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Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.

As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:

Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.

In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.

The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.

Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...

Continue reading "Austin Psych Fest now called 'Levitation': 2015 initial lineup / tix (Flaming Lips, JAMC doing 'Psychocandy,' Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Tame Impala, Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, more)"

by Doug Moore

The Sword at SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Linder)
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Space-inclined stoner jammers The Sword just tour, tour, tour. They're currently out and about with Clutch (again); their tour will hit The Capital Theater in Port Chester, NY this Saturday (1/11) (tix here).

After all of three weeks off, The Sword are heading out for another month-plus North American jaunt, this time with awesome Melvins collaborators / genuinely weird heavy rock act Big Business, as well as O'Brother. That tour will hit Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 23. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (1/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (1/8) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Sword on tour w/ Clutch, announce dates w/ Big Business"

by Doug Moore

American Sharks

Austin stoner rockers American Sharks are in two-steps-forward / one-step-back mode. The band was slated to open for Godflesh this coming Saturday, but as we've mentioned a couple of times over the past week, Godflesh have postponed their tour until April. (But government shutdown that purportedly led to the postponement is over now, so that's good, right?)

On the bright side for American Sharks, they're playing tonight's Cake Shop CMJ showcase with Joanna Gruesome, Weird Womb, Dirty Fences, Nancy, and Tweens. They're also playing at Union Pool on 10/22, presumably to make up for the canceled 10/19 Godflesh date. Dirty Fences and Nancy will also be on that bill, along with Hector's Pets. American Sharks are also hitting the road with Clutch and The Sword in November, and they've got a music video for "Overdrive" that pays pitch-perfect tribute to the cult classic Repo Man. I guess that's more like four steps forward and one step back.

Check out the "Overdrive" video and their upcoming dates with Clutch and the Sword below...

Continue reading "American Sharks on tour, playing Cake Shop CMJ showcase tonight & Union Pool later (dates & video)"

The Sword at SXSW 2013 (more by Sara Linder)
The Sword

Apocryphon was released last fall, and ever since then The Sword have kept moving. The Austin quartet will spend a month on the road this summer, kicking off a string of North American dates in their native Texas and heading westward with Castle and American Sharks. Dates include both coasts, a hefty chunk of Canada, and very little to no love for the Midwest. Look for the tour to hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 18, tickets go on AmEx presale at noon and regular sale on Friday (6/14) at noon.

After the summer dates, look for The Sword to hit the road with Clutch. All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "The Sword add summer dates before Clutch tour"

by Fred Pessaro


Earth rockers Clutch not too long ago played a massive set of dates on our shores, and will head to the UK and Europe this summer. On returning, the band will kick off another big set of dates; look for Clutch and The Sword to play The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Sepetember 26 (tickets go on sale Friday (6/7) at noon), The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 27 (tickets on sale Friday at 10AM), and probably most excitingly, Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 28 which is finally reopening after Hurricane Sandy walloped it last year (ticketing info forthcoming).

Another date in particular will see Clutch play alongside Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Gaslight Anthem, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Hold Steady, Larry and His Flask and more as part of the Shindig Festival in Baltimore's Carroll Park on September 14. More details and ticketing information is available via the fest.

All other dates are listed, along with a Clutch song stream, below.

Continue reading "Clutch touring with The Sword this fall (dates)"


As I stated previously, Clutch gets some of their heavier mojo back on their new burner "Earth Rocker." The Maryland stoner crew will take some of that riffy goodwill on the road with them as part of a full assault attack on North America and Europe that will last them well into July. US dates kick off as soon as next week, and include a stop in NYC at Terminal 5 on May 2 as part of a string of dates with The Sword and Lionize. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (2/27) with regular sale hitting on Friday (3/1) at noon.

Clutch will release their new album, Earth Rocker, on March 19. All tour dates are listed, alongside a stream of the album's title track, below.

Continue reading "Clutch touring in 2013, playing NYC at Terminal 5 (dates) "

The Sword

The Sword, currently on their run of dates with Gypsyhawk and fellow Austin band Eagle Claw, played Webster Hall on Wednesday (11/14) in celebration of their new LP Apocryphon. Check out the band's setlist below. The Sword continues on their journey through the US until middle December.

In the meantime, The Sword have released a brand new video for "Veil of Isis" from Apocryphon, which makes its debut here. Check out that video, the Webster Hall setlist and a live video from Wednesday, below.

Continue reading "The Sword release new video for "Veil of Isis" (watch), played Webster Hall (setlist/video)"


Gypsyhawk's new LP, Revelry & Resilience, is out now, and the band has a new baby to show off from it in the form of the video for "Hedgeking"! Check out the clip which is premiering in this post, and order your copy via Metal Blade.

As discussed, Gypsyhawk will spend their fall on the road supporting The Sword across the country, including Webster Hall on November 14. Tickets are still available.

Speaking of The Sword, the band is currently streaming the new song "Veil of Isis" from their forthcoming LP Apocryphon at Rolling Stone.

All dates and that spankin' new Gypsyhawk video are below.

Continue reading "Gypsyhawk made a new video, touring w/ The Sword (dates)"

The Sword at Terminal 5, 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)

Austin's The Sword will spend Halloween on the road as part of a US tour that extends to Thanksgiving and on until right before the holidays. The band is celebrating the release of their new baby Apocryphon, their fourth LP due on 10/22 which was produced by the great J.Robbins (Jawbox, etc). Join the celebration in NYC at Webster Hall on November 14Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon today (9/5) with regular sale hitting on Friday (9/7). All tour dates, which include a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest, are below.

Austin favorites Eagle Claw will join the band on multiple dates of the US tour (including NYC), alongside Cali hard-rock crew Gypsyhawk who released their latest LP Revelry & Resilience last week via Metal Blade. Stream a track from that below.

While we're on the subject of The Sword, did you catch them on Sunday's episode of No Reservations along with Sleigh Bells and Ume? If so, you might have caught a flash of Ume ripping out solos at the BV HotelVegan party during SXSW. Check out some clips from that episode, including Ume eating chicken testes (no shit), alongside all tour dates below.

Continue reading "The Sword ready 'Apocryphon,' schedule US tour this fall including Webster Hall (dates)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"


As mentioned, Orion Music & More happens this weekend in Atlantic CIty's Bader Field from June 23-24 and is being headlined by Metallica both nights, who play Ride the Lightning in full on Saturday (6/23) and The Black Album in full on Sunday (6/24). Other bands playing include Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Hot Snakes, Fucked Up, The Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Best Coast, Liturgy, A Place to Bury Strangers, and more, plus a heavy stage with Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk, Thy Will Be Done and others. The heavy stage (aka "Damage, Inc.") isn't the only place you can catch heavy bands though. The festival also includes Baroness on the Orion stage, The Sword on the Fuel stage, Liturgy on the Frantic stage, and Ghost on the Orion stage. You can check out the full schedule of both days and all four stages HERE.

Orion Music & More is the first NYC-area appearance for Hot Snakes since the reunited band played The Bell House and Maxwell's in December. They'll play another area show (also in NJ) at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in September.

As mentioned, it's the first time in a while that Modest Mouse will be in the NYC area. They play Orion on Saturday (6/23) before heading to Randall's Island for Governors Ball, which also happens this weekend.

There's a ton of stuff going on at Orion other than live music too. You can pick up rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Ktulu's Rock 'N' Roll Emporium, check out film screenings hand-picked by Lars Ulrich at Hit The Lights Films, skate the Motorbreath Mini Ramp, have a glimpse into Kirk Hammett's creepy personal collection of horror film memorabilia at Kirk's Crypt, surf, nerd out at the ESP Guitar Experience, check out the Metallica Museum, show your support for a variety of charities, or check out the car show.

If you're heading out to Atlantic City for the fest this weekend, head here for directions. If you're driving, there's no on-site parking at the field, but there are a number of parking areas nearby and free shuttles that run from the lots to Bader Field. If you're taking the train, you can get there via the Amtrak or the NJ Transit Rail and there will be a free shuttle from the Atlantic City terminal to the festival. Once you're there, this map should help you get around. We're also told that it's about a 20-30 minute walk from the boardwalk.

Tickets for the festival are still available.

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In related news," Kirk's Crypt" isn't the only place Mr. Hammett will be indulging in his love of all things creepy. He'll be publishing a book titled Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection this October via Abrams Image with photographs of his personal collection of horror memorabilia. The book also includes Kirk's own handwritten captions for many of the photographs. He'll be putting out limited edition toys, like the ones he's been collecting his whole life, along with the book this October. You can pre-order the book at Kirk's online toy store. He'll be discussing the book at Kirk's Crypt at 4 PM each day.

Maybe his old friend Glenn Danzig will add it to his book collection...

Continue reading "Metallica's Orion Fest is in Atlantic City this weekend; Kirk Hammett releasing horror memorabilia book"

Orion Music

The rumored two-day NJ Metallica festival is true, and it's happening on June 23 & 24, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ. 22+ artists (music and comedy) will play with Metallica headlining both nights with special setlists. Metallica will play the Black Album in its entirety on one of the nights "for the first time ever on US soil", and... Ride The Lighting on the other night! The venue is Bader Field (an abandoned airport).

Other bands are:

Arctic Monkeys • Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse • The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant • Fucked Up • Best Coast
Hot Snakes • Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr. • Lucero • Roky Erickson
The Black Angels • The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers • Liturgy
+ more TBA
There will be a MET Club Ticket Presale on Feb 8 at 10am with a special MET Club presale price of $125 for two days. Public sale begins Feb 11 at 10am. Early bird tickets will be $150 for two days, or $175 if you wait to buy them.

"More than just music, the festival will also feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band's individual interests - and allowing fans to interact directly with each of the band members. More details soon!"

The festival is in partnership with C3 who also does Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

photos by Tim Griffin

Kyuss Lives!

The ongoing and ever-expanding Kyuss Lives!/The Sword tour hit Stubb's in Austin on Friday (10/1) (exactly one week after the Terminal 5 show). Here are some pictures from Texas. They continue, with the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kyuss Lives!, the Sword & Monstro @ Stubb's (pics, setlist)"

by BBG

Kyuss Lives! at Terminal 5 (more by Greg Cristman)
Kyuss Lives!

After playing a string of dates through 11/8 with MonstrO including Terminal 5 last weekend, Kyuss Lives! and The Sword will loop back to the NYC area as part of a new string of dates with Black Cobra that will include Long Island at the Paramount Theater on December 9th and Monclair, NJ at Wellmont Theatre on December 10th. All dates are listed below. Presale tickets for all new dates are on sale HERE. Tickets for the Wellmont show go on sale at noon on Friday (9/30). And yes, Nick Oliveri is on board for all dates except when the band hits Canada (and possibly Mexico too?) according to their publicist.

In the meantime, gear up for the Black Cobra show with Invernal, the band's new album due on Southern Lord on 10/11. Check out the new track "Avalanche" at Metalsucks, and preorder it now.

All tour dates and some video from Terminal 5 is below.

Continue reading "Kyuss Lives! & The Sword announce more dates, Wellmont & Paramount w/ Black Cobra included"

photos by Greg Cristman

Kyuss Lives! @ Terminal 5
Kyuss Lives!

The Aquarian Weekly: You're doing rehearsals?

John Garcia: It's pretty much pre-production for the next record has already started and we're just trying to get all of our ducks in a row and whatnot.

Wow. That seems really quick. Do you have new material already, or is pre-production writing it?

Yeah, it's more pre-production writing it, sitting in the room and bouncing ideas back and forth, talking about tones and drum sounds, guitars, whether it be sitars or 12-string baritones or whatever it may be. We're kind of ironing out all the logistics of it all. It's an exciting time.

Is Brant taking the lead role in writing the music?

One thing for certain is it's everybody's responsibility to come to the table with something. This is a group thing, and Brant expects that. Brant expects that out of everybody. Whoever brings something to the table, music-wise, he needs to put his 25 percent in there, I need to put my 25 percent in there, and Bruno does, so we all have to. Nick does. So it's definitely a planned thing, where the song deserves everybody's input. That's the good thing about it. It's not just one person, it's the whole band thing, whether it be writing lyrics--Brant's gonna come to the table with melodies, I'm gonna come to the table with music. There's switched roles, and I look forward to that. It's definitely a group project, though.

...Now, obviously, a huge, integral part of Kyuss is not there, and it's going amazingly well without Josh. Now, a lot of people think that there's--a lot of people want there to be a lot of animosity between Josh and Kyuss Lives! The flipside of the coin is that there's no animosity. We all love and respect Josh, and it goes both ways, so it's very, very interesting, how the process is going.

Kyuss Lives!, and apparently so does bassist Nick Oliveri. He was in the band, despite his recent troubles, when the reunited desert stoners hit Terminal 5 on Friday (9/23). Pictures are in this post.

The show was the first reunion show in NYC for touring quartet, which features John Garcia, Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri and Bruno Fevery in place of Josh Homme. The setlist, as you can see below, stuck to the classics (despite the new material discussed above).

If you arrived early, you may have seen support from The Sword and MonstrO, the latter of which is the new project from ex-Torche member Juan Montoya and Kyle Sanders of Bloodsimple (and brother of Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders). Their debut LP is out now via Vagrant Records.

More pictures from the T5 show below...

Continue reading "Kyuss Lives! lived @ Terminal 5 with The Sword & MonstrO (pics & setlist)"

Kyuss Lives

3/4 of Kyuss (no Josh Homme) announced the creation of Kyuss Lives! last year. Original Kyuss members Brant Bjork, John Garcia, and Nick Oliveri, along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, have live dates scheduled this year in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America and now North America too. So far it's just two U.S. shows, but more will be announced. One of those is at The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA on October 8th, and the other is at NYC's Terminal 5 on September 23rd (the same venue Queens of the Stone Age recently played). Both Kyuss shows are with The Sword, and tickets for both go on sale this week (Terminal 5 goes on sale Friday).

In semi-related news, stoner-blueshounds Clutch will hit the road with Corrosion of Conformity (Animosity lineup) to play a string of dates together that will include Brooklyn Bowl on 7/20 (tickets go on sale Friday). The following day, Clutch play a solo show aboard the Temptress on 7/21 (a Rocks Off Concert Cruise). Tickets for that show are not yet listed.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading ""Kyuss Lives!" announces shows w/ the Sword +++ Clutch touring w/ Corrosion of Conformity (and playing a boat)"


Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is here"

by BBG

Brian Gibson and Jason Kendall of Megasus at Acheron (more)

After releasing their punishing self-titled LP with 20 Buck Spin (and playing an equally punitive live show at Acheron), Megasus is back to release a new 5" mini-EP with Brutal Panda Records. The Menace of The Universe 5" features a pair of new tracks from the Providence beatdown artists including "Damned Hammer" and the title track, which is streaming below. Guitarist Ryan Lesser is responsible for the (impressive) artwork duties on the release, which will include die-cut six-panel packaging. You can see the art and pre-order the EP at Brutal Panda's site.

Megasus, the only band that has the distinction of having a record on Brutal Panda and 20 Buck Spin all while having a song in Rock Band 2, currently have no dates on their calendar. Neither does Lightning Bolt who share drummer/bassist Brian Gibson.

In between working on his fretwork and art for the upcoming release, Ryan Lesser also found time to tell us what his favorite things were in 2010. Check out that list while you listen to the song stream for "Menace Of The Universe" below.

Continue reading "Megasus releasing an EP (listen to a track), Ryan Lesser told us his 20 Favorite Music Things of the year (check it out)"

by BBG

The Sword at SXSW with the departed Wingo (more by Samantha Marble)
The Sword

In the wake of the departure of Trivett Wingo, The Sword is now back on track with drummer Kevin Fender of Employer, Employee fame (no word on his actual status as a member). The band has rescheduled their previously cancelled US dates. The new NYC date takes place at Webster Hall on December 4th. Previously puchased tickets will be honored, and new tickets will be on sale soon.

All rescheduled dates and some video below...

Continue reading "The Sword get new drummer, rescheduled tour dates "

by BBG

Slayer at Nassau Coliseum (more by Matthew Eisman)

Why are metal fans so demanding? We demand our clothes in one color (black). We have our own section on BrooklynVegan. And now we have our own version of Record Store Day:

The Music Monitor Network, largest of the independent record store coalitions with stores in both the US and Canada --is proud to announce the launch of Metal Club. Metal Club is a group of record stores throughout the US and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases, starting with ...Metallica.
Metallica will release a live LP, Live at Grimey's, on standard CD/limited-edition 2x10" vinyl with a gatefold jacket on 11/26/10 ("Black Friday") which will only be available at "Metal Club" stores (which include J&R Music World in NYC and Vintage Vinyl in NJ - full list of stores here). Additional releases available on "Black Friday" will include a reissue of Queens of the Stone Age's debut on vinyl, The Sword's "(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears of Fire" on Hexagonal 12" Picture Disc, and Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell: The Demos" on 180 gram vinyl, among many others.

To celebrate Metal Club, and record stores in general, I have up for grabs the limited edition Slayer vinyl box set, The Vinyl Conflict (a $150 value!), which includes almost their entire recorded output (everything from Reign in Blood on) on 11 LPs. Details on you can win a copy are at the bottom of this post.

Some video, the Metallica tracklisting, and contest details, below...

Continue reading "Metal Club = Heavy Metal Record Store Day -- exclusive releases + a chance to win a Slayer box set "

by BBG

Trivett Wingo now EX-The Sword (photo by Sandy Carson)
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"We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band's success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn't be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It's been a hell of a ride, and we're sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and will be back on the road as soon as humanly possible." - JD, Kyle & Bryan of The Sword
Drummer Trivett Wingo has left The Sword, and the amicable split has forced the band to cancel all current dates while they search for a suitable replacement. These dates include Saturday's show at Webster Hall along with a ton of others that last well into the new year and span the globe. The band says they will reschedule the dates. A statement from Trivett is below.

The Sword won't be in NYC on 10/16, so all the more reason to check out the return of The Gates of Slumber along with Hour of 13 (who will be making their US debut) and the incredible Disma at Union Pool that night instead (a BrooklynVegan/1000Knives production). The $10 show starts at 9PM, so get there!

A week after that (on 10/23), Union Pool will host the BV-BBG CMJ showcase with The Body, Cough, Inter Arma, and Royal Thunder. $5 gets you in, and the first 50 people in the door get a FREE set of earplugs courtesy of Earpeace (a $15 value). And trust me, you're gonna f'n need them.

Full statement from Trivett Wingo, as well as all cancelled tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Trivett leaves the Sword, all tour dates cancelled"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: The Sword - Tres Brujas (MP3)

The Sword at SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)
The Sword

The Sword will kick it into hyperdrive in October following the release of Warp Riders, the band's new LP due via Kemado on August 24th. Webster Hall gets the look on October 16th and you can get your tickets via AMEX presale on 8/4 or regular sale two days later. Full dates are below.

Produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, etc), Warp Riders is the band's first foray in to concept album territory, "a psychedelic space opera that explores temporal themes of death and rebirth." Word. But does it kick out the jams? Judge for yourself with "Tres Brujas", available for free download above.

Full tour dates for The Sword, as well as some videos, are below.

Continue reading "new Sword MP3 & 2010 tour dates (Webster Hall) "

ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TX

"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."

Tickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits announces 2010 festival lineup (Eagles, Muse, Phish, Strokes, MIA, LCD, Spoon, Gayngs, more) "

photos by Samantha Marble

DOWNLOAD: Gators! - Dinner With the Band theme song (MP3)

The Sword @ IFC House in Austin
The Sword

IFC House at SXSW this year was a venue dedicated to all things IFC. Bands performed in front of video cameras for webcasts and possible IFC channel tv coverage. They had everyone there from Neon Indian to Broken Social Scene to The Sword who played a show in conjunction with a Dinner With The Band party at the venue. Chef & DWTB show host Sam Mason, and show creators Greg and Darin Bresnitz, were among those in attendance at the packed metal and food event. Pictures from that show are above and below.

The IFC Channel's rock 'n roll cooking show, Dinner With the Band, kicks off its official first season, with ten new artists, on Tuesday, April 27th (it then airs on the cable channel every Tuesday at 10:30pm). That's still two weeks away, but another party in the show's honor will happen at Santos Party House in NYC tonight (4/12). The free event will feature DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone and Vega, and live performances by Gators! (they wrote the show's theme song - MP3 above), Bad Brilliance, and CX Kidtronik. Andrew WK, along with Sam and Thu Tran, host the night which simultaneously celebrates Thu's IFC show "Food Party" (whose new season starts in two weeks too). "There will be FREE Thu Tran inspired munchies, beer and Sam Mason signature cocktails from 7-8PM". The flyer, along with more pictures from the Austin show, below...

Continue reading "The Sword played an IFC party in Austin (pics), Au Revoir Simone & Vega DJ a free one in NYC tonight (flyer)"

photos by Eric M. Townsend, word by Black Bubblegum


Metallica played three NYC area shows in a row this past weekend, the final stops on their Death Magnetic US tour including Nassau Coliseum on 1/29 and a two night stay at the Prudential Center in beautiful Newark, NJ (on 1/31 and 2/1, the latter coinciding with the Superbowl). Machine Head and The Sword supported on all three nights, with The Sword adding a show at Bowery Ballroom on 1/30. The Metallica pics are from 1/31, I attended the 2/1 show.

I headed into the doors of the Prudential Center right around 6:45, settling into my GA "seats" (the floor) a few moments before The Sword hit the stage. My early arrival gave me a few moments to thoroughly inspect the unique "in the round" set-up. Placed in the center of the arena floor, with six mics positioned at various parts of the stage, members of the band were within ten feet of me at times, and on the opposite side at others. Overhead, seven sheet metal "coffins" the size of a Cadillacs containing lighting rigs and lasers rotated up and down and in a circular motion. On stage, located behind a short wall of amps was a line of pyro.... I guess James didn't learn his lesson? Later on, we would learn that Lars Ulrich's kit was also on a swivel. Low-budget, this show was not.

The Sword took the stage at 7PM, playing a shortened 25+ minute set and drawing from both of their Kemado releases. The Austin crew were simple and effective and it was truly surreal to see the band on THAT stage as opposed to the last time I saw them (Bowery Ballroom in 2007).

Machine Head were next, and even if I wanted to hear them (I didn't), I wouldn't have been able to. The mix was absolutely abhorrent, and if it wasn't for the metal-requisite whammy pedal, I probably wouldnt have been able to hear ANY guitars. My life-long Metallica fan friend commented:

"Those dudes are straight up corny".

Mostly. That said, the masses in Affliction/Don Ed Hardy tees, mohawks, and mock wallet chains were contented. Thankfully, guitarist/vocalist Rob Flynn is a good showman, spraying water about and leading the crowd in chants of "Ma-sheen-head" and "Machine-fuckin-head". At least he, unlike the music, held my interest.

Metallica took the stage a shade after 9PM, emerging with their usual intro music, "The Ecstasy of Gold" from Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly soundtrack. Kicking off with "That Was Just Your Life" from the new LP, Death Magnetic, the band was accompanied a laser-light show of epic proportions.... Daft Punk is jealous. Although the concentration was on Death Magnetic material (six songs in total), the band did dip into the classics ("Master of Puppets, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "Blackened", Seek & Destroy"), the records that propelled them to the top ("Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters"), and deeper fan favorites (a cover of "Die Die My Darling" by the Misfits, "Breadfan" by Budgie) over the course of the evening.

As a fan of the Cliff Burton & Justice era of Metallica, I would say this show was alot like a Jerry Bruckheimer film: loud, lots of explosions, an obscene amount of special effects, a little something for everyone, a touch on the dumb side, but big time entertainment.

More pictures from 1/31 and setlists for all three shows below...

Continue reading "Metallica @ Prudential Center - pics, a review, three setlists"