainbow cabler is ramping up its episode order to 10 and teaming it with "Food Party" as an hourlong block.
"Band" teams chef Sam Mason and an indie band, which performs on the show, at a Brooklyn loft. Conversation ensues about life on the road and the food the musicians eat while touring.... Programming block will air from at 10 p.m. beginning April 27. [Variety]
Hungry? (more by Chris Graham)
"Well we were finally able to get our ducks in a row and align everyone's schedules so we can make it out to the East Coast. February 2010 will see The Murder City Devils making their first trip to the New York and Philadelphia since 2001. While we are not able to go to ever city we want to on the east coast, we are glad to finally get over there." - MCDAfter teasing the east coast with a gang of dates on the westside, Murder City Devils are back! They've scheduled a show at Nokia Theatre in NYC for Saturday, February 13, 2010. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/18) at noon.
Some videos with all currently known dates (all three of them) below.....
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Cock Sparrer - "Spirit of '76" (MP3)
First of all, Riot Fest Chicago is not a celebration commemorating the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. There are no cops in attendance (unsympathetic ones anyway), and no one is there to "set the record straight".
In 2005 Mike Petryshyn started Riot Fest... With one eye on the legendary Chicago punk scene and the other on the bands that inspire them, he started building the festival, with an ambitious multiple show/venue format despite his inexperience. He put special emphasis on reuniting influential punk and underground bands who hadn't shared the stage in years and Chicago's rich punk history has always been a huge part of the Riot Fest roster, this year 11 bands from the area are confirmed so far.Year five of Riot Fest in Chicago is systems-go from Oct 7th-12th and with an enviable punk rock lineup of Butthole Surfers, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Dead Milkmen, Murder City Devils, NOFX, 88 Fingers Louie, Screeching Weasel, Pegboy, Off With Their Heads, and many many more. Full lineup and flyer (with New Bomb Turks not listed) is below.
Besides the obvious awesomeness of Naked Raygun, who played their first reunion gig at Riot Fest in 2006 (and who are playing NYC soon, tickets on sale), and a few key others, one exciting band on the lineup is the UK's Oi! pioneers Cock Sparrer:
Cock Sparrer (initially Cock Sparrow) are a punk rock band formed in 1974 in the East End of London, England. Although they never enjoyed much commercial success, the band is considered one of the most influential streetpunk bands in history, helping pave the way for the late-1970s punk scene and the Oi! subgenre. Their style was influenced by pub rock, glam rock and raw 1960s beat music as delivered by bands like The Small Faces and The Who. Their lyrics mostly dealt with topics related to the daily lives of working class people.Cock Sparrer recently played Chaos in Tejas. Riot Fest and a two night stand at The Great American Music Hall in San Fran are currently the only US dates that the band has lined up for the future (dates below).
Cock Sparrer just released their first album in 10 years, Here We Stand, which washed up on US shores last month via Pirates Press. The 14 track LP was recorded by Pat Collier (The Vibrators) and mixed by Lars Fredriksen (Rancid) and includes "Spirit of '76" which is downloadable above.
Meanwhile, Riot Fest is also spreading it's wings out west to bring Los Angeles it's own taste from November 12-14. Lineups are to be announced, but look for those bands at the participating stages of The Palladium, The Wiltern, Key Club and The Roxy. More details are to come.
photos by Chris Graham
"Some major changes have been made to the lay-out of the [Sasquatch] festival. The medium-sized stage (Wookie Stage) had been moved, as had the small stage (Yeti Stage) to make room for the new Comedy/Dance Tent. It didn't take long to get used to that, though...The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. Pictures from Day One, HERE. More pictures from Day Two, below...
...[The Wrens] did most of the songs from "Meadowlands", their bassist/keyboardist Kevin Wheelan exhorted the crowd multiple times and climbed atop his amplifiers, and the guys played like their lives depended on doing the best they have ever done. Their approach to the music is, in a word, fierce. [VARIOUS ECSTASIES]
by Andrew Frisicano
My Bloody Valentine @ Roseland in 2008 (more)
"We are very excited to confirm 7 more artists for the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival [April 17-19]. These include: The Chemical Brothers (DJ Set), Etienne De Crecy, The Orb, The Murder City Devils, Devendra Banhart, Busy P and Plump DJs."Besides that recent electro-heavy update, the Coachella line-up already includes reunited industrial band Throbbing Gristle, My Bloody Valentine, and many more (but not Amy Winehouse).
In addition to the Coachella date, Throbbing Gristle is playing a few more US shows, two NYC dates included: a sold-out April 16th show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and an April 28th gig at the same venue. Tickets for the second are on sale today (3/16) at noon. The first show (possibly both) will be a two-set evening, with TG first playing a live soundtrack to the film "In The Shadow Of The Sun" followed by a "set of material from across Throbbing Gristle's history." Opening on April 28th are Alan Vega (Suicide) and Emeralds.
My Bloody Valentine have also announced a few dates around their appearance at Coachella, though nothing in NYC yet. All of those dates, and a Throbbing Gristle live video, below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Murder City Devils in Portland, OR on October 30, 2001
The Murder City Devils have scheduled a short tour of the West Coast in celebration of the deluxe vinyl releases of their Sub Pop catalog: In Name and Blood, Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts, The Murder City Devils, and Thelema EP. Full tour dates and flyer are below. Members of The Murder City Devils members went on to form Pretty Girls Make Graves and Big Business. This will be MCD's third stint as a reunited band: they reformed in 2006 for the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle and in 2007 for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. All dates below...