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Nik Turner's Space Ritual @ Saint Vitus 11/3/2013
Nik Turner's Hawkwind did not disappoint as the band ripped through classic Hawkwind tunes from Turner's days with the band from its inception in 1969 to 1976 in a 90-minute set. This band Turner has assembled has some serious chops and delivered, tearing through crowd-pleasers like "Brainstorm," "Silver Machine," "D-Rider" and "Children of the Sun" with pulsing rhythm and ethereal space noise. Add the projected images of go-go dancers, spaceships, the cosmos and sci-fi beasts and you've got a hell of a far out, jazzy, psychedelic prog rock show.While Hawkwind postponed their 2013 tour, former member Nik Turner brought his tour to North America, which hit NYC on Sunday (11/3) at Saint Vitus. Despite some troublesome sound issues, Turner and his ace backing band Space Ritual soldiered through, delivering a load of Hawkwind classics, and a few new ones from his album Time Crypt. The above review comes from their 10/23 show in Chicago. As for that ace backing band, it's actually true krautrockers Hedersleben, and the German band played their own set opening the night, with Naam in between. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
At 73-years-old, Turner looked like he was having a ball on stage. He still can wail a mean tenor sax solo and play a haunting flute. His voice hasn't changed too much, but he has lost his fastball. It's okay, though, as his slider and curveball are still pretty nasty. - [Chicagoist]
Nik Turner's Space Ritual were originally scheduled to play a second night at Saint Vitus tonight (11/4) but instead the tour has moved south where they'll play Raleigh, NC instead. A few other shows have been added as well since our last posting, and updated dates are listed, along with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...
Nik Turner, member of the great Hawkwind, is readying the release of a new disc with Space Gypsy, featuring members of his former band as well as Gong, UK SUBS, DIE KRUPPS, Chelsea and more. The release features the tracks "Time Crypt" and "Fallen Angel STS-51-L," both of which are available in video form below.
The release comes packaged with a set of North American dates as well, including a pair of stops at Saint Vitus on November 3
& 4 with openers Naam and Hedersleben. The focus will be on classic Hawkwind material and tickets are on sale for both Nov 3 and Nov 4.
UPDATE: The 11/4 Saint Vitus show is no longer happening.
This make TWO different Hawkwind-related tours coming through NYC this fall, with the second being Hawkwind's (or what's left of them) performance of Warrior on the Edge of Time at Gramercy Theater on October 13 with Perhaps (tickets).
All Nik Turner dates are listed, along with the song streams, below.
Naam 2013 (photo by Samantha Marble)
Brooklyn's Naam have a new LP in Vow out now via Tee Pee Records, and streaming in full below. The quartet have been touring their asses off as of late, spending a heap of time in the EU. Now that they've returned, it's time to show North America some love through middle August. Look for Naam to play a pair of NYC shows including a kick-off on July 6 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Blackout (tickets) and a final date at Saint Vitus on August 18 (ticket info on the way).
Full tour dates are listed, along with that Vow stream, below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Pinkish Black @ WIERD, 11/28/2012
Pinkish Black, who have a new record to show off, played the first of two NYC area shows at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home last night (11/28), part of a stint of dates for the darkwave Texas duo. Bathed in fog, the band seemed perfectly suited for the multi-colored lighting and overall gothic vibe of the weekly WIERD shindig at Home Sweet Home. Pictures from the band's excellent performance are in this post.
If you missed Pinkish Black, the band is currently on the road in the Northeast (dates below) and will return to play Saint Vitus on 12/1 alongside Naam. Tickets are still available.
Next up at WIERD (12/5), the party will host a performance from Theologian which will feature a live percussionist in addition to noise technicians Fade Kainer and Lee Bartow. The rest of the month doesn't look to shabby either.
More pictures from WIERD are below. Before hitting Home Sweet Home, I checked out Eyehategod at Saint Vitus and those pictures are here.
Bushwick slow food pizza haven Roberta's is throwing a block party (entire block of Moore Street between Bogart and White St.) on July 28 featuring the musical talents of Andrew WK (solo), Heems, Natural Child, Wild Yaks, and Naam. The fun starts at noon and goes till midnight. Roberta's, with its giant backyard, has been doing the party thing a lot this summer, be it hot dog eating contests, viking parties and what have you. There's an '80s style commercial for the block party you can watch at the bottom of this post.
Natural Child will play again the next night (7/29) at Union Pool with Birdcloud, Respect and Hector's Pets and advance tickets are on sale now. The Nashville rockers, who released For the Love of the Game back in April, have a second album coming out this year. Look for Hard in Heaven to drop September 11 on the fine Burger label. You can stream the album's first single, "B$G P$MP$N," at the bottom of this post.
The Brooklyn shows are part of a national tour that just got underway and all tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
Horna in Paris
The previously discussed Horna show on the June 6th at Saint Vitus is one of TWO at the venue, with the second (actually first) going down on June 2nd. Kommandant are on board for both nights, with Abazagorath and Woe on board for June 2nd and Mutilation Rites and Mortum hitting the June 6th show (the prior is celebrating a new LP). Tickets for both June 2nd and June 6th are still available. Kommandant will ALSO play Saint Vitus on 5/22, this time with Sweden's Demonical as part of a string of dates for the band. Tickets are on sale, and all Demonical and Horna dates are listed below.
Baltimore punks Deep Sleep are on the road starting next week, and will play on 4/23 at Black Light in New Brunswick NJ with Real Cops, Radio Exiles, Easy Rider and Attitude Era. Unfortunately no NYC dates in this go-around, but you can check out some of their other dates below.
Supporting acts for the Negura Bunget show at Cameo on 4/20 have changed. The band will now be joined by Din Brad (side project of Negura Bunget's keyboardist), Inia Dina, and Heathen. Tickets are still available.
Naam will play Glasslands on May 12th as part of a Record Release show for their new baby, Starchild. Hull, who are also on board to play Saint Vitus on 4/20 (tickets), will join them and Rainbows at the venue, and tickets are on sale.
Spazzy noise-core Frenchmen Escarres will team with Hessian and Only Child for a show at Acheron TONIGHT (4/13). Stream some Escarres material below.
Stream tracks from the new Mammoth Grinder 7", video from that Veins/Hoax/Raw Nerve show with all previously mentioned streams and dates, and this week's list of suggested shows. below. What did I miss?
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photos by Greg Cristman
Monster Magnet performed Dopes To Infinity in full in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 1/13 and the next night at Starland Ballroom in NJ, the only places the band performed the album.
The headliners was joined by Naam, Quest for Fire and Ladykiller! at the NYC show which we have pictured in this post. More pics, along with the setlist (which was the same both nights), below...
photos by Greg Cristman
While Coke Bust/Masakari/Sick Fix/Grudges was tearing down Acheron on 11/19, a much larger show was brewing at Terminal 5 featuring Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang as part of the trio's tour together. Mastodon's set covered their entire recorded output, including newer tracks like "Curl of The Burl" all the way to earlier favorites like "March of The Fire Ants" and, according to the set-list, "Iron Tush" (aka "Iron Tusk").
The sold-out show also featured an appearance from original DEP vocalist Dimitri Minkanakis (now a member of Argonauts) who joined the band on stage for performances of "Sunshine The Werewolf" and the classic "43% Burnt". Video of that is below.
While Argonauts have no upcoming dates, Brett of Argonauts will play Public Assembly on 12/14 with his other project East of The Wall. They'll be joined by Tournament (who play an Acheron benefit tonight with Hull/Naam), Family, and Fashion Week. The band is finishing up their US tour post-the release of their latest LP The Apologist.
Pictures, video and the Mastodon setlist from Terminal 5 is below...
Hull at Red 7 (more by BBG)
Hull is scheduled to join Eyehategod and Doomriders at Europa on 12/4 (tickets), but they'll also play another show a bit sooner. Hull will join Naam, Tournament, and Sannhet for an Acheron benefit show on 11/22 as part of Hull's return back to Brooklyn post-touring with The Fucking Wrath. The show kicks off at 6:30PM with a BBQ (FREE with entry to the show) and the whole thing will only set you back $10. Support DIY and all-ages venues, and get out to Acheron on 11/22!
Monster Magnet's Dopes To Infinity
Monster Magnet will play all of their breakout LP Dopes To Infinity as well as "the hits" at a pair of NYC area shows in January: Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 13th with Naam, Quest For Fire, Ladykiller! & the Heavy Shit DJ's, and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on January 14th with Ladykiller!, Lords Of Mercy, Life Without Warming, The Black Clouds, & Black Ocean. The two dates are the only known US shows as part of their Dopes To Infinity tour, which kicks off in November in Europe. Tickets to MHoW and to Starland Ballroom go on AMEX presale Wednesday with regular sale kicking off on Friday.
Monster Magnet is also preparing to release Dopes, a limited-edition three track EP on 10" vinyl that will feature "reimagined" versions of "King Of Mars", "All Friends and Kingdom Come", and "Dopes To Infinity". The EP is due this month via their own Studio 13 label. Dopes To Infinity, released in 1995, preceeded their later Powertrip LP which would eventually go gold on the strength of the single "Space Lord".
Naam, who recently released their Nirvana covers 7", are currently hard at work on a new long-player, though no word as to where (label-wise) or when that will surface.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Nirvana's influence goes far and wide, not just to bands like Meat Puppets, Jeff The Brotherhood, or EMA who appear on the recent Spin compilation. Brooklyn's Naam has felt the burn of those riffs too, and are preparing to release their tribute in the form of a new and limited-to-300 7" via Tee Pee. The record features Nevermind's "Drain You" & In Utero's "Pennyroyal Tea". Download both covers above or stream them below. The rest of the colorful 7" art is also below.
The release will be celebrated this weekend, on July 30th at Union Pool where the Brooklyn band will be joined by Dead Stars and Unstoppable Death Machines . Show flyer below.
Thou also paid tribute to Nirvana in the recent past, recording "Sifting" from 1989's Bleach for the 2010 Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For EP, and performing the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" B-side (which is also on Incesticide, rarity comps) "Aneurysm" on the road. Thou will play The Bell House on September 12 with Wolves In The Throne Room. Tickets are on sale.
Nevermind's iconic art was recently banned from Facebook in adherence to their "no nudity" policy. That has since changed. Nirvana (the real one) recently announced the tracklisting on the deluxe edition of Nevermind. Check that out below.
words & photos by BBG
Goes Cube celebrated the release of their new LP Of Tides & Drifts and kicked off their campaign toward SXSW with a show at The Studio at Webster Hall last night (3/9). Support came from The Austerity Program, Rosetta, & Naam. Goes Cube's new material thundered through the venue and impressed live, while The Austerity Program's live show was empassioned and awesome despite their own opinion on the subject ("It was OK, I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5"). As usual, Rosetta knocked it out of the park with their delicious reverb-drenched space metal. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Goes Cube's trek SXSW calendar includes a set at Full Metal Texas on 3/17, where they'll play the BV/1000K stage alongside headliners YOB, Trap Them, Hull, Kvelertak (I hope), Rwake and All Pigs Must Die.
The flyer for Full Metal Texas and more pictures (though I unfortunately missed Naam), below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Santos Party House
Weedeater played Santos on Feb 24th as part of an ongoing tour for the North Carolinians in support of their new LP Jason... The Dragon. The band's current trek has them splitting time with ASG (who played Santos and are now done with their part of the tour) and Zoroaster, who is currently out with the band. Shortly after this weekend's Scion Rock Fest, Kvelertak will link up with the tour and they'll head on down to Austin for SXSW, teaming up with Trap Them, Hull, Rwake, All Pigs Must Die, and the recently added Goes Cube to play the BrooklynVegan/1000Knives stage at Full Metal Texas on 3/17 (Emo's 12 - 7PM). More details are forthcoming.
Weedeater is also scheduled to join on to the Austin date of the Metalliance tour, which will also feature Helmet, Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Kylesa, Howl, Red Fang and The Atlas Moth. The Austin show goes down on March 18th show at Dirty Dog Bar in Austin. There are no advanced tickets for that, but tickets are still available for the NYC date at Irving Plaza on March 25th.
All tour dates, and more pictures from Santos are below.
Goes Cube at Bell House (more by Keith Marlowe)
Goes Cube will celebrate their bruising new LP In Tides And Drifts (due March 29th via The End) in the best way possible, by inviting a crew of killers along for the ride! The NYC band will be joined by a Rosetta (who just blew the roof off Santos), Naam (who are touring with Orange Goblin), and The Austerity Program at The Studio at Webster Hall on March 9th (they're celebrating a little early). Tickets for their Record Release show are on sale.
The March 9th show is the first of a string of tour dates for the band on the way to SXSW, where they'll play a gang of shows including The End Records Official Showcase on March 17th at The Ale House with Hull (who also plays Full Metal Texas this year), Braveyoung, Novembers Doom, Daniel Lioneye, and Dead By April. All Goes Cube dates are below.
In other Rosetta news, the band recently started a Kickstarter project to help raise funds for a split with Junius.
Rosetta had a great tour last month with Kylesa, but upon returning home we were faced with $2000 worth of repair work on our van. We had studio time scheduled with Andrew Schneider, who recorded A Determinism of Morality, booked for early March. Faced with potentially having to cancel those sessions due to lack of funds, we've decided to give the Kickstarter model a try --- letting our friends and fans help us finance the recording and be a part of the project as it's created.Look for that new recording soon, as the band has already raised $2600 towards their $900 goal!
All tour dates and some video is below.
UK doomers Orange Goblin will hit the road for a string of US dates surrounding their 5/29 Maryland DeathFest appearance (tickets still on sale), tagging NYC's Santos Party House on 5/28 (tickets are on sale). The Gates of Slumber and Naam will join the band on the trek (skipping MDF) which terminates on the West Coast and is followed by an Orange Goblin solo show in Chicago.
After cancelling last year due to the volcano, The Gates of Slumber are scheduled to tour Europe on their way to Roadburn. No word on when we'll see their forthcoming LP, The Scourge ov Drunkenness, though. The Gates of Slumber last played NYC at Union Pool with Hour of 13 and Disma. As previously mentioned, Hour of 13 return to NYC to play Cake Shop with Natur & Pilgrim on March 5. Tickets are on sale.
Naam recently went into the studio to record some Nirvana covers for a forthcoming 7". The band will be heading to SXSW this year, but so far tour dates to/fro are still not announced.
All tour dates and some video are below...
words & photos by BBG
Cough (and new stage)
Cough, Naam, Batillus, and Sea of Bones converged on a rainy Saturday (12/11) to play the packed-out Charleston as part of a BrooklynVegan-sponsored event. I haven't spent much time at The Charleston as of late, and in my absence some work has been done to the dingy basement.
A small stage now sits in the left corner and the sound booth has moved to the rear. The intimate basement feel is still there, but now the venue's steel supports obstruct the view of the newly-minted stage that most bands awkwardly only used as a drum riser. The stage was especially crowded when lined along the back with a wall of amps. Most of the guitarists and vocalists opted to play on the floor directly in front instead. Venue issues aside, a good performance can happen anywhere, and the audience got their share that night.
Sea of Bones opened the show, and though the band was sporting a considerably leaner lineup (guitarist count has gone from three to one), they were no less potent. As the band adjusts to the trio formation, look for them to get even more deadly.
Batillus was next, and even though their new record will be released next year on Seventh Rule, Saturday was Batillus's last show for a while to concentrate on new material. Good for them. The Brooklyn band's show at The Charleston did nothing but affirm my belief that Batillus is a live juggernaut and one of the best bands in NYC.
Naam followed Batillus, sporting tunes from their previous recorded efforts but it was no less interesting. Naam's melodic and bluesy showing was a refreshing change from the dire doom & gloom of the night.
Cough closed their US tour in support of Ritual Abuse with the Charleston performance. The time on the road has obviously benefited the band, as they were more powerful and impressive than their last NYC showing (which was also great). The crowd was similarly excited, as Cough's stuttering doom helped ignite a slow-motion pit.
More pictures from the show are below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Blood Red Shoes @ MHOW
After Chris left the BV Loft Party all the way back on Friday, October 22nd, he headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the Blue Flowers-presented CMJ showcase for a lineup of mostly UK bands including Chapel Club, Everything Everything, and Blood Red Shoes (who toured North America with Sky Larkin in October). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The occasion (to post these belated pics)? SXSW has already announced an initial lineup of bands playing in Austin from March 16-20, 2011, and Chapel Club is on that list (and I wouldn't be surprised of the other 2 mentioned bands end up coming too). Also on the list: Lia Ices, Braids, Asobi Seksu, Wye Oak, Suuns, Sun Airway, A Place to Bury Strangers and more. Full list under the rest of the MHOW pictures, below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by BBG
Slim Cessna's Auto Club at Spiderhouse, March 2010
Directly after the great Dub Trio teams up with CSC Funk Band, alt-country gothabilly band Slim Cessna's Auto Club play the late show at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (11/10) with The Lingering Doubts. Tickets are still available for both the Dub Trio and the Slim Cessna show. Slim Cessna's appearance is part of a tour of the Northeast that will include Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ tomorrow, 11/11 (where Dex Romweber Duo play tonight).
Slim Cessna's Auto Club played the BrooklynVegan/AnSo day party at Spiderhouse in Austin this year, where these belated pics originate from. Check out more below.
Slim Cessna's Auto Club contains members of Delta 72, 16Horsepower, and Wovenhand. Wovenhand recently announced their participation in Roadburn 2011. Roadburn has also added a gang of other awesome additions in the past week or so, including Voivod (who also played a BV party this year), Rwake, Ludicra, Shrinebuilder (who were supposed to play last year, but played NYC instead), Liturgy, Black Mountain (who just played NYC with Black Angels), Cough (who just played the BV-BBG CMJ showcase), and Yob, who will play The Unreal Never Lived in it's entirety! Full lineup is below.
Speaking of Liturgy, the band recently signed with Thrill Jockey Records and will play Acheron on Dec 3rd with Orphan, Dope Body, and Elks. The show will celebrate Orphan and Dope Body's recent split release on Black Tent Press, pick it up. Liturgy are currently on tour, dig on dates below.
Cough and Naam (both of which will be hitting Roadburn) are scheduled to play The Charleston on 12/11 for a BrooklynVegan presented show with Batillus and new addition Sea of Bones. Congrats to Batillus, who recently signed to Seventh Rule for their new and Sanford-Parker-produced LP Furnace. Look for it next year and look for their tour dates below.
More of those Slim Cessna pics, and all tour dates are below.
Cough at CMJ (more by Keith Marlowe)
Did I book this show and not realize it? Cough will team up with Naam and Batillus to play The Charleston on 12/11. If you missed them at the BV-BBG show, this is an excellent chance to catch Cough in a small (and suuuper loud) environment. Must.
The previously discussed Incantation-plays-all-of-Onward to Golgotha show with Mortician, Funerus, and Fatalist has a new home :Europa on 11/20 (tickets) (a BrooklynVegan/1000Knives production). The show is the day before Gaza teams up with Tiger Flowers and Meek is Murder at Cake Shop.
Nachtmystium will hit Best Buy Theater on March 3rd, 2011 supporting Cradle of Filth, with Turisas and Daniel Lioneye as part of the "Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour" which also hits Starland Ballroom on March 5th . Tickets are on sale. All dates below.
Those looking to get away from their families after Christmas can scoot on down to Best Buy Theater to join Gwar with The Casualties, Infernaeon, and Mobile Deathcamp on 12/26. Tickets are on sale. Both Gwar and The Casualties will also play this weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest (11/5 - 11/7, tickets). Gwar's new album, Bloody Pit of Horror hits store shelves next week via Metal Blade. They recently appeared on Fallon. Video of that with all dates below.
Speaking of FFFF, Suicidal Tendencies are on tour and will play the fest this weekend and are scheduled to play Terminal 5 on 11/14 with Cro-Mags, Underdog and Death Before Dishonor. Tickets are still available or you can try your luck at winning a pair! Details are at the bottom of this post with updated dates.
Dub Trio will play Mercury Lounge with CSC Funk Band on November 10th. Tickets are on sale.
Great day show at ABC No Rio on 11/13 with Cali killers Punch and Loma Prieta teaming up with the great Vaccine and Death First. Shows start early, and this is a pretty killer bill so get there!
Kayo Dot will support Newspeak at a record release party for the band's new album Sweet Light Crude. loadbang will support at the Littlefield shindig on November 14th. Tickets are on sale for $8 or you can buy entry with a CD for $15.
All tour dates, details on how to enter the Suicidal Tendencies contest, and some video is below.
The Swiss thrash trio Coroner were originally road crew for Celtic Frost. They eventually formed their own group, recording their demo Death Cult in 1986 with Tom G. Warrior of Celtic Frost on vocals. Their first full-length album R.I.P., released in 1987, featured bass player Ron Broder on vocals and he assumed the role for the rest of the group's existence.Coroner will return from the grave to play Maryland Death Fest 2011, alongside newly announced bands Nuclear Assault (who played NYC recently), Death Breath, the reactivated Doom, Oak (who have a new LP), and Visceral Disgorge. The full band listing is below.
The group released several albums through to 1993, ending with a greatest hits collection, Coroner, in 1995. Lack of media exposure brought this band to disbanding in 1995 -- and to their farewell tour consequent to their self-titled album in January and February 1996. -[Wiki]
In other notable festival news, Roadburn 2011 is shaping up to be pretty impressive with recent additions of The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Zoroaster, Wardruna, Acid King, Naam, The Atomic Bitchwax, Quest for Fire, and...
Swedish doom metal legends Candlemass have been confirmed for Roadburn Festival 2011. Originally scheduled to celebrate 25 years of doom at this year's Roadburn in April, Candlemass ended up stuck in Stockholm due to logistic complications arising from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Candlemass is now scheduled to play on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, Holland. Starting at 15.45, Candlemass will perform a very special 2-hour set, which will include "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" in its entirety; featuring original vocalist Johan Längquist.Redemption!
Naam will play Bruar Falls in Brooklyn on 10/29 with Mutant Supremacy, Total Social Suicide, Pilgrim Concussion, Bezoar, and So Hideous My Love.
In related news, Neurosis, Bong, and Wino have all released "Live at Roadburn" LPs in the recent past. You can pick up Neurosis's Live At Roadburn 2007 via Neurot. Wino's Live at Roadburn 2009 is out now, while Bong's Live at Roadburn 2010 is due by the end of the year.
Current Roadburn & MDF IX lineups, as well as some video of some of those bands, are below.
DOWNLOAD: Gay For Johnny Depp - "Suckcess" (MP3)
It's a hard road to tread when press refers to you as "the band that taste forgot", but depending on what you're going for, that could be a complement (and in this case, I think it is). Bringing to mind the post-hardcore nuttiness associated with bands like Refused, The Blood Brothers and Daughters (RIP?), Brooklyn wildmen Gay For Johnny Depp are prepping to release a new six track EP entitled Sex Vid Singles Club. The band, which features members of Mind Over Matter and Errortype 11 in their ranks, will release the EP on October 12 via Shinebox Recordings (A new label). The EP will serve as a primer for the band's full length which is due in February 2011. Dig on "Suckcess" above and a video for literally every other song below.
GFJD currently has one date on its calendar,10/21 at
Matchless Death by Audio with Strife, Cruel Hand, Batillus (who just played Cake Shop), and Primitive Weapons (lineup seems to be up in the air) as part of CMJ (it's the Shinebox Recordings showcase).
The show is part of a short east coast tour one of two in NYC that the ex-straight-edge kingpins Strife are scheduled to play that week, They also play Mercury Lounge on 10/20 as part of the Converse-presented "True Til Def" show with the decidedly non-straight-edge crew of Priestess, Earthless, Disembodied, Iron Age, and Naam. Smoke 'em if you got 'em and head to the site to RSVP to the free CMJ show.
Tracklisting and tons of videos are below....
DOWNLOAD: La Otracina - "Raze The Sky" (MP3)
Incorporating elements of hard rock, punk, and metal, La Otracina still know how to lock into a heavy-psychedelic groove, and they do it well. The retro-leaning band will show off some of those XL riffs on a new LP Reality Has Got to Die out now digitally via Holy Mountain Records. Hard formats are due in September. Spacey but not meandering, gently melodic but with cojones, La Otracina pummel on burly tracks like "Raze The Sky" available for download above.
La Otracina's genetic make up is similarly awesome, featuring members of Titan, Children, and the dearly-departed Nebula (who played the BV day-party at Fontana's last year). The trio will show off their chops at a number of NYC shows in the coming weeks including Coco 66 Wednesday (7/28) with Telecult Powers & La Big Vic, August 27th at Union Pool with a killer teaming of Bezoar, Naam, and Wizardry, and September 16th at Union Pool with Mondo Drag and The Main Street Gospel. Full tour sked and some videos are below...
words by BBG, photos by Alysse Gafkjen
"Floated around Manhattan in a boat with Dead Meadow and some friends, amazing show and loved the skyline as our backdrop" - Lucy Ellis
Does psychedelia nullify seasickness? Dead Meadow tested the limits of that theory when the band played a Rocks Off boat cruise on 6/11 as part of an ongoing tour in support of their new live DVD/CD combo Three Kings. Naam, who headlined Cake Shop two days before, opened the show. Full tour dates, which last through the remainder of June, are with more pictures from the show (though none of Naam this time), below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Naam headlined the Cake Shop on a rainy Wednesday (6/9) with help from newest Relapse signees Cough, Massachusetts doom trio Elder, and Brooklyn metali-garage punks Elks. The show was part of a tour for Cough / Elder, which lead them up into New England before heading back down to Cough's home territory of Richmond, VA.
Though you can't tell much from their MySpace page, I could tell that Brooklyn's Elks are on to something. The band kicked out a brief but ripping set of punk-y garage inflected metal, providing an ample kick start to the show and a perfect lead-in to the Massachusetts big riffers Elder. Cough followed Elder and blew me away with their unstoppable doomy sludge pummel. It was my second experience with the band in NYC (the first was at Northside) and now that Cough has a second guitarist in tow, they are sounding more massive than ever! Naam's bluesy space-a-delic sounds were well executed as usual, though my personal highlight was seeing the trio rock "Black Ice". It's good to know that although they normally let the riffs breathe, they can (when they want) pummel as fast and furious as any of the bullet-belted folk. More pics from the show are below...