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The Heavy Lowdown: SXSW, Artificial Brain & more

by Wyatt Marshall

Ringworm at the Acheron, March 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)

Plenty of heavy happenings have been going down in Austin at SXSW this week, what with various showcases from Pitchfork, Relapse, yours truly and more. The Invisible Oranges showcase was last night with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and leading up to the show we ran some questions by the bands to get to know them a little better, which you can read here and here.

Invisible Oranges will be presenting the previously mentioned Artificial Brain record release show with The Communion, Die Choking and Budd Dwyer this Saturday (3/15) at Saint Vitus. Tickets to that one are available. We’re also pleased to announce another record release show we will be presenting–the Epistasis record release show go down at The Acheron on April 6 with Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon and White Suns. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but stay tuned. For a refresher, we streamed an Epistasis track a couple of weeks back.

We were bummed out when Ulver had to cancel their appearance at Maryland Death Fest, but the MDF organizers have filled the empty spot with none other than Agalloch.

Eyehategod announced their new self-titled LP, their first since the passing of founding drummer Joey LaCaze, and we streamed a song. Metallic hardcore greats Ringworm streamed their entire album and laid out some fairly extensive touring plans. Speaking of Ringworm, they’ll be calling into the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show, so tune in.

Speaking of IO on EVR, our sponsor this week is the Death Angel/Children of Bodom tour which is making its way towards NYC for two nights at Irving Plaza.

Here’s a unique one–the Clinton Hill restaurant Three Letters is hosting a black metal tasting menu called “It Takes A Pillage: A Black Metal Tasting Meal.” The soundtrack will be 100% black metal, and the six-course, $45 meal will include dishes like “I Will Lay Down My Bones Among the Rocks and Roots” (marrow, carrot, sunchoke) and “In the Hall with Boar and Mead” (wild boar honey, juniper, turnip). More info is available on Three Letters’ website. Sunday date night?

Over on Invisible Oranges, we interviewed and premiered new music from Pilgrim, streamed material from Thantifaxath, talked with visual artist Alex Eckman-Lawn and ran down all this week’s metal releases worth buying.

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