by Ian Chainey


Noise rock/sludge experimenters Prizehog are out on the road. The Bay Area-born, Portland-located trio is touring in support of their newest effort, Re-Unvent the Whool. Released back in March, the long-player has received its share of acclaim, taking the tribal thump of Neurosis and the woosh of space rock, filtering the result through the pitch-shifted everything of avant-pop. It's a neat blend of varied elements, coalescing into a heavy listen that's definitely not ponderous.

They're currently in New York for two different dates. The first is tonight (5/22) at Cake Shop in Manhattan with Columboid (minimal synth madness that's ex-Vaz), Insect Ark (Bee and Flower leader Dana Schecter's lap-steel/bass solo drone), and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man, Old Man Gloom, half of Hydra Head's roster, etc.). Tickets are $8 at the door. The second is Friday (5/23) at Saint Vitus, sporting a bill of Vaz (noise rock related to '90s legends Hammerhead), Mossenek (guitar/electronics duo with Mick Barr), and Collapsible Baton. Tickets are still available.

Speaking of Vaz, the noisy nutters also have two other NYC dates forthcoming. On June 1, they'll hit the Cake Shop with Bludded Head, Coma in Algiers, Couch Slut, and Marriage + Cancer (K Records band formerly known as nucular aminals) in support. Then, on June 22, Vaz will hook up Tweak Bird -- who we premiered a song from this week -- and Bbigpigg at Death By Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Bludded Head, the Denton doom dealers, are stocked with some out-there merch, so definitely be on the look out for that. They and Marriage + Cancer also playThe Gutter in Brooklyn on May 31 with Vulture Shit, one day before their Cake Shop show.

All of the tour dates, along with a load of streams, appear below.


Prizehog Remaining 2014 Tour Dates
5/22 Manhattan, NY with Insect Ark and Columboid at the Cake Shop
5/23 Brooklyn, NY with Vaz, Mossenek & Collapsible Baton at St Vitus
5/24 Providence, RI with Vaz and Tinsel Teeth at AS220
5/25 Boston, MA with Vaz, Raw Blow and more at O'Brien's
5/26 Buffalo, NY with Fox 45, Tainted and Jerry Grind at The Lair
5/27 Columbus, OH at Ace of Cups
5/28 Chicago, IL with Arbogast at Beat Kitchen
5/29 Milwaukee, WI with Soup Moat at Quarters
5/30 Minneapolis, MN with The Funeral and the Twilight at The Hexagon Bar
5/31 Iowa City, IA with Acoustic Gillotine at Trumpet Blossom
6/1 Lincoln, NE TBA
6/2 Denver, CO with Echo Beds at Bar Bar
6/3 Laramie, WY with Unpaid Butlers at The Parlor Bar
6/4 Salt Lake City, UT with Cornered By Zombies and The Great Sabatini at Burts
6/5 Bozeman, MT with Acheron Thodol and Rose Gold at the Filling Station
6/6 Missoula, MT with TBA at Zootown Arts Community Center
6/7 Spokane, WA with Hooves at The Big Dipper
6/8 Seattle, WA with Don Peyote and Same Sex Dictator at Black Lodge


Vaz Upcoming Tour Dates
5/23 Brooklyn, NY with Prizehog, Mossenek & Collapsible Baton at St Vitus
6/1 Brooklyn, NY with Bludded Head, Coma in Algiers, Couch Slut, Marriage + Cancer
7/14 Berns Salonger - Stockholm, Sweden

Insect Ark

Stephen Brodsky



Bludded Head

Bludded Head 2014 Tour
May 22: @ Kirby's, Witchita, KS w/Hosmer, Plaguebot
May 25: @ The Stone, Kent, OH
May 27: @ Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH w/Prizehog
May 31: @ The Gutter, Brooklyn, NY w/Vulture Shit, Marriage + Cancer
June 1: @ The Cake Shop, Manhattan, NY w/Vaz, Couch Slut, Coma in Algiers, Marriage + Cancer
June 6: @ Notsuoh, Houston, TX w/Coma in Algiers, Cool Piss, Copwarmth

Tweak Bird -- 2014 Tour Dates
May 24 - The Cellar Door - Visalia, CA
May 25 - The Night Life - Oakland, CA
May 27 - The Holland Project - Reno, NV
May 29 - Bunk Bar - Portland, OR
May 30 - Volume Fest - Spokane, WA
May 31 - Highline - Seattle, WA
Jun 01 - The Crux - Boise, ID
Jun 02 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 03 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
Jun 05 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
Jun 06 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Jun 07 - Hangar 9 - Carbondale, IL
Jun 08 - PJ's Lager House - Detroit, MI
Jun 09 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
Jun 10 - Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 11 - Ortlieb's - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 12 - Death By Audio - Brooklyn, NY
Jun 14 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
Jun 15 - The Milestone Club - Charlotte, NC
Jun 16 - 529 - Atlanta, GA
Jun 17 - Bottletree Cafe - Birmingham, AL
Jun 19 - Three Links - Dallas, TX
Jun 22 - Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
Jun 23 - Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ
Jun 24 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
Jun 27 - The Church on York - Los Angeles, CA