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review: Converge’s ‘The Dusk In Us’ is an attest to their lasting power

When you've been playing aggressive music for over 25 years, there can be an expectation that your best days are behind you. The pleasantly surprising thing about The Dusk In Us, Converge's first album in five years, is that it suggests theirs might not be.

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Phoebe Bridgers (photo by Frank Ockenfels)
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Five Notable Releases of the Week (9/22)

This week's Notable Releases include Phoebe Bridgers' must-hear debut album, Rapsody's long-awaited sophomore album, Chelsea Wolfe's latest triumph, and more.

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Chelsea Wolfe announces new LP, shares “16 Psyche,” touring with Youth Code

Chelsea's upcoming album was recorded by Converge's Kurt Ballou and features QOTSA's Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar.

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Burn prep LP with Kurt Ballou, playing w/ Vanishing Life; Dead Heavens touring

Most of Dead Heavens' tour is on the West Coast with Strokes side project CRX, but there's also a headlining Brooklyn show.

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Russian Circles share “Vorel” from Kurt Ballou-produced new LP

This is the band's first time working with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou as a producer, and whenever an established band links up with him for the first time, there's a bit of added excitement that he might be able to get the best out of their sound...

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Kowloon Walled City streaming new album ‘Grievances’

That sense of being packed into a city definitely had an influence on me personally. I don't dislike that feeling, but I was aware of it and I know it seeped into our lyrics...

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Floor release “War Party” from upcoming ‘Oblation’ LP (listen)

We mentioned a few weeks back that Floridian sludge-pop progenitors Floor had announced plans to release an album called Oblation, their first since 2004's Dove (and the first since they reunited for the long term last year) this coming April...

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Meek Is Murder releasing a new LP, playing Grand Victory w/ Tiger Flowers, CMJ w/ Fuck the Facts & other shows

Meek Is Murder at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

Brooklyn mathcore trio Meek Is Murder have announced that they'll be returning with a new album, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, on October 22 on vinyl via Threshold of Pain (the band is self-releasing it digitally)...

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Beastmilk releasing debut LP (watch a teaser video)

Post-punk is big business these days, and for good reason -- we live in urgent, nervous times, and this is urgent, nervous music. Finland's Beastmilk know this and capitalize upon it...

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Red Fang and Doomriders releasing new albums, playing free Converse Rubber Tracks show w/ Low Fat Getting High (dates)

Converse Rubber Tracks Live just announced a free Music Hall of Williamsburg show (8/9) with Glassjaw, Balance & Composure, and World's Fair (which is already "sold" out), and they've now announced another free Brooklyn show taking place this month as well...

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