Entries tagged with: hardcore
Gaza at Saint Vitus, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Salt Lake City's noisy hardcore ambassadors Gaza will team with Pittsburgh punks Code Orange Kids and Maryland hardcore misanthropes Full of Hell for a string of North American dates this November, hitting Brooklyn at Acheron on November 24th with special guest Old Wounds. All dates are listed below.
The tour is in celebration of Gaza's new LP No Absolutes in Human Suffering, out now via Black Market Activities. Its a whopper.
All tour dates, the tour flyer and some video is below.
It's been 11 years since LA hardcore band Strife has hit the studio, and now the reactivated crew (four of the five served on their hit In This Defiance LP) have a new record, Witness A Rebirth. As much an album title as it is a call towards their resurrection, Strife has employed names like Iggor Cavalera and members of Terror to help out with the new LP, only their fourth in a 21 year history. Look for Witness A Rebirth to hit on November 6 via 6131 Records, but you can stream the new track "Torn Apart" for the first time below.
Don't forget, Strife will be on the East Coast soon. Until then, stream the new song and check out a couple videos below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012
Bad Brains will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a new album, featuring all the current/original members that changed the face of punk rock so many moons ago. Into the Future is Bad Brains' new LP and you can look for that on November 20 via Megaforce Records. The band describes the LP as "blends of soulful backgrounds meshed with blistering hardcore and metal riffs, with classic dub."
In the meantime, the previously discussed Bad Brains: A Band in DCfilm will be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival which goes down October 10 -14. Tickets are on sale for those screenings. Head to the Woodstock Film Festival site for info on the full schedule and weekend passes.
So far Bad Brains only have one tour date in their future, on May 18 in Germany at the Ruhrpott Rodeo. The Bad Brains did, however, just bless the Deluna Festival in Pensacola, FL on September 22. More pictures from their appearance are below. If you missed it, pictures from day one at DeLuna are HERE with more pics to come.
I once heard that brutal Seattle four-piece Cynarae sound like a combination of the great Morser and His Hero is Gone, which to me seems pretty on point. The band recently dropped their LP via A389 and digitally pour gratis (stream/DL it below, it rules) and are taking that material on the road, tagging the East Coast with pockets of vitriol until mid-October. NYC is not immune from their blasting hardcore venom, as we'll see Cynarae take to the stage of Acheron on October 9 with Scowl and more TBA.
Full tour dates are listed below, as well as streams of the Cynarae and Scowl material.
Dag Nasty, 2012
In celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, the Black Cat in Washington DC will host an evening of DC hardcore/punk on 12/28 that will include the reunion of the original Can I Say lineup of Dag Nasty!
PLEASE JOIN US ON DECEMBER 28 AT THE BLACK CAT FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT!Ticketing info for the show is forthcoming. No word on whether this reunion will blossom into something larger (meaning more dates) or be a single one-off. The show also features Government Issue who reunited in 2010 and has done so on occaision since then.
Scheduled to appear:
Dag Nasty (and their original "Can I Say" lineup of Shawn Brown, Brian Baker, Roger Marbury, and Colin Sears)
Black Market Baby
and special guests!
This is a night to celebrate the filming of 'Salad Days' and the enduring legacy of these bands and this fine city!
City Gardens flyer from 1988
City Gardens was larger than a club (it held almost 1,100 people) and smaller than most theaters. During its time it hosted a multitude of live events that traversed the entertainment spectrum; everything from the comedy of Henny Youngman and Sam Kinison to the raging chaos of bands like The Butthole Surfers and The Exploited. Punk, Hardcore, New Wave, Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, Ska, Reggae, Oi!, Industrial, Alternative, Funk, Goth... all these influences converged perfectly under the uncanny direction of Randy Now to form a perfect storm of seminal, historic moments. Over the course of a decade-and-a-half, City Gardens played an active part in the rise of bands like Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Sinead O'Connor, Green Day, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, The Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett and dozens of others who went on to international success while, at the same time, providing a home for the music that never made it to commercial radio. The list of performers who graced the City Gardens stage is long and varied, and includes legends like The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Agnostic Front, The Circle Jerks, Cro-Mags, UK Subs, The Pogues, The Mentors, Joe Strummer, Fugazi, The Toasters, Dead Kennedys, Sham 69, Peter Murphy, Soundgarden, Slayer, Black Flag, The Bad Brains and literally hundreds more. These monumental shows are recalled by the people whose lives were indelibly touched and forever altered by the experience. The voice is given to the people: the bouncers, the stage managers, the sound techs, the bartenders (including former booze-slinger and current host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart); the roadies and, most importantly, the fans.The documentary Riot on The Dance Floor examines City Gardens and booker Randy Now, who hosted some of the most legendary bands of the era at the Trenton, NJ club. Funded via Kickstarter, look for the film to surface in 2013. Until then, check out some clips and a trailer for the film below.
Bloodied, battered and unphased, Hoax at LPR in Feb 2011 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Bad news first.... Poison Idea have in fact cancelled their appearance at Power Of The Riff East and all East Coast dates due to medical-related issues. Bummer.
Now the good... fortunately, we have added one of the best bands in punk/hardcore right now in their stead.... Hoax! The brutal Massachusetts crew will now join Pentagram, Negative Approach, Agnostic Front and many others on that Saturday, September 1 at Warsaw, the first of two days at the venue. Tickets are on sale for Sat and Sun (now with a free screened poster for the event), OR you can purchase the newly released set of two-day passes that come with a free Southern Lord vinyl pack that contains an LP or 7" and various other SL offerings.
Head below for some Hoax material, and video of this notoriously violent band live.
The additional shows surrounding Revelation 25 (which now features Project X) have been popping up like mad, with announcements of On The Might of Princes and Texas is The Reason both recently surfacing. I wouldn't expect the bleeding to stop anytime soon, case and point: Into Another have added another NYC appearance, this time at Saint Vitus on October 13. Tickets are on sale for their first NYC appearance in 16 years(!).
So far no word on any additional dates for the reunited hardcore favorites, but until then check out live video of the band from their June reunion show below.
Milo Aukerman (of Descendents) in 1982, with photographer Glen E. Friedman in frame
As teenagers in 1981, David Markey and his best friend Jordan Schwartz founded We Got Power, a fanzine dedicated to the first-generation hardcore punk music community in their native Los Angeles. Their text and cameras captured the early punk spirit of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Red Cross/Redd Kross, Suicidal Tendencies, the Descendents, White Flag, the Last, the Gun Club, Saccharine Trust, Sin 34, Nip Drivers, Circle One, M.D.C., Big Boys, Youth Brigade, D.R.I., the Butthole Surfers, Firehose, and many others at the height of their precocious punk powers.Much like Bazillion Points did with the amazing Slayer zine, We Got Power is now getting the royal treatment with a reprint of the fanzine from 1981-1983 "and beyond". The 300+ page book features essays from names like Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Tony Adolescent, Mike Watt, and so many others, and is currently available for preorder. Get yours via Bazillion Points.
Check out a stream of the We Got Power comp "Party or Go Home" below, featuring appearances from Dr. Know, White Flag, Ill Repute, and many others.
by Klaus Kinski
Sick of It All at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Kurt Christiansen)
When word got out that Sick of It All and Cro-Mags would co-headline a show at Webster Hall on Friday July 6th as part of the CBGB Festival, my water almost broke. I didn't even bother to wait and see if BV could somehow sleaze my bald ass into that sucker; I toddled over to Ticketweb and did the right thing and ponied up for a ticket. Your man Klaus was PUMPED. However, as you may or may not know, your man Klaus is sort of a mess in the old mental-stability department and on the day of the show I had an attack of the old agoraphbees. And it wasn't because of what the show was; it could have been a show featuring Devendra Banhart fluffing pillows and I still would have succumbed to the agoraphobic explosion occurring in my brain. So rather than put myself in a loud, sweaty, crowded room I opted to stay home curled up in a ball in the middle of my living room floor. As a matter of fact, the ticket for the show is literally still sitting in my bag.
As it turns out, my attack of agoraphobia may have been more a prophecy than a sign of my own mental weakness. For, as you all must know by now, the show was called off when Harley Flanagan went on an alleged rampage of alleged self-defense (depending on who you talk to), that resulted in stab wounds and bite marks. What luck! So the show was cancelled and everyone had to go home. I've been wondering since then if Webster Hall, Ticketweb, or the event organizers would make up for the fact that nobody got to see the two bands that clearly everyone was there to see. And then, WHAM, the following message landed in my inbox today:
Thank you for your patience in waiting for this rescheduled date.I know Cro-Mags are basically hardcore legends, and I am sure I am going to get raked over the ever glowing comments coals for saying this, but I'd take CIV over them any day. So for me, even though no other bands have been announced on the line-up (Quicksand?) (Please?), this is already a more than adequate make up date. See ya there!
Sick of it All is psyched to announce the rescheduled date for the missed performance on July 6th.
On September 7th, we'll be joined by our good friends and New York Hardcore legends CIV(!!), at Webster Hall with very special guests.
Due to the unfortunate events that resulted in the postponement, the Cro-Mags will not be playing.
All tickets purchased for the July 6th show through Ticketweb will be changed into WILLCALL list tickets, which means your name will be on a list at the door, and you just bring your ID - not your original ticket. Previously purchased tickets will be handled this way to avoid issues with the many people that may not have their original ticket.
If you have already received a refund, you will NOT be on the willcall list and your barcode has been invalidated on your existing ticket.
New tickets will be on sale Thursday (August 9th) at 10am at Ticketweb.
If you are unable to attend and would like a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - refund requests must be received prior to August 17th.
Got a question? We're here to help. Email us at email@example.com
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Xibalba's 'Hasta La Muerte' art by Dan Seagrave
If we were to go strictly by the books, I really really should hate Xibalba's Hasta La Muerte. The reality is far different though. The So-Cal crew specializes in simple hardcore that focuses on breakdowns and clearly takes influence from bands of that grew up in the shadow of Madball. Yet Xibalba's absolutely furious vocals and mammoth, down-tuned hardcore stylings set them apart from the pack, making this record unique from the legions of flat-billed, Nike-clad, camo-short-wearing crews out there. Stream all of Hasta La Muerte below.
Don't forget, you can catch the animal-stylings of Xibalba at Power of the Riff East, where they'll team up with Agnostic Front and Pentagram to tear down Warsaw on September 1st. Tickets are still available for their appearance as well as for the second day (tickets here) with sunn o))), Repulsion, Winter and so many others.
Stream all of Xibalba's new LP (available via Southern Lord), and catch them on tour at the dates below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
In the wake of tickets disappearing at the speed of light from their Bowery Ballroom show, Quicksand will reportedly add another NYC date before they split to the West Coast to play FYF. Details on said show are on the way, but I wouldn't be shocked at a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg or another date with Bowery.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Agnostic Front at CBGBs in 2006 (more here)
East Coast Tsunami is returning to Reading, PA, this time shifting from June to September and adding names like Sick of It All, Biohazard, Cro-mags, D.R.I., H20, Agnostic Front (who play a special set at Power of The Riff East), Vision of Disorder, and twenty-three others to their ranks. It all goes down on 9/29 and 9/30 at Reverb and tickets are on sale in 2-day and single day increments. Full lineup is below, as well as a listing of all VIsion of Disorder tour dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th.
In other festival news, the 11th edition of Gainesville, FL's The Fest has expanded with some notable additions including Propagandhi, reunions of Latterman and Grade, Mean Jeans, Ceremony, Such Gold, DNF, Fight Amp, Hull, Mountain Man, Wild Tribe, and much much more. The current lineup is below.
All tour dates and lineups are listed below.
As we were saying, original Cro-Mags member Harley Flanagan told website NYNatives that he was acting in self defense when two members of his old band were injured by him at Webster Hall on July 6th. NYNatives since posted Harley's entire statement...
"According to Harley, he was invited to the dressing room back stage and instead of being welcomed as he expected he was jumped by a group of men. "When I saw that door get pulled shut I was literally fighting for my life. I was afraid these guys were going to kick me half to death, roll me down the back steps and that no one would see it... and there would be no witnesses and that would be that....and all I could think about was getting home safe to my kids...I wanted to save my life, to protect myself and these guys were trying to do me in."Current Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph, who was also in that dressing room, has since issued another statement that starts with the line, "[Harley's] been watching too many sci-fi movies." The rest below...
Cro-Mags founder, Harley Flanagan himself and his attorney have told nynatives.com exclusively in a statement that everything that happened on July 6th at the CBGB's Festival Cro-Mags show at Webster Hall happened in "self defense." Harley was not the aggressor and any and all of his actions were in self defense. This statement is in direct conflict with all major media reports covering the events which happened that night.Look for an interview in the coming days via the site. It'll be interesting to hear another side of the story to what happened at Webster Hall that fateful night. Either way, we are glad to hear that his alleged target Mike "The Gook" is feeling better, though he is currently seeking donations for his medical bills. Donate if you can, details on how are below.
Thursday, October 11, 2012Revelation 25 happens October 11 - 14 at Irving Plaza in NYC. Tickets are currently on artist presale for all dates (day one, day two, day three, day four, four day pass), with regular sale hitting Friday (7/13) at 10AM. Anyone have the password? What do you think of the lineup?
Texas Is The Reason
On The Might Of Princes
Friday, October 12, 2012
Chain Of Strength
Curl Up And Die
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Chain Of Strength
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Youth Of Today
(Still waiting for that Quicksand show.)
photos by Kurt Christensen
John Joseph addresses the crowd @ Webster Hall Friday night - 7/6/12 (video below)
Before things took a turn for the worse and got all stabby, Webster Hall hosted performances from Vision of Disorder, Sai-Nam and Absolution as part of a five band bill that would have also included Sick of It All and Cro-Mags if the CBGB Festival Friday show didn't end early. Pictures from the relatively peaceful opening to the show are in this post.
As discussed, things got ugly when ex-Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan, who is known for not being happy that Cro-Mags continue without him, allegedly assaulted current Cro-Mags members with a hunting knife before the Cro-Mags set. Harley has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
John Joseph and his version of Cro-Mags (that was scheduled to play Webster Hall but instead got cut) issued the following statement:
WE... as a band are truly sorry for the way it all turned out in every regard even the ex-member who's family is now effected by his choices. Our prayers go out to them as well as Mike C., and the others who were hurt, but it was 'his' choice to come to our concert with a hunting knife, standing by our dressing door. Who knows what his actual intent was, obviously he wasn't there with it to cut bread for a peace offering as he was heard saying outside he was putting an end to us playing without him. Let's move on now & stop the trash-talking. Keep that PMA - that's what we are all about.PMA indeed.
That's a picture of John telling the Webster Hall crowd that the show is over on Friday. You can watch video of it below.
The NY Times talked to John too:
John Joseph, the band's lead singer, said that Mr. Flanagan had been at odds with other members of the Cro-Mags since he left the band in 2000 and had not been permitted to rejoin.The NY Post points out:
"This dude has been a negative thorn in the side of this band forever," Mr. Joseph said. "I hope he gets what's coming to him."
Few bands were as energetic as the Cro-Mags during the heyday of the Lower East Side hard-core scene in the mid- to late 1980s. Their first record, "The Age of Quarrel," featured an illustration of a mushroom cloud on the cover and driving songs with shouted lyrics about existential fear and the limits of anarchism.
In many ways the songs were a reflection of the world as seen by Mr. Flanagan, who left school at an early age and began hanging out on the decaying streets of the Lower East Side, where rent was cheap, abandoned buildings proliferated and the drug trade flourished.
The hard-core scene gradually become less visible, said Clayton Patterson, a photographer on the Lower East Side who has documented many of the bands, but it has experienced a revival in recent years.
The crowd was waiting for the Cro-Mags on Friday night when Mr. Flanagan darted from the dressing room while yelling something that onlookers could not make out, according to a spectator, Elie Perler, 30.
Joseph warned CBGB Festival organizers that Flanagan wasn't wanted, but he wound up obtaining a press pass.For those people that "don't believe the hype", somehow have faith that this is one big government conspiracy, or that it actually wasn't Harley Flanagan that attacked two in the VIP area at "Weber Hall", you can contribute to the Free Harley Flanagan fund. 119 days to go on this crowdsourcing effort and they are currently at 0.988% towards their $50k goal. Good luck with that one.
"Get somebody on the door who knows what he looks like," Joseph said he warned. "They didn't take that threat seriously."
If you missed Vision of Disorder, you can catch them in NYC again at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th, tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (7/11) and regular sale on Friday.
More pictures of a peaceful Webster Hall before the storm, and video of John Joseph addressing the crowd, below.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
Harley Flanagan is wheeled out of Webster Hall (via NYC Hammers)
To follow up our vague tweet last night, the NY Post has the full story:
A former member of the hard-core punk band the Cro-Mags attacked two of the group's current members with a hunting knife in a dressing room before a show at Webster Hall yesterday -- biting one and slashing both.The show, part of the CBGB Festival, was shut down before either Sick of it All or Cro-Mags took the stage. Its a sad day for New York Hardcore. This unity that everyone speaks about? PMA? The time for that is now.
The band was about to take the stage about 8:15 p.m. when tattooed rocker Harley Flanagan, 42, barreled through the East Village venue's VIP section toward the Cro-Mags' dressing room, sending nearly 30 guests on the balcony into a frenzy, law enforcement sources and witnesses said.
"Someone was yelling, 'Get his hands, get his hands, he's got a knife!' " witness Dave Gustav said. "Everything went nuts."
Several beefy security guards rushed to contain Flanagan, who seemed about to boil over before he entered the East Village venue.
...Flanagan, the band's former bassist and founder, suffered a broken leg by the time security finally pinned him down, witnesses said. Cops handcuffed him to a chair and took him out.
"People started booing him and throwing stuff at him," eyewitness Justin Brannan said. "His hands were handcuffed but he still gave everyone the finger."
William Berario, 45, was slashed above the eye and bitten on his cheek. Michael Couls, 33, -- the band's current bassist, who is known in the hardcore world as "The Gook" -- was cut on his arm and stomach. -
Harley, who did the stabbing, is an original member of the band that formed in 1981. John Joseph, also an original member, leads the current version of "Cro-Mags" that Harley is not in, and which John was calling "Cro-Mags (jam)" for a bit in 2008 to avoid confusion with a version of the band Harley was leading (or for legal reasons or something like that). John's version, which didn't keep the "(jam)" on their name for long, has been having much success the past few years, this CBGB Festival booking included. Harley's version hasn't been active in a while
Agnostic Front are celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing the 1989 LP Live at CBGB on select dates, including at their recent shows in Long Island or Asbury Park. They'll do it again in NYC at Webster Hall on July 5th with support from Madball, Murphy's Law and Maximum Penalty. Tickets are on sale for the show which is one day before the Cro-Mags/Sick of it All show at the same space. Both shows are part of the the CBGB Festival which has badges of its own and which also recently added a Superchunk/Redd Kross show to its growing schedule.
Start the beatdown week with the Blood for Blood show at Highline Ballroom on June 30th. Tickets are on sale for that as well, and it also features The Unseen, Wisdom in Chains & Cruel Hand. Blood for Blood will also hit Club Lido in Revere, MA on June 29th.
Murphy's Law's Webster Hall appearance is one of at least two for the NYC band in the near future; they will also board the Half Moon as part of a Rocks Off boat cruise on August 12th. Tickets are on sale for what is basically an annual party on the sea (as long as the cops don't intervene)
A listing of all Agnostic Front dates and a live set from 2004, and more, below.
DOWNLOAD: Moss Icon - "I'm Back Sleeping, Or Fucking, Or Something" (MP3)
If you can only see one band at Chaos in Tejas year, bets are that you'll probably try and catch Moss Icon. The semi-reunited emotional post-hardcore heroes (dont say emo!) will play a single show at the annual Austin, Texas festival in conjunction with their recently released discography out now via Temporary Residence Limited. This triple LP (or CD, if you so prefer) features an etching on side F and out now via the label. Stream all of that discography below. and order yours, or try your luck at winning a copy of the test pressing (one of only twelve in existence)! Details on how to win are below.
In honor of Moss Icon's upcoming show and their current discography, I asked member Tonie Joy (also of Universal Order of Armageddon and The Convocation) about the reunion, UOoA, new material (!), and more. Tonie also mentioned that Moss Icon "may play NYC." Let's hope they do. The results of that discussion are below along with details on how you can win that uber-rare test press.
Porcell of Bold on stage with Youth of Today (more by Jason House)
Black & Blue Bowl is almost here, and in addition to the previously discussed Rancid, Warzone Tribute, Sheer Terror, Youth of Today and-many-others-show at Webster Hall on Saturday (5/19) -- advance tickets sold-out, a few available at the door -- here are a few related shows set for Sunday (5/20) to help round out the weekend.
The first is a good old fashioned matinee and goes down at 3PM at Bowery Electric on 5/20. Bold (with original lineup in tow like they were at Lit Lounge) will join Skarhead and Provider along with a spoken word performance from John Joseph (of Cro-Mags, who play NYC soon with Sick of it All). Ten bucks or your Black & Blue Bowl ticket stub gets you in. Those 21+ and over with $20 can also stick around afterwards for a secret show.
Later that night in Greenpoint, Danny Diablo will team with Subzero, Ill-Roc Soldiers, Jaysaun, Lifestyle (with Skam Dust), DGAF, Iron Bar Collective and Matt Maddox for a second show on Sunday (5/20) at Red Star (at 30 Greenpoint Ave). $10 gets you into that 9PM show (not free to B&B ticketholders).
In hardcore-but-not-B&B Bowl-news, Urban Waste will hit Studio at Webster Hall on June 16th with support from Dead City Riot, Crushed, and Scrapers. Tickets are on sale.
Mouth of The Architect is back from self-imposed exile to record a new LP and do a string of East Coast dates! The shows include stops in the Midwest and the East Coast, including on June 16th at Saint Vitus. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
With the reissue of Warrior Kids's Les Enfant De L'Espoir in the open (download it for free, buy it via Katorga Works), the band will hit the road for a string of US dates leading up to an appearance at Chaos in Tejas. The dates include two NYC stops at Acheron on May 22nd with Crazy Spirit, Creem and Goosebumps and Tommy's Tavern on May 24th with 45 Adapters and Offensive Weapon. Full tour schedule is below.
Fight Amp are currently working on their new LP Birth Control for Translation Loss. Reminder, Fight Amp will appear with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth and Whores for a show at Union Pool on June 16th. Tickets are still available, or get into this BV/Brutal Panda event with your Northside Badge.
Philadelphia punks Leather are working on a new long-player and will play a string of East Coast dates including a stop at Acheron on June 9th with Shoxx (ex-Pollution). Full tour schedule is below.
More suggested NYC shows, video from Autopsy last week (pictures are here), a new Ulver video, and more are below. What did I miss?
Lou with Refused at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
The four-day festival is scheduled to begin on July 5 and will showcase about 300 rock bands. Concerts will take place at around 30 places, from large stages like Central Park Summerstage and Webster Hall to small clubs like the Trash Bar in Williamsburg and the Living Room on the Lower East Side...A few other confirmed shows as part of the festival have emerged too. Sick of It All will join Vision of Disorder, Cro-Mags, Absolution and Sai Nam for a show at Webster Hall on July 6th. Tickets are on sale.
The festival will also stage a free concert in Central Park with Guided by Voices, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Cloud Nothings [on July 7]. A few veteran rockers have agreed to appear: David Johansen, a former member of the New York Dolls, has committed to do a show, as has the Baseball Project, the supergroup formed by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate. -[NY Times]
D Generation will headline Bowery Electric on July 7th with ROMANS, Brass Knuckle Evangelists and The Bamboo Kids. Tickets are on sale.
Stay tuned for more (including the full lineup announcement).
Refused & Sick of It All's Lou Koller @ Terminal 5 - 4/23/2012
Let's cut to it. I like Refused. The Shape of Punk to Come is a good record, though not quite the benchmark that its namesake suggests. I find it flabbergasting that the band, who allegedly sold 45 tickets for a show in a Long Island basement before they broke up, can pack out two nights at Terminal 5? Insane. It makes me wonder if Deadguy or Botch attract even a fraction of that attention? Why didn't hardcore legends like Youth of Today or Gorilla Biscuits? It is, as Sick of It All's Lou Koller would say later that night, an "Injustice System".
Ceremony opened the show last night (4/23) at Terminal 5. I'm a fan of their live show (and a sometime fan of their recorded output), and have seen them many times, mostly in dank DIY spaces like ABC No Rio. Unfortunately, I don't think Ceremony has figured out how to translate their live show to such a big stage and their set suffered for it, which doesn't bode well for Warsaw on the horizon. For every ounce of disappointment that I felt, I'm sure it was made up for tenfold when they played the infinitely smaller Mercury Lounge later that night when the band lit up twitter with positive reviews.
Speaking of lighting up Twitter with good reviews... I thought Refused's set was good enough, not great. Vocalist Dennis was high-energy and sashayed around stage with a Mick Jagger swagger, even doing his best Iggy Pop by standing in the middle of the crowd. The band was air-tight and played the bulk of their The Shape of Punk To Come, lighting and aesthetics were simple and tasteful, the sound was surprisingly decent... it just wasn't quite the spectacle that so many have raved about.
To make matters worse, the room seemed all be waiting for the Swedish band's admittedly stellar single "New Noise." Mosh-pits and crowd-surfing were nowhere near as omnipresent as when that memorable solo-guitar riff kicked in and then, predictably, the room exploded. Even an appearance from Lou Koller of Sick of It All to do classic NYHC material, for the second night in a row, was met with some of that disappointing indifference.
Check out more pictures from the second night at Terminal 5 (first is here), with video of the Sick of It All part from night one, below.
Rancid were added to the May 19th Black & Blue Bowl at Webster Hall. Advanced online tickets are sold out, but the event is not. You can still get them at shops and at the door (they always leave some for walk-ups). Rancid also play Northern Lights in Clifton Park one day earlier. Tickets are still on sale for that. More Racid tour dates at their site.
Agnostic Front is playing the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City, NY (in Long Island) on April 1, 2012 as part of a three show run that also includes Asbury Park and where they'll be performing the classic 'Live At CBGBs' set list in order. NY show flyer and dates below...