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photo: Pity Sex at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Buzzcocks, Doug Gillard @ Stone Pony
One of the OG UK punk bands, Buzzcocks had pop smarts from the get-go with a string of classic singles. Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle are still at it, having released The Way last year, that doesn't fiddle with their formula. Doug Gillard, who has played in Guided by Voices, Cobra Verde, Nada Surf and makes his own great guitar pop, opens..
Pity Sex, Foxes in Fiction, John Galm, Spirit of the Beehive @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Ann Arbor punkgazers Pity Sex headline this stacked free show that also includes the ambient Foxes In Fiction, former Snowing/Street Smart Cyclist vocalist John Galm, and Philly indie rockers Spirit of the Beehive.
The Juan Maclean (live), Delia Gonzalez (live), Midnight Magic (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
While they're mainstays on the DJ circuit, it's been a long time since The Juan Maclean actually played live. To get back into the swing, they're doing a six-night Brooklyn residency, starting tonight with three shows at Cameo then next week at Union Pool. Tonight's show is with fellow (but very different) DFA artist Delia Gonzalez.
Doldrums, Moon King @ Mercury Lounge
Airick Woodhead's new album as Doldrums is both poppier and dancier than anything he's done before, while remaining resolutely of odd. Moon King, which is fronted by Airick's brother Daniel, both open the show and play as a part of Doldrums live band. They're both exciting live bands, recommended.
Blind Idiot God, Insect Ark @ Saint Vitus
Experimental instrumental rock vets Blind Idiot put out releases on SST, Bill Laswell's label and John Zorn's label back in the late '80s and early '90s (all produced by Laswell except for one by Martin Bisi), and earlier this year they finally put out their first album in 23 years. It has them in fine form, as tonight's show likely will too.
Blitzen Trapper (performing Neil Young's "Harvest") @ City Winery (2 shows)
This weekend, Blitzen Trapper are releasing a live tribute to Neil Young's Harvest album, and today they're also playing it in full at two NYC shows.
Ava Luna, Nat Baldwin, Warehouse @ Baby's All Right
Ava Luna's sound -- part indie rock, part R&B, part cerebral thesis -- doesn't seem like it would work on paper but actually sounds pretty natural. Their brand new album (tonight's the release show), Infinite House, is the best thing they've done yet.
Brokeback, Holy Sons, Chris Brokaw @ Trans-Pecos
Doug McCombs of post-rock giants Tortoise and indie rock vets Eleventh Dream Day has also led the band Brokeback since the late '90s. They headline tonight, and it's a good show all around with Holy Sons, the project of Emil Amos (also of Om and Grails), and Codeine/Come guitarist Chris Brokaw (who's also playing in Brokeback tonight).
Spirit Family Reunion, Innove Gnawa Band, Morgan O'Kane @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's Spirit Family Reunion make trad-style folk inspired by old timey country and bluegrass. Catch them in their hometown tonight.
Jeff Beck, Tyler Bryant @ The Paramount
Guitar legend Jeff Beck (of The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and more) is in the midst of a multi-night NYC-area run with Jimmy Hall, who fronted the '70s southern rock band Wet Willie, on vocals.
Testament, Exodus, Shattered Sun @ Starland Ballroom
Two veterans of '80s thrash metal, Testament and Exodus, team up for this great double bill tonight, and Testament are promising a set that includes their first two albums played in full (1987's The Legacy and 1988's The New Order), as well as cuts from 1989's Practice What You Preach). They do it again on Long Island on Sunday.
Sadaf, Gobby, Sporting Life, Helmer, DJ Hungry Bodies @ Alphaville
Sadaf and Gobby hail from the same scene that brought us Arca and Mykki Blanco, so if you like them there's a good chance you'll enjoy tonight's show too. Also of note is Sporting Life, which includes a member of Ratking.
Tournament, KDH, Twin Strike @ Union Pool
Local punks Tournament put out the ripping, snotty new album Teenage Creature this week. Hear songs from that tonight.
Adrian Grody, Arthur Meyer, Alison Rich, Shellshag, Joe Pera, Lil Freckles, Conor O'Malley, and more @ Aviv
Tonight's new-ish Greenpoint venue Aviv's first-ever comedy show, and also includes a full set from local indie/punk band Shellshag.
Com Truise, Lord RAJA @ Verboten
The early show at Verboten tonight (7 PM) is headlined by '80s-inspired producer Com Truise.
Matthew Dear, Mike Dehnert, Kyle Hall, Dino G @ Verboten
This is Matthew Dear's "Subversions" party, which features "trippy decor, visuals and wild costumes." It's also his birthday.
Brooklyn Folk Festival
The annual Brooklyn Folk Festival begins tonight and runs through Sunday. This year it takes place at its largest venue yet, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Today's performers include Michael Hurley, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton and more.
NEW YORK'S ALRIGHT
NYC multi-venue punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright runs from today through Sunday. Of particular note is cult '80s UK deathrock band Part 1, who play their first NYC show ever tonight. Here's tonight's shows...
Kromosom, Blazing Eye, L.O.T.I.O.N., Pure Disgust, Sadist, Ajax @ Le Poisson Rouge
Interismo, Aspects of War, Mommy, Special Guest @ The Acheron
Part 1, Rule of Thirds, Survival, Aube, Cheena @ Saint Vitus
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photo: The Spits in Chicago in 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
Michigan punks The Spits have a one-off appearance scheduled happening in NYC on May 16 at The Wick with strong support from locals Pampers and Tournament, plus past Ty Segall tourmates CCR Headcleaner. Tickets are on sale now.
Though the show's at The Wick, it's presented by nearby Bushwick venue Acheron, and is part of their five-year anniversary weekend. More details on that TBA.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Tournament at Grand Victory in 2014 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Brooklyn punks Tournament play a lot around here. Maybe you've seen them with H2O and 7 Seconds, or with Coalesce and Coliseum, or with Gospel, or Kylesa, or Torche. Their next show is this Saturday (3/7) at Acheron with rock and rollers Greasy Hearts and Don Giovanni's Nuclear Santa Claust. Tickets are on sale.
Tournament's new album, Teenage Creature, comes out April 14. The first single, "Sean's Place," is out now and it's a down-strummer with awesomely snotty vocals. Listen below.
Nuclear Santa Claust aren't the only Don Giovanni punk band playing NYC this weekend. Screaming Females play Silent Barn tonight (3/6) with Downtown Boys and Aye Nako (a few tickets at the door), and California X play Saint Vitus tonight with Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing (tix at door).
Don Giovanni comedian Chris Gethard (who's also on Broad City) will be at a punk/comedy show on Saturday at Palisades with local bands Low Fat Getting High, Flagland and Washer, and comedy from Joe Pera and Shakir Standley, with appearances from Sefa, William Petrano and more. That's $5 at the door.
While we're talking about NYC punk shows this weekend, here's a couple more:
Brooklyn's Go Deep have signed to the trusty 6131 Records, who will put out their first full length this summer. They have a tour kicking off in their hometown this Sunday (3/8) at Grand Victory with Icarus, Husbandry and Risers. Tickets are on sale. Their debut EP, Counseling, came out in 2013 on Mayfly Records and it's 7 tracks of heavy, smart, and pissed-off hardcore. Stream it in full, with their list of dates, below.
Valient Thorr @ Gramercy Theatre
The Valient Thorr / Nashville Pussy co-headlining tour rolled through NYC on December 18 for a show at Gramercy Theatre. This tour was Valient Thorr's first without bass player Nitewolf, one of the founding members, who had been with the band since 2000. He was replaced by Storm Thorr, who also plays in Revolving Beast with guitar player Eidan Thorr. The substitution didn't slow them down at all, their set just kept increasing in speed until they finished with their classic track "Tough Customer." Nashville Pussy have been going strong for almost twenty years now with core members Blaine Cartwright and Ruyter Suys, and this tour was in support of their new album, Up the Dosage, their first new record since 2009. The show opened with a set from Detroit's Against the Grain, who sounded like they learned a thing or two from Motorhead. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
I didn't get to finish Nashville Pussy's set because I headed over to Brooklyn to catch Valient Thorr again at their late show at the much smaller Grand Victory. Local rippers Tournament opened and Thorr tore it up until the late hours. Some pictures from that one, and more shots of the Gramercy show, below...
street art by Damien Mitchell near the DeKalb Ave stop
This weekend is Bushwick Open Studios a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way. We already told you about most of the music (much of it free) that's happening as part of it, but there's also the 2014 edition of the Bushwick Collective Block Party which happens on Sunday, June 1 on Troutman St between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves from from 11AM to 7PM. This free event features live performances from Twin Strike, No Way, The Montauk Project, Such Hounds, Fletcher C Johnson (who plays tonight too), Tournament, Iron Force, Pampers, and NAAM.
In addition to the music, there will also be live street art happening. It's part of the The Bushwick Collective's first-ever art show which is running now through Sunday (6/1) at 426 Troutman St. The BC and is open from 7 PM - 11 PM and showcases some truly amazing street artists. Check that subway scene at the top of this post which was done by Damien Mitchell for Bushwick Collective. Participating artists include Blek Le Rat, Solus, Rubin415, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Zimad, Jerkface, Joe Iurato, Sexer, Beau Stanton, Atom, and FKDL. Sounds like something to definitely check out if you're going to be at BOS on Sunday.
The block party is sponsored by Montana's Trail House which is a new restaurant opening today on the block (455 Troutman).
We should note this has nothing to do with the Bushwick Block Party that usually goes down on Moore St. outside of Robertas in late July. No word on whether that's happening this year yet -- last year got a little wild.
Flyers for the Bushwick Collective art show and block party, below...
Priests at MHOW in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Priests, Downtown Boys, 1/2 of Swearin', Olga Bell @ MoMA PS1
DC punks Priests have a new album coming out on Don Giovanni (they just released the killer lead single), and many upcoming tour dates, three of which are in NYC. Today's show is a little different than the other two though. It's an afternoon show (3 PM start) "of discussion and music surrounding feminist punk rock with artists" as part of MoMA PS1's Sunday Sessions, and also includes fellow punk band Downtown Boys, 1/2 of Swearin' (Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride) and Dirty Projector Olga Bell. The artists will be in conversation with Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly.
King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer, Highness @ Saint Vitus
Australian thrashers King Parrot and Northeast US black metallers Vattnet Viskar team up for what should be an excellent double bill at Saint Vitus tonight.
Vaz, Anwar Sadat, Guardian Alien, The Library Is On Fire @ Death By Audio
Louisville's Anwar Sadat make fast, angry post-punk that doesn't feel weird being compared to The Jesus Lizard or Big Black. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows this weekend, and really the whole bill is killer with noise crew Vaz, Guardian Alien (aka the insane drumming of ex-Liturgy skinsman Greg Fox plus lots of noise) and shoegazy punks The Library Is On Fire.
Antibalas, LP, Angelique Kidjo, John Doe & guests @ City Winery
City Winery founder Michael Dorf presents a Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall tomorrow, but at his own venue tonight there will be a live rehearsal show of Simon's music with the above-mentioned artists and other special guests.
Call Of The Wild, Tournament, Hellbear, Iron Force @ Union Pool
Heavy garage rockers Call of the Wild team up with their punky Brooklyn neighbors Tournament, their speed metal Brooklyn neighbors Iron Force, and Richmond's Hellbear. Earplugs recommended.
Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
The long-lived NYC venue Roseland Ballroom will be closing its doors in early April, but before then it will go out with seven Lady Gaga shows, this being the second.
Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, Bridget Everett, Kurt Metzger, DJ Roofeeo & "a VERY special musical guest" @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Hannibal Buress' birthday may be February 4, but he's choosing March 30 as the day of his birthday celebration at Knitting Factory, where he performs for every Sunday. A bunch of his friends are announced for this one, but what isn't announced is the "VERY special musical guest." Who could it be? Usually his shows are in the front room, but this time he takes over the main room, and its sold out.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Delorean at Bowery Ballroom in 2010
Brendan Canning at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power @ BAM
After releasing one of the most classic indie albums of all time with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel pretty much disappeared with frontman Jeff Mangum choosing to remain mostly out of the public eye. A few years ago, Mangum began touring again, but it wasn't until late 2013 that Neutral Milk Hotel returned to the road. Their reunion tour finally comes to NYC this week and this is the second of five shows here.
Delorean, Mas Ysa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Spanish synthpop band Delorean may not be as buzzy as they were back in 2010 (which feels like way more than four years ago), but they're still making shiny, catchy tunes and tonight's show is sold out. NYC indie pop guy Mas Ysa opens.
Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene), White Hinterland @ Mercury Lounge
While Broken Social Scene is on hiatus, both co-founders are focusing on their solo projects, and tonight Brendan Canning finally makes his way to NYC after having to postpone his last tour. White Hinterland makes solid indie pop and is about to release her first album since 2010, Baby, on April 1 via Dead Oceans. You can listen to its new single, "Ring the Bell," below.
The Detroit Cobras, Nude Beach, The Above @ The Bell House
Detroit Cobras have been doing garage rock covers for about two decades now, and they'll bring the fun back to Brooklyn tonight. If you're going, get there early for Nude Beach, whose punky take on Elvis Costello-style power pop is pretty great.
French Horn Rebellion, Seasick Mama, Heavenly Beat, Pizza Underground @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This week's BKNB line-up is a well-curated bunch of '80s-leaning dance acts from the wispy psuedo-Swedish Heavenly Beat, the Miami Vice-style cod reggae of Rush Midnight, and the big hook party jams of French Horn Rebellion. Sandwiched in there as well are Macaulay Culkin's novelty VU tribute band, The Pizza Underground. Free.
Woodsman, Herbcraft, Fire Talk @ Mercury Lounge
Mixing drony folk, motorik rhythms and the occasional chopped-up beat, Brooklyn's Woodsman are set to release their self-titled third album, on February 5. This is the kickoff to their tour with Herbcraft.
Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, Deke Dickerson, The Creepshow, Reformed Whores @ Irving Plaza
In the world of surf-rock, the Rev is a lengend, bringing a crazed twang to his raucous instrumentals and psychobilly freakouts.
Prurient, Azar Swan, Clay Rendering @ Saint Vitus
Dominick Fernow is a man of many sounds (and projects) in the worlds of noise, power electronics, and industrial, and tonight he brings his Prurient project (just days after releasing a noisy new single) to the black walls of Saint Vitus. Also don't miss the goth pop of Azar Swan and the post-industrialism of Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick's Hospital Productions label).
Damien Jurado, Courtney Marie Andrews @ Bowery Ballroom
You can pretty much always depend on Damien Jurado to deliver excellent indie folk songs, and his newest album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (out this week on Secretly Canadian) lives up to that promise.
Trust, Heathered Pearls (DJ), FJTRSPA (DJ), Creatures (DJ) @ Glasslands
Toronto resident Robert Alfons is Trust, for all intents and purposes, who makes sinister minimal synth. With a new album, Joyland, out in March expect lots of new stuff at the late show. Sold out.
DMX, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Black Sheep @ Radio City Music Hall
Tons of old school rap that needs no introduction at tonight's 'Masters of Ceremony' show at Radio City.
Travis Morrison, Jeff Rosenstock, Max Low, Patrick Salt Ryan @ The Grand Victory
The Dismemberment Plan may be active again, but frontman Travis Morrison still makes time for his solo project. And on the other hand, Bomb the Music Industry! may have just ended, but frontman Jeff Rosenstock isn't going anywhere, as he's playing solo tonight too.
R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson @ Issue Project Room
Godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore is guaranteed to put on a quirky show, but for some (especially those who like Ariel Pink), he'll likely be very inspiring too. Meanwhile, fellow cult legend Gary Wilson was making ahead-of-its-time new wave in the '70s and has also made fans of newer musicians like Beck and Questlove.
Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
A former member of Titus Andronicus, Andrew Cedermark makes laid-back rock that fits right in on Underwater Peoples (former home of Real Estate).
North Highlands, Black Girls, Arms, Fasano @ Death By Audio
Superior locals North Highlands and Arms highlight this show which also features Richmond Virginia's Black Girls (stream their album below).
EL-P, The BOTS @ Converse Rubber Tracks
To celebrate the culmination of Converse Rubber Tracks' creative workshops, rapper El-P and rock duo The Bots play this final concert, which is free but you had to enter via Converse for a chance to get in.
JD Samson & MEN, Bright Light Bright Light @ Littlefield
Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin is probably the most talked-about post-Le Tigre project at the moment, but if you were into Le Tigre's dancey, passionate jams, JD Samson's band MEN continues to provide those. This show is a benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey."
Darlings, The Doozies, Island Twins, Sundelles @ Shea Stadium
Darlings, who make crunchy/catchy indie rock, curated this bill, "handpicked for maximum good times."
Tournament, Liquor Store, Moon Dudes, Giggly Boys @ Legion Bar
There's some solid local punk at Legion tonight with the melodic aggression of Tournament and the garage rock leanings of Liquor Store.
Old Cole Younger, Beach Party, DJ Tennessee Thomas @ Baby's All Right
Cole Alexander of The Black Lips is in NYC tonight with his Old Cole Younger project (ahead of his band's upcoming tour) and LA garage punks Beach Party are on the bill too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Broolyn DIY house show space Dead Herring will be no more soon. They announced:
Hey everybody, we're very sad to announce that January is gonna be our last month at Dead Herring. They're raising the rent on us and we can't afford to live here anymore so we're moving on. We're super bummed but also very grateful to everyone who's ever performed here and hung out with us and made the last 6 years here so awesome. Rest assured, we're going out big and we have a ton shows lined up for January. Dead Herring is dead! Viva Dead Herring!There are just two shows left. January 26th will be the final night (lineup TBA). Tonight (1/5) is the 2nd to last show. Head over and wish them goodbye! That's the flyer above.
Cheetah Chrome w/ RFTT at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
The CBGB Festival kicks off on Thursday (7/5) and continues through Sunday (7/8). We've mentioned a bunch of the festival's shows like the free Central Park show with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings, and the War on Drugs, the Webster Hall show with Agnostic Front, Madball, and Murphy's Law (who also play a Rocks Off Cruise), Fishbone at Brooklyn Bowl, the Webster Hall show with Cro-Mags and Sick of it All, and many others. However, if you're looking for others artists that helped define punk and/or make CBGB the legendary venue it is, there are plenty of options for that too.
On Thursday (7/5), The Bowery Electric is hosting a huge show with Tommy Ramone (who drummed on and co-produced the first three Ramones albums), Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys/Rocket from the Tombs), The Waldos (ft. Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers), Bear 54 (ft. Ernie Brooks of The Modern Lovers), Andy Shernoff (of The Dictators), Richard Lloyd (of Television), The Miamis, The Sic Fucks, and many more. Tickets for that show are available.
That same day (7/5), David Johansen (of New York Dolls) will be playing Sullivan Hall with Daddy Long Legs, Liza Colby & The Sound Machine, Andy & the Rattles, and a late night set by Strawberry Jam. Tickets for that show are available.
Also on Thursday (7/5), you can catch Glen Matlock (of The Sex Pistols) at, wait for it... singer-songwrter mainstay The Living Room with California, Jaymay, Lou-is, and Aurical.
Check the CBGB Festival site for more.
Hilly Kristal entering CBGB on its final night (more)
The CBGB Festival isn't the only place to catch CBGB legends though. Like they've done in the past, Bowery Electric (a venue very close to where CBGB was) will host Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash, a celebration of the late musician, on July 15, when he would have turned 60 (he passed away in 1991). That show features Walter Lure, Alison Gordy, Andy Shernoff, and many more. Tickets are on sale.
Patti Smith will be touring with Neil Young later this year, which hits NYC for two shows (MSG on 11/27 and Barclays Center on 12/3). Patti also plays a sold out show at the Met, on September 28 (a tribute to Andy Warhol).
Blondie will be touring with Devo later this year. Unfortunately, that tour does not come to NYC.
But enough about NYC punks -- California's late 70s/early 80s hardcore scene is getting some pretty solid representation in NYC this summer too. The current version of Dead Kennedys (who no longer count frontman Jello Biafra as a member) will be playing a show at Santos Party House on July 31 with Cerebral Ballzy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cali punks Agent Orange will be heading out on an east coast tour with The Queers, which comes to NYC for a Rocks Off Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that show are available. All dates on this tour are listed below.
Greg Ginn at Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
Black Flag founder/guitarist and SST Records founder Greg Ginn will be in NYC for two shows (early and late) with his new project Greg Ginn and the Royal We at The Iridium on July 29, and two more shows at the venue the next night (7/30) with the Les Paul Trio. Tickets for all four Iridium shows are on sale now.
Long-running Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is heading out on a spoken word tour which hits the capitals of all 50 states. That means the NY show is in Albany and not too close to NYC, but you might have better luck checking out the Trenton, NJ show. The Trenton show is at the Jersey State Museum Auditorium and unfortunately not City Gardens, which is now closed, but during its existence had seen tons of great tours come through including multiple Henry Rollins appearances. A City Gardens documentary is in the works and due in 2013. The other tri-state area date on Henry's tour is Hartford, CT's Webster Theater.
Meanwhile, Keith Morris, who was a Black Flag frontman before Rollins joined, will be in NYC with his band OFF!, when their tour with Refused comes to Williamsburg Park on July 18. Tickets for that show are still available.
While we're on the topic of punk shows in Williamsburg Park, as mentioned, Riot Fest Brooklyn goes down at the outdoor venue on September 8 with Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets for Riot Fest Brooklyn are still available.
Speaking of The Menzingers, they have a new live acoustic video for "Ava House" off their 2012 LP, On the Impossible Past, which you can check out below. You can catch them on their tour with The Bouncing Souls, which hits NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 5. Tickets for that show are still available.
In other punk news, as mentioned, H2O, 7 Seconds, and Tournament play House of Vans on July 12. 7 Seconds frontman Kevin Seconds is working on a new album which is due out this year. You can check out the album's closing track, "Oh, Rhonda," at the bottom of this post. The entire 2012 House of Vans schedule was also just announced, Turbonegro included. UPDATE: you can also now RSVP for the 7 Seconds show.
Street Dogs will be in NYC for a show at Highline Ballroom on September 15 with Koffin Kats and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, the Fat Wreck/Rocks Off CMJ showcase happens on October 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, Flatliners, and Useless ID. Tickets for that show are still available. That same lineup also plays a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/20). Tickets for the boat show are available. And Lagwagon are also one of the bands currently announced for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest.
As mentioned, Leftover Crack plays Warsaw on Sunday (7/8) with Crackbox and more TBA.
That show appears to now be sold out (though we are waiting on confirmation of that). UPDATE: this is CANCELLED.
Another anarcho-punk option for Williamsburg this weekend is NYHC band Reagan Youth who are playing The Grand Victory (245 Grand St.) on Friday (7/6) with Dust Angel (ft. Reagan Youth guitarist Paul Cripple), Geek Skull, Lords of Death, and Empty Vessel.
As mentioned, crossover thrashers D.R.I. and Mucky Pup are teaming up for a tour which hits NYC on December 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, and Blackout Shoppers. TIckets for that show are still available.
There's also a number of punk shows at Acheron this week.
Before we wrap this up, a bit more about classic UK punk making its way to NYC this summer/early fall. In addition to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, who's here this week for CBGB Fest, The Vibrators will be in NYC for a show at The Bowery Electric on September 29. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Wreckless Eric, who veers a bit more on the new wave/power pop side of punk, will play Bowery Electric on September 7 as part of a duo with his wife Amy Rigby. They also play September 13 at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. If the name doesn't ring a bell, his song "(I'd Go) The Whole Wide World" probably does. It's seen some revived popularity in recent years due to Will Ferrell singing it in Stranger than Fiction. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now.
Did we miss anything good?
Videos and lists of tour dates below...
King Khan at The Bell House, Nov. 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
The full House of Vans 2012 free show schedule is up. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg space has already housed The Rapture and Tanlines this year, and we knew about the 7/12 show with H20, 7 Seconds and Tournament, but here's the rest of the summer's line-up, brought to you by the folks at FYF and the sneaker people:
July 12: H20, 7 Seconds, TournamentThe parties are free with RSVP (which hasn't been posted yet).
July 26: King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen
Aug 2: Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade
Aug 16: Cursive, Titus Andronicus, Love As Laughter, Joyce Maynor
Aug 29: Turbonegro, Baroness, Doomriders, Nightbirds
One thing you notice not on this list is Quicksand which was one of the big rumors of this year's VANS schedule. That either means that Quicksand will play somewhere else, or like the upcoming free Dum Dum Girls/Widowspeak show, it won't be part of this series of "House Parties."
The July 26 show is one of many local dates from NJ's Everymen who are also playing Pianos this Friday, July 6 as part of the CBGB Festival. (Advance tickets are on sale.) After the House of Vans show, the band will go on a short East Coast tour while putting the finishing touches on their new album New Jersey Hardcore which will come out in October on Killing Horse Records. All Everymen dates are below.
Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.
We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).
It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.
On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.
Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.
Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.
Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.
More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?
photos by Greg Cristman
While Coke Bust/Masakari/Sick Fix/Grudges was tearing down Acheron on 11/19, a much larger show was brewing at Terminal 5 featuring Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang as part of the trio's tour together. Mastodon's set covered their entire recorded output, including newer tracks like "Curl of The Burl" all the way to earlier favorites like "March of The Fire Ants" and, according to the set-list, "Iron Tush" (aka "Iron Tusk").
The sold-out show also featured an appearance from original DEP vocalist Dimitri Minkanakis (now a member of Argonauts) who joined the band on stage for performances of "Sunshine The Werewolf" and the classic "43% Burnt". Video of that is below.
While Argonauts have no upcoming dates, Brett of Argonauts will play Public Assembly on 12/14 with his other project East of The Wall. They'll be joined by Tournament (who play an Acheron benefit tonight with Hull/Naam), Family, and Fashion Week. The band is finishing up their US tour post-the release of their latest LP The Apologist.
Pictures, video and the Mastodon setlist from Terminal 5 is below...
Hull at Red 7 (more by BBG)
Hull is scheduled to join Eyehategod and Doomriders at Europa on 12/4 (tickets), but they'll also play another show a bit sooner. Hull will join Naam, Tournament, and Sannhet for an Acheron benefit show on 11/22 as part of Hull's return back to Brooklyn post-touring with The Fucking Wrath. The show kicks off at 6:30PM with a BBQ (FREE with entry to the show) and the whole thing will only set you back $10. Support DIY and all-ages venues, and get out to Acheron on 11/22!
words by BBG, photos by Meghan McInnis
Coliseum bassist Mike Pascal, in flight
Coliseum headlined Europa on July 8th (Thursday), alongside ex-Cursed project Burning Love, Tournament, Elks, and the great Fight Amp as part of a larger tour in celebration of A House With A Curse, their new album out NOW on Temporary Residence Limited.
The new LP shows the band venturing into new territory (as discussed in our recent interview) with similarly compelling results as the old material, though guitarist/vocalist Ryan Patterson remarked:
"We got called Prog Metal today."Huh-what? Regardless of what tag you put on it, their new material sounded fantastic live, and made me go home and take the LP for another spin. For the straight and narrow hardcore folk, the new LP might take some getting used to, but the returns are worth the investment.
Burning Love supported, and Chris Colohan's new band absolutely smokes! Though they have more in common with Doomriders than Colohan's former band, the band ripped through their set and brought to life some of the material that I was so-so on in their recorded output. Tons of live energy, these dudes rule.
Unfortunately, I missed Tournament, Fight Amp and Elks (our photographer missed Tournament & Fight Amp), though I am sure that both Fight Amp and Elks delivered a whopping blow to the early crowds. Elks will play Death By Audio on Sunday (7/18), alongside Reading Rainbow, Splinters, Heavy Cream (currently touring with JEFF The Brotherhood) and Big Boyz.
More pics from the show are below....
Mob 47 are one of the most widely known and loved Swedish hardcore bands. Their sound was remarkable because they combined a strong Discharge influence with the speed of the fastest US hardcore bands, such as DRI and Gang Green. Unlike Gang Green or Neos, for example, Mob 47 were never sloppy; the result is some of the most brutal hardcore ever created, faster and rawer than nearly anything before or since. -[Shit-Fi]Mob 47's influence extends much further than just the hardcore/crust community. Reformed in 2005, now the band is poised to play their first NYC show (!) at Knitting Factory on November 11th with Parasytic, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, and Mutant Supremacy. Tickets are on sale. The show is less than two weeks before Parasytic plays another incredible gig at Knit time with A.G.E. and Hellshock on 10/30.
In other news, the previously discussed Venomous Concept show at Europa just got nuttier with the addition of the great Nails, who will support the grind supergroup alongside Strong Intention. Tickets are on sale. Nails released their Unsilent Death LP earlier this year and Obscene Humanity 12" last year via Six Feet Under. Pick up a copy, and while you're there, pre-order your copy of the new Rival Mob 7", Hardcore For Hardcore. Stream tracks by Rival Mob and Nails at the Six Feet Under site.
Nails will perform at This is Hardcore alongside another notable band who is on their way back to NYC, Starkweather. Along for the ride at The Acheron on 8/28 will be Raw Radar War (with Jonah Jenkins of Only Living Witness), The Communion, and Panzerbastard. Starkweather's new LP This Sheltering Night is out now via Deathwish, it comes highly recommended.
On August 1st, Gray Ghost will play The Acheron alongside Tournament, Unreal City, and Ominous Order of Filthy Mongrels. Gray Ghost released their awesome Deep In The Shallow End in hard forms via Chainsaw Safety last year (download a copy), and has the new Succubus 7" out now via Chainsaw Safety/A389 Records (digital/vinyl respectively).
And last but not least, Innumerable Forms has a killer 7" out now on Painkiller Records, Dark Worship. The band, which features Justin Detore of Mind Eraser (and session player on Funebrarum), is old school death metal at it's brutal finest and the band will wreck The Acheron on July 29th when they play with Naughty Girls.
Some tour dates and video is below...
Torche at Beerland during SXSW (more here)
After their recent van robbery in Chicago, Hydra Head Records said that, "Torche is already sorting out potential DIY gigs in the states...tentatively for Vermont, Providence, and Wilkes-Barre, PA". Add NYC to that list. Torche have scheduled a benefit show on May 25th show at The Charleston in Brooklyn with Tournament and Passive Aggressor! The band plays Rumsey Playfield with Coheed & Cambria the next day (5/26, tickets) and previously had 5/25 listed as a day off.
All dates, their recently-released video for "King Beef", and the full list of items missing from their van, below...
Naam @ Union Pool
Liturgy and Naam double teamed NYC at Union Pool on 3/6 with Tournament. Both bands are hitting the road in the near future for dates on the way to SXSW, where they will play multiple notable showcases. Liturgy will hit the BV-Sponsored Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin show and a WFMU show among many others, while Naam will play the Action PR Showcase on 3/17 (with an exclusive appearance from High On Fire) and Full Metal Texas on 3/18 among many others. Both Liturgy and Naam are on board to play Attitude Adjustment at Red7 on 3/20.
Naam also recently played the Brooklyn Psych Fest at Glasslands on 2/28 (pics of them and La Otracina below courtesy Samantha Marble), but are scheduled to take on Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/13 with Priestess (tix) as well as Cake Shop on 4/14 with Radio Moscow as part of a greater tour for the pair. Full dates are below.
Meanwhile, Liturgy have Scion Rock Fest this weekend and will be back in NYC to team up with White Mice at Shea Stadium on April 16th as part of a larger tour for 'da Mice, who will also play the Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin showcase at SXSW. Liturgy are also scheduled to play the WBAR-B-Q at Columbia University on April 25th with Cold Cave, Jana Hunter, US Girls, and many others. Full White Mice dates and Scion Rock Fest set times are below with more pictures from the two Brooklyn shows...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Very excited to see one of my oldest favorite bands, GOSPEL, reunited tonight at Union Pool. - [TheUnknownGlow]After three years away from the stage, and in front of a beyond sold-out crowd at Union Pool, Gospel made their triumphant return with the always unhinged noise punks Drunkdriver and galloping Tournament.
Though the band has been away from the stage a bit, they recently showed their hand with respect to new material... another show/record/tour? Possibly. More details to come, we'll keep you posted.
Drunkdriver has a ton of interesting shows in their near future as they prep to release their self-titled LP on Load Records. Look for the band at the WFMU/Aquarius Records, Load, and Parts Unknown shows at SXSW 2010. Before that, the band will play
with Iron Age at Union Pool on 2/16 and intersect with another SXSW showcasing artist in NYC when they team up with Riot Season's Todd at Cake Shop on March 14th. The band is also scheduled to meet up with everyone's favorite massholes, Mind Eraser, at Death By Audio on June 9th.
All dates and tons of pics are below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Coalesce at Europa
If my favorite records of 2008 collided into my favorite records of 2009, dollars to donuts it would probably look like this wildly eclectic tour. Harvey Milk, Coalesce, and The Atlas Moth will team up for a string of East Coast dates including NYC on 3/8 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are not on sale as of this posting.
Coalesce last played NYC on Dec 30th as part of a BV sponsored show with Coliseum and A Storm of Light. We originally posted a set a of pictures from the show by Chloe Rice. Here is a second set from Samantha.
The last time The Atlas Moth played NYC was part of another BV sponsored show with Dark Castle, Wetnurse and Tiger Flowers.
Harvey Milk last played NYC with Torche at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band is prepping the CD release of their lost debut, which hits store shelves on 1/26.
Full tour dates for the trek, and more pics from the 12/30 Coalesce show, below...
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice
Coalesce, amongst the mayhem
Holy crap, thanks new York. You gave us an amazing show to end the year on. Loved being in our own element again. See you in the spring. -[Coalesce]Coalesce returned to NYC on 12/30/09 as part of a BV-sponsored bill that included the great Coliseum and A Storm of Light. Tournament's tight and competent riffy punk opened the show, with an oddly sourced Your Skull My Closet following closely behind.
A Storm of Light followed, though this was definitely not the incarnation that I was familiar with; Geoff Summers of Batillus filled in on drums (much like he did on their European tour) while Zohra Atash (Religious To Damn) added a second set of pipes, filling in on the female vocals previously occupied by Nerissa Campbell. Zohra's vocals sat below the more omnipresent guitars, a shame as Campbell's vocals were one of the more interesting parts from their Studio set. The big guitars made me wish that I had caught them with Will Lindsay (Wolves In The Throne Room) on second guitar.
Coliseum followed Storm with new drummer Carter Wilson in tow. Former drummer Chris Maggio was missed for his out-there theatrics, but Wilson pulled it off effortlessly. The Louisville band barreled through the classics like a freight train, playing quite a few new jams and pausing to humbly thank the audience for their support. Ryan Patterson (vox/guit) also offered his thoughts on health care, especially in light of Vic Chesnutt's alleged suicide, possibly due to overblown medical bills. Ryan said that if there was any justice, they would have treated Vic like a national treasure. I agree.
After the show, I discussed the new songs with Patterson, who said that they will record their new LP with J. Robbins in early spring, hitting the road shortly thereafter. We'll be waiting.
The main event was nothing short of extraordinary; Coalesce is absolutely insane on stage. The band sounds exactly the same (mix and guitar/bass tones) live as on record, and their performance was tight and powerful. Jes (guitar) riffs in all the right places, with the dead space occupied by Sonic Youth style noise, possessed looks to the crowd, and smacks to his instrument, all while his body pulses and convulses like he's being electrocuted. Vocalist Sean Ingram spent a good portion of his time bouncing between the front row and belting out vocals, when the audience weren't filling in for him. I can safely say that I have never seen the crowd as insane at Europa as they were during the Coalesce classic "You Can't Kill Us All"... Converge earlier in 2009 included.
Video from Coalesce's performance, their setlist and tons of pics, below...
New York City post-hardcore act Gospel push the avant-garde tip of a genre already considered to be on rock's cutting edge. ...By 2003, the songs they were writing had evolved into art rock realms, drawing on everything from math metal to ambient music to space rock, and necessitated the addition of Jon Pastir (guitar, keyboards) to make it all work, both in the rehearsal room and on-stage. This led to their renaming themselves Gospel, and in 2005 they released their first full-length work, cryptically titled The Moon Is a Dead World. Late the next year, the band announced it was breaking up, though no reason was given. - [Allmusic]Gospel's prog/emo/post-hardcore magnum opus The Moon Is a Dead World still strongly resonates today. Luckily, that "break up" didn't take, as the band has announced that they've written "an album's worth of new material" and will perform that at a show at Union Pool on 1/29 with Drunkdriver and Tournamentas part of a benefit for the ailing Matty No Times of Three Kings Tattoo. Some of that new material is streaming at their muxtape site. You can download a few tracks from The Moon Is A Dead World above.
Dig on a bunch of video of Gospel below...
DOWNLOAD: Quest For Fire - "Bison Eyes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Quest For Fire - "Strange Waves" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Quest For Fire - "The Hawk That Hunts The Walking" (MP3)
Naam at a BV-CMJ Day Party (more by Paul Birman)
Toronto's Quest For Fire have announced a short stint of dates which include NYC with Weird Owl, Chyld and BV CMJ alums Naam at Pianos on 12/4. Full tour dates are below. Quest For Fire, which features former members of The Deadly Snakes & Cursed, recently dropped their self-titled full length on Tee Pee Records. Dig on some tracks above.
Word has it that another band on Tee Pee Records has scheduled a show in NYC on 11/20 with Tournament at The Charleston as part of the Chronic Youth series of shows. We have no confirmation on the "who", but the show will feature 20+ minute jams and will sound "out of this world".
Tournament is also scheduled to play NYC as part of the BV-Sponsored Coalesce + A Storm of Light + Coliseum show at Europa on 12/30. Tickets are still available. Coalesce recently played a show in Austin. Check out the pics and some free MP3s from their new EP.
Chronic Youth and BV have teamed up to present Javelina, Black Tusk, Batillus and a Special Guest at The Charleston on 11/18. The flyer for that show and a list of more killer shows this week, and all tour dates, below....
Coliseum at Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
We are proud to announce the latest EXCITING additions to the BrooklynVegan sponsored Coalesce show at Club Europa: Louisville d-beat freight train Coliseum, post-metallers A Storm of Light, the awesomely monikered Your Skull My Closet and Tournament! Tickets are still available.
Coliseum recently added drummer Carter Wilson, and are working on material for a new J Robbins (Jawbox) produced LP. The band is currently on tour and is scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin along with Coalesce.
A Storm of Light is currently on tour with Minsk in Europe, but will return to NYC in Mid-November to play an album release show with Goes Cube (who we recently interviewed) and Biclops at Ace of Clubs on 11/18.
Full Coalesce, Coliseum, and A Storm of Light dates, as well as a few live videos are below....
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Final - "Wrong Signal (alt. mix)" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Laudanum - "Invoke" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Infernal Stronghold - "Destruction of Life...Unworthy of Life!" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Infernal Stronghold - "Curb The Trend" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rot In Hell - "Black Omega" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tournament - "Something Temporary" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesu - "Deflated" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mother Of Mercy - "Back To The Agony" (MP3)
Laudanum cover art
Laudanum, who released the stunning Sacred Death split with Stormcrow earlier in the year, has released The Coronation on 20 Buck Spin. Featuring members of the much revered Graves At Sea as well as Pig Heart Transplant, The Coronation is a downtuned massive slab of doom interrupted by ominous dark ambient passages. Pick up The Coronation NOW at 20 Buck Spin and dig on one of those tracks, "Invoke", above.
Speaking of Stormcrow, that band along with Converge, Malevolent Creation, Naglfar, Wolbrigade, Deceased, Rompeprop, Gorod, and Nazxul have all been added to the Maryland Deathfest 2010 lineup!
French shoegazey black-metaller Alcest is preparing a new album which will contain six tracks, four new and two of which will be re-recorded from the Le Secret EP. Alcest, aka Neige also of Amesouers and Pest Noire fame, will employ Winterhalter (also Peste Noire, et al) to handle drum duties on the release, which should appear in January of 2010. Alcest's last LP was the critically acclaimed Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde
Who likes Dio? Who likes Black Sabbath? Who likes 'em both TOGETHER? I have one pair of tickets to see Heaven & Hell with Coheed & Cambria at the WaMu Theater @ MSG on August 25th! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
In case you missed it, Shrinebuilder are coming to NYC!
Pennsylvania band Mother of Mercy, who features members of the great Blacklisted, recently dropped their killer album III via Six Feet Under Records. This is one seriously pissed off hardcore record... highly recommended! One track, "Divide", is streaming here but you can also download "Back To The Agony" above!
Rot In Hell's 2006-2008 discography, Hallways of The Always, is out NOW via A389 Recordings (vinyl) and Grot Records (CD). The UK band follows a similar path as Integrity and Ringworm... a sick/bleak metallic hardcore, and this LP is a must have for Holy Terror fans before they drop their debut LP on Deathwish! Download a song from Hallways of The Always, "Black Omega", above.
Prepare for another Aaron Turner (Isis) supergroup... Jodis featuring James Plotkin and Tim Wyskida of Khanate! Their debut LP, Secret House, will be released via Hydra Head on 10/27.
Lately, I have been giving the new Infernal Stronghold LP alot of burn. The project, which shares a drummer with the black metal monsters in Woe, treads an old school black metal-punk aesthetic and is one of those bands that can usually be seen at an ABC No Rio matinee. And that's where you can see them on October 3, when the band lands in NYC supporting Cannabis Corpse at one of two shows that day, at the Charleston and ABC No Rio (matinee). Infernal Stronghold's new LP Godless Noise is out NOW via Forcefield Records. Check out a pair of tracks, "Curb the Trend" and "Destruction of Life...Unworthy of Life!", available for download above!
Javelina is currently streaming "Black Blizzard" from their upcoming monster Beasts Among Us, the tracklisting of which is below!
If you have been to a single underground metal or punk show in NYC, chances are you have seen Tournament (though I missed their set at Union Pool on Sunday night). The band's Swordswallower EP was a fave, but now they have a NEW baby, Years Old, out NOW via Forcefield Records. Check out "Something Temporary" available for download above and check out the band at either the Chronic Youth Launch party with Cannabis Corpse on 8/21 or at the recently added Dark Castle show on 9/13 at The Charleston. Flyer is below.
A video from Fuck The Facts, news on Jesu/Final, Goes Cube, Pig Destroyer, Weekend Nachos, and much more as This Week In Metal continues...
by Black Bubblegum
Battlefields' Rusty, belching forth the unholiest of bellows
To quote my Aunt from Pennsylvania, I was in "a pickle". French Swans-y post-metallers Overmars were touring the US for the first time ever with another favorite of mine, the criminally underrated North Dakota (!) band Battlefields at Europa. Across town, LA's Night Horse were playing Union Pool with Tournament & Orphan. Which to go to? With impeccable timing and some well-placed text messages, I was able to make both on Sunday (8/16).
Starting out the night at Union Pool, I caught an opening set by Orphan, my first live experience with that band. As a fan of the well-written and brilliantly executed Aborted By Birth, I can't tell you how disappointed I was by their live show. Union Pool definitely felt like a practice session, complete with false starts, off timing, and an overall lack of interest in engaging the audience. I hope their live show improves, because the riffs and the songs are definitely there.
After Orphan, I made it over to Europa to catch the last few moments of Inswarm before Battlefields set-up to tear down. Battlefields' new LP on Translation Loss, Thresholds of Imbalance, hits that sweet spot between post-metal dirge and post-rock ambience, with a touches of jazz (!). It's a favorite of mine and is recommended for those who appreciate bands like Neurosis, Cult of Luna, and Samothrace (with which they once shared a member). Their live firepower is impressive as well, as I originally learned when I saw them headline a show with Amenra at Precious Metal close to two years ago. Their lineup has changed considerably since that encounter, but their performance/ability hasn't. If any of this sounds appealing, I highly recommend that you get to The Charleston on September 3rd (also with Overmars).
As Battlefields were waving sayonara, I made it back to Union Pool in record time to catch Night Horse who had just begun their set (I missed Tournament). Night Horse has all the makings of a really killer blues-based rock band, and are tons of fun to boot, but I could have done without the stage stylings of vocalist Sam James Velde who comes off like as a Chris Robinson knock off complete with the shoeless 70s dances. I could be sensitive to this schtick (The Black Crowes and in particular, Chris Robinson, bother me), but it came off as a distraction. That said, there was nothing distracting about the instrumental arrangements that surrounded Velde. Performing simple bluesy rock is walking a fine line, as bands in this style are a dime a dozen, but searing solos by Justin Maranga (also in Ancestors), and Greg Buensuceso, elevate this band from cool neighborhood local to a worthy touring band. While at the show, Saviours dropped in (fresh off their Dinosaur Jr appearance) and received an birthday wish from the band.
I skipped out of the last couple Night Horse songs in order to make it to Overmars in time. The French band's "new" LP (released in 2007, out now on Crucial Blast) is comprised of a single massive song, "Born Again", which dabbles in blackened ambience, but recalls faves like early Swans, Godflesh, and Neurosis. Overmars performed with the lights out (hence the poor photos), a coordinated video presentation (possibly a little cliche?), and were absolutely stunning. Highly, highly recommended along with their new LP. In addition, look for an upcoming split in the works with Starkweather. More on that soon.
Night Horse also played a show at Pianos with Graveyard (who played the Gramercy Theatre that same night) while they were in town. More of their dates HERE. More pics and full Battlefields/Overmars dates are below...