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Maynard and one of his wines
Blood Into Wine

Tool are heading out on tour in early 2016, and they'll be joined by another long-running eccentric alt-metal band, Primus. It's their first major tour since 2014, and so far only 8 dates have been announced, which will take them through some west coast and southern cities, with the implication of more to come. Industrial band 3TEETH are opening. All currently known dates are listed below.

Hopefully a NYC date is on the way, but meanwhile Tool singer Maynard James Keenan is on tour now with his other band Puscifer and hitting NYC TONIGHT (11/17) at Terminal 5. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. They just released their new album Money Shot at the end of October and today they put out a video for its song "The Remedy." Check that out, with their list of tour dates, below.

Tool (well, mostly just Maynard) have been in the news for other stuff lately as well. They only played one show in 2015, a Halloween event during which they dressed up as and covered Led Zeppelin, playing their version of "No Quarter" for the first time since the '90s. Check out a video of that below.

There have also been conflicting reports about the possibility of a new Tool album, and while nothing has been stated explicitly, it seems like that might be a thing. Maynard, a busy man, is sick of being asked about it though, asking Rolling Stone if he "seems like a lazy person" and recently calling Tool fans "insufferable" and "retards" for being too serious about the possibility of new Tool music. He is also helping to work on an authorized biography of himself that is due out in 2016. He also makes wine.

Tool's "Aenema" is also one of Grimes' favorite songs. She's in NYC as we speak, having played Terminal 5 last night, and she's playing MHOW on Wednesday but has tonight off. Maybe she's going to the Puscifer show. Or maybe she's seeing her tourmate Nicole Dollanganger's show at Baby's.

Check out Puscifer's "Money Shot" video, footage of Tool as Led Zeppelin, a video of Maynard talking wine with Tim and Eric, and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Tool announce 2016 tour with Primus; Puscifer made a new video & on tour now (playing NYC tonight)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Primus / Dinosaur Jr. / The GOASTT @ Pier 97
Dinosaur Jr
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Dinosaur Jr

How did touring with Dinosaur Jr. come about?

I think for the past couple years we have always been on the lookout for better bands and to see if they wanted to put on some sort of evening of music together. We've done little short runs here and there, but I think this was the time that we found another band that wanted to go on and put on an evening together, so it just kind of came up that way, probably about a year ago. We had also played together years ago at a festival.

When the band is getting ready to go on tour, how do you prepare?

You know, that depends. We have been playing so much that we've only been home for a couple of days, so we'll just slide back into it like normal pretty much. Usually over the course of the tour we'll experiment with different things and we'll try to re-learn different songs and try to see if there's anything new we can fit into the mix. - [Aquarian Weekly]

The Primus/Dinosaur Jr/The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger tour hit NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Hudson River Park's JBL Live @ Pier 97. While Primus still still has some of their Chocolate Factory stage set with them, their actual setlist was more of a greatest hits as you might expect for a tour like this. Dinosaur Jr was heavy on the distortion and the favorites, delivering "Out There," "Feel the Pain," "Start Choppin'" and their cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" amongst others. J Mascis has been coming out during Primus' set on this tour too. Sean Lennon's The GOASTT opened the night with their very Beatlesque sound.

Pictures from the whole night, plus setlists for Primus and Dinosaur Jr, below...

Continue reading "Primus, Dinosaur Jr. and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger played Pier 97 (pics, setlists)"

photos by Greg Cristman

The GOASTT @ Brooklyn Bowl 7/15/2015

Sean Lennon's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger have been added to Dinosaur Jr. and Primus' co-headlining tour, and their first date with that will be Thursday (7/23) in Philadelphia. Those three bands will hit NYC's JBL Live at Pier 97 on July 30. As mentioned, you can get $25 discounted tickets for that show.

If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets on our Facebook page. All dates are listed below.

The GOASTT limbered up for their tour with a show last week at Brooklyn Bowl (7/15) and pictures from their set, as well as ones of openers Workman Song for the Highway, are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger touring with Dinosaur Jr. & Primus (dates ++ win tix to NYC show)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Primus @ The Paramount 4/25/2015
Primus and The Chocolate Factory featuring The Fungi Ensemble
Primus and The Chocolate Factory featuring The Fungi Ensemble

Primus' Willy Wonka themed-tour, which supports their Wonka-themed album, swung through the NYC-area for a second time, hitting Long Island's The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Saturday night (4/25). Billed as Primus and The Chocolate Factory featuring The Fungi Ensemble, the stage was made to look like Wonka's "pure imagination" from the 1971 film classic (which clips from were projected behind the band), and there were appearances from some of the largest Oompa Loompas ever seen. In addition to originals, Primus also covered a few songs from the movie, including "Pure Imagination" and "I Want it Now." The Wonka set was bookended by regular Primus sets featuring cuts from the last 25 years. Setlist and pictures are in this post.

Primus will be back this summer for their tour with Dinosaur Jr. More pics from Primus' show at The Paramount, below...

Continue reading "Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble played The Paramount (pics, setlist)"

photo: Dinosaur Jr at 4Knots 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dinosaur Jr

TIckets for the Primus and Dinosaur Jr shows at NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage and NYC's JBL Live at Pier 97 go on BrooklynVegan presale at 10 AM. Password = VEGANCHEESE.

If you miss out on getting tickets in the presale, you'll have another chance when the general on-sale begins Friday (4/3) at 10 AM. All tour dates HERE.



Longing for the days of Lollapalooza 1993 or bummed that you missed out on them? Primus and Dinosaur Jr have you covered. The alt/funk metallers and the guitar-soloing indie rockers are heading out on a tour together this summer.

The dates include two in the NYC-area: one at NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage on July 24 and another at NYC's JBL Live at Pier 97 on July 30. Also another special guest TBA. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM, with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.


There's also a presale for the whole tour happening now at Primus' site.

Meanwhile, you can catch Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis sooner when he opens for Dead Moon in NYC this June, and you can also catch Primus on their spring tour which hits Long Island in April.

Speaking of classic indie bands at Stone Pony Summerstage, BrooklynVegan is also presenting a Pixies / TV On the Radio show happening there in May (tickets).

All Primus / Dinosaur Jr dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Empire Records

You may remember that last year for Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Records put out Faux Real, a compilation of punk and indie bands covering fictional TV and movie bands. RSD rejected the idea of putting out a sequel, but Father/Daughter are going ahead with it anyway and will release Faux Real II on April 28. It features Chumped, Krill, Allison Crutchfield, LVL UP and more taking on songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Billy Madison, Doug, Almost Famous and more. Listen to LVL UP's take on "Somebody Kll Me Please" from The Wedding Singer, with the full tracklist, below.

There's also a release show happening in NYC on April 28 at Palisades with Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale now.


In other music movie news, Empire Records turns 20 this year, and Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg will be hosting a high-concept anniversary celebration on April 8. Presented by BBQ Films, they're even calling it Rex Manning Day and will have the whole place turned into the actual Empire Records store from the movie. Here's the event description:

Twenty years - to the day! - since the original Rex Manning Day, BBQ Films invites you to "Say No More, Mon Amour," damn the man, and save The Empire. For one night only, Williamsburg's Rough Trade is transformed into the legendary Empire Records, with all the staff and characters you've come to love (and hate).

On April 8, 2015, join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don't touch his drums!), Gina and her "Sugar High," and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning... Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you're brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra's funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark's approval.

Tickets include:
• 1 free drink and free BBQ Films gourmet popcorn
• A Rex Manning autograph
• 1 custom button at the DIY Button Station
• A fabulous Rex Manning Photobooth
• Screening of Empire Records (1995)
• A live set from the Empire house band, and potential additional sets TBA
• A head shaving station (first five folks who shave their heads drink free)
• A limited-edition event poster by Todd Ian Goldstein
• ...and all the theatrical immersion BBQ Films guests have come to expect...

Limited edition! For brave souls, special secret experiences will be auctioned off the night of. Think: A Warren shopping spree. A Gina Sugar High. An Oh Rexy You're So Sexy one-on-one with Rex himself... Come with a few extra bucks if you're game!

Tickets are on Internet presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday, 2/20, at noon. A portion of proceeds will go to a TBA charity.

Empire Records is filled with memorable music moments, like when Eddie eats a special brownie and watches a GWAR video (only to hallucinate that GWAR attacks him on stage), when Joe gets behind the kit for AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You Got It)," when most of the cast dances on the rooftop to The The's "This Is The Day," and of course when Gina joins Berko (played by actual rock musician Coyote Shivers) to sing "Sugarhigh." (By the way, if Faux Real III happens, someone should really do "Sugarhigh.") And for the real nerds, the post-credits scene when Eddie and Mark argue over whether Primus or the Pixies have better bass lines.

Revisit some of those moments below...

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photo::: Primus @ Beacon Theatre (more by Matthieu Bredeau)

Alt rock oddballs Primus dropped their wonderfully out-there full-length tribute to 1971's version of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory last year, and the band is back with a deluxe edition of the album as well as a spring tour. The deluxe edition features a newly-mixed surround-sound version of the album and an accompanying live CD and will be released on April 28. You can pre-order the deluxe edition over at Club Bastardo.

Primus brought their Willy Wonka-themed show to Beacon Theatre last Halloween, and the new spring dates have them coming back to the NYC-area with a Long Island show at The Paramount on April 25. Tickets for the Paramount go on sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM with a venue presale beginning Wednesday (1/28) at 10 AM.

Check out a video of Primus' Chocolate Factory show in Orlando and all of the band's upcoming dates below...

Continue reading "Primus releasing deluxe edition of 'Willy Wonka' tribute LP, touring this spring (dates)"

Photos by Mathieu Bredeau

"Whatever you are doing on Halloween pales into comparison to what I am seeing. @primus #Wonka #Primusfsucks" - Adam Poch

"So grateful i got miracled for Primus tonight. Been a while since i've seen a great Halloween show" - Francesco Marano

Primus @ Beacon Theatre, Halloween 2014

The show started off with a very dark stage and some Primus staples such as "American Life", "John the Fisherman", "My Name Is Mud" and the rollicking "Jerry Was a Racecar Driver". After an hour of the hits they exited and the curtain dropped. When the curtain lifted the stage was adorned with massive candy canes, trippy flowers and one very large mushroom. The band was dressed in Halloween masks and or chocolate factory garb who then played the first tracks of the album perfectly. A few songs in "Willy Wonka" appeared (Les with a purple suit, wig, and top hat) and proceeded to tell the rest of the insane story that lasted over an hour. It was so amazing how Primus effortlessly performed the complex and weaving tunes live, and really shows that they are some very talented individuals. At one point they even could of been mistaken for a young Pink Floyd on the albums psychedelic closer, "Farewell Wonkites." [Pancakes & Whiskey]
After squeezing in a sold out afternoon show the day before, notorious weirdo-rockers Primus brought their Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory-themed tour to NYC for Halloween show at Beacon Theatre that fit right with their new tribute album to the 1971 movie musical. As expected, the show was a world of pure imagination, featuring dancing Oompa-Loompas, massive stage decorations and a very in-character Les Claypool as the candy man himself. Pictures from the show, along with the setlist and a stream of Primus & The Chocolate Factory, are in this post.

More below...

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Dean Ween

The Dean Ween Group, who toured opening for Primus earlier this year, are now set to hit the road on their own for a short East Coast tour this fall. The fall comes to the NYC-area around Halloween time, hitting Asbury Park on October 30 at The Stone Pony and Brooklyn on November 1 at Brooklyn Bowl but they currently have no show scheduled for Halloween proper. (Primus on the other hand, are playing NYC on Halloween.) Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Gene Ween's band FREEMAN are touring too and hitting NYC this Saturday (10/4) at Bowery Ballroom with Arc Iris (tickets).

List of Dean Ween dates, with a video of them playing a new song "Garry" in New Mexico, below...

Continue reading "Dean Ween Group touring, playing NY/NJ around Halloween"

photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

Mineral / Patti Smith / Superchunk
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up this past Sunday (9/14) with sets from The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.

I arrived at the final day of the festival to find New Jersey punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already on the Roots Stage, and NJ folk punks The Front Bottoms getting set to perform on the Rebel Stage. Having seen the former a few times, I went for the latter band and heard "Flashlight" as I approached the stage. Their early afternoon-yet-rabid crowd screamed the lyrics along to the song's stop-start chorus. The tongue-in-cheek Talon of the Hawk opener "Au Revoir (Adios)" came next, followed by mix of songs from that album and their 2011 self-titled LP. --ZP

Kurt Vile & The Violators were the next band I caught, over at the Riot Stage. Given that Sunday beared even better weather than Saturday had, opening with "Wakin on a Pretty Day" was an apt choice in full sun. The Violators proceeded to deliver a low-key and enjoyable set that touched on Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Smoke Ring for My Halo, and Childish Prodigy. After a bit of KV and co., I headed over to the Rebel Stage to catch The Hold Steady. The NYC crew kicked things off with "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from this year's Teeth Dreams, followed by the Boys and Girls in America favorite "Stuck Between Stations." The band flew by their usual M.O. -- flexing some muscle without coming off as too cheesy -- while pulling out tunes from their back catalog. --ZP

Next I went to catch Superchunk, and I arrived at the Riot Stage a bit prior to their set. In the meantime, I caught the last few songs of Billy Bragg's performance on the nearby Roots Stage. Before playing "The Milkman of Human Kindness," Bragg shared that he's out to become "the Pete Seegar of punk" and hopes to be performing into his 90s. He turned "There Is Power in a Union" into a sing-along and finished off with "A New England." Superchunk began with the No Pocky for Kitty tune "Cast Iron," followed by the one-two punch of "Digging For Something" and "FOH." It was back to No Pocky... for "Punch Me Harder," and then Mac asked the crowd to sing along during "Learned To Surf." "I'm gonna need you to repeat after me, in the age-old tradition of repeating after people on stage, he quipped. Their 11-song set came to a close with "Slack Motherfucker" into "Precision Auto." --ZP

Michigan post-hardcore crew La Dispute were up next at the far-from-everything Rock Stage. The four-piece were heavy on this year's great Rooms of the House, and began their 10-song set with "HUDSONVILLE, MI 1956," "Stay Happy There," and "First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice" from the LP falling within the first five they played. Their meditative grooves quickly won over the large crowd they had gathered at the stage. My next target after La Dispute was the Rise Stage, where whiskey-soaked Memphis crew Lucero would soon begin their late afternoon set. I only stuck around for a few songs, but I got to hear some of my favorites from the start, including "On My Way Downtown" into "Nights Like These." --ZP

La Dispute's crowd
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

After Lucero, it was back over to the Rock Stage for reunited Austin emo band Mineral. The band quietly took the stage and delivered an excellent set that was split evenly between their 1997 debut The Power of Failing and 1998's EndSerenading. Highlights included their heavier moments found within the brief "Five, Eight, & Ten," "For Ivadell," and "Gloria," and also the more subdued offerings like "Love Letter Typewriter." Mineral were one of the best emo bands out there, and it's great to see them return sounding great. --ZP

One of my most anticipated sets of the three-day fest was Patti Smith's 6PM performance on the Riot Stage. Patti was born in Chicago not all that far from the stage she occupied, and spoke about coming to the park with her mother as a very young child. She and her band opened with "Dancing Barefoot" into the Horses tune "Redondo Beach." A cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" came next, followed by "Pissing in a River." Along with a select few others, Patti Smith fully embodies the spirit of Riot Fest. --ZP

While Zach was over at Patti Smith on the Riot Stage, I was at the Rise Stage for Mudhoney. The grunge grandfathers ripped through their set and barely stopped to catch their breath. Drummer Dan Peters was a beast on drums throughout the set, and at one point the band even made way for a brief drum solo, bringing in the fuzz at the climax. You would think Mark Arm's vocal style would have wrecked his pipes after all these years but the guy sounded just as good as he did on the band's debut album. The definite highlight of set was the band's classic "Touch Me I'm Sick" which left everyone floored. --MM

If Patti Smith carries the ethos of Riot Fest, then Primus serve to represent the festival's large carnival presence. Les Claypool was transfixed on the ferris wheel he faced from the stage and spoke at length about how beautiful it was and how lucky they were to be performing near it. He later prompted guitarist Larry LaLonde to do a solo inspired by the wheel. Unlike when I saw them in 2013, Primus shed their jammy approach of late for the tighter feel of their early material. This shift was aided by stand-in timekeeper Danny Carey, who delivered a fast-handed, rigid performance. The trio opened with the Sailing the Seas of Cheese cut "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," followed by the driving LP number "Here Come the Bastards." The tweaky Brown Album song "Over the Falls" was also played, as well as more favorites like "My Name Is Mud," and set endcap "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." --ZP

Weezer were one of the albums billed to play a classic album (The Blue Album), but first they warmed up with some of their more recent singles, steadily going back in time with each song. The band played "Pork and Beans," "Beverly Hills," "Island In The Sun," "Hash Pipe," "El Scorcho" and others before getting to 1994, the year of The Blue Album. Everything prior to The Blue Album's performance felt like filler as everyone, including myself, sang along to every Blue Album song, most loudly to "Buddy Holly" which some fans begged to be played again. Weezer performed flawlessly while their stage lights bathed everyone in blue light, keeping in theme of the album's color. It was amazing seeing the band perform The Blue Album-- one of my favorite 90s albums-- in its entirety. I only wish they could've squeezed in Pinkerton right after. --MM

Pics and review of day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 3 in pics (Weezer, Primus, Patti Smith, Mineral, Superchunk, Bouncing Souls, Hold Steady, more)"


The classic lineup of Primus that made Sailing the Seas of Cheese (Les Claypool, Larry "Ler" LaLonde, and Tim "Herb" Alexander) have gotten back together for a new, food-themed album, due out October 21. Specifically it's a tribute to the classic 1971 movie musical version of Roald Dahl's Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, covering the entire soundtrack in their own inimitable way. (Even "Cheer Up Charlie" which used to get cut from the TV version.) Says Claypool:

The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,' says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the 'Willy Wonka' movie - the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that's what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit...twisted them up a lot.
You can stream "Pure Imagination" from Primus & the Chocolate Factory below.

The day after its release, Primus will head out on tour, playing NYC on Halloween (10/31) at Beacon Theatre for a show billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/1) at 11 AM, with Livenation and Chase Cardmember presales beginning Thursday (7/31) at 11 AM.

Tim Alexander, who is touring with the band, is currently recovering from triple-bypass surgery, so rest up till then, dude.

Continue reading "Classic lineup of Primus releasing 'Willy Wonka' tribute LP, touring, playing NYC on Halloween (dates, new track stream)"


Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.

Denver single day tickets are on sale too. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

Toronto single day tickets are also on sale. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

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Riot Fest

Riot Fest Chicago keeps getting crazier. First they announced their stacked lineup, then revealed that ten of those artists would be performing classic LPs in full, and now they've added more bands to the fest including a handful of heavy hitters. New additions include Primus, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, The Hold Steady, Only Crime, Lemuria, Pity Sex, From Indian Lakes, Lucki Eck$, Tiny Moving Parts, The Picturebooks and Survay Says. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup, including The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Social Distortion, Slayer, Descendents, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Mineral, Failure, Mastodon and so many more, at Riot Fest's site and below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago lineup expands (Primus, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, The Hold Steady & more)"

Riot Fest

The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest 2014 Chicago & Denver lineups (The Cure, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Wu-Tang, Flaming Lips, MANY more)"

Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chain of Strength

Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.

The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.

Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...

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Primus at Big Day Out in January (more by Chris Graham)

Les Claypool was just in NYC playing three shows with his Duo de Twang, and he's since announced that that other band's he in, Primus, will be hitting the road this May/June. That tour won't bring Les & co. back to NYC, but they'll be nearby for a show in Port Chester at The Capitol Theatre on June 24 and another in Asbury Park at Stone Pony Summerstage on June 28. The Asbury Park show (and a Big Flats, NY show a day earlier) are with The Dean Ween Group, but no other acts announced for the Cap show yet.

Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon, and you can check Ticketmaster for the general on-sale for the Asbury Park show, but Primus' site says there's a presale on Tuesday (3/4).

Primus are also among the many artists whose music is in True Detective.

One of Les Claypool's Due de Twang shows in NYC was the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Brooklyn Rod & Gun. You've already seen pictures of that one, and now you can check out an audio stream and a video from the show, with the list of Primus dates, below...

Continue reading "Primus announce 2014 tour, including dates w/ Dean Ween +++ video & audio from Les Claypool's recent Brooklyn show"

I just wanted an excuse to think about True Detective more as I wait for the 7th episode, so here's a post about the music which includes the show's title sequence theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family, and info on the well curated songs in each episode.

Check out what they played in episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. Names include a lot of country and folk classics mixed with newer indie rock stars, metal, psych rock and more. The Black Angels were in episode one and their tourmate Roky Erickson appeared via his band The 13th Floor Elevators in episode 2. Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Earle, Melvins, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Sleep (!), Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Omar Rodríguez-López's Bosnian Rainbows, and the Kinks all made the cut so far too. Who is the Yellow King though?

UPDATE: Check out the music from episode 7.

Listen to the Handsome Family intro song below...

Continue reading "True Detective soundtrack (so far) -- Handsome Family, Black Angels, Melvins, Sleep, Primus, Father John Misty & more "

photos by Chris Graham

Arcade Fire / Hives / fans at Big Day Out, 1/19/2014
Big Day Out - Gold Coast, Australia - January 19th, 2014
Big Day Out - Gold Coast, Australia - January 19th, 2014
Big Day Out - Gold Coast, Australia - January 19th, 2014

'Song 2' by Blur plays loudly over the P.A. right before Arcade Fire starts. Woo-hoo! Oh, how we laugh. Their twilight set is masterful. Ten musicians on stage throughout. A diverse range of material plucked from their four albums. Plenty of shiny stage props to look at. To me they've always felt like a band moments away from crashing and burning under the weight of their own pretension but their songs are just too damn good for it to matter. 'Reflektor', in particular, is a monster live: dramatic, immersive, surprising. They're afforded 90 minutes on stage and it's time well-spent, though newie 'We Exist' is pretty dreary. I get the sense that the players love the material as much as the crowd does - which might sound like a weird thing to say. But I find that most bands play to the audience, revelling in the mechanics of the performance itself, rather than playing for the fans and allowing some of that intangible 'magic' to rain down like so much glitter fired from cannons - [The Vine]
While we're in the depths of winter in North America, its prime summer festival season in Australia. The Big Day Out is one of Australia's premier music fests, and occurs in five cities over two weeks, kicking off at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands on January 19, featuring Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Deftones, The Hives, Mudhoney, Tame Impala and lots more. We've got a set of pictures from the Gold Coast show in this post.

More below...

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Primus at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Primus, who have been known to play in "3D", have announced another 3D tour to take place this spring. The tour doesn't bring the band to NYC, but as previously discussed, they'll be in the area for Mountain Jam (which isn't one of the 3D shows). All dates for Primus' tour are listed below.

Before that tour kicks off, bassist Les Claypool will be taking his Duo de Twang on tour, and that hits NYC on April 28 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates for both tours are listed, along with a video, below...

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Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

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Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Tracy Allison)
Deer Tick

Still depressed that those Phish and Disco Biscuits New Year's runs are over? Fear not jam band fans, it's only a matter of months before Mountain Jam returns to Hunter Mountain in upstate NY, June 6 - 9, to be specific. This year's lineup features the first ever Mountain Jam appearance from Deer Tick, along with Phil Lesh and Friends, Primus, The Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr, David Wax Museum, Widespread Panic, and of course, Gov't Mule (whose Warren Haynes is one of the festival producers), and others. Pre-sale tickets for the festival are sold out, but early bird tickets go back on sale Saturday (1/19) at 10 AM.

In related news, Warren Haynes' other band, The Allman Brothers are doing ten shows at Beacon Theatre in March and tickets for some of those shows are still available.

Initial Mountain Jam lineup below...

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This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

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photos by Diana Wong

Primus / Moog Factory / people in hot dog costumes
Moogfest 2012 Day 1
Moogfest 2012 Day 1
Moogfest 2012 Day 1

Moogfest 2012 kicked off unofficially with Justice on Thursday (10/25), and then it officially began on Friday (10/26) with sets by El-P, Buke & Gase, Blondes, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Miike Snow, Morton Subotnick and more. El-P played a studio session inside of The Moog Factory (where all Moog products are made), which we also took a tour of, and pictures of that are in this post. Those pictures include shots of the analog synth calibration office, the new white version of their Slim Phatty synthesizer, and their recent foray into guitar building.

One of the highlights of day 1 was synth veteran Morton Subotnick who played a set spanning the material he released from 1967's Silver Apples of the Moon, through 1978's A Sky of Cloudless Sulfur. Moogfest always makes a point to book a few forerunners of electronic music for their festival, which mostly features modern artists of the genre. And hearing these tunes, which were written decades ago, alongside much newer artists, it was easy to see how revolutionary Morton Subotnick was in his time.

Primus brought a set heavy with psychedelic visuals. Blondes, who always bring the dance party in NYC, did just as great of a job translating that same experience over in Asheville. And Explosions In The Sky's atmospheric set made for a great come-down later on in the show after a full day of dance parties and trekking through Asheville.

Coverage of the rest of the festival is coming soon and more pics from Moogfest day 1 are below.

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photos by Greg Cristman


Les Claypool and gang are currently in the midst of a "3-D tour" which came through NYC on Friday night (10/19)...

"There was also a big screen behind the instruments, on which strange film clips were shown that were meant to sync up with the music. They did, but none of them made any sense at all. At one point there was footage of people arriving at Ellis Island and taking the oath of citizenship; all of them looked terrified. At another part there was kind of a Western motif going, and the face of the actor Lee Marvin appeared, sneering and snarling. At other points geometric shapes shot through space and vortexes of lights and colors danced and gyrated. We had been given 3D glasses, so all of this appeared to be coming out of the screen and down from the stage, during which time Claypool spanked the bass and never really sang so much as muttered in a guttural voice. Seldom could you actually understand what he was saying. It was kind of like the train announcements that they make when you're on the subway. But the lyrics aren't exactly the point here; the atmosphere is, and this was simply a spectacle in every sense of the word." [Steven M. Finklenstein]
More pictures from the NYC show, and the setlist, below...

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