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Levon Helm

Now a three-time Grammy winner, Levon Helm, former drummer of the Band, took the award for best Americana album last night, with his record Ramble at the Ryman.

Unfortunately, Helm was unable to attend the awards show due to an undisclosed "medical procedure" which also forced the postponement of his February 10th show at the Wellmont Theater in NJ. He's also sitting out of the next Midnight Ramble. His site reads: "Levon will be undergoing a medical procedure that will necessitate his absence from the February 25th Ramble. We wish him the best and we know he will have a speedy recovery. We'll continue with the normal Ramble schedule with special guests joining the band." We also wish him the best and a speedy recovery!" The last Ramble happened on 2/4 (they've been on a break since).

Things are looking good though because tickets are already on sale for a makeup NJ show taking place April 6 at The Wellmont Theatre. All tickets purchased for the canceled performance will also be honored at the show in April. Levon's next scheduled show is March 2nd in MA. All dates are listed below.

Opening for Helm at Wellmont, is Deer Tick, who will also be headlining their own NJ show at The Stone Pony on April 20 (tickets).

All Levon Helm, and all Deer Tick tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Grammy-winning Levon Helm recovering from a procedure, schedules new NJ show; Deer Tick too (dates)"

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Bruce Springsteen

"This couldn't have happened to a more high-profile artist, at a worse time, or in a worse place. And now, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell is promising action and the reintroduction of the BOSS Act, which calls for secondary market oversight and restrictions on companies like Ticketmaster.

The meltdown started Friday, when fans attempting to purchase tickets to Bruce Springsteen's upcoming 'Wrecking Ball' tour on Ticketmaster were frozen out - except, marked-up tickets were readily available on StubHub and other markup sites (and maybe even Ticketmaster's own secondary marketplace, TicketsNow.)" [Digital Music News (via)]

PREVIOUSLY: Bruce Springsteen announces 2012 Tour, 2 nights @ MSG

Bamboozle

When we first mentioned the lineup for this year's Bamboozle, which is taking place from May 18-20 in Asbury Park, NJ, it only included Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink 182, Incubus, and Mac Miller. The generally lame festival has since revealed more artists including a surprising number of not-lame artists like the reunited Promise Ring (their first East Coast date announced, hopefully an NYC show to come?), Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, and Murphy's Law. Take that, Warped Tour.

Tickets for Bamboozle are on sale now. Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "The Promise Ring playing Bamboozle (Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, ASAP Rocky & Action Bronson too)"

Austra at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Austra

Toronto's Austra, whose past videos defintely got people talking in 2011, have released a new one to kick off 2012. The song is "Spellwork" from their BV-favorite LP Feel it Break, and the footage was shot (believe it or not) in NJ. Check that out, along with their older NSFW video for "Beat and the Pulse, and other stuff, below.

Continue reading "new Austra video: 'Spellwork' (shot in Egberts Lake Park, NJ)"

Jane's Addiction at Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Janes Addiction

Jane's Addiction resurfaced in 2011 with The Great Escape Artist, their first new album of original material since 2003's Strays. They followed the release of the album with a club tour that included two nights at Irving Plaza. In February and March, they'll head out on another tour, dubbed the "Theatre Of The Escapists" tour, where they plan to hit various theaters in North America with support from Black Box Revelation.

According to a statement from Perry Farrell:

We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show. Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights. We like orgies, and hope you do too.
That tour hits the NYC-area twice: on March 4 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY and on March 6 at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the Long Island show go on venue presale Wednesday at 10am with general sale starting Saturday at the same time. Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Saturday at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jane's Addiction going on theater tour, NJ & Long Island included (2012 dates)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The Flaming Lips + Weezer

The Flaming Lips and Weezer played side-by-side sets at PNC Banks Arts Center last night (7/28) with an opening set from Yeasayer (who we missed). Pictures from the NJ show are in this post.

As mentioned, Rivers Cuomo was quoted in a recent press release saying, "I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in." He wasn't joking! Toby Tenenbaum, who shot the show, writes:

The special intro comprised the two lead singers from Flaming Lips and Weezer (Wayne Coyne and River Cuomo) pulling one of the most original stunts I had ever seen. They were both inside their own inflatable balloon and used it to crowd-walk/surf over the heads of the crowd. It was truly awesome and unique.
As the two frontmen rolled around the audience in the space balls, the remaining band members on stage played a rendition of Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf." Check out a video of all of that happening below.

The two bands then alternated every few songs. To quote Toby again, "With the average song length for FL being about 6 minutes per song and for Weezer its the standard 3 minutes per song it felt that Weezer were simply playing intermittently between a Flaming Lips show. One high point for Weezer was the Radiohead Paranoid Android cover." The bands also played together at the end of the show. The full setlist and other videos are also below.

All three bands will play again tonight (7/29) at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island. Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for pictures and a review from that show too, and congrats to all the BV contest winners that were/are in attendance.

More pictures, the video and the NJ setlist below...

Continue reading "Weezer & the Flaming Lips played 'side by side' @ PNC Bank Arts Center (pics, video & setlist)"

photos by Greg Cristman

U2

Last night, U2 arrived at New Jersey's New Meadowlands Stadium in a giant green-and-orange spaceship. At least that's what the nearly 100,000 people in attendance might have assumed upon first seeing the blinking, glowing, four-legged, 167 foot tall contraption straddling the area that otherwise serves as the Jets' and Giants' home turf.

More confusion may have ensued around half past nine when the base of the structure began to smoke furiously; shortly thereafter, David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' announced a countdown over the loudspeakers. At zero, the sound of live guitars cut through the heavy air and U2 charged onto the stage as the stadium heaved with applause. The band played for over two hours, rocking through hits like 'Beautiful Day' and 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday,' punctuated with shout-outs to Amnesty International and bits of banter by Bono.

'I'm a man of simple needs, just 200 trucks, 400 tons of equipment,' he said of the group's current tour. 'A work in progress.'...

...The group's [360] tour takes its name from the aforementioned structure that allows U2 to play stadiums 'in the round'; in other words, to open up thousands of seats that would ordinarily be behind a stage - and actually sell out 80,000-seat venues (or larger). The contraption is dismantled and trucked from city to city between shows along with all the group's equipment. As a result, U2 has been playing to average crowds of 96,000 people per night and grossing just shy of $10 million per show. By comparison, Bon Jovi, the second-highest earning musical act over the past year, drew an average of 34,000 fans and grossed $3.5 million per night. [Forbes]

Interpol opened for U2 last night (7/20) at the Meadowlands, and will again for two more shows before U2 plays a final '360' date in Canada with Arcade Fire and Carney (the band who plays in the Spiderman musical!).

The July 20, 2011 show was originally scheduled July 19, 2010, but was postponed due to Bono's back injury. U2 played some of the final shows at Giants Stadium in 2009 (also expensive 360 shows).

More pictures and the setlists from last night in NJ below....

Continue reading "U2 & Interpol played the new Meadownlands (pics, setlists)"

Matt Pinfield @ RXP concert in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Matt Pinfield

Last month it was announced that "RXP TakLiberty Festival" would take place on September 18 at NJ's PNC Banks Arts Center with Coldplay, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, and more. According to RXP's website, the show is now cancelled "due to unforseen circumstances". Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

TakLiberty

According to "Barry",

"It was so strange that the concert was announced a day before the news that WRXP was being sold. Then it was promoted for over a week. I'm surprised Emmis let this happen. This must represent a lot of work down the drain for some of WRXP's staff. I feel bad for them."
Back on June 21st the Daily News reported:
The future of New York's only contemporary rock radio station, WRXP (101.9 FM), was tossed into the mosh pit today when Emmis sold a controlling interest to a new radio group run by ultra-colorful radio entrepreneur Randy Michaels.

WRXP has been a rock station since Feb. 5, 2008, when Emmis terminated its former smooth jazz format. The station has struggled to find an audience in a town not known for rock radio, but in recent months had shown significant ratings gains.

Merlin Media, which is paying $110-$130 million for a controlling interest in WRXP and two Chicago stations, made no announcement today on the format at WRXP.

Leslie Fram, program director, said that for now the station will continue rocking.
The Village Voice then said that, "It's not too much of a stretch to assume....that the station will change formats before the RXP Takliberty Festival's scheduled date of September 18, hence the cancellation."

Well, they were right. The Daily News has reported today:

Don't tell Leslie Fram a contemporary rock station can't work on New York radio - even though the one she has programmed for the last 3-1/2 years ends its run Thursday, apparently to be replaced by news aimed at soccer moms.

WRXP (101.9 FM), which switched from smooth jazz to rock in February 2008, is being sold by Emmis to Merlin Media, and while the deal hasn't closed yet, Merlin takes over the programming Friday.

Listeners will hear music for a couple of weeks until Merlin launches its new format, expected to be all or mostly news targeting women in their 30s and 40s.

On the surface, this change might seem to again support the often-heard mantra that when it comes to radio music, New York is a rhythm town, not a rock town.

Fram, a WRXP host as well as program director, says she sees every indication that's not true.

She notes that for the last three months, an average of about 2.3 million people per week at some point tuned to WRXP. While that's about half the audience for WHTZ, WLTW or WKTU, it's not a small number.

"There are a lot of rock fans in this area," Fram says. "[Classic rock] WAXQ is a fine station, but there was room for us, too.

"We wanted to be the heritage rock station for people who grew up in the '90s or later, and we could have. Without us now, where will you hear a new Eddie Vedder or Mumford and Son?"

RIP WRXP

TakLiberty Fest

The RXP TakLiberty Fetival will take place on two stages on September 18 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The radio station (current home of Pinfield) festival features performances by Coldplay, Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, Graffiti 6, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and more to be announced. Ticket pre-sale begins Tuesday (6/21) and general sale starts Friday (6/24) at noon.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart also have upcoming shows including August 8 and 9 at Terminal 5 with The Kills and A Place to Bury Strangers. Tickets for both shows are available. The Kooks play a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom on June 27th. Richard Ashcroft recently played Bowery Ballroom.

Coldplay play Austin City Limits two days before the NJ show. They're also on the lineup of Lollapalooza. All of their other dates are overseas at the moment.

Coldplay have a new single awesomely named "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall." According to Coldplay's YouTube account, the song contains compositional elements of "I Go To Rio" by Peter Allen, and was produced by Markus Dravs, Dan Green and Rik Simpson with additional composition by Brian Eno. Listen to the song below...

Continue reading "Coldplay, TPOBPAH, Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks & others playing RXP TakLiberty Fest in NJ & stuff"

See A Little Light

Speaking of musicians with books, Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) is releasing his autobiography See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody on June 15. The autobiography was written with Michael Azerrad (Our Band Could Be Your Life) and will be published via Little, Brown and company. Mould is currently on the road presenting readings from his book and solo acoustic performances of songs recorded with Husker Du, Sugar, and as a solo artist. He'll bring one of these presentations to NYC on June 23 at 92YTribeca. Tickets are available. Mould will also be at Highline Ballroom the next night (6/24) as one half of the DJ duo BLOWOFF with Rich Morel. Tickets are on sale for the Pride Week event.

Foo Fighters, whose recently released Wasting Light features Mould on guest vocals and guitar for the track "Dear Rosemary," have added a second leg to their previously announced tour. The first leg brings them to NJ's Izod Center in September. The tour now also includes a new NYC-area date on November 14 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Opener TBA. Tickets go on sale June 17 at 10 AM with a pre-sale starting June 15.

All dates below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould releasing autobiography & making appearances, Foo Fighters announce more tour dates"

oh the humanity...

Festival For Humanity

Just noticed this note posted today on the homepage of the upcoming Festival For Humanity:

May 12th, 2011

To Those Involved With The Festival For Humanity,

It is with sadness that we inform you that the Festival for Humanity has been cancelled.

The founder of the festival, Anders Thueson has been doing everything in his power to secure financing and as of this late hour, the Festival For Humanity will not take place. "The concept of Festival for Humanity was a Celebration of Art and Music to Benefit Charities of Suicide Prevention, Health and Nutrition. I strongly believe we will find a way another way to help those in outreach, education, awareness and funding, this I pledge," says Thueson.

All paid ticket holders will be notified and refunded.
Refund questions: refunds@festivalforhumanity.com
Non-Refund questions: info@festivalforhumanity.com
Phone Inquires: (914) 215-5334
Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Best,
The Festival For Humanity Founder
Anders Thueson

Note: The Festival For Humanity was the 'merchant of record' for your transactions

Most people reading this are probably wondering what the Festival For Humanity is (and that's probably part of their problem), but the Vernon, NJ festival's lineup included The New Porngraphers, and, well (another part of their problem...), and Cracker... Third Eye Blind... Sister Hazel... the Misfits... Soul Asylum... Good Charlotte... John Popper... Ok, it was for charity, so that sucks.

DOWNLOAD: Fountains of Wayne "Song Of The Passaic" (MP3)

Fountains fo Wayne

Fountains Of Wayne's new album, Sky Full Of Holes, will be released in the US on August 2 by Yep Roc Records, and by Warner Music in Japan (other international release dates coming soon).

Recorded in New York City, Sky Full Of Holes features 13 new songs written and produced by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger. The album was mixed by John Holbrook, who also worked on Welcome Interstate Managers and Traffic And Weather.

Fountains of Wayne will celebrate the release of their 5th LP with five tri-state area shows surrounding the release date:
July 23 @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ tickets)
July 24 @ Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ (tickets)
July 25 @ Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ (tickets)
Aug 3 @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (tickets on sale Friday)
Aug 5 @ City Winery, New York, NY (tickets soon)
Those are also their only announced North American dates at the moment, but they "will tour extensively in support of the new album beginning this summer."

And speaking of the band named after a place in NJ who are playing NJ, download "Song Of The Passaic" above. The track off the new Fountains of Wayne album from a project they recorded for NPR last year is in fact a tribute New Jersey's Passaic River. Throw it on a mixtape with some Titus Andronicus, Yo La Tengo and the Wrens.

In the middle of those U.S. dates, Fountains of Wayne will also head to Fuji Rock. The 3-day festival takes place in Niigata, Japan at Naeba Ski Resort (nowhere close to Mt Fuji, its namesake). From July 29th to 31st the festival will host performances from Coldplay, Wilco, Faces (Wood, Jones, McLagan, Matlock, Hucknall- no Rod Stewart), Chemical Brothers, Beach House, Big Audio Dynamite, Best Coast, Wu Lyf, CSS, Four Tet, The Vaccines, Ra Ra Riot, The Kills, Buddy Guy, Cornershop, Atari Teenage Riot, British Sea Power, Battles, Mogwai, Fountains of Wayne and many more which have been announced in five separate groupings so far. The full list is at their site.

Those dates again and some videos below...

Continue reading "Fountains of Wayne releasing 5th LP, playing 5 NJ/NYC shows & Fuji Rock in Japan (initial lineup announced)"

Titus

Remember when Tom Scharpling and Titus Andronicus asked people to join them on a video shoot NJ tour? Well, that video is now a video and you can watch it below.

Titus Andronicus have been on the road for most of March and April, Pogues shows at Terminal 5 included. They wrap things up with two shows in the NYC-area this weekend: tonight/Friday at Maxwell's with Dinowalrus, and Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dinowalrus and The Suzan. Both are sold out, as is the "Our Band Could Be Your Life" show that Titus is part of at Bowery Ballroom on 5/22, but tickets are still on sale for the June 7th show at Terminal 5 where Titus will once again play opener, but this time to Okkervil River who they'll be out on tour with at the time. All dates and the new video, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus' Tom Scharpling NJ tour video released, playing NJ again tonight, touring w/ Okkervil River (dates)"

Red Chord/Trap Them/ Gaza photos by Brian Reilly, Kvelertak/Zoroaster by Taylor Keahey, words by BBG

Trap Them in NJ
Trap Them

The Red Chord, Trap Them, and Gaza played The School of Rock in South Hackensack, NJ on Friday (3/11) on the road to SXSW where each band will play a BV event, Trap Them & The Red Chord play Full Metal Texas on 3/17 and Gaza are playing Lovejoys on 3/18 with Ringworm, Wormrot, Magrudergrind, many others. Pictures from the NJ show are in this post

Also on 3/11, but on the other side of the U.S., another participant in Full Metal Texas, Kvelertak, made it into the country and played their first US show at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, CA. Pictures of them and tourmates Zoroaster (unfortunately none of Weedeater) are below.

As you can see in the pictures below, founding bassist Brent of Zoroaster is not on board as part of the current trek. Creative Loafing has more on his absence:

In February, stoner metal stalwarts Zoroaster announced that they were embarking on U.S. and European tours without bassist and founding member Brent Anderson. Although no one involved will divulge any details surrounding the temporary split, it's being characterized by the band as a case of tough love. "The future of Brent and Zoroaster is up to him," drummer Dan Scanlan says. "We felt that he needed to take some time to get his personal affairs in order."

Scanlan adds that Anderson has not been kicked out of the band, but his reinstatement depends on how things look for him when the group's schedule slows down in June.

In the meantime, Scanlan and guitarist Will Fiore have recruited Whores' drummer Travis Owen to fill in playing bass on the road.

Speaking of Full Metal Texas, we're happy to announce that Fireball Whisky is on board as a sponsor (free drinks). Another FMT sponsor, March is Metal Month, is giving away a downloadable comp from bands like Wormrot, Hour of 13, Deicide & others, and while you're there check out some records that are currently on sale as part of March is Metal Month.

Trap Them's smashing new LP, Darker Handcraft, is out now via Prosthetic. Stream the entire thingon NPR.

More pictures and all dates below...

Continue reading "Trap Them, Red Chord, Gaza, Kvelertak & Zoroaster played shows on 3/11, on way to SXSW (pics & dates)"

Prince

Due to overwhelming demand, Prince announced today that he is adding another Madison Square Garden show to the previously announced New York Area concerts. The two previously announced Madison Square Garden shows taking place on December 18th and December 29th sold out in less than 30 minutes. The new MSG show will take place on January 18th, 2011 with tickets going on sale December 10th at 12pm at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Due to scheduling issues the first show at the IZOD Center on December 14th has been canceled. Ticket holders for the December 14th IZOD show will have several ticket options. They will automatically receive an email notification with a new seat location for the December 15th IZOD show which they can keep or receive a full refund at the point of purchase. If they prefer to buy tickets to the newly announced MSG date scheduled for January 18th, they will have access to presale tickets on Wednesday, December 8th from 10:00 am ET to 10 pm ET.

Say that 10 times fast. Updated dates below...

Continue reading "Prince adds NYC show, cancels NJ show"

photos by Greg Cristman

Iggy & The Stooges

Q: Even though "Raw Power" was a great album, the Stooges never got to tour behind it properly because your management company quit you and your record label didn't seem to care either. So is it a case of getting back to unfinished business with this album?

A: Absolutely. I'm finishing a job here. It had its re-release. I did my remix too, which I knew at the time in the '90s there was a muscle-bound rock-metal thing going around, and I knew that people couldn't hear the record as it was originally mixed and mastered in that environment. So I thought if I make it unbearably loud, it would sell, and it did! (laughs) Now it's been re-released, and James has been able to tell his stories about it, and get his credit as due, gotten to say his piece. I'm in the midst of fulfilling my leadership obligations to the group on this record. And I've done really well with it.

Q: What do you think of Bowie's original mix?

A: It's a good mix of a particular taste. It was very similar to the way David had his own records mixed around that era. It's peculiarly English. What I didn't know at the time was that it was disastrously mastered (after Bowie mixed it). By that time we had no communication with management who had decided to let us go. I didn't know why you had to turn your stereo to "10" to hear it at all. One of the archivists at Sony later postulated that because of the non-management the group was under, the record had no advocate at the label, and it was assigned to a guy who didn't know the Stooges, and he was applying the standards of a Mitch Miller record to it (in the mastering stage). They were rightfully listening to it as a load of noise, and their concern was how can we reduce it? So if you reduce the noise on "Raw Power," you will reduce the record...-[from a Chicago Tribune interview w/ Iggy Pop]

Iggy & The Stooges played House of Blues in Atlantic City on Friday (8/27), one of four shows scheduled for this week culminating in an appearance at ATP NY where the band will perform all of Raw Power.

Iggy Pop @ House of Blues
Iggy & The Stooges

The band played a loud and killer set for 1.5 hours to the NJ crowd who may have learned about the show from the giant billboard on the highway, or the 'Atlantic City Weekly' cover story on Iggy. Iggy dove into the crowd multiple times including one backwards free fall. Unfortunately, the room was only half-full, but that didn't stop it from being a great show. Full setlist below. On Sunday, the band played the Riviera (4746 N. Racine) in Chicago after the show was moved from Aragon late on Friday night. On Tuesday, 8/31, you can catch the band at the Bank of America Pavillion House of Blues (it was moved too) in Boston.

In other Iggy news, Jim Jarmusch will direct an upcoming documentary on the legendary rocker upon the request of Iggy himself. Jim Jarmusch will also be in attendance at ATP New York Next weekend, curating the entirety of Sunday's bill (with sunn/Boris, Fucked Up, many many others).

More pictures, and the setlist, from the Atlantic City show, continue below...

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words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble

Slayer
Slayer

In 1991 there was The Clash of The Titans tour, a meeting of some of the biggest names in metal at the moment with Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament all on board for European and US legs featuring a rotating cast of Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, and more. A lot of time and changes have come to pass since that tour; Slayer lost their founding drummer and then found him, Testament battled cancer and arrived victorious, and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has a NY Times best-selling book among many other things. But nineteen years later, these thrash metal giants are still kicking around and reformed for a string of summer/fall dates that included the Izod Center in NJ on August 12th (and includes Nassau Coliseum on October 8th, where the classic lineup of Anthrax replaces Testament as opener).

Testament opened the Meadowlands show to a progressively growing audience at 7PM. The band's 40 minute set featured output from their career, with a few nods to their latest From Formation to Damnation. Although I enjoyed their set somewhat, the sound was unintelligible; guitars were completely buried in the mix with only the highest leads bleeding through the mud. That said, Alex Skolnick still knows how to rip it, Chuck Billy plays a mean air guitar, and they definitely know how to incite a killer Wall of Death (check out the video below).

Normally a set by Megadeth wouldn't get my heart racing, but tonight was Rust in Peace in it's entirety so I was guaranteed some of my favorite Megadeth songs. The band, now with Dave Ellefson back in the fold, followed Testament by launching directly into the classic Rust In Peace opener "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due". Sporting the classic "biohazard" emblazoned drumkit from the "Hangar 18" video, the band continued through the LP in track order declaring declaring "That was Rust In Peace!" at the finish and retreating from stage momentarily for a quick costume change afterword. Megadeth then looped back to classics like "Peace Sells" and "Symphony of Destruction" before a reprise of "Holy Wars" to close out the set. Mustaine's voice was a bit buried in the mix from my perspective, a relief in some ways as when he did come through it was too high pitched and nasal for my liking.

Little has changed since the last time I saw Slayer. Jeff Hanneman is still sporting the baseball catcher's shin plates, rockin a Raiders jersey and has his Heineken-style (that reads Hanneman) guitar. Kerry King still looks like a cross between Junkyard Dog and a cast member of Road Warrior. Dave Lombardo is still one of the best drummers on the planet. But what had changed was Tom Araya, due to his recent back surgery: no more head on a swivel, doctor's orders. The thrashing Araya was missed, but that didn't affect the legend's searing set of Seasons In The Abyss (in order) followed by a short set of Slayer classics. Easily my favorite preformance from the night. Dave Lombardo is god.

Tons more pics, some video and the set lists are below...

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photos by Brian Kip

WAVVES

"I can't change how I'm received by people. And I can't change how fast or how slow things happened," he said. "It happened this way. It makes me a little anxious, but I feel like I'm pretty hungry for it. It's happened really fast and I feel like it was a shock at first kind of. But this time around I feel a lot more ready and excited, ready for it." [WAVVES]
Two nights after the Knitting Factory show, WAVVES played a gig at the Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ. More pictures and a video from the Sunday show below...

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by Justina Villanueva

Eyehategod on a Rocks Off Boat (more by Chloe Rice)
Eyehategod

Before I dive into quotes and explanations, I would like to thank twitter and my cellphone for allowing me to take notes at the most inconvenient of times -- like being smushed in between a bunch of big and way-too-stoked hardcore dudes at the Burnt By the Sun show. Because I was a stupid stoner as a teenager, its pretty hard to remember all the stuff I see at shows...

Continue reading "Justina lists the Top 10 greatest things she's heard metal bands (and 1 non-metal band) say on stage in 2009"

words & photos by Bryan Bruchman

The Bouncing Souls
The Bouncing Souls

"We travel the world all year and then we always come home for Christmas, we're never away at this time of year, so it's about coming home to New Jersey for the holidays, getting back together with our family and friends,'' Bouncing Souls bassist Bryan Kienlen recently told Metromix Jersey Shore.

For many, this is the time of year when we surround ourselves with our loved ones, and it's no different for the Souls, Jersey punk icons who originally hailed from Basking Ridge before making their name on the New Brunswick punk scene and who now call the Jersey Shore home.

"My entire family's coming on the 26th, I'm sure some other band parents will be at some shows,'' Kienlen said. "(There will be) actual family and then like the Bouncing Souls family, and that extends all the way, that's everybody who goes to shows in Jersey and everybody around here in the metro area. This is home for us on a show level as well, it's like the home crowd, and so that's the vibe of the thing.'' [MyCentralJersey]

The Bouncing Souls kicked off their sold out, four night, holiday run at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday night (12/26). I missed the first band, Detournement, but caught openers Blacklisted and Black Train Jack . Before the 20th anniversary-celebrating headliners began, the capacity crowd sang along in (loud) unison to Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run," punctuated a few times through by a capella renditions of "Ole!" and "E.C.F.U." (neither of which was actually played by the band during their set).

It was a big and excited (but notably friendly and courteous) crowd, consisting mostly of longtime Souls fans and friends of the band. It served as a good start to the run of 2009 Home For The Holidays shows for the band who are entering their 3rd decade together (the final show, on Tuesday, features excellent openers Screaming Females and the afterparty will be DJ'ed by Souls song namesake, Lamar Vannoy!).

The show started early (7pm doors, first band at 7:30!) and was done before midnight. There was an afterparty down the street at Asbury Lanes that I'm going to bet was pretty awesome (The Measure (SA) were playing, so that's a good sign) but unfortunately I couldn't make it to that.

More pictures from the first of four shows (which continue tonight), including one of the fan-created setlist, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have To Die (MP3)

Ted Leo @ Bowery Ballroom on December 6th (Arambulo)
Ted Leo

Ted Leo played the Bowery Ballroom on December 6th with Stupid Party and JEFF the Brotherhood (who have another show coming up at the same venue). A recording of the gig, which spanned 23 songs, is currently up on NYCTaper. Setlist also below.

Ted's new record The Brutalist Bricks is coming out March 9th on Matador.

"It certainly sounds like guys of a certain age who used to be in hardcore bands," Leo says. "The older I get, the more I go back to primary sources in my listening. For better or for worse, I really don't get mellower politically -- it winds up leaving me sometimes to just want to play hardcore. I'm ultimately a better singer than I am a screamer."

Over the years, Leo's work has often been overly political in scope; while the music leans more towards '70s pop-punk in the vein of Elvis Costello, on Bricks he's still exploring common Leo lyrical themes. "It veers more towards the personal side of things. 'Even Heroes Have To Die' is about how to grow old with dignity. There are songs that are specific in being about veganism, to songs that are broad, personal perseverance in the face of a world that drags you down." [Rolling Stone]

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists will go on a tour in support of that record this spring - they visit NYC with an April 9th show at Irving Plaza. Ticket info TBA.

Ted is currently on a solo tour of England and will play one more North American show before the end of 2009. That takes place in his home state of NJ at the Meatlocker in Montclair one day after Christmas (the same day Danzig plays in Sayreville). It's also solo. The flyer and more details and all dates, below...

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Bruce and Bono

"Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, "The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is -- a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law." I couldn't agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now." - Bruce Springsteen
Bruuuuuuuce! New Jersey legislature was supposed to vote on the issue Thursday, but that vote was controversially cancelled last night. The New York Senate disappointingly rejected a marriage bill for same sex couples earlier this month. For more on this issue, check out the Human Rights Campaign website.

In related news, The Boss was just honored by Obama. Video below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Life of Agony

The band was formed in the summer of 1989 by singer Keith Caputo, bassist Alan Robert and guitarist Joey Z. After playing with several drummers, they enlisted Type O Negative drummer Sal Abruscato before recording the debut album River Runs Red (1993) after they signed to Roadrunner Records.[Wikipedia]
River Runs Red (and the demo that was out before it) was a major album for me growing up. Unlike Pixies' Doolittle (which I got into years after its original release), I remember the day River Runs Red came out. So, there was no way I was passing up the chance to see the Brooklyn band perform it in full to celebrate their 20th anniversary, even if they chose to do it in New Jersey. Why mention Doolittle? Because I saw the Pixies perform it in full just five days earlier.

I arrived at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville around 9pm on Saturday night (11/28). That meant sitting through two of the four local openers which was good because it gave me time to talk to friends. The show sold out in advance and the place was packed. Shaved/bald heads, tattoos, and muscles were in abundance. I knew it was going to get rough when LOA finally took the stage at 11:00, and that's exactly what happened as the band immediately broke into "This Time", the first track off "River Runs Red".

Starland has raised back and side areas, but the majority of the 2200-capacity room is the floor area and the pit broke out from the front to the back. There wasn't any stagediving (the occasional crowd surfer), but you did need to watch out for fists and 400 pound shirtless men occasionally barreling towards you. Fists were also constantly in the air and everyone knew all the words.

Without much stage banter, the band played the entire album. They were full of energy and completely on point, Keith's vocals included. They even played the taped skits that happen at the beginning, middle and end of the concept album ("Monday", "Thursday" and "Friday").

Produced by Type O Negative keyboardist Josh Silver, River Runs Red was the work of songwriter Alan Roberts (bass/backing vocals/lyrics), Keith Caputo (vocals), Joey Z (guitar) and Sal Abruscato (drums), four kids from Brooklyn with the kind of personal lives that make you wonder how they even got out of bed in the morning, much less made one of the most definitive underground records of the early '90s. But who'd have guessed they were total Floyd nerds? For a band that was ostensibly associated with the NYC hardcore scene, Life of Agony weren't really much of a hardcore band. Keith Caputo is an actual singer with an impossibly mighty voice; Joey Z's full-metal solos are straight from the Kirk Hammett school of amphetamine-shred, and Alan Roberts wrote the kind of hard-knock concept record--at age 20--that most 30-year-old prog-rock dorks couldn't dream up in their most vivid Jim Carroll fantasy-headaches. [Decibel Hall of Fame]
After River Runs Red they left the stage for a bit and came back to finish off the night with six songs from their later albums. Unfortunately those six songs felt like a downer after the first part of the show. The energy in the room lowered - I even walked to the front with minimal fear of getting a broken nose.

They started the encores with "Other Side of the River" off 1995's Ugly which, as the title of the song even suggests, was a good segue into the later material. Then came two sort-of-blah songs off 2005's post-reunion, major-label-attempt-at-being-a-band-again Broken Valley. Keith dedicated one of those, "The Day He Died", to his parents (RIP) (I was hoping to hear the similarly themed "Time to Pretend").

They closed the whole show with "Lost at 22" (or "Lost at 35" as Keith changed the lyrics to at least once in the song) , but not until after a slight interruption from family and friends. There was a cake on stage, "20 girls from the audience" (I think they were even embarrassed), champagne, and a bunch of speeches.

They're not performing the album again (that I know of), but you can catch LOA at Highline Ballroom in NYC on December 15th. More pictures and the full NJ setlist below...

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The Bouncing Souls @ Webster Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
Bouncing Souls

We're well on our way to making HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS the Jersey Shore's rockinest holiday tradition! This is our third year which marks the distinction between 'maybe we can pull this off' and 'a lifetime commitment'. We're happy to assemble a wild cast of our friends and comrades to entertain you and wish you well for the coming year. What's better than getting together with a couple hundred of your closest friends for the holidays and toasting each others' health? [The Bouncing Souls via press release]
The Bouncing Souls will play a four night residency at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ from Dec 26 - 30th as part of their 3rd annual Home For The Holidays series of shows. Each night features a different set of bands with:
  • 12/26 getting Black Train Jack, Blacklisted, and Detournement
  • 27th getting The Pietasters, a reunion of Worthless United, and Dave Hause
  • 28th with their current tourmates Bayside, as well as P.O.S. & Static Radio NJ
  • and on 12/30 with Chuck Ragan, Screaming Females, and The Night Brigade.
Tickets go on fan Pre-Sale this Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday October 22nd @ chunksaah.com, and then go on general sale on Friday, October 23rd.

Screaming Females continue to make NJ proud as they've also just announced a tour with the Arctic Monkeys.

Chuck Ragan was just in town over the weekend, bringing his Revival Tour to Gramercy Theatre on Saturday night.

Blacklisted are scheduled to play the Deathwish day party at Santos during CMJ.

The Bouncing Souls are currently on tour with Bayside and Broadway Calls, a tour which ends in early November. Full tour dates are below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

"Giants Stadium heard its last sha-la-las -- at least, the amplified kind with tens of thousands of voices singing along -- on Friday night, when Bruce Springsteen played the final concert before the stadium is demolished. During the three-hour set, sha-la-las filled this year's "Working on a Dream," the 1984 song "Darlington County" and Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl," the finale that Mr. Springsteen called the stadium's "last dance." It was Mr. Springsteen's 24th performance, dating back to 1985, at Giants Stadium, where the audiences are his most fervent fans: fellow New Jerseyans.

So in a way, Mr. Springsteen could identify with the place, and he did -- at least half-seriously -- in "Wrecking Ball," a robust, guitar-strumming song he wrote to start off each of his five final concerts at the stadium. (A video performance is at brucespringsteen.net.)

It may be the only song ever to make Giants Stadium itself the narrator, "raised out of steel in the swamps of Jersey." It remembers games played and blood spilled, and envisions the stadium's fate, when "all this steel and these stories, they drift away to rust/and all our youth and beauty's been given to the dust." Typically, Mr. Springsteen was thinking about work, mortality, and a sense of place, on his way to a chorus where everyone could join in.

He wasn't overly sentimental. Later, he pointedly called Giants Stadium "the last bastion of affordable sports seating."

At each of the Giants Stadium concerts, Mr. Springsteen played one of his albums all the way through, and the one he chose for Friday was his 1984 blockbuster, "Born in the U.S.A." Before he started the title track, he said it was "the song we started out with the first time we entered this arena."... [NY Times]

I already posted all five Giants Stadium setlists (first four shows & Friday night). More pictures from the final show, below...

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