by Black Bubblegum

Unearthly Trance

That's it. I'm calling Mayor "Doomberg" (as El-P calls him)! We need to get one of those keys-to-the-city and have the week of the 21st designated as official Neurosis & pals week.

First, you have the two killer Neurosis shows back to back at a Masonic temple (Jan 24th & 25th... and possibly with Mastodon in tow). Then on the 26th Scott Kelly (of Neurosis & now Shrinebuilder fame) and Jarboe (Swans) play a solo show at the Pussycat Lounge! Make sure to stay and check out NYC mainstays Unearthly Trance lay waste (flyer).

Speaking of the guys from Unearthly Trance..... check for them as they embark on a tour with the always great Pelican and Black Cobra (mems Acid King, and recently off tour with The Sword). Dates at the end of this post.

More below......

Genghis TronGenghis Tron have announced some initial tour dates for 2008. That includes a few NYC shows and SXSW. Dates at the end of the post.

Tech-metal monsters Dysrthymia will grace the stages of Cake Shop on January 10th, along with locals Stay Fucked.

Napalm Death - Scum

Topping the amazing-band-opening-for-not-so-amazing-bands news, Napalm Death will swing back into town with Devil Driver, Walls Of Jericho, & 36 Crazyfists. Tickets are on sale for a show at BB Kings in NYC on March 24th. The rest of the dates below.

Mick Barr @ The Stone NYC

Guitar-noodler-extraordinare (I mean that with the highest of compliments) Mick Barr will bring his Ocrilim project to bless Precious Metal on Feb 18th at Lit Lounge. Also check for Car Bomb on Feb 4th.

Russian Circles is at work on their new record for Suicide Squeeze which will be recorded by Matt Bayles, Bayles credits include Botch (yeah, he did "We Are The Romans"), Murder City Devils, Minus The Bear, Isis, and Mastodon (all of their LPs). Look for some of those new toetappers to show up in their set during their upcoming tour with Ipecac's hip hop antagonists Dalek. They're at Mercury Lounge on February 25th. More dates at the end.

Young Widows
Young Widows

Louisville's own Jesus-Lizard-alikes (and siblings to Coliseum), Young Widows, will clobber us with their noise/metal/post-punk at Death By Audio on January 23rd. The Brooklyn show will feature The Austerity Program (Hydra Head) as well as Tombs (check for that EP on Black Box Recordings), and Black Horse......

Young Widows - 2008 Tour Dates
January 21 Subterranean Chicago, IL with Suicide Note, Millions
January 22 The Davenport Cleveland, OH
January 23 Death By Audio Brooklyn, NY w The Austerity Program, Tombs, and Black Horse
January 24 The Middle East Cambridge, MA w The Austerity Program, Disappearer

Ever wonder what makes Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth cry? Ripping guitar solos.

Build a NationI love end of year lists..... Here are a ton of Best of 2007 lists by guys from The Red Chord, Between The Buried & Me, Phil Anselmo, Architect, Impaled, Behold... The Arctopus, and many many more.

Philip Anselmo (Vocals) - Down
(in no particular order)

Bad Brains – Build A Nation
The Sursiks – I Didn’t Know I Was Singing
Terra Diablo – Deluge Songs
Darkthrone – F.O.A.D.
Down – III: Over The Under

And another set of Best of 2007 Lists by members of Gorgoroth, Converge, the newly reformed Carcass (!), Mayhem, and Pepper Keenan among many others..

And here are those dates....

Pelican, Black Cobra & Unearthly Trance - 2008 Tour Dates
February 28 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
February 29 - Dekalb, IL @ The House
March 1 - Bloomington, IN @ Rhino's All Ages Music Club
March 2 - St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle
March 4 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
March 5 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
March 6 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
March 7 - Gainesville, FL @ Common Ground
March 8 - Big Cypress, FL @ Langerado Festival (Pelican only)
March 10 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
March 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
March 13 - Charlotte, NC @ Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
March 15 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

Genghis Tron - 2008 Tour Dates
February 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church* also Pony Pants
February 22 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory*
February 23 - Red Hook, NY @ MPR at Bard University*
February 24 - Allston, MA @ Great Scotts* also Pony Pants
February 29 - Baltimore, MD @ The Talking Head w/ Vincent Black Shadow**
March 1 - Brooklyn, NY @ T.B.A.(a Todd P show)**
March 13 - 15 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
May 9 - Brighton @ Engine Room***
May 10 - Sheffield @ Corporation***
May 11 - Leeds @ Joseph’s Wall***
May 12 - Newcastle @ Trillians***
May 13 - Plymouth @ White Rabbit***
May 14 - Bristol @ Croft***
May 15 - London @ Bar Academy Islington***
May 16 - T.B.A., Belgium @ T.B.A.***
May 17 - T.B.A., Holland @ T.B.A.***
May 18 - T.B.A., Paris @ T.B.A.***
May 19 - Koln @ Underground***
May 20 - Berlin @ Cassiopeia***
May 21 - Munich @ Feierwerk***
May 22 - Milan @ Magnolia Club***

*with The Austerity Program, Steve Moore
**with Ponytail, Aa
***with Nachtmystium, Zoroaster

Napalm Death (as far as I am concerned) - 2008 Tour Dates
Feb 27 Modesto, CA The Fat Cat
Feb 28 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
Feb 29 Hollywood, CA House Of Blues West
March 2 Tucson, AZ The Rock
March 4 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
March 6 Tulsa, Ok Cain's Ballroom
March 7 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theater
March 8 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar
March 9 Corpus Christi, TX House Of Rock
March 14 Seminole, FL Boomerz
March 15 Port St. Lucie, FL Mojo Room
March 17 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
March 18 Fayetteville, NC Jesters
March 19 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
March 20 North Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
March 21 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
March 22 Springfield, VA Jaxx
March 24 New York, NY BB Kings (On Sale)
March 25 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
March 26 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
March 27 Worcester, MA The Palladium
March 28 Bedford, NH Mark's Showplace
March 29 Clifton, NY Northern Lights
March 31 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls
April 1 Louisville, KY Headliners
April 2 Cleveland, OH Peabodys
April 3 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
April 4 Detroit, MI Harpos
April 5 Flint, MI Machine Shop
April 6 Mokena, IL Pearl Room
April 8 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
April 9 Maplewood, MN The Rock
April 11 Sauget, IL Pop's
April 12 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont
April 13 Salina, KS The Blue Goat
April 16 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
April 17 Famington, NM Gator's
April 18 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater

Russian Circles & Dalek - 2008 Tour Dates
February 19 - Chicago, IL @ Subteranean
February 20 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
February 21 - Columbus, OH @ The Ravari Room
February 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The School
February 25 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
February 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
February 27 - Washington DC @ Rock N' Roll Hotel
February 28 - Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
February 29 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
March 1 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

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