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by Andrew Sacher

Glocca Morra
Glocca Morra

Philly emo revivalists Glocca Morra are calling it quits this year, but before they go out they've got two new songs and a farewell tour. Their final 7" is on Ice Age Records and it's more straight punk than some of the more Kinsella-style stuff they became known for. Listen to both tracks below, via AV Club.

The tour happens this May and brings the band to NYC on May 29 at Shea Stadium. All dates are with Canadian punks Greys (who played NYC on Friday), and the Boston, NYC and Philly shows are with Brooklyn's LVL UP. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.

Glocca Morra's Nate Dionne is one of the members in newer band Dogs on Acid, who released their first single last year and have now signed to Jade Tree for their debut LP which is due out this summer. The band also includes former Algernon Cadwallader members Nick Tazza and Joen Reinhardt, the latter of whom is now also in Hop Along. Dogs on Acid have four Philly shows coming up, but nothing in NYC at the moment. While you wait for the new album, revisit last year's single below.

Nate Dionne was also in the band Snowing, whose singer John Galm more recently went solo and put out the depressing 2014 album Sky of No Stars. John's on a solo tour right now, and it hits NYC tonight (3/8) at 603 Bushwick Ave (upstairs) with Trace Mountains (another project of LVL UP's Dave Benton) and Bethlehem Steel. All John's dates, and a stream of his recent album, below.

Continue reading "Glocca Morra streaming final 7" & going on farewell tour with Greys & LVL UP; John Galm on tour; Dogs On Acid LP coming"

photo: Hull at CMJ 2011 (more by Markus Shaffer)

Brooklyn sludge metal band Hull have been at it for years now, releasing two albums -- 2009's Sole Lord and 2011's Beyond the Lightless Sky -- and most recently putting out the 2014 Swamp Goat single. But now the band are calling it quits.

Before they go out though, they'll play one last hometown show on Saturday (2/21) at Coco 66 with Elder, Wizard Rifle and Cleanteeth. They write, "That is it. This is all. All is well. Our final appearance. come on out. we'd love to see you." Tickets are on sale now.

Revisit Beyond the Lightless Sky, with a live video, below...

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hello kitty, goodbye Avi
Avi Buffalo

Even though it was basically just Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg anyway, Avi Buffalo are now broken up and he's retiring the name. (Avi Buffalo's long-time-coming second album was released last year.) News broke today via a post on Avi Buffalo's Facebook:

The Avi Buffalo band is over; done with my 2-record-contract with SubPop and available to be anyone's guitarist / songwriter / producer / engineer / whatever works, gonna keep makin' music left and right. I have very much appreciated touching good people with this music, having a cool avenue through the world to perform it, getting to meet you whether it was in the USA, Canada or Europe, and working with some awesome musicians. I started it when I was a wee-15 year-old and it went WAY farther than I thought it could. In fact, the Avi Buffalo project went too far, and I don't think this project was meant for even the minute exposure on a "professional" scale that it got, as it ended up causing a lot more pain and drained my creative energy. It makes me wake up sick, confused, depressed, out of touch with myself and irrelevant to current music's existence. I know ya'll wouldn't want me to stay like that! Other more exciting and meaningful creative endeavors are what I have sought after instead, and as I am a spritely, young 24 year old, I've gotta lot of work to do and no time to be devoted to a sluggish incarnation of my teenaged self.
Avi goes on to say that "touring sucks and isn't worth it" even though he loves playing shows. Also in that post Avi talks about some other musical projects he's got going, including producing the debut album from Lintronix. You can read the whole statement below.

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Placeholder at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Lancaster, PA punks Placeholder are calling it quits after the release of their split with Sleeping Weather and one more hometown show later this month. The band writes:

Goodbye Placeholder

Three years, two LPs, an EP and two splits. Three years worth of DIY tours, two vans and a score of rental cars. Finally, we have decided to pull the plug on this band. We started this band after I graduated college and never thought we'd ever have a record out or play anywhere outside of Pennsylvania. It's seriously been a trip playing shows across the country for a few years. I'm eternally thankful to all of our friends that spent money to release our music on their labels and I don't know what our impact has been on anyone but, I just want to say thanks if it has meant something to you. Our split with Sleeping Weather will still be released on Escapist Records and there is one song you haven't heard yet (it's good). We will be playing our final show on December 27, 2014 in Lancaster, PA. More details to follow. Thanks for letting me feel cool for 20 minutes a night.


We first profiled the band around the release of their 2013 LP (which is recommended if you haven't heard it), and they played two BV shows this year, including our SXSW showcase and one in Brooklyn.

Stream a track from the upcoming split below...

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Yellow Ostrich @ Pianos in February (more by David Andrako)
Yellow Osterich

Yellow Ostrich released Cosmos at the start of the year and will finish 2014...by calling it quits. Frontman Alex Schaaf wrote on Facebook today:

alex here. Some big news to pass on today -- on December 8, Yellow Ostrich will be playing our final show as a band. We've had an amazing few years together, and we couldn't be more grateful and satisfied, but the time has come to move on to the next thing.

We want to give a huge thanks to all of you, for giving us a chance and listening. Connecting with you guys was the whole point, and we couldn't have gotten as far as we did without you. we went all over the world with this band, and it was a great ride.

Schaff also mentions that the first-ever full band Yellow Osterich show was at Glasslands in 2010 and they'll play one last show at Glasslands on December 8. Tickets for what they promise to be a "special show" are on sale now. It's one of a bunch of goodbye shows just announced by Glasslands, which closes at the end of the year.

Schaaf tell us "I'm sad to see it go, but i'm happy to be going out on a good note, we're all still close and there's no bad feelings." Meanwhile, he's already has announced his new project, Human Heat, whose first EP just went up on bandcamp. It's still recognizably from the same creative force that gave us Yellow Osterich, but now in a little more R&B direction. You can stream it below.

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by Bill Pearis

Beady Eye @ Live On Letterman, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Beady Eye

Beady Eye, the band formed when Oasis broke up in 2009 by members Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell and Gem Archer, have called it quits. Gallagher let the world know on Saturday (10/25) via Twitter:

Andy Bell (who played bass in Oasis and guitar in Beady Eye) also confirmed the split via Twitter:This has fueled speculation about a reconciliation between Liam Gallagher and his brother (and Oasis songwriter) Noel and the reformation of Oasis (perhaps the original lineup) but, more interestingly, this frees up Andy Bell who co-fronted Ride in the early '90s.

Ride were one of the best of the original crop of UK shoegaze bands, bringing strong pop songwriting (and Byrds-y flourishes) to the din of guitars. Their first two albums, 1990's Nowhere and 1992's Going Blank Again, are essentials of the era. (1994's Carnival of Light dropped the effects pedals in favor if Britpop styles and is about half good; 1996's Tarantuala is best not talked about.) The band toured the US with Slowdive, whose tour just hit NYC's Terminal 5. There's probably no other shoegaze band from that era that would be more welcome back. Mark Gardner, the other singer-guitarist in Ride, toured the West Coast over the summer, and his sets included lots of Ride songs.

Beady Eye's other guitarist, Gem Archer, fronted Heavy Stereo in the mid-'90s whose 1996 album, Deja Voodoo, was released by Creation.

As for a Oasis reunion, Noel Gallagher just announced he'll release Chasing Yesterday, his new album with his band High Flying Birds, in March 2015.

Some Ride videos below...

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centro matic

Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds (stream it via Rdio). All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic recently announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus. Wrote frontman Will Johnson:

For a handful of reasons, the time finally feels right to celebrate the existence of this thing, then let it rest. I do think that the four of us will embark on some musical endeavor together again, but can't say that it will be within the realm or tone of what Centro-matic has done.
Before that, however, Centro-Matic will be going on one last tour, which will include two NYC stops: December 11 at Rough Trade with Joseph O'Connell's long-running lo-fi indie project Elephant Micah and December 12 at Mercury Lounge with Will's New Multitudes bandmate Anders Parker & Cloud Badge. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show beginning Wednesday (9/24) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a video from the new album, below...

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GBV at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Guided by Voices were on a short break from their tour, having recently played a few NY area shows with dates still to come. Those have been canceled, as apparently GBV have abruptly broken up! From their Facebook:

Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.
Upcoming dates were to have included a run with Bobby Bare, Jr and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Remaining, now-canceled dates are below.

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Philly's Nona, who we profiled earlier this year ahead of the re-release of their debut LP, Through the Head, on 6131 (out now), have announced that after four short years they're calling it quits. They posted to Facebook:

R.I.P. Nona

Good news and bad news. Good news: we are not gonna be a band anymore! Bad news: we are not gonna be a band anymore. There will probably never be a cooler rock group.

We do have a couple things still planned though - - we are playing in Brooklyn Oct 3rd, and then you can keep your ears peeled for the last Nona show ever that we'll have in Philly sometime in November. You'll be able to buy our records at these shows, and always at 6131records.com and deadbrokerecords.com

Huge thanks and appreciation to anyone who as lent us a helping hand, supported us, listened to our music, came to our shows, etc. You guys have been so great and we love you.

Like it says above, their previously discussed October 3 show at Silent Barn will be their last NYC appearance and second to last show overall. It's with a great lineup of Rhode Island's Downtown Boys and California's joyride!, plus locals Adult Mom and Alice (Arm Candy dropped off). All ages, $10 at the door.

Peace out to Nona, it was a good run! Stream Through the Head below...

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Darkside in Chicago in January (more by Brigid Gallagher)

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have announced that their collaborative project Darkside will be coming to an end ("for now") this year. Their "last show" will take place in their hometown of NYC on September 12 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a smaller space than their last show here at Terminal 5. The show will be opened by Valentin Stip who's signed to Nico Jaar's label. Tickets are on sale now. Their only other US date is FYF Fest. They've also got some international dates which are listed below.

The band have also released two songs recorded while they made their LP, Psychic, which didn't make the cut. Stream those (one appropriately called "Gone Too Soon"), with the list of dates, below...

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by Ian Chainey

Castevet at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

NYC-based progressive blackened metallers Castevet quietly broke up on Monday, posting the following message on their homepage:

Castevet is no more. There is no single reason or event driving this decision; it is based on the need of each individual involved to continue to develop their vision within new and existing projects. To put it simply, it is time to move on.

Thank you to all who have supported Castevet since our inception in 2006.

Castevet were known for their patient, knotty, and dynamic take on black metal, breaking out with 2010 full-length Mounds of Ash and releasing the well-received follow-up Obsian last year. (Read more of what we wrote about them on IO.) As for the mentioned existing projects, singer/guitarist Andrew Hock is currently in Psalm Zero, who just played a show with Black Anvil. Bassist Nicholas McMaster is splitting his time between Astomatous, Bloody Panda, Geryon, and Krallice. Geryon and Krallice will be a part of the Virus double-date at NYC's Saint Vitus at the end of October.

Streams of Mounds of Ash and Obsian appear below...

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Death Grips have a new double album, the powers that b, on the way and were scheduled to tour with Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails as well as play festivals such as Pitchfork Fest, FYF Fest and FFF Fest this summer. A band known for canceling shows a lot, they've gone and canceled all upcoming shows because... they've broken up. At least that's what they say (this could be another of their stunts). The band posted the above picture to their Facebook that says:

we are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. we have officially stopped. all currently scheduled live dates are canceled. our upcoming double album "the powers that b" will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. above and beyond a "band". to our truest fans, please stay legend.
Stay tuned for the second half of their new album, titled jenny death. The first half, niggas on the moon (which features Bjork), is out now.

UPDATE: Fun Fun Fun Fest responds

UPDATE TWO: Trent Reznor responds

by Ian Chainey


German/Swedish doom duo The Oath have split in an unexpected fashion. Today, fans of the outfit by way of their Bandcamp page received the following message:

You're receiving this email because you at one point purchased music and/or merchandise from THE OATH's Bandcamp page.

Thank you very much for this!

Since our album now is released, it's time to let you know the band is over -- and has been for quite some time.

See you in the future.

No word yet regarding the catalyst or surrounding circumstances for the break. Though, one wonders how long the two (plus two session players) have been on the outs and why they kept it together for the kids.

Formed in 2012, The Oath primarily was the concern of Sonic Ritual guitarist Linnéa Olsson and vocalist Johanna Sadonis. Dealing in trad doom in the spirit of Pentagram and Black Sabbath, the group debuted with the Night Child / Black Rainbow single in 2013. They then rode the buzz wave -- in all senses, really -- with an eponymous LP released through Rise Above Records on March 17 of this year, which we streamed a song from on Invisible Oranges.

Newsletter disseminated drama and intrigue! Metal is crazy. Find streams for the Night Child / Black Rainbow single and "Silver and Dust" from the LP below...

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North Highlands @ Glasslands, June 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya) North Highlands

In 2009 we graduated college with little hope of finding jobs, so we started a band. We've made so many friends over the years because of this project and are so thankful to have met all of you, you made our band greater. To all the amazing kids who came to our shows, thank you for dancing up in front. I always forgot our songs because I was watching you. I think I decided it was time to leave New York last summer when we had to sell our van Dad for scrap. I know it's just a car, but to me, it was the end of an era. We are incredibly proud of the songs we've made together but I just don't think I can write another record in this city. And unfortunately, I can't uproot four bandmates and their girlfriends, believe me, I've tried. So, I'm taking a break to wander around for awhile and see where I end up. I will miss this band more than anything and I'm heartbroken to say that this show will be our last. Our second full-length is nearly finished and we can't wait for you to hear it. Thank you to our friend Matt who has pulled one too many all nighters trying to finish it. Please come to this last show and rage with us. Love, Brenda
After five years of making lovely pop, North Highlands are going their separate ways. Having played my first-ever Sound Bites show down at the Seaport/Fulton Stall Market and also played the "This Week in Indie" showcase at Northside (both in 2010) it's definitely a little sad for me. Luckily they're going out with a farewell party tonight (3/27) at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale.

The band have booked some friends to play the show as well: Bennio Qwerty which is NH guitarist Mike Barron's seriously rocking power trio; Ablebody the band featuring Christoph and Anton Hochheim, both of whom are in the current (killer) line-up of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (and were in The Depreciation Guild); and Cowboy.

If you never checked out North Highland's terrific 2011 album, Wild One, you can stream it below. You guys will be missed.

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Vivian Girls @ MHOW, Feb. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vivian Girls

Brooklyn, New York, March 2007: we started making music together and became what we know as Vivian Girls. It's been a long and crazy journey in the seven years since, and we feel as though the time has finally come to let our band rest in peace. It's been an experience that we'll look back on and cherish and we'd like to thank you for sharing it with us. We have had such an amazing time being a band, touring the world, releasing records and meeting all of you....

...Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, everyone who has come to our shows, bought our records and supported us, and everyone we will meet in the future.

Vivian Girls (via P4k)

Before Vivian Girls go their separate ways, Katie, Cassie and Ali will play two goodbye shows: February 14th at The Church on York in Los Angeles (tix), and Brooklyn's Death by Audio on March 1. Advance tickets for the DbA show are on sale now and sold out.

UPDATE: They added a second final show in Brooklyn, this one at Baby's All Right the next day (3/2) and tickets are on sale now.


In a posting on their website titled, "THE LAST CONCERT - ONE FINAL SHOW TO CELEBRATE THEM ALL," Efterklang write:

February 26th 2014 we will play one last concert in Sønderborg, Denmark, where we grew up.

It will be the last concert with Efterklang as you and we know it. We are not sure what happens after this concert. It is time to reflect and time to move forward. We want to fundamentally change what it means to be Efterklang and how we operate, create and perform.

So come say goodbye with us!

We are celebrating a decade of Efterklang releases and concerts and we are doing it in the most decadent way.

The local symphony Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, conductor Hans Ek and the local girls choir will join us on stage and so will a long list of special guests including Thomas Husmer and Rune Mølgaard from the original 5 piece line-up of Efterklang.

The last concert will feature highlights from all our 4 albums as well as new songs, that in fact are almost 10 year old songs we've never released, but whom we care for very much. This will be the only chance to hear these songs live.

We are not taking this concert on tour and we plan on making this a very special night. An exploration, a rite of passage, a strange celebration. You are hereby invited.

For Tickets go here
For Info go here

Efterklang last toured North America in 2013.

That's maybe one less band for 4AD, though they just signed two more to make up for it: Merchandise and Future Islands.

...from being a full time recording and touring musician

by Doug Moore

Dan Lilker with Brutal Truth, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Dan Lilker is far and away one of the most important bassists in metal history; from his early-'80s thrash and grind work in Anthrax, Exit-13 and S.O.D. to his going concerns in Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault and Venomous Concept, he's routinely been a step ahead of the rest of the scene. He's also served as a live utility player for several notable bands, including Autopsy, Dark Angel, Lock Up, and (weirdly) Soulfly.

Sadly, we will be seeing a lot less of both Lilker and Brutal Truth in the coming years. According to a message on Brutal Truth's Facebook, Lilker is retiring from active touring on October 18th, which is his 50th birthday. Brutal Truth will tour actively until then and then throw in the towel as well. Lilker will be remain active in his Rochester non-touring acts Blurring (which features several members of the underrated deathgrind band Kalibas, including one-time Brutal Truth guitarist Erik Burke on drums) and Nokturnal Hellstorm.

Bittersweet news. While it's always sad when influential legends like Lilker and Brutal Truth hang up their...um...van-driving gloves, both entities have given plenty to the metal world over their lengthy tours of duty. They deserve their rest.

Read Lilker's statement in full below...

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The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...

"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."

"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It's like going to Thanksgiving."

"I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all," Bauer says. "It's nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.

"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"

The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.

The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.

by Doug Moore

Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

So it's official: Nachtmystium, the long-running Chicagoan black metal band helmed by the ever-troubled Blake Judd, is no more.

This announcement caps an ugly month for Judd, during which he was arrested on theft charges, jailed for roughly a month (which forced his band to cancel some shows), publicly shamed by a t-shirt for past shady behavior, and eventually released. Upon his release, Judd issued a statement via Facebook in which he suggested that he was preparing to put Nachtmystium to bed.

Earlier today, Judd confirmed that the band was done in another FB post:

Alright everyone - it's official: Nachtmystium is R.I.P. Today, I turn 31 years old and as a gift to myself, as sad as it makes me to do this, I'm letting go of something that I've put blood, sweat and tears into for the last 13 1/2 years. It's been an amazing ride full of extreme highs and extreme lows. It's taken me around the world to places I'd never have imagined getting to see / experience. I've toured with some of my favorite bands ever and met some of the most amazing people I could ever have asked to meet. These experiences are fond memories that I will be able to reflect on until the day I die and be eternally grateful for having in my mind.
Here's the TL;DR version of the rest of his lengthy statement:

--Nachtmystium have two posthumous releases coming out: a split mini-LP with The Many, which will be released in "the coming months," and a final LP entitled The World We Left Behind in the spring.

--The band will also release a box set of their discography on vinyl.

--All told, the band will have 25 releases under its belt after its two posthumous efforts.

--Judd is thankful to his producers and the fans who bought his merch. Aw.

Read the entire statement and stream the Nachtmystium live vid that Judd included with it below...

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by Doug Moore

The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The Gates of Slumber

When I last wrote about The Gates of Slumber here, I mentioned that they virtually never stop touring. The relentless tour schedule has evidently taken its toll; after bassist Josh McCash announced his departure late in the week last week, frontman Karl Simon dissolved the band over the weekend.

The Gates of Slumber were supposed to go on a tour with Church of Misery that hits NYC on November 12 at Saint Vitus with Against The Grain (tickets). They're still listed on the Saint Vitus show at the moment, but stay tuned for official word on whether or not they're canceling.

Stream some Gates of Slumber below for old times' sake.

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Kid Dynamite at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Kid Dynamite

Philly hardcore band Kid Dynamite, who were initially around from 1997-2000, have done a few reunions since then, including one in 2010 for Philly's This is Hardcore Fest, which has since led to other reunion shows like Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011. Their current reunion is now coming to an end, and the band will officially be breaking up for good. A statement from the band reads:

It was 2010 when we were first invited to play This Is Hardcore in Philly. It was our first show in nearly 5 years, since playing CBs. We've always gotten offers to reunite for a show or two, but nothing ever really panned out. It seemed like all of us were interested in possibly hitting the stage a few more times. Why not? Right?

Over the past 3 years we've had the pleasure of playing some pretty exciting shows; a warm welcome in California, a magically dusty weekend in Austin, a unexpected romp in Gainesville, a beautifully nostalgic show at the Church in Philly and most recently our first trip to Europe. We played with great bands and felt a great deal of love and energy. But what next?

We've seen many bands reunite over the past few years and surely every one of them asks themselves the question "What are we doing?" Do we move forward and progress with new material, keep playing in the cyclical manor til we wear out our welcome or do we take a final bow?

In less than a month we will be playing two of our biggest headlining shows ever; This Is Hardcore in Philly and House of Vans in Brooklyn. Things can't get any more exciting for us. It seems like an appropriate time to announce these as our final U.S. shows. We say U.S. shows because we've been working on one more trip over seas for some time now. If it happens it will be in 2014.

We are fortunate enough to be able to rewrite the ending of our story. Our first farewell in the year 2000 was mired in confusion, sadness and anger. This time around we get to ride off into the sunset with nothing but love and pride for this band who's music has somehow, with the help everyone around us, resonated through the past 16 years.

We'd like to thank all of the people who have kept this band alive; those of you who have shared our music with your friends and covered our songs. Thank you to all of you who have come out to our shows to sweat with us, smile with us and ultimately scream with us, reminding us that this band is and always will be our "Fuck You!"

As the statement says, the band's last two US shows will be this year's This Is Hardcore Fest in Philly (they play on 8/8) and their free House of Vans show on August 15 with Joyce Manor, Swearin', and Red Hare. TiH tickets are still available and RSVP for the House of Vans show opens Monday (7/29) at 9 AM.

by Bill Pearis

Sic Alps at Woodsist Fest 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Sic Alps

San Francisco lo-fi mavens Sic Alps have broken up, Pitchfork reports, with singer Mike Donovan announcing the band's end on Friday (7/12) at the final gig of the band's European tour.

Sic Alps started in 2004, and for a long while they functioned as a duo with Donovan on vocals/guitar and Matt Hartman on vocals/drums. Sometimes they switched places. They added members -- like Ty Segall on drums for a while -- and expanded and contracted more than once. For me, they were always best as a duo, with that giant monolith of speakers between them.

A couple years ago, Hartman quietly left the group and Donovan carried on under the Sic Alps name. With a solo record due out on Drag City this fall, it seems as much like Mike Donovan has decided to record under his own name as it is Sic Alps breaking up.

Mike Donovan's Wot is out October 15.

by Andrew Sacher

Comadre and crowd (photo by Matt Gill)

Thanks to everyone who has ever been involved with something that we did. Our debt of gratitude can never be repaid and we can not be more thankful for the experiences that we had and the friends that we made along the way. We apologize to those who were expecting to see us in Europe and all around the US this summer, but this West Coast tour will be the last tour that we do in the foreseeable future (a final show in the Bay Area will most likely be done afterwards). Thanks again and much love. Sincerely, the same 5 people who started this band.
The above statement is the unfortunate news that Comadre posted to their facebook today announcing their break-up. They formed the band in 2004 and released their fourth (and final) album, simply titled Comadre, earlier this year. It's one of the strongest albums I've heard this year so far, and if you haven't given it a listen yet, it's a very deserving record.

I hate to go down the route of comparing an album this unique to other bands, but if you want an idea of how it sounds, picture Neutral Milk Hotel/Arcade Fire-style indie rock but with harshly screamed vocals more akin to Circle Takes the Square, The Blood Brothers, or Trophy Scars. And while clean vocals in post-hardcore can too often veer towards pop, when they do show up in this album (which isn't often), they're sung with a gothic/post-punk baritone.

Comadre will be going on one last farewell tour at the end of this month into April, but unfortunately it only features West Coast dates. The tour flyer with all dates, a Spotify stream of Comadre, and a video below...

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Sam Mickens

This Sunday (2/24) at 285 Kent, the Brooklyn venue will be hosting a bittersweet show: on the bright side, it's the third annual birthday for JMC Aggregate and they've booked a great lineup of Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue, Les Bonhommes (mems. Deerhoof, Rainer Maria), Celestial Shore, and DJ Conquerrah. (The location was moved to 285 Kent from Silent Barn, and admission is $10 at the door.)

But the bad side is that it's unfortunately the last-ever show for Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue, who are calling it quits after three years of activity. Sam writes:

The Ecstatic Showband & Revue began with a residency at the deeply-missed Zebulon at the beginning of 2009, only about a month after I relocated to New York. It has been a hub of some of my dearest musical friends and collaborators, a wonderful and exhausting experience, and we've left lots of blood on the dance floor. Rather than fade away, I wanted to present the band in a grand burn out, to coincide with my third-annual birthday celebration with the good people at JMC Aggregate. We will be joined by the roiling Les Bonhommes (members of Deerhoof & Rainer Maria) and golden hope of the future Celestial Shore, as well as my preferred selector, the mighty, mighty DJ Conquerrah.

The Ecstatic Showband & Revue leaves to posterity these two singles: "One Final Round" b/w "To Victory or Death" and "Burning Hell" b/w "I'm Evil, as well as a trove of unrecorded music, some of which has been documented in one rough form or another. We are honored to retire the undisputed Heavyweight Soul Champions of Brooklyn(citation) and promise everyone quite literal blood( did I already mention blood?), sweat, and tears on this gala evening.

(Never Surrender Our) Love,

Not long ago, Sam successfully funded his new album, Kayfabe: Laamb of G.O.D., on Kickstarter, so hopefully we'll still get to hear that and he finds a way to continue his musical endeavors. Meanwhile, you can stream those two recent singles below...

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The Mars Volta at ACL in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta, who have been on hiatus since the release of 2012's Noctourniquet, have officially called it quits, Prefix reports. Cedric Bixler-Zavala dropped the news via a series of tweets , including "Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta."

Cedric has a solo release on the way, and as discussed his former partner in crime, Omar Rodriguez Lopez is working with his band, Bosnian Rainbows, who will have their debut album out this year and are going on a tour in February which hits NYC for the previously mentioned Highline Ballroom show on February 19 with Marriages. Tickets for that show are still available. Since we last spoke, the band revealed a track from their album, "Torn Maps," which you can stream below.

Cedric and Omar joined forces again last year to bring back their old band, At the Drive-In. That reunion never brought the band to NYC, but it did bring them to Austin, Coachella, Lollapalooza and other places.

In related news, At the Drive-In's other half, Sparta, have returned from their hiatus and are in the studio working on the followup to 2006's Threes.

Bosnian Rainbows song stream below...

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