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Life of Agony

Since vocalist Mina Caputo (who was known as Keith Caputo at the time) first left Life of Agony, shortly after the release of 1997's Soul Searching Sun, the band have reunited more than once, but usually just to play shows (which are always heavy on the material everyone loves from their classic first album River Runs Red).

Their big January 2003 reunion shows at Irving Plaza were especially glorious for the band and fans, though the excitement for many was short lived. In 2005 they released a new album called Broken Valley on Epic Records. It wasn't very successful, they were dropped from the label, and many fans were left with a bad taste in their mouth.

They didn't go away though and 2014 was an especially great year for them. Still with the complete original lineup, made even more complete with the fully transitioned Mina Caputo, their shows have been especially great again (two in their hometown of Brooklyn included). I guess it's not too surprising then, that Life of Agony will again give new material a try.

A Place Where There's No More Pain will hit sometime this year via Napalm Records, their first new material in over 10 years.

And now the band has come back to stay, as they are about to continue touring the world and release their 5th studio album, the first in over a decade, since 2005's Broken Valley.

Bassist Alan Robert comments: "I think our fans know that our music comes from a very real place of suffering, from all of us in the band. Many of our fans have told us over the years that sharing our personal struggles has been cathartic for them in healing the pain in their own lives. That uplifting energy we share at the shows, gives us hope that there's light at the end of the tunnel. And for us and hopefully our fans, that short time when we're all together is a place where there's no more pain."

"Life Of Agony is without a doubt one of the most exciting and energetic Rock bands of our times. It is an honour to work with such talent, we are excited to announce their signing to Napalm Records and release the band's first album after over a decade." states Thomas Caser, CEO of Napalm Records, about the recent signing with legendary LIFE OF AGONY.

No word yet on more U.S. shows, but we can assume this means there will be some of those on the way. They just played one at Starland Ballroom in early December. Check out a Scott Weiland tribute they did and more videos from that Mina birthday show, along with a bigger version of the new cover art (presubaly designed by bassist and comic book artist Alan Roberts), below...

Continue reading "Life of Agony announce a new album"


Should the Jerry Only-led Misfits play Earth A.D. in full at This Is Hardcore this year? We don't think so. But should they play that AND Walk Among Us in full at their Halloween-time NYC show, soon after playing Static Age (which some Misfits fans may not even consider an actual Misfits album) in full in NJ? Because they'll do just that on October 24 at Starland Ballroom and October 27 at Best Buy Theater. They do the same two nights in a row in LA.


While the current version of the "Misfits" had Jerry Only as the sole original member, it was kinda sorta (?) better that they did also have Dez Cadena of Black Flag on guitar. However, Dez is out now too, and his replacement? Jerry's son Jerry Jr of course. The rest of the current lineup is drummer Eric "Chupacabra" Arce (Murphy's Law) and guitarist Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Ill Niño).

Tickets for the NYC and NJ and other shows will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Misfits replace Dez Cadena with Jerry's son, playing 'Walk Among Us,' 'Earth A.D.' & 'Static Age' in full on tour"

Mina Caputo
Mina Caputo

Against Me! put out six studio albums in the past 12 years, and arguably just keep getting better. Brooklyn's Life of Agony put out classic metalcore album "River Runs Red" in 1993, two more albums before 1998, and then just continued to reunite every so often without new material, not counting their short-lived attempt at a comeback with their mostly-ignored new album on Epic in 2005. Nobody should be surprised then that Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel's transformation to Laura Jane Grace received tons of attention, while LOA's Keith Caputo's transformation to Mina Caputo received much less (it was cool of Laura to have Mina open some shows for her though).

I think most Life of Agony fans thought LOA was finished for good. They already aren't an active band, and it's just hard to imagine Mina Caputo fronting LOA at this point. Maybe Against Me!'s success at making it work inspired them though, because earlier this year LOA announced they would return to the stage with Mina to play some European festivals (they were always bigger in Europe), and now a local show is officially happening too...

Life of Agony will play Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Saturday, September 13th. Tickets on sale Friday, July 18th at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Life of Agony announce NJ show, Mina Caputo now on vocals"


Mastodon at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)

Tour junkies Mastodon just released a new album, and they'll be going once more 'round North America in support of it. Once again they'll be joined by Gojira and Kvelertak in what continues to be a fruitful road-bound collaboration. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates this time, but the bands will make stops at Long Island's Paramount Theater on Halloween and NJ's Starland Ballroom (11/1) a day later. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM and noon, respectively, and there will be an Invisible Oranges presale for all dates starting Thursday at 10am (local time). We'll update this post with the pre-sale password soon. All dates are listed with ticket links below.


Once More 'Round The Sun is Mastodon's sixth studio album, and is charting really well (It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard, #1 Top Rock Album in the U.S.).

Continue reading "Mastodon touring w/ Gojira & Kvelertak again, playing Long Island on Halloween, NJ & other dates (IO presale included)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Scandals (photo via Greg Pallente)

One of the artists chosen to open for The Gaslight Anthem at their free Red Bull Sound Select show at Irving Plaza on July 27 is fellow NJ band The Scandals. It makes sense that they were selected for the show, considering they share not only a hometown, but also a knack for post-Bouncing Souls/Hot Water Music punk rawk and heartland melodies (though they don't do as much Boss worshipping as Gaslight). If you're going to that show (which is free but you have to request a ticket), it's worth showing up for them. Also on the bill is Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause (who just wrapped up a tour with Social Distortion and Cheap Time) and Frances & the Foundation.

Get Involved
Get Involved

The Scandals also play another NYC show even sooner than that opening for Get Involved at Saint Vitus on Thursday (7/11). Get Involved is sort of a post-hardcore supergroup, whose members include Tucker Rule (Thursday), Brian Deneeve (From Autumn To Ashes), Lars Weiss (Judge), Derrick Karg (Death in the Park), and Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw, Cubic Zirconia). They're planning on self-releasing an EP at some point this year, which is being produced by Ross Robinson, who was behind the boards for classic albums by Glassjaw, At the Drive-In, The Blood Brothers, and more. They make a similar style of post-hardcore to many of their past projects, but with a goth edge on the clean vocals. You can listen to two tracks on Kickstarter and watch the video for a third below.

That Saint Vitus show is also with Descender, Let Me Run, and Skeleton Dealer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Get Involved also play a day later at the Court Tavern (7/12) in New Brunswick, and in September they open the first of two Taking Back Sunday shows (9/11-12) at NJ's recently reopened Starland Ballroom, where TBS will be performing Tell All Your Friends in full, like they did on tour last year. These are currently the band's only remaining TAYF dates (night 1 tix & night 2 tix).

In more related news, ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly recently released his second solo mixtape, Darker Matter, which you can stream below or download (name your price) at bandcamp. He also has an upcoming Starland Ballroom (9/28) show, opening for fellow Jersey band Saves The Day (tickets) two days after STD play MHOW without Geoff (tickets). You can also see Geoff opening for Yellowcard at Irving Plaza (9/9 & 9/10)... if you're into that sort of thing (tickets).

All lists of dates and song streams below...

Continue reading "The Scandals playing w/ Gaslight Anthem and Get Involved, who play w/ TBS at Starland, where Geoff Rickly plays too"

Tegan & Sara at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Tegan and Sara

Tegan & Sara have been doing a good amount of touring this year in support of their new album, Hearthrob, and they're about to kick off a tour supporting fun., which hits NYC on July 22 and 23 at Hudson River Park on Pier 26. If you'd rather not see them with fun., you'll have two chances to catch the band headlining their own NYC-area shows this year.

The first of those is a Human Rights Campaign benefit happening right after the Pier 26 shows at Long Island's Paramount on July 25. It's being hosted by Amanda Leigh Dunn from The Real L Word, a special guest DJ, and a Q&A with Tegan & Sara, in addition to their performance. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Then, after the tour with fun. wraps up, they'll head to NJ's recently re-opened Starland Ballroom on September 27. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/28) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Tegan & Sara add headlining shows during their tour w/ fun. (including a Human Rights Campaign benefit in Long Island)"

crowd at Starland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)

As discussed, NJ venue Starland Ballroom is reopening this year after damages from Hurricane Sandy forced them to close. When we last posted, it had been announced that "something" would happen on June 4 (aka today), and it turns out that that "something" is the announcement of the venue's initial schedule for this September - December. Shows announced include Two Door Cinema Club (10/9), Clutch (12/28), and more.

Full current schedule below...

Continue reading "Starland Ballroom announces initial 2013 schedule"

Starland Ballroom

Back in November we reported that NJ music venue Starland Ballroom, who had to cancel a lot of shows due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, was going to stay closed until at least Spring 2013. Spring is here and though they're being vague, the club just posted a video along with the message: "Thanks for all of your well-wishes, good vibes and hopes for recovery. It's finally time to talk about the future of the Starland Ballroom." The video doesn't offer much information but ends with "June 4, 2013." A commenter immediately asked the natural first question which is, "does this mean the announcement will be on June 4 or shows will start then?" Starland answered, "We'll just have to wait and see." Ok, we're waiting.

Check out a videos of Motorhead and Wu Tang Clan at Starland, below...

Continue reading "Starland Ballroom getting ready to reopen"

Starland Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
Starland BAllroom

Another victim of Sandy. The NJ music venue writes:


The last two weeks in New Jersey have been a testament to our state's resilience. We've witnessed New Jersey's worst days, but also its greatest humanity. We've seen destruction, but we've also seen ho
pe, hard work and determination.

Our situation at Starland is a microcosm of these scenarios -- yet one we realize is significantly less important than one's home, family or livelihood. Hurricane Sandy devastated our electrical system and damaged our sound, lighting, heating / cooling and plumbing systems - all necessary ingredients in operating a public venue. Given the demand for these components in the regional housing and commercial sectors, we do not anticipate being able to open again until Spring 2013.

Speaking of 2013, it's the year in which we intend to celebrate Starland Ballroom's 10th anniversary. So we're dedicated to taking this time to rebuild the state's best concert venue, and make it even better. We'll take inspiration from all of our New Jersey neighbors who are working hard to get their lives back to normal. When it's all said and done, we'll be here for some of the best live concert celebrations available.

You can help in this effort: Send us an email to info@starlandballroom.com with your suggestions and ideas on how to make Starland even better. We'll read every last one of them.

Most of our shows will be canceled. A few will be moved to new locations. We'll have them listed here and at Starlandballroom.com ASAP.

Fans holding tickets to the canceled shows will receive a full refund, including fees. If you bought tickets online or via phone, you will receive an automatic refund within 7-10 business days. If you bought your tickets from a Ticketmaster retail outlet, you may return your tickets to that exact location for your refund. Tickets purchased here at Starland can be turned in for a full refund plus service fees during new hours of operation - Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6pm and Saturdays from 11am-2pm. The Box Office will not be open on Thanksgiving. Fans holding tickets to relocated shows, but unable to attend due to the new location, are also entitled to a refund. 2012 Starland SeasonPass holders will be permitted to use their passes for shows in 2013.

We regret that any of these shows are going away, but not as much as we regret the pain, suffering and destruction experienced by our customers throughout the Garden State. Much like the spirit of New Jersey, you can't stop rock n' roll. And we don't intend to.

Jersey proud, Starlanders. We'll see you soon.

Damn. See below for a list of shows affected:

Continue reading "Starland Ballroom closed till at least Spring 2013 "

Monster Magnet at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Greg Cristman)
Monster Magnet

Much like they did with Dopes to Infinity earlier this year, Monster Magnet will perform all of ther 1992 LP Spine of God plus "the hits" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 14 and in Sayreville, NJ at Starland Ballroom on December 15. Tickets for MHoW go on AMEX presale on Wednesday (8/8) at noon and regular sale on Friday (8/10), while Starland Ballroom tickets are on sale 8/10 at noon.

Monster Magnet will also be bringing Spine of God to Philadelphia on Dec 16 at The Trocadero.

Stream all of the Spine of God LP below alongside a list of all, mostly-European, tour dates.

Continue reading "Monster Magnet celebrating 20 years of 'Spine of God' with fall tour (dates)"

Portugal the Man

Portugal. The Man's current tour with the Lonely Forest brings them to Brooklyn on Friday for show at Music Hall of Williamsburg followed by a visit to NJ on Saturday for a show at Starland Ballroom. The Brooklyn show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Starland, AND we have a pair of tickets you can win to that one. Details below.

You can also catch Portugal. The Man on Saturday, aka Record Store Day, in Fords, NJ where they're playing a free, 2:30pm in-store at Vintage Vinyl, which like Kim's in NYC, opens at 8am that day.

Contest details below...

Continue reading "Portugal. The Man playing Record Store Day in-store @ Vintage Vinyl before Starland Ballroom show (win tix!)"

Danny Brown @ Mohawk (SXSW) (via Matthew Hickey)

Donald Glover's broken foot

Danny Brown was supposed to play Starland Ballroom in NJ last night (3/21), but that show didn't happen because headliner Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) recently fractured his foot. Donald wrote:

"This past Saturday I fractured my foot on stage in Tampa during a performance and was rushed to the emergency room.

The doctors say that if I stay off of my foot for a couple weeks and wear this boot, there's a good chance they can avoid surgery and start performing again soon.

I'm really upset by the timing of this. CAMP tour will go on, but dates will be postponed."

All dates from 3/16-4/3 have been rescheduled and are listed with new dates below. The new NJ date is 4/30, though it's unclear if Danny Brown will still be opening.

What is clear, is that depsite no NJ show last night, and being attacked with a lemon at SXSW, Danny Brown did make it to NYC for his now-SOLD OUT show at Santos Party House tonight (3/22). He'll also be back in the area in June when he plays the Roots Picnic in Philly, and when he opens for Childish Gambino at Central Park Summerstage after Bonnaroo.

Check out Danny's new video for "Radio Song" and the new CG dates below...

Continue reading "Danny Brown survived a lemon attack, but Donald Glover broke his foot (Childish Gambino tour postponed, but DB in NYC tonight)"

by Andrew Sacher

Screaming Females in studio (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Screaming Females

Screaming Females recently finished recording their fifth LP, which is set for an April 2012 release. They recorded the album at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini. The picture above is taken from the recording sessions, which you can see more of at BV Chicago. Listen to a stream of Screaming Females playing one of their new songs live on WFMU below.

Screaming Females opened for fellow New Brunswick band Thursday at Thursday's last New Jersey show at Starland Ballroom on Monday (12/26). It was definitely the heaviest Screaming Females show I've ever seen, and if this any sign of the direction they're taking on the new album, then I'm all ears. They opened their set completely in the dark with the chugging intro of "Sheep" off 2010's Castle Talk, before bursting out into a number of songs filled with even more shredding and screaming from Marissa Paternoster than usual, while throwing in some Sonic Youth-y noise breakdowns.

Screaming Females play the Don Giovanni showcase at MHOW (2/11) with Laura Stevenson and the Cans, For Science, Shellshag, and Black Wine. Tickets are still available.

All dates and stream below...

Continue reading "Screaming Females recorded w/ Steve Albini, played NJ w/ Thursday"

by Keith Marlowe

The Turbo A.C.'s

Late on a dark night you're alone on a surf board. The full moon glistens on the breaking waves as you dodge bodies that were devoured by hungry sharks. Their teeth gnash and blood splatters as the tide crashes on a beach of used syringes and broken glass where treacherous girls with sharp knives beckon and hired killers lurk in the shadows. You gotta find your way through dark alleys lit by barrel fires without getting jumped by marauding gangs to catch a train back to the city... That's the Turbo A.C.'s' take on rock'n'roll, and how they've been doing it since 1994. Subway trains, the mafia, mean streets, wanton murder, pin-up girls, liquor, cheap thrills, hot rods and flash tattoos are filtered through the grime and punk of the Lower East Side to create a unique, original sound, steeped in decades of New York City history and film noir. Probably the best take on surf, punk and rock'n'roll since Agent Orange first did it a while ago......

I got to Kevin Cole's apartment in the LES on a July Wednesday at noon to leave for Sayresville, NJ for their first night on tour with the Dropkick Murphys. I get upstairs and he tells me there has been a slight change of plans; rhythm guitarist Jer, who was in Montreal, was stopped at the border and not allowed into the U.S. So Mike O'Donnell, who was coming along to do merch, is now gonna play guitar. Departure gets pushed back an hour so they can run through the set.

We get on the road with Tim, the bass player, driving while the other three run through the set. Kevin is a guy who just never gives up, approaching every obstacle with the calm assurance of someone who has been in that situation before, and knows, somehow, someway, the gig's gonna happen, no sweat. He, and the band, seem to thrive on adversity. Their logo, a skull over crossed monkey wrenches, was born on a bar napkin in 1996, on the eve of their first full U.S. tour. The night before they were supposed to leave, Blackout Records called to inform them that their entire shipment of albums had been "melted in a chemical spill at the airport." "I was sitting there drinking my beer, thinking that we had no albums to sell, and drew the skull and monkeywrenches, knowing fuck it, the tour is booked. We're gonna go," Kevin told me. "There's no looking back. Not then, not now"

The Turbo AC's first began playing together in 1994, and by 1996 the line-up of Kevin Cole; guitar, vocals, Mike Dolan: bass, vocals, and Kevin Prunty: drums, vocals, came together. They put out five full length albums, produced by rock luminaries like Blag Dhalia, Roger Miret and Billy Milano, and lasted until 2006, when Dolan left and Tim Lozada and Jer Von Duck joined. "I figured if Mike was gonna leave, we should really shake things up, and kinda change what the band was capable of doing," Kevin said.

In true Turbo A.C.'s fashion, the new line-ups first release, Live To Win, was crippled by their label Bitzcore going out of business. They soldiered on, touring the US and Europe with no label support. After a couple years doing everything on their own, it seems like things are really falling into place for the the Turbo A.C.'s again. They have a new drummer, also named Mike, and a new album, 'Kill Everyone,' out now on Stomp Records, are on tour in the U.S. and Canada, and have a European tour booked this fall.

Talking with the band backstage at the Wellmont theatre in New Jersey, I found out that Mike O'Donnell had been filling in with the band sporadically since 1999. At the time, bass player Mike Dolan had to leave the tour, and O'Donnell had been talking to Kevin online....

"He had been writing me, telling me how much he liked the band, and that if we ever wanted a second guitar player he was totally ready, he knew all the songs...." Kevin says.

Mike continues, "I remember typing all this crap, I'm the best, I'll destroy your face, nobody can touch me on guitar, just going off...and then I get this message from Kevin, 'that sounds great, our bass player left the tour, can you fly to Iowa tomorrow to get ready for a show in Chicago?'...and I didn't really know the songs that well at all. They totally called my bluff, but I went."

"We played a Halloween show at a VFW hall, and everybody went nuts. We totally pulled it off," Kevin says. "But that's not even the end of the line of shit he talked us, boy....After that, he lets us know that he has this great van, and if we ever need to use it we can. Sure enough, before a tour, our van breaks down. We borrow his van and it almost explodes on us. It overheats to the point that flames are coming out of the console in the front. Our drummer had to wrap shirts and duct tape around his leg so he could push the gas pedal without burning his leg while we drove to get it fixed. It melted the whole dashboard."

"Oh yeah, that van was a total deathtrap," Mike laughs.

"You sold it to a guy right?" Kevin asks.

"Yeah, it broke down and he lives in it in front of my house now. Seriously." Mike tells us and the room erupts in laughter.

Over the last seventeen years, the Turbo A.C.'s have carved out their slice of rock history, sharing the stage with bands like Turbonegro, the Hellacopters, the Dwarves, Flogging Molly, the Slackers, H20, the Buzzcocks, the Hives, the Riverboat Gamblers, Deadbolt, US Bombs, At the Drive-In and Unsane, just to name a few.

The photos in this post are from both New Jersey shows where they shared a will with Chicago's Tossers and Boston's Dropkick Murphys.

The Turbo A.C.'s are next headlining the 11th annual Rumblers Car Club show this Saturday (8/20) at 484 Union Ave under the BQE. The club was founded in 1996, they have seven chapters across the U.S.A. and a new one in Hamburg, Germany. The car show starts at 10, the bands start at 3 at Union Pool with Those Hated Hearts, Three Blue Teardrops and The Memphis Murder Men. The Turbo A.C.'s go on at 7:30.

Pictures from NJ shows and the "Rumblers" flyer, below.

Continue reading "on the road w/ the Turbo AC's (who play Rumblers Car Club show Saturday) --- pics from Starland & Wellmont"

Wu-Tang Clan @ Rock the Bells over the summer (more by Brook Bobbins)
Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan are touring in December. That includes two NYC-area shows around Christmas and New Years. They hit Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 23rd (one day after Big Boi plays Terminal 5), and Best Buy Theater in NYC on December 29th. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday at noon.

Their California dates are at the beginning of December. Between NJ and NYC they hit Toad's Place in CT on 12/26 which is one day before Raekwon opens a show at Terminal 5. They end the month with a New Years Eve show at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale, PA (population 4028) (it's close to Pittsburgh) (Cloud Cult plays there this Tuesday night).

Wu-Tang last played as a group on the summer's Rock the Bells tour, but both GZA and Ghostface played shows in NYC during CMJ. Raekwon showed up to assist Ghostface at BB King's on 10/22. One of the GZA shows was a surprise appearance at Brooklyn Bowl with Kanye "penis on the Internet" West and many others.

Some videos from CMJ and all dates below...

Continue reading "Wu-Tang Clan touring in December, playing 2 NYC-area shows, New Years Eve in PA & other shows (dates) "

by BBG

Corrosion  of Conformity

As we discussed recently, Corrosion of Conformity III (aka Mike Dean/Reed Mullin/Woody Weatherman incarnation) is back and will make the rounds along the West Coast including The Power of The Riff Fest in LA.

Well, the band will also hit the road for a pair of East Coast dates where the North Carolina natives will perform "songs from Animosity, Technocracy, and some NEW stuff!" BrooklynVegan, 1000 Knives, and AEG Live are proud to present Corrosion of Conformity with Righteous Fool (featuring Mike Dean and Reed Mullin) at Starland Ballroom on October 7th and Highline Ballroom on October 10th! Ticket info for both shows is on the way, but the shows will go on sale this week! Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, COC III's new stuff will surface on the forthcoming Your Tomorrow 7", available via the band at live shows and later via Southern Lord mail order. Recorded this spring, the 7" is being pressed onto black 180 gram wax with artwork by John Moore.

Full COC dates and some video is below...

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Like Julian Casablancas, Ween now have an upcoming show at Starland Ballroom in NJ. The May 20th date is 11 days before the New Hope band plays the Sasquatch Festival with Massive Attack, My Morning Jacket and others. Tickets for the Jersey show go on sale at noon. All dates below...

Continue reading "Ween playing NJ, Sasquatch & other 2010 tour dates"

Starland Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
Starland Ballroom

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Julian Casablancas show at Starland Ballroom in NJ. The March 30th show is one of ten new pre-Coachella dates that the Strokes singer just announced. Want to go for free? We also have a pair to give away. Details below.

Other shows coming up at Starland Ballroom include George Clinton, Alkaline Trio, Mastodon, and WASP. The full list is on Ticketmaster. JC contest details below...

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"December 26th DANZIG Show Rumors are TRUE" - Michale Graves


The "American Psycho" lineup of the resurrected MISFITS (minus Jerry Only) will be reuniting for a one-time performance at the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, New Jersey on Saturday, December 26. Headlining the show will be DANZIG.

The reunited MISFITS will include vocalist Michale Graves, guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and drummer Dr. Chud. Bassist Jerry Only will not be participating, but Argyle Goolsby of BLITZKID/GORGEOUS FRANKENSTEIN fame will there to add the low end.

Vocalist Michale Graves has been busy touring with MARKY RAMONE'S BLITZKRIEG as well as supporting his recent live acoustic album, "Illusions Live/Viretta Park", which is available via Screaming Crow Records.

"This is more of the MISFITS then anyone has ever seen in almost 10 years," says Graves. "75 percent of the band reunited on stage in New Jersey opening for the man truly responsible for all this horror business?! I am confident that this will provide fans a real taste of what the MISFITS truly were and could have been!" [Blabbermouth]

I thought there might some kind of Misfits reunion at the show, but I didn't think it would be with Michael Graves singing... So like, just to clarify, here is a list of all the Misfits singers:
1) Glenn Danzig - Lead vocals (1977-1983)
2) Michale Graves - Lead vocals (1995-2000)
3) Jerry Only - Bass guitar (1977-1983, 1995-present), lead vocals (2001-present)
Jerry Only is the current singer of the "Misfits" aka the band you would be going to see if you ever bought tickets to a Misfits show in the present day. Jerry, and his drummer Robo (a member of the band from 1982-1983, and from 2005-present) will likely NOT be at the Starland show because they wouldn't really be welcome.
According to a report from Cleveland Scene, there were apparently plans underway for a proper reunion between the Misfits and their estranged singer-songwriter, Glenn Danzig. However, according to an interview with former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein:

We were actually going to do a Misfits reunion with Glenn. But Jerry put a fuckin' monkey wrench in it. [In] 2002, we had meetings ... And [Jerry] kind of fucked it up, him and his manager. We were going to do a record, do a tour and everything. So let all the Misfits fans put that in their pipe and smoke it.

Over the years since 2002, rumors have always emerged that Danzig would reunite with his former bandmates, but the singer always vigorously denied them. In fact, during the lead up to the singer's 2005 Blackest of the Black tour, Glenn noted: "It's the closest thing to a Misfits reunion anyone is ever going to see!" [PunkNews]

Glenn Danzig, aka the real and original singer of the Misfits, has been doing mini Misfits reunion sets with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (who happens to be Jerry's brother) since 2005 (as noted above). Doyle, who is now in Gorgeous Frankenstein with Dr Chud, was the Misfits bassist from 1980-1983 (with Glenn) and from 1995-2001 (with Michael Graves).

Glenn and Doyle do the special Misfits sets in addition to playing with their respective bands who would be on the same bill....such as during the 2005 Blackest of the Black tour... and much like lineup at Starland Ballroom tonight (12/26)... where I'm hoping they do it again in addition to the confirmed Michale Graves reunion which is weird - especially since they're sharing a bill with Glenn...

Maybe Glenn will play with Doyle in addition to the Michale Graves set? Maybe Glenn will come out and play with Michale, Dr. Chud (Misfits drummer from 1995-2000) and Doyle? Or maybe Doyle will just come out and play during Danzig's set? No matter what, it's going to be an interesting night and a family affair... Even the first band on the bill, Seventh Void, features a member of Danzig's band (Johnny Kelly who is also in Type O Negative).

Tickets are still on sale.

A "Danzig vs Michale Graves" video, two versions of the show flyer and more info below...

Continue reading "Michale Graves version of the Misfits reuniting (sort of) @ Starland Ballroom Danzig show (TONIGHT)..."

photos by Tim Griffin

Life of Agony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NJ's Starland Ballroom is running a sale of 50% off all December shows (password = TTS09). That includes the December 5th Sharon Jones show, the December 26th Danzig show, the December 30th Dilinger Escape Plan/Thursday show, and the Clutch show happening on New Years Eve.

Life of Agony play Starland Ballroom on Saturday night.


We already posted these tour dates in more than one Week in Metal post, but after seeing D.R.I. over the weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin I wanted to make sure they got full attention.

The thrash band formed all the way back in 1982, and though I never actually saw them live back in the day (or even in 2004), they were just as brutal at FFF Fest as I imagine they were in their youth. The very large crowd responded appropriately, circle pits and all.

It has been a while since Texas' own Dirty Rotten Imbeciles have appeared live. Guitarist Spike Cassidy was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but thankfully he has since recovered and the band is back in action. This show was the first since their reactivation, and anticipation was high amongst the scrappy ensemble of punkers, hipsters, and handful of errant metalheads. Once the band hit the stage the crowd erupted into a gigantic tangle of bodies crushed towards the front barricade by the force of a large mosh pit. It seems like people haven't forgotten what crossover thrash is all about, but DRI was here to remind everyone just in case. They commenced appropriately with "Who Am I?", and then followed with a scorching selection of favorites primarily from the essential Dealing With It, along with choice cuts from Crossover, Four of a Kind and Thrashzone. [Examiner]
Don't hesitate checking them out if you already considered it. One slight problem for New Yorkers though. I was about to write that "Tickets are still on sale for a January 17th NYC show at Gramercy Theatre", except that show has disappeared from Live Nation's site (though I'm told it's still "on hold" whatever that means). Tickets are actually still on sale for the show at Starland Ballroom in Jersey one day earlier though (With The Zombie Mafia, Ash Monday, the Stun Gunz and Ganto Barn). All dates and more pictures from FFFFest below...

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Danzig O' Lantern (joebeone)

It's been a long time since Chuck Biscuits played drums for Danzig, but his NOT-sad passing reminded me that Danzig has some shows coming up. Not only is he one of the headliners at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest (coming very soon to Austin), but he'll be back in his home state for a show on the day after Christmas (when he'll probably be visiting mom). Tickets are on sale now for the show at Starland Ballroom.

One of the openers at the NJ show will be Doyle's band Gorgeous Frankenstein which means maybe Glenn and Doyle will do some Misfits songs together again. The other opener is Seventh Void whose members include Kenny Hickey (guitar) and Johnny Kelly (drums) of Type O Negative. They both also usually play in Danzig's band so I'm guessing that will be the case at this show too.

Seventh Void are currently on tour with Type O Negative, and opened the shows at Starland Ballroom and Nokia Theatre earlier this month. Seventh Void play their own show at Trash Bar in Brooklyn on November 21st.

"Misfits" (no Doyle. no Danzig) play Starland Ballroom on Friday night (Mischief Night), and then BB King's on Halloween (tickets).

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The Hope Conspiracy (photo by Meghan McInnis)
Hope Con

We are proud to present, in conjunction with 1000 Knives and Chronic Youth, The Hope Conspiracy, Blacklisted, United Nations, and Mother of Mercy at Cake Shop on Jan 15th! The date is one of a select few for HopeCon, and the only east coast date scheduled so far. No advanced tickets. Stay tuned for giveaways to what may be the first must-see hardcore show of the new year.

The Hope Conspiracy released the True Nihilist 7" earlier this year on Deathwish. Their last LP was 2006's Death Knows Your Name.

Blacklisted played Santos Party House on 10/24 along with Bane, Maximum Penalty, Cold World, and a host of others as part of the Deathwish - Chronic Youth Day Party at Santos Party House. Blacklisted shares members with the incredible Mother of Mercy who recently played Cake Shop with Iron Age. We profiled Mother of Mercy here.

United Nations is a supergroup of sorts, featuring Thursday's Geoff Rickly playing what is described as "emo powerviolence". The Hopecon show isn't the only one that United Nations has lined up, as the band is also scheduled to play Starland Ballroom with Glassjaw, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Rickly's main squeeze, Thursday. Tickets go on sale at noon on 10/30. The show is part of a larger tour. All dates below

Thursday played Bowery Ballroom on Sunday with Midnight Masses and Far, who also headlined Mercury Lounge on Monday. At Bowery, Thursday performed Full Collapse in its entirety.

They never really seemed to miss a beat, save the quick breaks in among songs, and I think that could probably be attributed to the fact that a lot of these songs have been set staples for years, anyway. They were just stringing them all together here (Rickly's wide-radius mic swinging for the "rain rain down" part in "Paris in Flames" came right on time).

Despite no barrier, Bowery was awesomely lax about crossing the stage threshold; some crowd-surfed, others stage-dove. In the pit, you could witness everything from goofy push-mosh and hardcore two-stepping to that silly watered-down version thereof I remember being amused by at "post-hardcore" shows like these around 2001-2003. Both cases made for a pretty good indicator of the crowd's diverse makeup.

But all loved it, and when the band came back out on stage for a bonus six-song encore it was even better. The audience was notably less responsive for the trio of tracks off Common Existence songs, but the band probably expected this; almost a dozen gigantic black balloon-type spheres were launched onto the crowd as Thursday kicked into the mournful, new wave-y, morose textures of "Circuits of Fever." But when it ended, everyone ceased slapping the buoyant balls into the air and bugged out when the band kicked into their best complex anthem in "Jet Black New Year." And speaking of anthems, "War All the Time" could not have demonstrated that stripped-down quality of Thursday's songwriting better as a closer. [Punk News]

Thursday and Far's set lists from Bowery Ballroom below.

The Cake Shop flyer, a few Hope Con videos, a recent Dillinger Escape Plan Studio vlog chronicling the making of their new LP Option Paralysis, and tour dates are also below.

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Life of Agony will headline the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on Sat. Nov. 28th!. This will be a very special show as the band will perform their entire debut album, River Runs Red! More details soon...
Tickets are on sale!

Type O Negative also has a show coming up at Starland (and one in NYC too)

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