by Black Bubblegum

Trash Talk

It's here. I hope you got your sleep this past weekend.... you're gonna need it with all the riffage going around. May we present... the day to day guide to heavy at CMJ 2008, below....


OCT 21st

* PICK: CMJ Solid PR & 1000 Knives Presents: The Bronx, Trash Talk, Akimbo at Fontana's. One crew of bad mother-punkers kick ass with the sickening hardcore of Trash Talk and the beer-soaked Akimbo. Akimbo is also playing The Brooklyn Vegan party at Knitting Factory on Sat Oct 25th (and a lot of other times).

* Trash Talk, Black Anvil, Alpha & Omega, Flesh Temple @ Europa. Yes, Trash Talk is that busy but they pretty much own you and in this go around, they bring along tourmates Alpha & Omega and local badasses Black Anvil.

* Trash Talk, Alpha & Omega @ Stolen Sleeves Collective. Again with the Trash Talk and Alpha & Omega!


OCT 22nd

* PICK: Krallice, Vreid @ Studio @ WH. Local black-metal titans Krallice show 'em who's boss with black metallers Vried! Maybe sure you RSVP. Vried is also playing The Brooklyn Vegan party at Knitting Factory on Sat Oct 25th.

* Titan, Night Horse, The Weight, Weird Owl, King Tuff @ Europa. Retro-rock stylings of the proggy Titan, along with the mighty Night Horse... . Tickets are still available.


OCT 23rd


* PICK: Metal Blade/Relapse Records Showcase: Psyopus, Tombs, Left To Vanish, Bison BC, This Or The Apocalypse @ Knitting Factory Tap Bar. Rochester tech-metal fiends headline this heavy music fiesta with local monsters Tombs and newbie badasses Bison BC.

* PANEL: Current Independent Culture Through the Eyes of True Indie Pioneers @ Kimmel Center. A discussion with Walter Schreifels, Craig Wedren, DJ Spooky, and Dave Allen about the decline of the major label system and where indie music is headed.

* Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Bury Your Dead, Another Black Day @ Irving Plaza. If thats you're kind of thing, I guess. Tickets are on sale.


Oct 24th

Akimbo Photo by Wade Gosselin

* PICK: Panache Showcase: Akimbo, Monotonix, DMBQ, The Mae Shi, An Albatross, Aa, Fiasco, and many many many others @ Knitting Factory. Akimbo, in their 4762nd appearance at CMJ 2008, will destroy your mother with An Albatross, DMBQ, Aa, and so many other bands that I would rather not get carpal tunnel syndrome attempting to re-write them all. Details here, tickets are on sale.

* PANEL: The Changing Face of Metal: Evolution or Identity Crisis? @ Kimmel Center. A discussion about the changing face of metal with Guy Kozowyk from The Red Chord, Harlan Frey, Kevin Lyman, and Ben Umanov.

Onitsuka Tiger CMJ Showcase: The Giraffes, FIGO, Apollo Heights, The Shiny Brights @ Le Poisson Rouge. The beer-swilling manaics of wildmen of The Giraffes hit the stage with Figo, Apollo Heights, and The Shiny Brights. Tickets are on sale.

Trap Them, The Perennial, Hinges @ Stolen Sleeves Collective. Trap Them will also be appearing at The Brooklyn Vegan Day Party on Sat Oct 25th!


Oct 25th

Rival f'n Schools!

* PICK: Rival Schools (5pm), Made Out Of Babies (4pm), Akimbo, Trap Them, Vried and manay bands that don't fall within the "heavy" category @ Knitting Factory (all floors). Come on guys. Rival f'n Schools AND Made Out of Babies? Not to mention Trap Them? And it's FREE? (And it's our party!) (noon-10pm)

* The Syndicate & Bitpom present Darkest Hour, God Forbid, Warship, Thy Will Be Done @ Fontanas. Darkest Hour get small. Reeaaaallly small. Could be interesting. $10

* Tee Pee Records Presents Night Horse, Weird Owl, It Lives @ Cake Shop. More retro rock from Night Horse... dudes is takin ovah!

* Sold PR & Neurot Recordings Present: US Christmas, Akimbo, The Giraffes at Europa. Tickets are still available.

* RedCMJ08 Presents Made Out Of Babies, Wetnurse, Patent Pending, TK Webb & The Visions, The Answer, Charm City Devils @ Crash Mansion. MOoB follows up a collossal show with Rival Schools with a show with the eclectic and engaging Wetnurse and TK Webb & The Visions.

* Thrill Jockey / No Quarter showcase: The Psychic Paramount, Doug Paisley, Thank You, Pit er Pat, High Places, Pontiak, Arbouretum @ The Annex. The Psychic Paramount is fi'in to melt the house down.


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