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Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Danzig

Nestled within the Riot Fest Chicago 2014 lineup sat this intriguing name: Samhain. The Samhain? The band Glenn Danzig fronted between two legacy-ensuring runs in the Misfits and his "Mother"-effin' 'solo' stardom? That Samhain?

Danzig's official website has since confirmed: "We can confirm that DANZIG has accepted an invitation to perform as his Classic SAMHAIN at Riot Fest in Chicago this September. More as we get it...Stay Tuned!!!" Riot Fest has since announced that Samhain will play Initium in full.

We actually shouldn't be too surprised. Danzg has been touring with Doyle-infused Misfits sets as part of his show for a while now, and in 2011 he did a "Danzig Legacy" tour, with shows that included (drama and) seven Samhain songs and members as part of the setlist. That tour hit Riot Fest in Chicago, a fest Danzig then played for a second time last year (and which he will play for a third time this year). Three members of Samhain played in the band (Glenn Danzig, London May and Steve Zing).

What we still don't know is who will actually be playing in this version of the reunited "Samhain". Danzig hasn't said yet. Drummer/bassist Steve Zing is a very safe bet since he was in Samhain, played the 'Legacy' shows and plays in Danzig's current lineup. Drummer/bassist London May, already back in the fold recently, also seems very possible. The bigger question is whether we'll get original member (and Danzig original member, but current country singer) drummer/bassist Eerie Von back in the fold. In our professional opinion that is who Danzig needs most to validate this thing, and actually things are looking good, though it might require Glenn also wrangling in guitarist Pete "Damien" Marshall. In 2012, Blankman ran this interview:

BMi: Why weren't you part of the Samhain reunion

EV: "What reunion? Glenn and 2 drummers? I said if the Guitar player Damian wasn't involved I wasn't interested."

BMi: What do you think about Jerry Only's continued version of the Misfits?

EV: "That's Jerry's thing. He's keeping the name alive, and playing the songs for the kids who never saw the old band. I only saw them when they first got back together, and had Graves as a singer. I thought they were pretty good. I haven't seen Jerry and the others guys since.

BMi: Knowing all the guys in the band personally, what do you think the chances are of a full-fledged Misfits reunion?

EV: "Slim to None, but you never can tell. It's been discussed over the years."

Slim to none is right, and even more right now that Danzig and Jerry Only are embroiled in yet another lawsuit concerning a legal spat with Misfits bassist Jerry Only over Hot Topic merchandising royalties, citing the devilocked dude for breach of a '94 agreement to share trademarks.
After registering the trademarks, Danzig alleges Jerry then secretly entered into deals with various merchandisers, including Hot Topic, and cut Danzig out of any potential profits in the process. Danzig claims Jerry even threatened to withhold licensing rights from merchandisers if they did business with Danzig at all.

Danzig -- who left The Misfits in 1983 -- is suing for breach of contract and more. He insists he's solely responsible for the Misfits fame as a founding member of the group, and deserves his fair share of merchandising profits. [re-tox]

Misfits say it's "sour grapes". Read the entire statement they gave to Alternative Press in response to the lawsuit, below, and good luck Glenn.

Meanwhile, Jerry Only's version of the Misfits just announced that their NYC Halloween show will happen this year on October 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale and go on regular sale Friday (5/16) at 10 AM.

All of Danzig's & Misfits' 2014 tour dates, along with some Samhain samples -- that you should listen to with unbiased ears -- below.

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by Klaus Kinski

Monty Python

On October 15th 2009 your man Klaus had what can only be described as a "living daylights wet dream nerdgasm." For on that evening of evenings John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and even the late Graham Chapman reunited at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the creation of comedy troupe Monty Python. The reunion event included a screening of the theatrical version of the IFC original documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth, a presentation of a BAFTA award, and a Q&A with the cast (including Carol Cleveland). What brought the evening to a completely dangerous and unheard of tier of nergasmness was the fact that Klaus-Mega-Idol Steve Coogan decided to sit next to me (like, elbow-to-elbow next to me) and the fact that every single Python was sitting directly in front of me. For the first time in my life, I almost fainted because of the presence of celebrities. It was one of the greatest evenings of my wasted life.

No comedy troupe has divided the populace into a "love column" and a "hate column" more than Monty Python. People either categorically love them or categorically hate them; I have yet to hear or see the words, "Monty Python? Yeah, they're ok." So as a person in the "love column" it is with stupefied joy that I tell you that Monty Python will be reuniting for a live stage show which will take place at the O2 Arena in London in July of 2014. The show has a working title of "One Down, Five to Go" which is no doubt a reference to deceased 6th Python Graham Chapman. This show will mark the first time the group has performed together on a British stage in over 40 years. Much like their TV show, movies, and other stage performances, this performance will feature new bits, classic bits, music, as well as their signature animations. At the moment it is being billed as a one-off performance, but the idea of a tour is not too far fetched. It will be filmed, so if the idea of future performances gets shit-canned at least people will still get to see it.

I realize this has nothing to do with New York. Or even the United States of American. But here's hoping for a successful London show and an eventual residency in New York!

Full press conference below.

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Big Boi of Outkast in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Outkast

We already knew that Arcade Fire are playing Coachella 2014, and more clues about the lineup are trickling in, including the very exciting announcement there will be an Outkast reunion! Billboard reports that they've heard from multiple sources that the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi will indeed rejoin forces at the upcoming festival and then play additional festival dates in 2014. We heard the same. Stay tuned.

Revisit their video for "ATLiens" below...

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by Doug Moore

Everyone knows that musicians can supercharge their own reputations by dying young, before they have the chance to grow old/irrelevant/lame. The same can be said of bands as institutions; people remember you more fondly if your track record is short but consistent than if it's long but spotty. (See: Nirvana versus Metallica.)

The '90s-era LA alternative rock band Failure is a good example. Like their peers in Illinois's Hum, Failure made a name for themselves by tricking out the era's rough-but-digestible radio rock with ear-candy production work...and by releasing just a few (very good) albums before breaking up (1997, in Failure's case).

Though Failure members Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards collaborated on an odds-and-ends album called Golden in 2004, the band has been more or less silent since their official dissolution. But after 17 years of silence, they've announced their (inevitable, judging by other '90s bands) reunion. Here's Ken Andrews's minimalist explanation for the reunion (via Spin):

You guys have been on my Dream Reunion list for years and years -- what finally convinced you to do this?
Well, I think it's basically because my friendship with Greg was rekindled in the last four or five years -- because we both have five-year-olds. I think that helped break the ice for us, to spend time together as friends, because the breakup in '97 was not pleasant. We needed a couple years to hang out and be friends again, and then it became this sort of elephant in the room, like, "Why don't we do some music together?"

So mostly we can thank your children.
I would say that definitely -- that helped, a lot. It helped both of us get our heads in a different place. And an awful lot of time passed, also, before we both had kids. There was a lot of time to forgive and forget.

Failure will play their first post-reunion show on February 13 of next year in their LA hometown at the El Ray Theater. Keep an eye out for further tour/release announcements; in the meantime, revisit Failure's career-ending classic Fantastic Planet in full below.

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The Locust

Not long after The Locust's first U.S. show in 5 years was announced via the Austin Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup, LA's FYF Fest announced that the Locus would return for their U.S. fest even sooner, a late FYF Fest lineup addition. At the moment I think those are the only two dates for the spazzy masked band who reunited for a Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated ATP in the UK in May, but more can't be far behind.

Meanwhile The Locust's Justin Pearson has also been keeping busy with a new project called Retox who are playing The Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest as well.

FYF Fest also just added a whole bunch of comedians to the lineup, which you can see in the updated poster above, and in list form below...

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by Fred Pessaro

Poison Idea

With Pig Champion long gone and the bassist seat now occupied by Thom Rusnak of Rorschach, the 2013 version of punk legends Poison Idea have have risen for more live dates. The shows mostly include East Coast appearances, including one in NYC on August 31  at Cake Shop. Poison Idea was originally supposed to perform at last year's Power of the Riff East, but cancelled due to health reasons.

For the curious, Poison Idea 2013 is:

Jerry A - Vocals
Jim Taylor - Guitar
Thom Rusnak- Bass
Chris Cuthbert - Drums
Jeff The Duck Walter - Guitar
All tour dates are listed, along with recent live video, below. Feel the darkness, indeed.

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Neutral Milk Hotel

We've been watching Jeff Mangum play Neutral Milk Hotel songs live for a bit now, which has been crazy and great enough, but now on the same date that Boards of Canada announce a new album, Neutral Milk Hotel have announced an actual reunion with an initial set of tour dates! Those dates are listed below...

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Moving Sidewalks

Billy Gibbons's psychedelic project from before his ZZ Top days, The Moving Sidewalks, have reunited and will play two shows in celebration of a new discography due on Rockbeat Records. For the unaware, their history is as follows:

Gibbons founded the Texas psychedelic group in the mid-1960s and quickly drew a large following, especially in the Houston "teen scene". They recorded several singles and one full-length album, Flash. Their single "99th Floor" was a hit and topped the charts at No. 1 in Houston for six weeks. The success of this record led the Sidewalks to sign with Wand Records which then released "Need Me" which also became a Top 10 Hit. The group was asked to open for many rock tours, including Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.

After Tom Moore and Don Summers were drafted into the United States Army, Gibbons and Mitchell added Lanier Greig and formed the original ZZ Top.-[Wiki]

Those two select dates include the previously discussed Austin Psych Fest appearance and NYC on March 30 at BB Kings with The Headless Horsemen (tickets).

A full stream of the band's lone LP, Flash, is below.

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The STone RoseS

I have to admit I did wonder a bit if enough people actually knew who Blur and The Stone Roses were when I saw them placed very prominently on top of this year's Coachella lineup. Then we just came across this Tumblr which reinforces the idea that maybe the Stone Roses, like Arcade Fire (at the Grammys) and Bonny Bear before them, are not exactly part of the mainstream consciousness.

P.S., as the above-pictured tweet reinforces, The Rolling Stones did not end up being a part of this year's Coachella lineup, despite that weird date that showed up momentarily on their app.

Postal Service
Postal

We mentioned that Blur and The Stone Roses are reuniting for Coachella 2013, and as usual there some other interesting reunions at the festival too.

Violent Femmes, who called it quits in 2009, appeared on the lineup announcement. Unlike Blur or The Stone Roses, this is the first we're hearing about them getting back together, so hopefully we'll get some more shows from them. They last played NYC in 2007. Some classic Violent Femmes videos are below.

As promised, The Postal Service are in fact confirmed for Coachella. They recently confirmed their 2013 reunion, and are also part of the Primavera Sound lineup.

It wasn't even two full years ago that Nick Cave said he was done with his Grinderman project for a while, and we know that The Bad Seeds are back this year (and also playing Coachella), but he's got Grinderman on the lineup too. Grinderman plays day 1 and the Bad Seeds play day 3.

One of Ian Svenonius' many bands, The Make-Up, reunited last year and played ATP NYC, and they're also included on this year's Coachella lineup. Meanwhile, you can catch Ian in NYC on his book tour tonight (1/25) at LPR and Monday (1/28) at WORD Bookstore.

New Order (without Peter Hook) made their live return last year, and after releasing their "lost" album, Lost Sirens, this year, they were announced for Coachella as well. The way things have been going, we probably can't count on Hook being there, but like Ian Svenonius, you can catch him in NYC on Monday (1/28) for his book talk.

Fellow new wave icons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (aka OMD) returned in 2010 and they're promising a new album out on April 9, just before Coachella begins. They've also talked about a North American tour, which presumably will be announced soon with dates surrounding the festival.

Descendents have been back for a little while at this point, but a reunion show from them is always exciting, and this year's Coachella should be no exception.

Dead Can Dance have been back for a bit too, having released a new album, Anastasis, and gone on a tour last year, and they'll be at Coachella this year as well. They're also playing Primavera Sound and just launched a video competition.

Two-Tone legends The Selector (they shared a side of the label's first-ever 7") will play as well. The band have reformed a few times over the years, with different members offer rival versions of the band. Singer Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson feature in the line-up coming to Coachella.

And maybe most surprsingly on this list of Coachella reunions is The Three O'Clock who were intregral in the '80s "paisley underground" scene in Los Angeles. Fronted by bassist Michael Querico, the band made 1985's cult classic Arrive Without Traveling, ended up signed to Prince's Paisley Park records where they made one album before breaking up in 1988.

LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are also reuniting for Coachella. More on that and other hip hop at this year's festival coming later.

Violent Femmes videos below...

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Postal Service

by Bill Pearis

Last Splash

Ahhhooohooh! The Breeders' classic second album, Last Splash, will be 20 years old in 2013 and they are celebrating with a deluxe reissue and play-the-album tour. Not only will they play Last Splash front-to-back, but it'll be the line-up of The Breeders that made the album, too, which means original bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim MacPherson in addition to the Deal sisters who have kept the Breeders' flame alive with different rhythm sections.

No dates have been announced yet other than the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, U.K. which happens June 21 - 23, 2013 which is curated by Deerhunter. They are promising dates in Europe and the U.S. so stay tuned.

As for the reissue, it's being dubbed LSXX and will be out in April. No tracklisting yet. A couple Last Splash videos are below.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Rocket From The Crypt

Rocket From The Crypt have posted the above image on their official Facebook page, leading to specualtion that the John Reis project, which called it quits in 2005, will apparently rise from the grave for more shows or recorded output next year. Reis recently reunited with Hot Snakes to play shows, so a RFTC reunion can't come as much of a surprise, but it is still very, very welcome.

Check out some RFTC video below, including one of Speedo with Petey X playing the RFTC favorites "Young Livers" with The Aquabats at ComicCon in San Diego this year.

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Royal Trux's 'Twin Infinitives'
Twin Infinitives

Do you ever hear your influence on new bands? Do you often hear something and say, "Oh!"

Yeah, I have. And people from other bands have told me that. But I think it's more signifiers than people being able to get the sounds that we got. Because nobody has my voice, nobody can play the guitar like Neil, nobody can write songs like we can. But I think a lot of signifiers have been utilized in the spirit of Royal Trux, for sure. A lot of bands have been really vocal about us influencing them, and then there's been a lot of people who don't talk about it because...they don't like giving props, or whatever. (laughs)

Do you listen to a lot of new rock bands?

I've definitely heard some cool stuff. I like the new Blues Control album that came out. I think we played with them once. I don't remember what they were all about live, but I liked the record. We played a show with friends of ours, Wild Yaks. I like their show, but I never heard any of their recorded stuff.

As far as big, big records mostly rap. I'm just kind of stoked for the new Bones Thugs n' Harmony. - [L Mag]

That's Jennifer Herrema of '90s indie rockers Royal Trux, reminscing about her old band's 1998 album Accelerate that was just reissued by Drag City. The record got the "Best New Reissue" tag from Pitchfork and can be picked up in basically any non-cassette format of your choice.

Meanwhile, if this can be believed, Royal Trux will perform their 1992 album, Twin Infinitives, in full at Saint Vitus on December 8 with openers Pigeons. It's their only live date currently and, of course, the real question is, is this an actual Royal Trux reunion with Herrema and Neil Hagerty or just one of them. Hagerty has been making music under The Howling Hex moniker; Herrema carried on as RTX but now fronts Black Bananas. One thing we do know for sure: tickets are on sale.

UPDATE (10/13): Mystery solved. Saint Vitus' ticket page now reads "Neil Michael Hagerty performing Royal Trux - 'Twin Infinitives.'" This post's title has been changed to reflect this too.

In other news, Black Bananas have a new video for "It's Cool," the lead track from their album, Rad Times Xpress IV, which came out early this year. Watch it below.

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Morrissey

In an interview with Herald Sun (via FACT), Morrissey claims that Coachella offered to go "100% vegetarian" if he would reunite with Johnny Marr and headline the festival as The Smiths:

At Coachella a few years you complained about the waft of burning flesh from a nearby barbeque. Has that been a problem since at outdoor shows?

Not at all, and interestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100-per-cent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer ... which I thought certainly said something.

The Moz always has to get in a little barb at Smiths rhythm section Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke, doesn't he? For more on the Smiths, you can pick up the October issue of MOJO which details the band's formation. And of course Morrissey will be in NYC next week for three sold out shows on his upcoming tour.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys at Jones Beach, June 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Beach Boys

We knew this was coming, but now, as the Beach Boy's reunion tour comes to its scheduled end in the UK, it's official:

The reunion of founding members of the Beach Boys will not continue beyond this week, according to the band's frontman Mike Love.

Brian Wilson and Al Jardine - both founding members of the legendary Californian pop group - have been told their involvement in the band's touring commitments will cease after this week.

David Marks, who originally joined the band as a replacement for Jardine in 1962, is also to be relieved of his touring duties.

Singer Mike Love, who owns the rights the band's name following a series of legal battles, released a statement which said:

"The post-50th anniversary configuration will not include Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. The 50th Reunion Tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark a special 50-year milestone for the band." -[Telegraph]

The end of the 50th Reunion Tour happens this week in the UK with Wilson, Marks and Al Jardine in tow. The remaining dates are 9/27 at Royal Albert Hall and 9/28 at Wembley Arena.

They recently toured the US and played Jones Beach, PNC Bank Arts Center, Bonnaroo, and Beacon Theater twice. They also released a new LP  together.

the Rascals

The Rascals' original lineup--Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli--will reunite for their first public performances in over 40 years with "Once Upon A Dream," a combination concert/theatrical event produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt and lighting/projection wizard Marc Brickman. It's a Rock N Soul dance party meets The Jersey Boys.

In addition to the concert experience, the history of The Rascals, and the history of the '60's through their music, will be dramaticized by a combination of narration, filmed scenes of actors acting out key moments in the band's history, news footage, and archival footage of the band.

There will elements of the staging and light design never seen before just as Marc Brickman has done in his previous groundbreaking work with Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Blue Man Group, the Olympics, and Roger Waters' recent 'The Wall' tour. [Kickstarter].

Steven Van Zandt spent this past weekend with Bruce Springsteen playing shows as part of the E Street Band at Metlife Stadium in NJ. We talked about the first night. How were the second two?

Slowdive back in the '90s
Slowdive

Shoegaze nerds, time to get stoked.

"There's a chance that we'll get back together... It's definitely possible at some point." Halstead added that the band [Slowdive] never swore off a reformation. "No one has ever really said, 'I never want to do it.' We've never really talked about it much."

Though Slowdive haven't performed or recorded together in its complete lineup since penning their final album, 1995's Pygmalion, Halstead maintains that they've all kept in touch and remain on good terms. "We haven't been in the same room together for a really long time," he said, "We're all in contact through email. We sort of have these email conversations and we're all friendly, but we haven't actually been together as the whole Slowdive unit in years, unfortunately."

What will it take for the UK shoegaze pioneers, then, to finally reunite? "Just shitloads of money, you know" Halstead said, laughing. "It's crazy how in vogue it is for bands to get back together these days. It's almost like you're not allowed not to get back together. So, I'm sure that we will get back together -- because we won't be allowed not to." -[MTV Hive]

Who will step up to the plate? And why haven't Ride or Pale Saints jumped into the ring?

In the meantime, you can pester Neil Halstead in person at a set of US tour dates scheduled in Sept/Oct. Look for Halstead to hit NYC twice in that timeframe: Oct 4 at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard in Manhattan) and Oct 5 at Union Hall (tickets). The shows are in support of Halstead's latest solo venture, Palindrome Hunches, due on 9/11.

All tour dates and song stream from Neil's new album are below.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Quicksand

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.

Kind of Like Spitting

Kind of Like Spitting is back, full band, with a whole new line up... and the same old Ben Barnett you've all come to love. We will be using this blog to release any news, info, events, photos, videos, and all inanities that shall ensue.
That's the message you'll see if you head to Kind of Like Spitting's new tumblr page, which they started about 3 months ago in advance of their reunion tour, which hit Brooklyn's Suburbia on April 28. Videos of the band playing "Birds of a Feather," "Passionate," and "Dodge Dart" from that show are below.

The Portland, OR band originally existed from the mid-'90s to mid-'00s and have releases on Barsuk, Hush Records, and other labels. The tour that they recently finished up was their first since 2005. The band is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Ben Barnett and for the reunion he's joined by Kyle Paton (Lemuria), Adam Ciresi, and Sonia Weber.

Kind of Like Spitting have four more upcoming shows scheduled at the moment, which happen this month. One of those brings the band back to Brooklyn for a show at Knitting Factory on July 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates, those videos, and the flier from the first leg of their reunion tour is below...

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Run DMC

One of the greatest hip hop crews of all time will reunite to play Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) in Austin, Texas! Darryl McDaniels (more commonly known as DMC) and Joseph Simmons (Run or Reverend Run) will reunite Run DMC to play the Austin Festival. The show will be their first in ten+ years, since the tragic passing of the great Jam Master Jay.

The festival goes down on November 2nd-4th in Austin, TX and features previously announced names like Atlas Sound, Baroness, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Starfucker, Rakim, Lagwagon, The Head and The Heart, Danny Brown, David Cross, Bob Mould, Tomahawk, Against Me!, and many that will be announced with the full lineup on Thursday (7/12), the same day weekend 3-day passes go on sale. A few PIP Passes are still available now. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket goes towards Jam Master Jay's JMJ Foundation for Music "which is dedicated to providing access to the arts, regardless of socio-economic status, for children and young adults."

Some classic Run DMC tracks are below.

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by BBG

The VSS

"The VSS began in Boulder, Colorado in January 1995 and ended unceremoniously in July 1997. In that time the band relocated to San Francisco, toured the U.S. twice and Europe/UK once, released a series of 7-inch EPs and issued Nervous Circuits, its only full length album. It was recorded and mixed over the course of one week of sessions (usually lasting upwards of 16-hours per day) in October 1996 at the same Denver studio in which The VSS recorded its debut EP... To this day, The VSS is commonly known for two things, 1) its inventive use of horror-film keyboards, angular guitar, unusual rhythmic shifts and vocal effects in creating a dark, jarring sound that merged punk, goth, psychedelia and experimental rock, and 2) its "crazy" light show, an unprecedented notion for the underground basement show set."
The VSS have announced their intention to play a batch of reunion shows in celebration of the release of Nervous Circuits on vinyl and a forthcoming compilation LP that collects their previous 7" material. So far no word on dates, cities, etc, but we'll keep you informed.

Nervous Circuits was originally released on Honey Bear Records in 1997 and subsequently reissued via Hydra Head in 2008. Members of The VSS went on to join bands like Pleasure Forever, Red Sparowes, and Rabbits.

Check out some video of The VSS in action, along with a stream of some tracks from Nervous Circuits below.

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by BBG

Chain of Strength

According to a source close to the festival, the previously rumored Chain of Strength will indeed headline two of the four nights of the Revelation Records East Coast four-day celebration. The band will appear at both the October 12th and 13th shows, though still no word on additional bands slated for the gala. We do know that Quicksand isn't one of them though (at the moment anyway). Ticketing info is still forthcoming.

Chain of Strength split 21 years ago, leaving a lasting impression with their True Till Death 7" and The One Thing That Still Holds True full length, both of which hit via Revelation Records. The LP's catalog number was REV-010, could that (and a straight edge reference) be the significance of the "X" in the flyer?

Check out some video of Chain of Strength in the 90s below, alongside a video of Mouthpiece covering the band's "True Til Death" in Pomona for Revelation Records West Coast Anniversary show....

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by BBG

Walter of Quicksand at Union Pool (more by Redboy)
Walter Schreifels

According to trusted sources, NYC post-hardcore greats Quicksand will return to NYC to play a "free or cheap" show at the end of this summer and will NOT play the discussed Revelation Anniversary shows in NYC as previously speculated and rumored (though those shows are happening with other bands). The yet-to-be-announced NYC date will take place in the days leading up to their already confirmed appearance at FYF in Los Angeles. The band feels the need to make their return in their hometown before making the trek to LA, to ensure that they can "give back" to the city they call home.

It's probably worth noting that FYF, who are hosting Quicksand in LA, are also the presenters of the House of Vans shows in NYC, and that House of Vans still has four TBA lineups to announce (nothing is confirmed at the moment though). (The first House of Vans 2012 show happens this week with the Rapture).

Quicksand, which contains all original members (Walter Schreifels, Tom Capone, Alan Cage and Sergio Vega) has changed their band status from inactive to active after they made their return at Revelation Records' 25th anniversary spectacular on the West Coast. So far no additional plans are known, but reportedly the show went well enough that the band is considering additional dates through the end of 2012, schedule permitting.

More on this story as it develops, but I've already blocked off the month of August as "busy."

Reminder, Sergio of Quicksand is currently serving as bassist for Deftones, who'll tour this summer and play the NYC area twice.

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by BBG

Quicksand reunited at Revelation 25 (via)
Quicksand

It seemed somewhat inevitable, but Quicksand (Walter Schreifels, Tom Capone, Alan Cage, Sergio Vega), split since 1999, reunited last night, Sunday, June 10th, as part of the Revelation 25th Anniversary Celebration, a weekend of shows in Pomona, California at the Glass House from June 7-10. The stellar festival lineup featured names that graced and help shape the label's storied history, names like Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Into Another, Supertouch, Bold, Sick of It All, No For An Answer, Sense Field, Statue, Ignite, In My Eyes, Kiss it Goodbye, Gameface and Shai Hulud. Quicksand were not on the bill, though they did advertise "special guest".

Check out video below of the reunited Quicksand performing "Fazer" "Dine Alone" Omission" and their set closer "How Soon is Now?", The Smiths classic that graced the B-Side of the "Dine Alone" single. (Does anyone have the full setlist?) While you're down there, don't miss video of Underdog, Into Another, Gorilla Biscuits and more.

What does this mean? Is this their only appearance? I'm betting that someone has Terminal 5 on hold for a week (though someone wrote on Wikipedia that " It will be a one-time only reunion"). Videos below...

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