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by BBG

Burnt By The Sun at Cake Shop (more by Paul Birman)
Burnt By The Sun

After playing a "maybe" last show ever, Burnt By The Sun will return from the grave one last time (they say) to support Harvest with Torchbearer at The Studio at Webster Hall on July 20th. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three scheduled for Harvest in the coming months. The band will also play July 16th in Minneapolis with Disembodied at what may be their last show too...

"Harvest is returning to play their hometown after not playing for almost 12 years. Disembodied will also join them and it is rumored that this is their last show. At first the show was being held at a same venue which only held 200+ people. It has recently been moved at the Triple Rock Social Club, which makes more tickets more available now. I believe theirs show will sell out again so if you want to go, pick up your tickets as soon as possible. The show will also have Relentless, Venia, Former Thieves and Iron Rain. All this bands are from the Midwest so come out support No Coast Hardcore." [Ill Cause Webzine]
Harvest's third upcoming show is the previously discussed Sound & Fury Fest in July.

In related news, Seattle band Trial have reunited and are also on the bill of Sound & Fury Fest. No need to travel all the way to California to see them though. They are playing a Panic Records Showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on June 27th with Another Breath (their last NYC show), The Saddest Landscape, Powerwolves, and Don't Give A Fuck. Tickets are on sale. The date is one of four Trial currently have schedule, and they also played the "first-ever Panic Records Showcase" at Neumos in Seattle on May 27th.

All tour dates and some video below...

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Christie Front Drive

Christie Front Drive was an American Emo/Indie band formed in Denver in 1993. Citing influences such as Superchunk, Jawbox, Buffalo Tom and Drive Like Jehu, the lineup consisted of Ron Marschall (drums), Jason Begin (guitar), Kerry McDonald (bass) and Eric Richter (guitar and vocals)...

Despite their short tenure [1993-1997], Christie Front Drive became a major influence on emo music in the 90's. Richter resurfaced in the bands Antarctica, The 101, and Golden City, and both Marschall and Begin went on to form The Blue Ontario. Marschall was also credited as an engineer on the The Apples in Stereo's album, The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone. Jason Begin is currently performing under the name This Body as well as the Portland based band Pireate Radio Deluxe and the random appearance with Modernstate. Bassist Kerry McDonald would go on to form The Mighty Rime, who released a self-titled record on Caulfield Records in 2002. -[Wiki]

After briefly reuniting in 2007, Christie Front Drive will return again to play a Brooklyn show at The Bell House on July 30th. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (5/20), but you can get presale tickets NOW using the password "InstantRomance". The band is celebrating the release their discography on Magic Bullet Records (the home of the Jesuit discography). Videos below...

Continue reading "Christie Front Drive reuniting, reissuing stuff (tickets on presale now for a Brooklyn show)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Cibo Matto @ Le Poisson Rouge- March 29, 2011
Cibo Matto

After getting back together for a short set at Le Poisson Rouge at the end of 2010, and then a Japan benefit with Yoko Ono at the same venue in March (belated pictures in this post), Cibo Matto will officially reunite and hit the road for two short tours in June and July (dubbed "YEAH BASICALLY CIBO MATTO"). The latter run will include TWO NYC shows: Brooklyn Bowl on 7/12 and Bowery Ballroom on 7/18. Ticket info for Brooklyn Bowl is forthcoming, while Bowery tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and regular sale on Friday.

Cibo Matto is also working on new material for a new LP, due in 2012. You can hear one of the songs in a video trailer for the tour below. Check that out, with more pictures from the benefit at LPR, and all dates, below...

Continue reading "Cibo Matto working on new a LP & touring, played a Japan benefit (dates, a new song preview & belated pics) "

by BBG

David Yow & David Wm. Sims on stage with The Jesus Lizard (more by Tim Griffin)
David Yow & David Wm. Sims

Scratch Acid was an Austin, Texas noise rock group formed in 1982... The band was named by music journalist Will Lerner as "the American equivalent of the Birthday Party." After developing a reputation as a crazy, noisy punk band, Scratch Acid disbanded in 1987. According to the liner notes of The Greatest Gift, the band members never received compensation from either Rabid Cat or Fundamental Records (who distributed their releases in Europe).

Brett Bradford went on to form Colorado punk band Great Caesar's Ghost. They disbanded in 1993. He also formed Sangre De Toro and played with Areola 51. Washam went on to perform with many other bands, including the Big Boys, Ministry, Helios Creed, the Didjits, Lard, and Tad. In 1987, Sims and Washam joined Steve Albini in the band Rapeman, which disbanded just before Sims reunited with Yow in 1989 to form the Jesus Lizard. [Wikipedia]

The string of impressive ATP reunions continue, as all four original members of Scratch Acid (David Yow, David Wm. Sims, Rey Washam, Brett Bradford) will reunite again to play ATP Minehead in the UK this December (12/2 - 12/4, tickets). The fest is curated by Jeff Mangum, and will a feature a performance from the Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind, along with Fleet Foxes, Yann Tiersen, Superchunk, The Magic Band, Tinariwen, and others to be announced.

Even better.... David Wm. Sims has promised that "There will be other dates in November and December in the US, and possibly in Europe." Stay tuned.

In related news, tickets are still available in various incarnations for the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror event in Asbury Park on 9/30 - 10/2. The Portishead-curated festival that Jeff Mangum is also playing recently announced the additions of Swans, Battles, Deerhoof, and more.

ATP Minehead flyer and some video from Scratch Acid's 2006 reunion, below.

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setlist photo courtesy of Mark Cyst

Seaweed played their first NYC show in over a decade at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday, April 22, 2011. One fan wrote,

"...Needless to say the show was one for the ages. Honestly there was not a sad face in the entire crowd. Complete strangers became best friends while packed in front of the stage like sardines..."
That's a picture of the setlist above. Some videos from the show are below...

Continue reading "Seaweed reunited, played the Bell House (setlist & video)"

The Bouncing Souls @ ABC No Rio (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
The Bouncing Souls

Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 29th at noon for the previously discussed four-night stand by The Bouncing Souls at Highline Ballroom. There the band will spend July 6th playing The Good, The Bad, and The Argyle and Maniacal Laughter, July 7th playing their self-titled LP and Hopeless Romantic, July 8th playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Anchors Aweigh, and the final night, July 9th playing The Gold Record and Ghosts on the Boardwalk. Other cities get the same deal, in the same order, but on different dates (obviously). They are all listed again below.

In not necessarily related news (though tickets to their June 4th Asbury Park show are on sale on the Souls' Chunksaah site), post-hardcore band Boysetsfire who reunited at the end of 2010, have announced a tour that includes a June 3rd show at The Studio at Webster Hall with May 4th Massacre and Defeater. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls tickets (not on sale yet), Boysetsfire reunited (dates announced, tix on sale)"

D Generation

"While groups such as the Strokes and the White Stripes get most of the credit for spearheading the garage rock revival movement of the early 21st century, there were several similarly styled bands of the mid- to late- '90s that preceded the aforementioned acts (with far less commercial success and press), such as D Generation. Formed during 1991 in New York City, the band automatically turned a blind eye towards the burgeoning Seattle movement, as their look and sound was straight out of NYC circa the early '70s, when trashy glam bands like the New York Dolls ruled the scene, and such punk bands as the Ramones and the Dead Boys were about to crash the party. Originally comprised of Jesse Malin (vocals), Richard "The Atomic Elf" Bacchus (guitar), Georgie Seville (guitar), Howie Pyro (bass), and Belvy K (drums), both Seville and aK would exit soon after -- replaced with Danny Sage and Michael Wildwood, respectively." -[allmusic]
D Generation (Jessie, Howie, Michael, Danny and Richard) are back and will play Irving Plaza on on 9/17 and the Troubadour in LA on 9/24 (with Prima Donna and Biters). Both shows are on sale (click the links). More shows might be announced.

Jesse Malin meanwhile is on tour with Alejandro Escovedo. Tickets are still on sale for their April 30th show at the Bell House and May 6th show at Maxwell's.

Though broken up since 1999, D Generation did reunite previously, in 2008 for a 3-song set at the John Varvatos store opening. A video from that, and others, below...

Continue reading "D Generation reuniting for NYC & LA shows"

by BBG

"Last time we were in New York was in 1993 and we were supposed to play ABC No Rio. We got there and were told the show was cancelled" - Rob Moran of Unbroken


Santos was definitely not cancelled, and was packed to the brim with Unbroken fans on Saturday 4/9, as the band played one of two remaining gigs left on their schedule (the other being Chaos in Tejas). The two floor extravaganza was also marked by an appearance from Indecision, a reunion of Jesuit, a reunion of Damnation AD, and appearances from Portland's Unrestrained and NYC's Psychic Limb.

Psychic Limb opened the show in the basement of Santos at the clockstrike of 5:45, playing material from their new LP Queens in addition to a cover of Youth of Today's "Wake Up and Live". Mixing fierce grind with hardcore, the packed basement saw singer Brian Montouri thrash about during his unhinged performance... throwing drums & cases, swinging around the monitors, hanging upside down from railings, and whipping around the crowd to incite some movement. Though the audience was mostly stoic (a somewhat deer-in-the-headlights look prevailed) the band delivered a dependably good set.

Unrestrained followed on the bottom floor and was also met with a mostly stoic reaction, though the band's cover of Inside Out's "Burning Fight" provoked the crowd into momentary floorpunching mayhem. The Portland band was clearly tight and well-rehearsed, but we would have to wait until Damnation AD to come on stage before the lid came off.

Damnation AD got the pit moving quickly - there was crowdsurfing, sing-alongs, and movement galore. Vocalist Mike McTernan bloodied himself, bashing the microphone into his head repeatedly until a trickle of crimson started to drip all over the stage. The DC band's hardcore peppered with noise punk was tight and energetic, and featured a return from Colin of Most Precious Blood/Indecision on drums.


After Damnation AD, the show moved to the larger space upstairs for a one-time reunion of Jesuit. The Virginia Beach hardcore band might be (unfairly) known as Nate Newton of Converge/Brian Benoit of Dillinger Escape Plan's previous project. Jesuit was hands-down the most jaw-dropping performance of the night, mixing booming sludge-metal riffs and hardcore with pinpoint accuracy. As usual, Nate Newton was as energetic as ever on stage, but the masses were not as batshit crazy as they were for Damnation AD. Or maybe, hopefully, they were too much in awe. Make sure and pick up the Jesuit discography out tomorrow via Magic Bullet Records and featuring art from Florian Betmer. And if you can make it, try and check out Jesuit at Best Friends Day 2011... it'll be worth the trip.

Indecision was next on the main stage, and followed by Unbroken who tore the place apart by the time they got to their second song "Blanket" from Life. Love. Regret.. Energy and intensity were on full-display from both the band & the crowd. The packed Santos folk brimmed with excitement. Excellent work from the defunct San Diego crew, but to me the night belonged to Jesuit, despite what the moshing masses said to the contrary.

More pictures and some setlists from the whole show, below...

Continue reading "Unbroken, Jesuit, Indecision, Damnation AD, Unrestrained, and Psychic Limb tore down Santos Party House (pics)"

by Keith Marlowe

Tear It Up

There was a packed house Friday night (3/27) at Europa. People were hungry to see Tear It Up at one of the two reunion shows they were playing (the Irish in Kearney was the next night, with Night Birds). Tear It Up's motto is "Play to Destroy", and the original line-up, Dave, Paul, Andy, Doug, and Matt did just that, playing a setlist taken mostly from their crushing 2002 EP Nothing to Nothing. It was an impressive display from a group that hasn't played together for eight years. From the first note of "Don't Call Me Tonight" until "It's the End" people catapulted off the stage and each other. It's one thing to play a reunion set, another to get the songs out while people are constantly slamming into you and the singer keeps disappearing beneath a crush of bodies.

Singer Dave Ackerman dove into audience again and again, surrounded by a sea of faces screaming along with him. The crowd was pushed up onstage, getting closer to the band with every song, while people leapt over Dave. After the show he told me, "I got hit in the neck really hard." I thought, "Yeah, I bet you did."

Boston's Last in Line also reformed to play this and a few more gigs, and Cell Mates from Maryland opened the Brooklyn show. More pictures (setlist included) from Europa (though none of Cell Mates unfortunately) and videos from both shows, below....

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Big Audio Dynamite

Big Audio Dynamite (1984-1990, 2011-present)
Mick Jones - vocals and guitar
Don Letts - sound effects and vocals
Dan Donovan - keyboards
Leo Williams - bass
Greg Roberts - drums and background vocals
Speaking of Roseland Ballroom, assuming the fire isn't too bad, Big Audio Dynamite will play the Manhattan venue on April 19th, not long after they play Coachella and a warm up show in LA. Tickets for the NYC show go on "Live Nation Presale" Thursday at 10am, and then general sale Saturday at noon. More tour dates below...

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Crooked Fingers

As The Vine pointed out...

"US Indie rock legends Archers of Loaf played a secret reunion show in their hometown of Chapel Hill [on January 15th].

The band broke a thirteen year silence on [that] Saturday evening, by performing an unannounced support slot for local band the Love Language. According to reports on twitter and the Merge Records forum, the original Archers of Loaf lineup - Eric Bachman, Matt Gentling, Mark Price and Eric Johnson - played a 12-song set at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill. No word yet of whether the reunion is permanent, though..."

...though Archers of Loaf have already announced another show - May at the Sasquatch Festival. Stay tuned for more announcements.

In the meantime frontman Eric Bachman is heading back out on the road with/as Crooked Fingers for a handful of shows including The Bell House in Brooklyn tonight/Saturday (2/19) with Neckbeard Telecaster. All dates and videos and the setlist from the January reunion, below...

Continue reading "Crooked Fingers playing shows (Archers of Loaf too)"

by BBG


Pg. 99 (also spelled pageninetynine) was a punk band from Sterling, Virginia on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. The band formed as a 6-piece in winter 1998 and later expanded to an 8-piece. With continual line-up changes, they once played as a 14 member outfit. Pg. 99 were known for their intense live shows.[1]
After several US tours, a European tour, and numerous releases, they disbanded in May 2003. [Wiki]
pageninetynine will resurrect from the dead and reunite to play Best Friends Day 2011, August 18-21 in Richmond, VA. The band will be comprised of the Document #8 lineup who will perform all of that LP. Members of pg.99 went on to join/form bands like City of Caterpillar, Enemy Soil (which also featured JR of Pig Destroyer), and many others.

Last year's Best Friends Day saw the resurrection of Black Army Jacket.

Watch all of pageninetynine's last show below.

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Shepard Fairey is also DJing the event on Sunday
ATP Asbury Park

ATP Asbury Park ("I'll Be Your Mirror") has released the second wave of artist announcements including many of Portishead's choices for the bill! We already knew about Jeff Mangum, Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Chavez and more. New additions include, not surprisingly, Portishead-related acts Anika and Beak> (and this time Anika will be performing live and not just DJing). There's also now a rare reunion of The Pop Group, an Ultramagnetic MC's reunion (WITH Kool Keith), Silver Qluster (Simeon of Silver Apples and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster/Harmonia), Thee Siliver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Mogwai, Earth, The Horrors and more. The full list is below.

Jeff Mangum also just announced a slew of other shows aside from ATP Asbury Park, including a UK ATP.

More details, a bigger Shepard Fairey-designed poster, and the full schedule below...

Continue reading "ATP NJ lineup expands (Pop Group & Ultramagnetic MCs reunions, Mogwai, Horrors & more Portishead-picked bands)"


The production team which brought house music back from the brink of commercial mediocrity, Leftfield made it safe for artistic producers to begin working in a new vein termed progressive house. Paul Daley (a former member of A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies) and programmer Neil Barnes combined the classic soul of early Chicago and New York house with the growing Artificial Intelligence school of album-oriented techno to create classic, intelligent dance music. [After a series of well-recieved singles, Leftfield released] their debut LP, Leftism... in 1995; the long-awaited Rhythm and Stealth followed four years later. With only two albums under their belt, Leftfield decided to split in early 2002 to focus on solo projects. -[Allmusic]
Neil Barnes resurrected Leftfield last year, and though founding member Paul Daley is not on board, he has been replaced by original vocalists Djum Djum, Earl 16 and Cheshire Cat plus Adam Wren (keyboards), Kwes Sey (keyboards and computers) Jess Mills (vocals) and Sebastian Beresford on drums. The electronic [now] crew is scheduled to play a few shows in Australia in March and, at the moment, two US dates in April. One is at the sold-out Coachella and the other is right afterwards on April 19th at Webster Hall in NYC. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale Wednesday, 2/7, at noon, and then general sale starts Friday.

All tour dates (more to be announced?) and some videos below.

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"i read this as Braid and got excited" - Anonymous | November 28, 2010 11:38 PM

"Third post about this band and I
always think it reads Braid..." - Anonymous | November 29, 2010 9:31 AM

"how are you gonna name your band braids without someone, anyone telling you "yeah,so there was already this band called braid in the 90s who were a pretty big deal and you'll look like clueless morons if you go around calling yourselves that"?" - Anonymous | November 30, 2010 12:22 AM

Braid (not to be confused with Braids)

The Eagle: Why did Braid initially break up?

Bob Nanna: Chris [Broach] - one of the guitar players - wanted to stop touring and go back to school. The rest of us were still into touring and wanted to keep going. Basically Chris wanted to go back to school and we all thought it would be better to break up the band at that point in time. We decided to start a new band at that point.

The Eagle: Why did you decide to reunite and go back on tour?

Nanna: Mainly for people who got into us after we broke up and never got a chance to see us play. We got together to do commentary for this DVD that came out [on May 11] and when we got together to do commentary we were just talking about how cool it would be if we played a show when the DVD came out to promote it and have fun and let people come and see us play. Then since we all realized we didn't have much to do over the summer that we would just do a tour and give everyone in the U.S. a chance to see us play.

The Eagle: How do you react to the assertion that Braid was one of the godfathers of emo?

Nanna: Mixed. I don't know. I guess it's kind of flattering, but when you think about it it's not like we invented something new. We were taking bits and pieces of all these other genres that we liked and making it our own. I would even think of other bands before Braid as the "godfathers" just because we tended to copy some bands as well.

The above comes from a 2004 interview with Braid vocalist/guitarist Bob Nanna during their first reunion. Now comes word, via AV Club Chicago, that not only will they reunite again, but Braid will record a new 12-inch with J. Robbins (who helmed their last record, Frame And Canvas) for release this year on Polyvinyl Records who will "officially announce the record tomorrow" according to AV Club.

Braids (the plural band from Canada) are touring in February with Baths.

In other emo inventor news, The Get Up Kids have a new album (out TODAY) and a tour coming soon too. You can stream "There Are Rules" over at Spinner and purchase it for just $3.99 over at Amazon. Their latest set of tour dates and a live Braid video are below...

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Come at TT Bear's in September 2010 (photo by lumpBoston)

Come eased into the gleaming gun-metal-colored chords of "Submerge,'' from the band's '92 bracing full-length debut, "Eleven: Eleven,'' and we were off.

They played all of that album, in fact, starting with the dank, slide guitar-soaked "Off to One Side'' and ending with an IV-drip slow, charred cover of the Stones' "I Got the Blues'' for the encore. In between were scarred expositions ("Sad Eyes''), blistering burns ("Dead Molly''), and always, the intuitively interlocking interplay between Zedek and Brokaw. If there was any rust on bassist Sean O'Brien and drummer Arthur Johnson, it had been quickly scraped off by the gashes of guitar and the churning roil of a sound that, for one night at least, transcended decades and discographies. -[Boston]

The above review comes from Come's 9/26 reunion appearance at TT the Bear's in Cambridge, MA, the first of two recent shows they played in 2010 (the other was at Matador 21). Now comes word that the band will expand their reach to NYC by playing The Bell House on April 16th with Eleventh Dream Day (who have a new album coming soon via Thrill Jockey). Tickets are on sale.

Come's Chris Brokaw was one of the special guests scheduled to play with Jennifer O'Connor at the Rock Shop last night (1/11). If you braved the snow to see that, how was it?

Some video from Come's recent reunion appearances are below.

Continue reading "Come are playing a NYC reunion show w/ Eleventh Dream Day"

by BBG

Government Warning
Government Warning

Tons of great hardcore and punk shows in the coming months!

Richmond hardcore rippers Government Warning will hit the road for a string of dates with Night Birds in late February, hitting NYC for a pair of shows on Feb 19th. The day of old-school hardcore madness begins at an early show at Cake Shop (5PM) with Perdition and Ex-Humans and continues into the wee hours at a late show (11PM) with 0megas at 538 Johnson, # 201. Full tour dates are below.

As previously mentioned, 108 teams up with Ensign, Incendiary, and Torchbearer at Cake Shop at 3PM on Saturday (1/08, yeah I know). Tickets are still available, but this 21+ show WILL sell out. As a result, 108 has added a second ALL AGES show at Death By Audio with Primitive Weapons, Heavy Breath and Black Kites that will kick off at 9PM. No advance tickets, and $10 gets you in.

And now for all of you who missed them on their first go around, you're in luck. Tear It Up have reunited and will play Europa on March 25th with Last in Line & The Cell Mates.

Since forming out of the ashes of Dead Nation in 2000, Tear It Up has become a mainstay of the American DIY hardcore scene. Their aggressive fast hardcore sound and intense live performance won over legions of fans from the start. Tear It Up toured the US and Europe constantly, and when not on tour still played as many as 4 shows a week anywhere within a days drive of their native New Jersey. Tear It Up survived several line up changes most notably Paul went on to form Cut the Shit and John was drafted from Down in Flames. Tear It Up broke up shortly before [their final record Taking You Down With Me] was released... Let it be known that Tear It Up went out at the top and never put out a weak record or put or a lame half hearted show.
Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.

Most Precious Blood are back, and will play Cake Shop on January 30th with Suburban Scum & Spectators. Advance tickets are available now.

The previously discussed 'Steve Ignorant plays Crass' show at Santos Party House on March 10 has added Leftover Crack and Thulsa Doom to it's ranks. Tickets are still available. Leftover Crack played Music Hall of Williamsburg on the day after Christmas 2010, but not with Bouncing Souls in Asbury Park that same week.

Reverend Horton Heat has a pretty impressive set of tour dates laid out for the first half of the year, and one of thise is scheduled for The Bell House on May 6th. Tickets are on sale. Full tour schedule is below.

Though Stiff Little Fingers still exists as a band, original guitar player Harry Cluney will play Europa to perform "Stiff Little Fingers Classics" on Feb 11th. Tickets are on sale.

Supertouch has reunited, and will play Santos on Feb 12th with Sweet Diesel. The show originally had 1.6 Band on the bill, but they have since been removed. Tickets are on sale.

Reagan Youth will team up with Yuppicide, Beer & Cable, and Agitator to play Europa on January 23rd. Tickets are on sale.

The Brooklyn venue will also host a monsterous hardcore lineup two months later featuring Urban Waste, Ultra Violence, Step 2 Far, Down Low NYHC, Darkside NYC, Kincaid, Fed Up, Caught In A Trap, Chesty Malone & The Slice Em Up's, Not Without A Fight, Sexual Suicide, Olde York, and Yo Scunt. The March 26th show will begin at 1PM and tickets are on sale.

Tour dates and some video below...

Continue reading "Government Warning, 108, Tear it Up, Most Precious Blood, Rev Horton Heat & other punk & hardcore shows & tours"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Seaweed - Thru the Window (MP3)


Weaned on all-ages hardcore shows in their Tacoma, Washington, hometown, the five members of Seaweed struck out in late 1989 to emulate their heroes. The agile hook-core quintet was soon playing bars where its members were too young to drink, wowing onlookers with incessant pogoing and urgent metal-influenced riffs. Six years later, Seaweed's maturation (and punk's newfound commercial appeal) proved marketable, as the band signed on with Disney's Hollywood Records. [Trouser Press]
Seaweed's major label career lasted a whole album (1995's Andy Wallace-produced Spanaway), and they ended their career on Merge with 1999's Actions & Indications. (Download that LP's "Thru the Window" at the top of this post.) After taking most of the '00s off, they reformed for Bumbershoot in 2007, and now Seaweeed are apparently back. The reignited group will play their first NYC show in over a decade at The Bell House on Friday, April 22 2011.

No other dates have been announced but it seems unlikely that the band would trek out to the East Coast just for one show, though someone at the Bell House tells us this will be their only NYC show. Most Seaweed videos on YouTube have embedding disabled (like their 1992 Sub Pop single "Bill"), but you can watch "Start With" after the jump.

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by BBG

Cam, Jimmy, and Julez of Dipset at Hammerstein (via)

[For] ...the Diplomats -- Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey -- ...this was the reunion show [for a crew]... torn asunder a few years ago by petty animus and financial accusations back and forth, survivors of arrests and family struggles, but now brought back together for another chance at harmony, if not quite world domination.

For the last decade, the Diplomats have been synonymous with Harlem -- even if some of its members have moved elsewhere. In an era in which New York is decreasingly central to hip-hop's landscape, as a group and as solo acts they have been regionalist holdouts, sticking close to the stylistically flamboyant street rap pioneered by Cam'ron and tweaked by the rest.

At almost three hours this rapturously received concert, sponsored by the hip-hop radio station Hot 97 (WQHT-FM), was a tribute to the persistent power of geographic mythology. Every summer Hot 97 hosts the giant Summer Jam concert, in which the Diplomats, local heroes infiltrating what is effectively a national stage, tend to get short shrift. This raucous night was the group's own Summer Jam, full of hits and obscurities and split into five parts: first, an opening group set; then three solo sets, by Jim Jones, then Juelz Santana, then Cam'ron; then everyone reunited to close the show. -[New York Times]

Yes, the New York Times was in attendance when The Diplomats staged their triumphant reunion at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, 11/26, the day after Thanksgiving. In addition to the core quartet of Jones, Santana, Zekey, and Killa Cam, Hammerstein's stage was blessed by the requisite surprise appearances from Dipset crew members Hell Rell, 40 Cal, and JR Writer in addition to an appearance from Black Rob (he of "Whoa" fame, who also appeared at the Duck Down Anniversary). The Dipset crew reportedly covered upwards of 50 songs over the evening (snippet or otherwise).

If you missed Juelz at Hammerstein on 11/26, maybe you caught him at Hammerstein.... on 11/25. Santana made a surprise appearance at the Fabolous/Nicki Minaj show alongside another not-so-surprise performer, Kanye West who "played" the Thanksgiving Parade earlier that day and a show with the help pf Nicki at Bowery Ballroom a few days earlier. Santana appeared with Fab for "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" while West again appeared with Minaj for "Monster" from his new album.

Videos from both Hammerstein shows below...

Continue reading "Dipset reunited at Hammerstein Ballroom (one night after Juelz & Kanye played w/ Nicki Minaj at the NYC venue)"

Buffalo Springfield

"Buffalo Springfield issued only three studio albums during the influential band's short two years together from 1966-68: "Buffalo Springfield," "Buffalo Springfield Again" and "Last Time Around."

All indications going into the group's reunion performances last month for Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concerts in Northern California seemed to suggest that the operative album title for this latter-day get-together was going to be "Last Time Around."

However, "Buffalo Springfield Again" might be the more fitting choice, as Pop & Hiss is hearing rumblings of some additional performances next year, possibly even a summer tour. (It wouldn't come as a big surprise to any of those who were on hand to witness the joy the group members appeared to be having being in one another's company once again.)

It had been 42 years since Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay last performed together as Buffalo Springfield before they reunited for the Bridge School event, which benefits the Northern California institution that serves severely disabled students and their families. Young and his wife, Pegi, have been staging the annual benefits for 24 years now, and their son, Ben, has been a Bridge School student. (The other two original band members, bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin, died in 2004 and 2009, respectively.)

Their set included such Springfield touchstone numbers as "Mr. Soul," "Rock and Roll Woman," "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey, What's That Sound)," "Kind Woman," "Bluebird," "Go and Say Goodbye" and "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing."" [LA TIMES]

The reunited Buffalo Springfield played both nights of this year's Bridge School Benefit, as did Pearl Jam and the slightly less established Grizzly Bear, whose only other show since their August Governors Island gig, was their September Hollywood Bowl show with Phoenix and Girls. In fact, Grizzly Bear only played eight North American shows in 2010. The other four were Coachella, Lollapalooza, Dickinson Colleage, and Williamsburg Waterfront with Band of Horses.

Back in 2007, Grizzly Bear headlined a tour with Beach House and Papercuts (it hit Bowery Ballroom). In 2008, Papercuts opened for Beach House on a tour again, but that time Beach House was the headliner (it hit Bowery Ballroom). And now it has been announced that it will in fact be Papercuts who heads out on the road with Beach House in 2011. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale at noon (though you can still also buy them through the presale with a sweatshirt).

No new Buffalo Springfield, Grizzly Bear, Beach House or Papercuts dates to report, though the latter two's tour is reposted, with some videos, below...

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Unbroken at FYFest (more by Chris Juarez)

The lineup of FYFest in LA was pretty damn impressive. Alongside indie stalwarts like Panda Bear, Best Coast, The Mountain Goats, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cold Cave, and Ariel Pink (among others), the fest also tipped its hat to heavy music fans with the addition of Sleep and a rare appearance from the great Unbroken (check out pictures from the show). The FYFest appearance was one of only a handful of shows that Unbroken has played since its official demise in the late 90's. Members of Unbroken have gone on to play in such notable bands as Some Girls, Swing Kids, Narrows, Kill Holiday, and many others.

Now comes word that the reunited Unbroken will play NYC on April 9th at Santos Party House with special guests to be announced. Advanced tickets will be to on sale 11/16/2010 at 12:00 pm EST are on sale now. No word on if the date will be a one-off East Coast appearance or part of a string of dates, but we'll keep you informed. The show flyer and some video is below.

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photos by Tim Griffin

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest getting the Descendents as a last minute headliner fill-in for Devo was a big deal, and the size of the crowd that showed up Sunday night to watch the reunited California punk band proved it. It was almost definitely the biggest crowd at any one stage the whole weekend. They played on the Orange, aka the "indie" stage, that MGMT headlined the night before, and you could see that they pulled something like double the crowd, and there were a lot less people watching Mastodon one stage over Sunday night too, partially because the Descendents stole some of their crowd.

""It really was the equivalent of a punk-rock half-court shot at the buzzer," James Moody, co-owner of music booking agency Transmission Entertainment, said backstage on Sunday. "Our backs were against the wall. We're not a big organization. When you've got 10 days to book a monster headliner that you really respect it's hard. We were sweating it."

Transmission's players needn't have worried -- playing its first show in many years and its only scheduled United States date, the Descendents drew throngs of true believers, with frontman Milo Aukerman sounding as enthused as ever on frenetic classics like "I Don't Want to Grow Up." Not bad for a guy who's pushing 50." [Austin Statesman]

That said, I ran over to Mastodon at the Black Stage for a minute, and their crowd wasn't too shabby either. A-Trak was playing at the same time to a large crowd on the Blue stage too. The Austin festival manages to pull in enough punk and metal fans to actually make Mastodon vs. Descendents (which was supposed to be Mastodon vs Devo) work just fine, from a crowd control point of view anyway. Oh, and the Descendents didn't forget who they were replacing. Like Snapcase (who dedicated the appropriately titled "Energy Dome" to Devo) and Weird Al Yankovic before them, the Descendents paid tribute to Devo. Their way of doing it was by covering "Uncontrollable Urge" during the encore which ended with "Bikeage".

The show did not dissapoint. Video of the encore, and other videos and more pictures including one of their setlist, below...

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photos by Lori Baily


"Ut originated from New York City's downtown No Wave scene in December 1978. The inheritors of the fertile collision between rock, free jazz and the avant garde that first manifested itself in the Velvet Underground, Ut soon became a serious force within the New York music scene." [Wikipedia]
Ut are playing some reunion shows. Their next one is at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (11/7). Their last, and first one, was at Issue Project Room Friday night (11/5). The pictures in this post are from that show, and they continue below...

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by BBG

Song of Zarathustra @ the Triple Rock earlier this year (photo by Adam Bubolz)
Song of Zarathustra

Song of Zarathustra originated in Sioux City, IA during March 1997. The founding members were Trever McInnis, Travis Bos, James Munsen and a Roland R8 drum machine which was later replaced with David Seaman (ex-Nudibranch, ex-Orlock) on drums. For the next year, SOZ toured the greater part of the U.S. and disbanded in 1998 when David moved back to his hometown of Richmond, VA.

...March of 2000, SOZ decided to regroup. They toured immediately with the original line-up (Trever, Travis, James / Roland R8) and later recorded "The Birth of Tragedy" (Troubleman Unlimited) with Mark Jorgensen (Book Of Dead Names & Infinity Dive) on drums.

After the release of "The Birth of Tragedy", SOZ toured most of the U.S. on many occasions and set course to tour Europe for its first time in 2001.

In late 2001, SOZ parted ways with long time bass player James Munsen. Mark Shaw(Khayembii Communique, The Cardinal Sin) filled his place and Tad Kubler (formerly of Lifter Puller & currently The Hold Steady) joined as second guitarist.

The new line up hashed out new songs as well as adding some life to songs that were written for the up and coming album "A View from High Tides" which was also released on Troubleman Unlimited....

During the summer of 2002, Tad parted ways with SOZ to move to N.Y. and eventually forming The Hold Steady with old Lifter Puller bandmate Craig Finn.

Due to several shifts in line up's, personal differences, etc. the remaining members decided to call it quits in January of 2003.

Song of Zarathustra reformed earlier this year in Minneapolis, and will do so again on Nov 6th when the band plays Cake Shop in NYC with Primitive Weapons and The Fortune Healers. An after-party is scheduled for later that night at Acheron also with Primitive Weapons, as well as Gost Trio and Loose Limbs.

The show is Song of Zarathustra's only current date, and though Tad Kubler (Lifter Puller, The Hold Steady) isn't participating in the reunion, the following people are:

Travis Bos | Vocals, Keyboard (1997-2003/2010)
Trever McInnis | Vocals, Guitar (1997-2003/2010)
James Munsen | Vocals, Bass, Drum Machine Programming (1997-2001/2010)
Mark Jorgensen | Drums (2000-2003/2010)
Some video of the band from their 2/27/10 reunion show is below...

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by Bill Pearis

Grant Lee Buffalo

The '90s reunions continue, and here's a genuinely welcome one. The original lineup of Grant Lee Buffalo are reuniting for some select shows this winter, including a stop at Bowery Ballroom on February 5, 2011. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and go on general sale today/Friday at noon.

The original trio of singer/guitarist Grant Lee Phillips, bassist/producer Paul Kimble and drummer Joey Peters formed in 1991. The band's widescreen Americana sound produced two genuinely great albums -- 1993's Fuzzy and 1994's stunning Mighty Joe Moon -- as well as two that were almost as good 1996's Copperopolis. and 1998's Jubilee, which was made after Kimble parted ways with the band. Grant Lee Buffalo broke up in 1999.

Phillips has stayed busy since. He had a recurring role on The Gilmore Girls as the Stars Hollow town troubador and released a series of quality solo records, including last year's Little Moon. (I'm personally a big fan of 2001's Mobilize). Phillips recently finished work scoring the upcoming film Girl Walks Into a Bar.

The only other announced U.S. show besides the Bowery date is at Seattle's Tractor Tavern on December 9. Some Grant Lee Buffalo videos are after the jump.

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