Entries tagged with: True Widow
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Chelsea Wolfe in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Chelsea Wolfe will follow 2013's Pain Is Beauty this summer with Abyss on Sargent House. The album has Chelsea joined by frequent collaborators Ben Chisholm, Dylan Fujioka, and Ezra Buchla, as well as Mike Sullivan of Russian Circles (whose last album she sings on) and D.H. Phillips of True Widow (who she's toured with). It was produced by John Congleton, who's worked with Cloud Nothings, Angel Olsen, Swans and more.
She hasn't put out a full song from it yet, but you can listen to a clip of "Iron Moon" in the album trailer. From the bit we've heard, it's as dark as Chelsea's best stuff, and has her distorted voice over borderline doom metal guitars. It's just a short clip, but it's making this album seem pretty exciting. Check it out below.
photo: Om at LPR in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Al Cisnero (Sleep) and Emil Amos' (Grails, Holy Sons) band OM have a few dates coming up this year. They were part of today's initial NXNE lineup announcement, and also playing Santa Ana's Psycho California Festival (May 15-17) with Sleep, Pentagram (performing First Daze Here), Cult of Luna, Earth, Kylesa, Russian Circles, Eyehategod, Indian, Pallbearer, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Tombs and more. Tickets for that fest are on sale, full lineup below.
Full tour schedule, a video, and the Psycho California lineup, below...
by Zack Baker
Alex G is currently on tour with Gardens and Villa, having played NYC earlier this week, and he's now been added as an opener to the December leg of the Cymbals Eat Guitars Northeast tour. That includes the NYC date happening at Knitting Factory on December 12. Tickets for that show are still available. All of his dates are listed below.
Alex G released his first "proper" album DSU on Orchid Tapes earlier this year, which followed several bandcamp releases. He recently took some time out of his day to talk to us about the album, his confidence, songwriting process and his affinity for animal imagery:
BV: DSU came out earlier this year, and obviously you've been making music for a long time but it felt like a landmark in your career. What has life for you been like since DSU was released?
Alex G: It was pretty similar until... I guess the big difference is that we started touring and this became more job, kinda. I haven't been working any more. We've been touring a lot since DSU came out.
What was your old job? What did you give up for touring?
AG: I was doing construction labor in a little town near Philadelphia.
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
by Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Chicago post-rock/post-metal band Russian Circles are set to release their fifth studio album, Memorial, on October 29 via Sargent House, and they've just revealed the album's title track. For this song, the instrumental band have tapped goth entrancer (and Sargent House labelmate) Chelsea Wolfe to provide lead vocals. It's a swirling, atmospheric cut that's more similar to Chelsea Wolfe's first two albums than most of Russian Circles' prior output. You can stream it (via Rolling Stone), along with another album track, "Deficit," below.
Chelsea Wolfe's own new album Pain Is Beauty is out now, and she's currently supporting it on a tour with the equally dark slowcore trio True Widow, whose new album Circumambulation is out now via metal label Relapse Records. Their tour hits NYC TONIGHT (9/13) at Bowery Ballroom, and Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Speaking of Sargent House and Bowery Ballroom, three of the label's bands, Tera Melos, Fang Island, and Zorch are touring together this fall, and will play Bowery Ballroom on October 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Song streams below...
by Fred Pessaro
Fans of slowcore, keep your eye out for True Widow. The Texas band, who we've written about before, shows glimmers of Low and Codeine amongst their stoner-y darkness, a comparison that rings true on the band's latest LP Circumambulation. Stream some tracks from the band below including the new one "Creeper", and look for it via Relapse on July 23rd (order yours).
Catch True Widow on tour supporting Chelsea Wolfe this fall, including at Bowery Ballroom on 9/13.
Song streams below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
John Baizley at Invisible Oranges 2013 SXSW showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
When Baroness, who suffered from a tragic bus crash last year, were announced for Bonnaroo and Chaos in Tejas this year, the signs looked pretty good that the band would finally tour again. Then frontman John Baizley issued a statement that their bassist and drummer would no longer be touring with the band (and they found musicians to take their places), and now Baroness have finally announced a full tour surrounding those festival dates!
There's no NYC date scheduled yet, but the tour kicks off in John Baizely's "adopted hometown" of Philly on May 24 at Union Transfer and continues through their slot at Bonnaroo in June. Support on select dates comes from Inter Arma (who play NYC soon), True Widow, and Coliseum. Hopefully a NYC date will be added to the tour (maybe House of Vans, where they would have played last summer?).
All dates are listed, along with the "Take My Bones Away" video, below...
Left for Dead at A389 in Baltimore, Jan 2013
Chaos In Tejas have announced the latest batch of bands for the Austin, Texas festival set for late May/early June. New additions include announced reunions for Left for Dead and the Rats (pre Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows), with other appearances including Mobb Deep will perform all of their classic The Infamous LP, No Statik, Parquet Courts, Pharmakon, Pinkish Black, Grouper, Lust For Youth, Waxahatchee, Benediction, Jessica Pratt, True Widow, Vassafor, Violent End, Speedwolf, Waxahatchee, Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Replica, Lotus Fucker, Cold World, Jessica Pratt, Joyce Manor, Marshstepper and much more. Head below for the current Chaos in Tejas lineup. Tickets are on sale.
Full lineup and a multi-camera video from their Baltimore reunion at A389 is below.
Soulful country-inflected crooner Daughn Gibson played Union Hall on Friday (5/11), one of two dates in NYC for the Pearls & Brass drummer in celebration of his new LP All Hell. The Union Hall show saw Daughn Gibson play support to NYC band Lightouts along with a solo set from Todd Goldstein of ARMS (who played some solo/acoustic material from his band). Pictures of Daughn Gibson and Todd Goldstein are in this post.
Daugh Gibson's set featured sampled beats and live guitar, with the Carlisle, Pennsylvania vocalist doing his Johnny-Cash style vocals over top of it all. His live vocals were impeccable, and Gibson's coordinated dance moves and likable stage persona had one set of ladies in the front row going crazy.
Daughn Gibson went on to join True Widow at Union Pool on Saturday (5/12) as part of the latter's campaign of the East Coast.
More pictures from Union Hall are below...
Texas shoegaze trio True Widow, who we've written about HERE and HERE, will hit the road later this month for a string of dates that bring them to Brooklyn for a show at Union Pool on May 12th with Daughn Gibson. Tickets for the show go on sale at noon (4/13). All dates and a video below...
Boris, in pillow and undergarment form
Boris's new LP offerings Attention Please and Heavy Rocks (2011) represent a bit of a stylistic change for the ever-shifting Japanese band. As such, they've recruited some bands outside of the usual suspects in their upcoming North American tour announced today. Boris, who is currently in the EU with Russian Circles, will hit the road in the US for dates with Asobi Seksu, Tera Melos, True Widow (who play Union Pool in August), Master Musicians of Bukkake, Liturgy and others in October. Full tour schedule is below, including an NYC date with Asobi Seksu and Liturgy at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
All tour dates and a video for Boris's "Hope/Riot Sugar" (a song from each new LP in a single video) is below. For all of you superfans, keep a lookout for Boris - Attention Please underwear and/or pillows (above) which go on presale on 7/30.
After recently completing a trek that included SXSW and dates with Trail of Dead & Surfer Blood, True Widow will head out on tour with Kurt Vile in August. That tour reaches NYC, but that's where Kurt and True Widow split ways. Kurt goes on to open for M Ward @ Wellmont and Sonic Youth @ Williamsburg Waterfront, while True Widow headlines Union Pool on August 13th with Bad Dream. All dates are listed below.
True Widow released their new LP As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth earlier this year. Check out two tracks from that release above. All tour dates, and a recent video for "Skull Eyes" and some live video too, below...
Reverb-drenched shoegaze, 70s-riffery and the slow-burn of Low converge on the latest True Widow, a Dallas band whose new LP As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth, via Kemado. The record is currently up for preorder and features "NH" and "Skull Eyes", the former of which premieres in this post. Download both above, or stream them below.
True Widow will be at SXSW, logging time at the Kemado showcase at Valhalla on 3/17 (with new-look Zoroaster, Rwake, Christian Mistress, and many others), and at the Thrasher Deathmatch party at Scoot Inn on 3/19. In May they hit the road with Trail of Dead and Surfer Blood which brings them to NYC twice: Bowery Ballroom on 4/29 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 5/13.
Surfer Blood are also playing SXSW, including the free BrooklynVegan party Wednesday at Emo's, and Trail of Dead will be in Austin too. You can catch them at our free Saturday party at Swan Dive/Barbarella.
All True Widow tour dates, a video, and those song streams are below.
Salome at BV-BBG at CMJ (more by Samantha Marble)
Wow just turned into OMFG. Wolves In The Throne Room and Salome have been announced as support for the previously discussed 3/11 Shrinebuilder show at NYU. Ticket Info is forthcoming, but NYU students can expect to pay $2 and non-NYU-ers pay a whopping $5.
And while we are on the topic of killer bands, we'd like to announce that Salome will play the two-stage BrooklynVegan Day Party on March 17th at Emo's in Austin, Texas! For those counting at home, that's Salome plus Torche and Fucked Up! More artist announcements are on the way.
Salome will also play the 20 Buck Spin / Profound Lore official SXSW showcase at Headhunters in Austin on 3/19. As expected, the labels have teamed up for a killer lineup of underground metal greats: Yakuza, Liturgy, The Endless Blockade, Coffinworm, White Mice, + two more bands TBA.
That same night (3/19) at Spiro's, just down the street from the 20 Buck Spin/Profound Lore Showcase will be the WFMU/Aquarius showcase which, much like last year, is brimming with great and forward thinking music of heavy/punk persuasion. Liturgy will also be featured at the two-stage show along with Speedwolf, Iron Man, Moon Duo, Shit and Shine, Pierced Arrows, Dengue Fever, Epileptinomicon, Drunkdriver, Home Blitz, Headdress, Sonny & the Sunsets, True Widow, and Todd. For more on the upcoming WFMU show, head to their site. Decisions!
Drunkdriver's other upcoming shows include other SXSW gigs and Cake Shop in NYC on 3/14 with Todd.