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The Sword

This past Friday, retro riffers The Sword released their new album High Country on Razor & Tie. You can pick it up on iTunes, and we're also giving away an album bundle that features one copy on Double Black Vinyl, on CD copy, and one High Country Album Art T-Shirt. Head below to enter the contest.

The Sword's tour with Royal Thunder hits NYC on December 1 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Meanwhile, there's some cool metal coming up in NYC sooner than that. This week, the Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar tour lands at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (8/25). Tickets are still available. The next day, AC/DC's tour hits NYC-area venue MetLife Stadium (8/26). You can still get tickets for that one too.

Earth's tour with Holy Sons hits NYC on Wednesday (8/26) at LPR with Marc Ribot & Ikue Mori (buy tickets or win them) and Thursday (8/27) at Saint Vitus (sold out). The next night, Vitus hosts So Hideous and Set and Setting (tickets).

Some exciting metal news was announced today too. Candiria are playing their first non-festival NYC show since reuniting. Cavity are playing their first East Coast show in over a decade. And the legendary Pentagram added a second NYC date to their tour.

Over at Invisible Oranges, we ran down the upcoming metal releases of this week. We've also got album streams from Cemetery Lust and Putridity, and a Horna song stream.

What else?

Enter The Sword contest below...

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The Sword

Retro riffers The Sword will release their new album High Country this week via Razor & Tie. If you've yet to hear them, you can check out four of its tracks below.

The band will support the album on a lengthy tour this fall, divided into two legs. The first leg has support from Kadavar (who also have headlining shows and a new album) and All Them Witches (ditto), and the second has support from Royal Thunder (whose new album came out in the spring).

The run with Royal Thunder hits NYC on December 1 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/21) at 10 AM.

UPDATE: We're giving away a vinyl/CD/t-shirt bundle of The Sword's new album.

All dates are listed, with those four tracks, below...

Continue reading "The Sword supporting 'High Country' on tour with Royal Thunder & more (dates, song streams)"

Der Weg einer Freiheit - 'Stellar' artwork
Der Weg einer Freiheit

Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

German black metal band Der Weg einer Freiheit have been at it since 2008, and earlier this year released their third album Stellar on Season of Mist. They'll support that album with their first-ever US tour, which hits NYC on October 7 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketfly. You can stream the new album below.

A less abrasive German band, the throwback stoner rockers Kadavar, will hit that same venue, Saint Vitus on September 30. Tickets are on sale now. Their new album, titled Berlin, comes out 8/21 via Nuclear Blast. You can watch the video for "Last Living Dinosaur" from that album, below.

Saint Vitus will also host the third annual NY Deathfest on October 3 & 4. Night 1 includes Dead Infection, Gutalax, Immortal Suffering, a surprise band and more; and night 2 includes Soils of Fate, Holocausto Canibal, Morpheus Descends, Dehumanized and more. Tickets (individual shows and two-day passes) are on sale now.

Long-running tech-death band Nile will release their new album, What Should Not Be Unearthed, on 8/28 via Nuclear Blast, and their 2016 tour in support of it hits NYC on January 14 at Gramercy Theater. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. Listen to "Call to Destruction" from the new album, below.

Detroit stoners Acid Witch (not to be confused with San Francisco's likeminded and similarly named Acid King, who are also touring) play NYC on September 12 at Acheron with Shitfucker, Bonehunter and Syphilitic Lust. Tickets are on sale. Earlier this year, Acid Witch released the Midnight Movies EP, which had them covering songs from '80s horror films. You can listen to their take on "Partytime" below.

The previously-discussed Uncle Acid tour now has some pretty cool openers: Ruby the Hatchet and Ecstatic Vision. It hits NYC on September 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

As for this weekend, Mutoid Man are at Saint Vitus tonight (8/7) (tickets at door). Not metal, but still heavy: Acheron hosts the Latino Punk Fest tonight and Saturday (tickets).

photo: Neurosis at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

French grind band Department of Correction hits Vitus on Saturday with locals Mother Brain and Pyrrhon (tickets), and on Sunday that venue hosts the return of metalcore vets Catharsis (tickets). Neurosis, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (ex-TAD) and Sumac (ex-Isis) play Warsaw on Sunday (tickets).

A little later this month is the BrooklynVegan-presented High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus shows at Irving Plaza (8/15) at MHOW (8/18) (tickets).

Other shows/tours announced since our last roundup: King Diamond / Exodus, Pentagram, Cult Leader, Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation, Judas Priest / Mastodon, Abigail Williams / Today is the Day and Mayhem / Watain. Revisit our last roundup for more, including Ringworm, Alcest, Noisem, and Godflesh.

We got new music in the past week from Ghost, Windhand, Motorhead, Caspian, Ampere / Raein, Loma Prieta and Kylesa. Check out a new song from The Sword below.

We're also streaming the new Gnaw Their Tongues album, with an interview with main member Maurice "Mories" de Jong, over at Invisible Oranges.

What else?

Continue reading "Uncle Acid, Neurosis, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Kadavar, Nile, Acid Witch & more upcoming metal in NYC ++ new The Sword"

photo: Skinless at MDF 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

Veteran New York death metal band Skinless ended a two-year hiatus back in 2013, and this year they played Maryland Deathfest and returned with Only The Ruthless Remain, their first album since 2006. Now they've got more shows coming up, including NYC on November 21 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.

November is looking like a good month to see veteran death metal in NYC. Two other long-running bands, but international ones -- Canada's Kataklysm and Austria's Belphegor -- are teaming up for a tour and hitting NYC on November 9 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Boston doomsters Fórn make their way back over here on August 22 at Acheron with Lycus, Funerary and Ooze. Tickets are on sale.

Union Pool has a couple heavy shows in August. They've got Mutant Supremacy, Locustra and Throaat on 8/1; and Natur, Pilgrim and Syphilitic Lust on 8/7. Then in September they have Anicon, Forest of Tygers, Infera Bruo and Belus on 9/19. No advance tickets for any of those.

There's stuff this weekend too. Tonight (7/17) there's Unearthly Trance at Acheron, more post-hardcore but Into Another and Fairweather at Gramercy, and more industrial-rap but kinda related but Dalek at Saint Vitus.

Instrumental stoner rock vets Karma to Burn will hit Black Bear Bar on Saturday (7/18) (tickets). Also that night is the '70s-style hard rock bill of Electric Citizen, Mondo Drag, Slow Season and Blackout at Saint Vitus; hardcore legends Government Issue at Acheron, two shows from noise band Wolf Eyes, and more noise at day 1 of the two-day Summer Scum festival.

Summer Scum continues on Sunday (7/19), and you can also see Arabrot and Pinkish Black at The Studio at Webster Hall that night.

Other previously-discussed heavy shows coming up in NYC include Ghost, Ringworm, Mutoid Man, Alcest / Emma Ruth Rundle, KEN mode, Windhand, Noisem, Revocation / Cannabis Corpse, Cult of Luna / Kylesa, Caspian / Circle Takes the Square, The Body, Earth, Slayer / King Diamond, Motorhead / Anthrax, Thou / False, Power Trip / Red Death / Foreseen, The Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar / Atriarch, Weedeater / Kings Destroy, Uncle Acid, High on Fire / Pallbearer / Lucifer / Venomous Maximus, Primitive Man, Neurosis / Brothers of the Sonic Cloth / Sumac, Old Man Gloom, Godflesh / Prurient, Catharsis, Christian Mistress / High Spirits, Trap Them / Full of Hell, and more.

Last week's roundup includes Deceased, Department of Correction, Severed Head of State, Gravehill, Krallice, Die Choking, Human Bodies & more.

A ton of great bands were added to Maryland Deathfest 2016 today too.

photo: Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Ramming Speed

We also got some new music this week. The perfectly-named Ramming Speed released the political "Choke Holds & Bullet Holes" off their upcoming album, No Epitaphs (due 9/4 via Prosthetic), and throwback riffers The Sword released "Empty Temples" from High Country (due 8/21 via Razor & Tie). Listen below.

What else?

Continue reading "Skinless, Kataklysm, Belphegor, Forn & more upcoming heavy shows in NYC ++ new Ramming Speed & The Sword songs"


While you may not think a festival curated by Slipknot is a thing you wanted to attend, the lineup is actually pretty awesome for their annual Knotfest this year. They've got cool stuff like Judas Priest, Mastodon, GWAR, Corrosion of Confirmity, Clutch, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, At the Gates, Suicidal Tendencies, Body Count, Cannibal Corpse, Helmet, Red Fang, The Sword, Goatwhore, Kataklysm, Dying Fetus, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and more. Early bird, VIP, and camping passes go on sale today (6/29) via the festival's website.

The fest happens October 24-25 at at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Judas Priest, Mastodon, GWAR, At the Gates, Helmet, Body Count, Mobb Deep, Ghostface, more to play Slipknot's festival"

photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Tame Impala / Metz / Spiritualized / White Fence @ Levitation Fest 5/8/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1

When it rains it pours. Last year, Austin Psych Fest was a duststorm. This year (renamed Levitation), literal dark clouds hung over, threatening thunderstorms all three days even though it only ended up raining on Friday (5/8), and before bands started playing. But it was enough to turn Carson Creek Ranch into a mudpit on that first day. Add lack of lighting on much of the grounds and it was slow and treacherous moving around between Levitation's three stages. People were a little cranky, a little dirty, but good vibes were mostly maintained thanks in no small part to the great lineup of bands.

Among Friday night's highlights were Tame Impala, Spiritualized and DIIV on the main stage; METZ, The Sword and Lightning Bolt in the Levitation Tent (which was covered but still muddy); and The Soft Moon, White Fence and Holy Wave on the Elevation Stage which had been moved up the hill from it's usual creekside location because of the weather. (The move was disappointing to some, as usually they project trippy visuals on the trees across the water, but they still positioned the stage near foliage to use as a screen.)

The night before, Levitation had kickoff parties at Austin venues Mohawk (Ariel Pink, Octopus Project, and more) and Red 7 with Brian Jonestown Massacre members Joel Gion and Matt Hollywood, plus sets from Brooklyn's Christines, Sweden's Les Big Byrd, Austin's Golden Dawn Arkestra and more.

Pics from the 13th Floor Elevators' Sunday night set are HERE. Stay tuned for pics from the rest of the fest, but a few instagrams from Red 7's kickoff party and more from Levitation Fest Day 1 pics, below...

Continue reading "Austin's Levitation Fest day 1 pics: Tame Impala, DIIV, METZ, Spiritualized, Lightning Bolt, White Fence & more"

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)
the Sword

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.

Too Much Horror BusinessToo Much Horror Business

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...

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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...

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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.

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

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