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Hopscotch

Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: Total Control at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Total Control

Fans of the great Australian post-punk band Total Control probably know that they don't play shows often, and they haven't played NYC since 2013. Earlier this year, they were announced for LA's Berserkertown festival, and the fest's promoters said at the time it'd be their only North American date of 2015. Well turns out that's not true, because they are in fact playing NYC on August 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's a great bill all around, with Danish synth pop band Lust For Youth, NYC post-metal trio Sannhet, and San Francisco's Flesh World. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/13) at noon.

Flesh World also previously announced a TBA NYC show for July 30, two nights before the Total Control show.

Sannhet also play a sold-out Northside show with Viet Cong and Girl Band.

UPDATE: It's actually a seven-date US tour. All dates are listed, with a video and the MHOW show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Total Control touring, playing NYC w/ Lust For Youth, Sannhet and Flesh World (dates)"

photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Atlas Sound

NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.

Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...

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photos: Girl Band @ BVSXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Girl Band

Ireland's brash, loud Girl Band, who visited in March around SXSW, will be heading back to North America for a tour in June. They'll spend part of that opening for Viet Cong, including both Northside Fest shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, both of which are sold out. (You can still try and get in with a Northside badge.) Additionally, Girl Band will also play Brooklyn's Rough Trade on June 25. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon.

All dates are listed below..

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photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.

Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.

Against Me! also have several other tour dates this year, and Laura Jane Grace plays a couple solo shows, including one in NYC.

Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.

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And a few other Northside updates:

Girl Band were added to both Viet Cong shows. Sannhet are on night 2 as well. Both are sold out.

The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.

Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).

Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).

Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).

Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).

Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).

You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.

Prurient

Dominick Fernow's noise/power electronics/etc project Prurient is releasing a new album, Frozen Niagara Falls, on May 12 via Profound Lore, and he's now announced a NYC release show for it. It happens on April 18 at The Wick, part of Pitchfork and Blackened Music's ongoing 'Tinnitus' series, and has amazing lineup of electronic musician Andy Stott and instrumental post-metal trio Sannhet. Tickets are on sale now.

Other upcoming 'Tinnitus' shows include Untold / Egyptrixx and Holly Herndon.

The day after Prurient's new album comes out, he'll play NYC again, but this time to present material off his 2006 album, Pleasure Ground. That's part of the big Nothing Changes party happening during Red Bull Music Academy residency on May 13 at Output with Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, Pharmakon, Ron Morelli, Marshstepper and Uniform. Tickets are still available.

Sannhet also have two other NYC shows. They play an album release show on March 27 at Saint Vitus with Kayo Dot and Oneirogen (tickets), and open the second of Viet Cong's two Northside shows on June 14 at MHOW (tickets).

Watch the Prurient album trailer below...

Continue reading "Prurient playing album release show w/ Andy Stott & Sannhet"

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sannhet

Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet are having a busy year. Their great new album Revisionist is out now, they very recently played Saint Vitus, they're playing it again this month, and they've also been added to one of the NYC shows on Viet Cong's tour.

They open night 2, June 14 at MHOW, which tickets are still on sale for. Night 1 (6/13) is sold out, and no openers have been announced for that one. Both shows are part of Northside Festival, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

If you missed it, Gang of Four's Andy Gill weighed in on Viet Cong's controversial name over the weekend. Go4 played NYC over the weekend too.

Sannhet's Vitus show is a Revisionist release show and happens March 27 with Kayo Dot (who have other upcoming shows). Since we last spoke, Oneirogen (who played an Invisible Oranges show on Saturday) was added too. Tickets are still on sale.

Stream Revisionist, with Sannhet's updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Sannhet opening for Viet Cong, added Oneirogen to their LP release show (updated tour dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt's new bare-bones folk album On Your Own Love Again (out now on Drag City) is one of the best of its kind in a while, and she's finally expanded her tour to include her first NYC show here since its release. After a couple US dates with Panda Bear, she'll hit Brooklyn's Union Pool on May 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/4) at noon.

She also plays a few festivals, including Pitchfork, the just-announced Solid Sound, and the Pitchfork showcase at NXNE (with Vince Staples, Amen Dunes, Sannhet and more).

Check out her recent NPR Wold Cafe Next session, and listen to album highlight "Greycedes," with her full list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Jessica Pratt expands tour, playing Union Pool (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sannhet

Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet's new album Revisionist is out today (3/3) on The Flenser, and they've announced a release show for it happening March 27 at Saint Vitus (where they just opened for This Will Destroy You) with Kayo Dot. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they'll tour with Liturgy. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Sannhet drummer Christopher Todd is also in a new band with members of Orchid, Made Out of Babies and others called Low Estate. They recently put out the Blood Horizon EP with six tracks of genre-crossing heavy music, and you can stream that below. You can also download it (name your price) on bandcamp.

Speaking of Kayo Dot, frontman Toby Driver has an upcoming Stone residency that will include full Kayo Dot album sets, plus sets from his bands Maudlin of the Well, Tarter Lamb, and more.

List of Sannhet dates, their album stream, and the Low Estate EP stream, below...

Continue reading "Sannhet schedule LP release show w/ Kayo Dot; drummer in Low Estate with mems of Orchid & Made Out of Babies (listen)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

TWDY / Sannhet / Planning for Burial @ Saint Vitus - 2/27/15
This Will Destroy You
Sannhet
Planning for Burial

Post rockers This Will Destroy You played a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on Thursday (2/26) and Friday (2/27) with different openers each night. The first had their collaborator Christopher Tignor and local atmospheric metal band So Hideous, and the second had the gloomy Planning for Burial and local instrumental post-metal band Sannhet. The pictures in this post are of night 2.

Planning for Burial's set sounded a little less consistent than his recent album, as he was doing everything with a loop pedal and drum machine which just didn't fully capture what makes the album so great. But there was no denying the power of the raw, cathartic ending which had him screaming into the air without a mic.

Sannhet, whose new album Revisionist comes out this week on The Flenser (same label as PfB) and had hit the web a few days prior to the show, sounded huge. Though atmospheric black and sludge metal are influences, their approach to instrumental rock is not too unlike TWDY's and the pairing of the two of them was perfect. Sannet makes music that overwhelms you, and as good as their albums may be, there's nothing like standing in front of the band with their wall of sound towering over you.

In comparison, This Will Destroy You played a much softer set, but still the kind with the ability to mesmerize. They opened with a newer one, but then took it right back to old favorite "A Three-Legged Workhorse" which really set the mood for the set. While Sannhet's light show makes them a sight to see, TWDY is the kind of thing you want to close your eyes to. The minimal stage show feels intentional -- one member even plays sitting down.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "This Will Destroy You played two nights at Saint Vitus (pics from night 2 with Sannhet & Planning for Burial)"

by Andrew Sacher

Eartheater

As you may know, Eartheater is the solo project of Alexandra Drewchin, who sings in Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band Guardian Alien. She just put out her newest album, Metalepsis, this week on Hausu Mountain, and it's an out-there psychedelic record but still more digestible than the abrasive Guardian Alien. It's diverse too. Some parts are ambient pop, others are drone folk. Sometimes electronics lead the way, but other times it's stabbing guitar and other times it's lush strings. You can listen to the full thing below and purchase it at Bandcamp for $4.20.

Eartheater celebrates the new album with a release show tonight (2/26) at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn. Extreme Animals, Haribo and HIGHLIFE are on the bill too, and tickets are available.

Meanwhile, ahead of Liturgy's tour, Greg Fox has four solo shows in NYC. First, he's playing as part of a "drum machine circle" at Shea on Sunday (3/1) with Wilted Women, Mike Sheffield, Darren Ho, Megan Moncrief, Beto Cravioto and Paul Wheeler. Then he plays under his GDFX moniker on March 4 at Trans-Pecos with Daniel Pearce / Andrew Smiley duo, Kate Henderson's Drone Acupuncture Installation and Sapropelic Pycnic (tickets). Then he has a "special solo event" on March 7 at Museum of the Moving Image (more info TBA), and finally a solo show at Union Pool on March 8.

Liturgy's tour hits NYC on April 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are still available. No openers announced for Vitus yet, but the rest of the tour is with Sannhet (who play NYC with This Will Destroy You and Planning for Burial this week) and Lightning Bolt (who play NYC twice in May).

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Eartheater released an LP (listen), celebrating tonight; Greg Fox playing solo shows before Liturgy tour (dates) "

by Andrew Sacher

Sannhet

Sannhet have been one of Brooklyn's best post-metal bands for a while now, and next week they'll release their anticipated sophomore album (and first for The Flenser), Revisionist. We already posted the crushing single "Lost Crown" and the title track, and now they've made the whole album available to stream. It's soaring, epic music that stays captivating from start to finish, despite the lack of a vocalist. And sure their metal ties make this a heavy album, but it's nothing that wouldn't appeal to fans of Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros as much as it would appeal to fans of Neurosis. Take a listen below, via Pitchfork.

Pitchfork also interviewed them, and they talked -- among other things -- about the band's light show, which you know is a big part of their performance if you've seen them live. Says bassist AJ Annunziata:

It's meant to be as choreographed as possible--I trigger the flood lights and the strobe lights with my foot--but it does still have a little bit of openness and responsiveness to the set. John and Chris were apprehensive about the lights because, again, it was like defining a theme or idea to the songs, and they're very much about keeping that ambiguous and interpretative. So they made a rule for me when I was making the projections: They cannot be tied to any one realistic physical thing or idea. So I did a lot of animations akin to animation experiments from the early part of the 20th century.
You can see that light show in action when the band hit the road with Liturgy this spring. They also play their hometown sooner than that with the likeminded This Will Destroy You and their Flenser labelmates Planning for Burial. It's night 2 of TWDY's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus this week. Both sold out.

Continue reading "Sannhet streaming new album; show with TWDY is this week"

TWDY
TWDY

Last year, post-rockers This Will Destroy You put out their latest album, Another Language, and now they've made a video for its track "New Topia," directed by Lilfuchs aka. Adam Fuchs. Watch that below.

The band's tour is starting soon, beginning with a BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus on February 26 & 27. Night 1 is with Sannhet and Planning for Burial (sold out) and night 2 is with Christopher TIgnor and So Hideous (tickets). The rest of the tour is with Cymbals Eat Guitars. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Sannhet recently put out the title track off their upcoming album, Revisionist, due 3/3 via The Flenser. Listen below. They were also added to several dates on Liturgy's tour, but not the NYC show (still no opener for that one). All of those dates, also below.

So Hideous also have two other NYC dates coming up. One is this Friday (2/13) at Saint Vitus opening for German post-metal band Downfall of Gaia, along with VYGR, Sangharsha and Hivelords (tickets); and the other is The Acheron on March 21 with Tiger Flowers, Cyperna, Godmaker and Mary Todd (tickets).

Continue reading "This Will Destroy You share video; Sannhet release new song; So Hideous playing w/ Downfall of Gaia and Tiger Flowers"

photos by Maryanne Ventrice

"Love u New York. Thank you to everyone who helped us sell out our first show away from home. Xoxoxox" - Youth Code

"St. Vitus. Packed. On a Tuesday. After faux-snowmegeddon. @youth_code headlining. Yeah, metal ladies & gents are metal as fuc." - @dschmudde

Youth Code / Sannhet @ Saint Vitus, 1/27/2014
Youth Code
Sannhet

L.A. harsh-electronics duo Youth Code brought their hardcore sound to a sold-out Saint Vitus last night (1/27) with fellow noisemakers Sannhet and Statiqbloom. The show was a one-off for Youth Code, were just on tour with industrial vets Skinny Puppy and are about to head into the studio. Pictures from the show are in this post.

This weekend Youth Code will play a pair of far-flung festival appearances. First they'll be hitting Sweden's Kollaps Festival on January 30, and then heading back to California for an appearance at Santa Ana's Indigo Music Festival on February 1. Full lineup for Indigo is below.

Sannhet, meanwhile, are opening for the second of two BrooklynVegan-presented This Will Destroy You shows at Saint Vitus next month. That one (2/27, with Planning for Burial as well) is sold out, but tickets to the first TWDY show (2/26) with So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are still available.

Check out more pictures and a video of Youth Code performing "I Am Cursed" from the Saint Vitus show, as well as the full Indigo lineup, below...

Continue reading "Youth Code, Sannhet & Statiqbloom played Saint Vitus (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sannhet

As discussed, Brooklyn instrumental post-metal trio Sannhet have signed to The Flenser for their upcoming sophomore album, Revisionist, which is due out on March 3. They've now premiered its new single, "Lost Crown," over at Stereogum, and it's more proof that this band can build one hell of a wall of sound. Check it out below.

We're also happy to announce that Sannhet and their Flenser labelmate Planning for Burial (who released the excellent Desideratum LP last year) have been added to night two of This Will Destroy You's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus (2/26 & 2/27). Night 1 openers still TBA. Tickets for both are still available.

UPDATE: So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are opening night 1.

Sannhet also play Vitus with Youth Code and Statiqbloom soon. Stream their new song, along with PfB's album and a track from TWDY's latest album, below...

Continue reading "Planning for Burial & Sannhet (who have a new song) added to BV-presented This Will Destroy You show"

Youth Code at Best Buy Theatre earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Youth Code

L.A. industrial/hardcore duo Youth Code have announced a one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus on January 27, where they'll be joined by like-minded harsh-electronics outfits Statiqbloom and SannhetTickets are on sale now. Youth Code, who put out a new EP earlier this year, are currently on tour with Skinny Puppy, with whom they've already played a bunch of shows this year. (Skinny Puppy are also not happy with the U.S. government using their music in Guantanamo torture). They'll also be headed to Sweden in 2015 for Kollaps Festival. Full lineup for that fest is listed below.

As mentioned, Statiqbloom just had to postpone the remainder of their tour with Corrections House, due to that band's singer, Mike "IX" Williams, being ill. Sannhet, meanwhile, have a new album due out in March called Revisionist and it's being released via The Flenser.

All upcoming dates for the Youth Code are listed, along with Sannhet's new album teaser, a stream of Statiqbloom's new split with Zex Model, and a stream of Youth Code's recent EP A Place To Stand, below.

Continue reading "Youth Code playing Saint Vitus w/ Sannhet & Statiqbloom after Skinny Puppy tour, also playing Sweden's Kollaps fest"

photos by Greg Cristman

Year of No Light @ Saint Vitus - 11/14/14
Year of no Light
Year of no Light

French post-metal greats Year of No Light have been at it for years but they had never played the US until this month. They just wrapped up their first-ever US tour which culminated in a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, both shows with excellent and different local openers. We caught the second night (Friday, 11/14) with black metallers Vilkacis, noisemakers Gnaw, and probably the most like-minded to YONL of all of them, Sannhet, who recently signed to The Flenser for their upcoming LP. As you'd hope, YONL were tremendous.

More pictures from the show, and a couple videos of YONL's set, below...

Continue reading "Year of No Light played their first 2 NYC shows at Saint Vitus (night 2 pics w/ Sannhet, Gnaw & Vilkacis)"

by Andrew Sacher

Sannhet at The Studio at Webster Hall in September (more by Greg Cristman)
Sannhet

Brooklyn trio Sannhet are one of the city's best bringers of post-rock and post-metal, and they've just announced that they've signed to the trusty The Flenser, making them labelmates with Have A Nice Life, Planning for Burial, Kayo Dot and more. On March 3, the label will release their second album, Revisionist, which follows their debut Known Flood that came out on Saint Vitus Bar's label, Sacrement Records. No music from the new album has been released yet, but they did just play a new song at Vitus when they opened for Virus there on 10/24. Check out a video of that below.

Sannhet's next scheduled hometown show is opening for France's Year of No Light at the second night of their two-night stand at Saint Vitus. That happens on November 14 and also includes Gnaw and Vilkacis. Tickets are still available.

Video below...

Continue reading "Sannhet sign to The Flenser, announce new LP"

Year of No Light

When we first mentioned the absolutely loaded (Geryon, Oneirogen, Psalm Zero, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis...wow) shows for French experimental/atmospheric doom-metal mainstays Year Of No Light at Saint Vitus, they were billed as YONL's first U.S. shows. It turns out that those aren't exactly their first U.S. shows, as they since announced and kicked off a tour here last week. The tour began in L.A. this past Thursday (10/30) and basically stays on the west coast with the awesome black/death rippers Take Over and Destroy until they head over to Vitus for their shows on November 13 and 14.

Tickets for night one and night two of their NYC run are currently on sale. We're also giving away tickets for the first night--details for how to win are below.

All dates and a stream of Year of No Light's latest album, also below...

Continue reading "Year of No Light on first-ever US tour, making their way to Brooklyn (win tix to the first of 2 nights at Saint Vitus)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

Whirr / Sannhet / Cloakroom @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 9/16/14
Whirr
Sannhet
Cloakroom

Whirr and Cloakroom's ongoing tour hit NYC last night (9/16) at The Studio at Webster Hall with Sannhet and Sad Actor for a quadruple onslaught of distortion, reverb and lots of volume. Philly's Sad Actor kicked things off with their grungy jams, and their songs are good but they aren't quite there as a live band yet. Still, it was promising stuff and a good start to the night.

Cloakroom followed with a set of a lot of new songs (they've got a double LP coming next year on Run for Cover) and a bit from their 2013 debut, and they were thunderous. When I wrote about their debut last year, I said it sounded like if Mineral were more into sludge metal, but last night was my first time seeing them live and I never realized just how sludge metal Cloakroom can get. Their riffs are huge, covered in thick distortion, and the whole band crushes. They didn't say much on stage, and had samples going between most of their songs, so the whole thing was just a force.

For the second band on a four band bill, Cloakroom's a tough act to follow but Sannhet, the local representation for the night, got up and kept the sensory overload going. Like they usually do, they played mostly in the dark with flashes of a white light show, and their instrumental post rock/post metal was as equally pretty and heavy as ever. Unfortunately, the night didn't end well for them when their bass was stolen after their set.

Finally, Whirr wrapped up the show. I'd seen Whirr guitarist Nick Bassett play a few times in Nothing but last night was actually my first time getting to see Whirr. Like Nothing, Whirr are shoegaze in sound but punk in approach, thrashing around on stage and sounding heavy as hell. They played with the lights even dimmer than Sannhet, but if you're looking for a light show, Whirr's not the band to see. All of their energy goes into creating a huge wall of sound. The vocals are barely audible, and individual guitar riffs only shine rarely, instead coming together to create a full-on attack that few modern shoegaze bands achieve. Oh yeah, and lots of long hair flying around.

More pictures of all four bands below...

Continue reading "Whirr, Sannhet, Cloakroom & Sad Actor took over The Studio at Webster Hall (pics)"

Sannhet @ Studio at Webster last night (via Bryan Rivera)
Sannhet

Last night (9/16) the Whirr / Cloakroom tour stormed into NYC for a very loud night at The Studio at Webster Hall (pictures and more on that coming shortly), but local post-metal rippers Sannhet, who were also on the bill, unfortunately ran into some trouble. They tweeted that bassist AJ Annunziata had his black Gibson RD stolen. If you hear of anything, their contact info's on Facebook.

Sad day for musicians getting gear stolen, with Mineral's van getting broken into in St Louis last night too.

Sannhet have more upcoming local dates, including one with Year of No Light and another with Virus.

Update: Pictures of last night's show are posted.

by Ian Chainey

yonl

France's Year of No Light have been around for over a decade now and, jeeze, how they've grown. Starting off as a sludgy post-metal thumper, the band has matured considerably, culminating in last year's Tocsin, a weighty slab of atmospheric experimentalism. They paired that mighty wallop with Vampyr, an instrumental "soundtrack" to the 1932 movie of the same name. Yet, while their ambition is appreciated, and their Rolodex large (check out some of their splits), their sheer sonic density has been and will remain their calling card. They're a sextet you know can create a cacophony live, the kind of subsonic prayers to the amplifier that gets doomers giddy.

So, enough foreshadowing: Year of No Light are heading to the East Coast for the first time. The band will play two back-to-back shows at NYC's Saint Vitus on November 13 and November 14. The November 13 date has a bill of Oneirogen, Geryon, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. November 14 has Sannhet, Gnaw, and Vilkacis. Tickets are also available now. These are their only East Coast shows before they begin a US tour on Halloween in LA (dates TBA).

Mario Diaz de Leon's Oneirogen, a guitar-based drone project of epic proportions, is also playing with Father Murphy at the Acheron on October 9 and they just played with Falls of Rauros. The busy -- and busy for a good reason -- Geryon are also on the Bastard Sapling bill at the Acheron on September 28, along with Virus at Saint Vitus on October 25. Sannhet will play with Virus at Saint Vitus the night before on October 24. They also play the NYC stop of the Whirr / Cloakroom tour on Tuesday (9/16). Psalm Zero -- post Castevet break-up -- have also been making the rounds, appearing on recent shows with KEN mode and Black Anvil. Meanwhile Vilkacis, the newish blackened ripper on Psychic Violence Records, have logged some impressive stage time with Ash Borer, Hell, and Thou & the Body. Finally, Gnaw, the project of Khanate/O.L.D.'s Alan Dubin, are maybe in the studio. Says their Facebook, "recording / making / smashing." Huh. Either expect an album or expect some crazy Vines.

Check out streams from Year of No Light along with the snazzy flyer for the Saint Vitus shows, and full list of dates (others in Europe), below...

Continue reading "Year of No Light playing first-ever US shows at Saint Vitus w/ Geryon, Sannhet, Psalm Zero, Oneirogen, Gnaw, more"

by Andrew Sacher

Sad Actor
Sad Actor

Philly's Sad Actor played a few of the West Coast dates on the ongoing Whirr tour, and they've since been added to the NYC and Philly dates of Whirr's run with Cloakroom happening this month. Sad Actor's newest EP, FEEL, came out back in June and it's a great match for Whirr and Cloakroom, falling somewhere between the latter's sludgy slowcore and the former's heavy shoegaze. Download the EP (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it in full below. Video for the title track below too.

The NYC date of the tour, happening Tuesday (9/16) at The Studio at Webster Hall, also includes local post-rock/post-metal soarers Sannhet, making for a great bill all around. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Sannhet also play the first of two Virus shows at Saint Vitus (10/24) with Krallice and Couch Slut. Tickets for that show are still available too. If you've yet to hear it, stream Sannhet's great 2013 EP, Lions Eye, below.

We've already heard "Mumble" and "Heavy" from the new Whirr album, Sway (due 9/23 via Graveface), and they since released a third single, "Lines." Stream that below. Cloakroom's upcoming double LP has been delayed until early 2015, but they have (or maybe had by the time they get to NYC) a 7" of a new song "Lossed Out" (limited to 65 copies) with them on tour. A stream of their 2013 debut, with the list of dates and all the other streams, below.

Continue reading "Sad Actor released an EP, opening for Whirr & Cloakroom including NYC w/ Sannhet (dates & streams)"

by Ian Chainey

Virus

You could call Norwegian weirdos Virus quirky metal, but that doesn't really approximate their mind effing. Czral, leader of the three-piece, agrees: "Virus is more of an eccentric rock band than a metal band. People have said it sounds like a mixture of Talking Heads and Voivod." Oh and their first album, 2003's Carheart, has lyrical themes revolving around "dogs and cars." So, yeah, metal isn't totally accurate and quirky is an understatement. Fun, though? That they are.

Virus will be heading to the US for the first time this October, spending two headlining nights at NYC's Saint Vitus on October 25 & 25. The first night (10/24) will feature a bill including Krallice, Sannhet, and Couch Slut. The second night (10/25) reshuffles the deck with Ocrilim, Dysrhythmia (who will be playing with Oneida on Thursday [7/ 17] at Glasslands), and Geryon (who are playing the Acheron tonight [7/14] with Alrune, Belus, and Ancient Ocean). According to Saint Vitus, "[Virus] will be performing two different sets each night, and rumor has it that Czral will also be DJing at Saint Vitus Bar the night before, on October 23rd." The shows are currently the band's only North American dates. Tickets for both events (October 24 and October 25) go on sale tomorrow (7/15) at noon.

You can check out the Virus flyer along with some streams of the band below.

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Skull Defekts

Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts, who count Lungfish's Daniel Higgs as a member, released their newest album with him on board, Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown, earlier this year via Thrill Jockey. You can get a taste of that from the trippy video for single "The Known Unknown" below.

The Skull Defekts are supporting that album with a short US tour that kicks off in Chicago on Tuesday (4/29). While Daniel Higgs will not be with The Skull Defekts on most of this tour, he will join them at their NYC shows which happen on May 3 at Trans Pecos with PC Worship, Ornament and Zomes (DJs); and May 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Sannhet and Survival.

The Trans Pecos show is an afternoon outdoor show, with a BBQ starting at 3:30 PM and the music starting at 4:30 PM. No advance tickets for that one, but tickets for the Studio show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with that video, below...

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