Friday, September 28th
Yuengling's Philly Free Beer Toast6:30 pmFull list of participating locations
Ali Shaheed MuhammadSilk City 435 Spring Garden St. 9 pm $10
Friday Happy Hour DJs - DJ Perez Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N Frankford Ave 6 pmNo Cover
Skeletonwitch w/ Havok, Early GravesThe Barbary 951 Frankford Ave 8 pm Tickets
Mark KozelekFirst Unitarian Sanctuary2125 Chestnut St8:30 pmTickets
Saturday, September 29th
Anything U Can Shake YRHips2 Silk City 435 Spring Garden St. 10 pm $3 girls $7 guys
One of the most exciting parts of last summer was some activity among one of Philly’s best who have decided to give it another go, None More Black. Opening for the Bouncing Souls at the Troc, the band surprised us all with a new song. Now, they’re working on a new record. Currently being recorded with Will Yip (who helmed last year’s amazing Blacklisted record), the album is tentatively titled Icons and the band is keeping a blog of activity.
It’s not like the guys weren’t busy during their hiatus. CPM and Paul Delaney had their brief, yet awesome, run as Ram & Ox and Jason Shevchuk did a number of bands including the over-before the album even came out LaGrecia. Thankfully thanks to new drummer Richard Minino (of New Mexican Disaster Squad), the band is reinvigorated. And we’re all getting reinvigorated about them.
Expect the album on Fat Wreck Chords towards the end of the year.
If you’ve been to the movies in the past few years, you’re aware of Fathom Events. Those movies like “Beer Wars” or UFC cards, “streamed” to a movie theater where willing patrons buy tickets and popcorn and sit and enjoy. Combining Fathom Events with thrash metal is almost the exact opposite of a no-brainer, yet Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth will be live, on movie screens across America this summer.
The “Big Four” tour will not be making its way to the United States this summer, but we’ll be able to watch from the comfort of an air conditioned theater. Hey, it’s better than nothing. Metallica headlines the tour, the first run to feature the biggest names in metal. The Bay Area brawlers will play a full 75-minute set while the other bands will all get 45. Tickets are already available, so pick yours up. If you’ve already booked a flight and bought your festival tickets to actually see this show, godspeed.
Since the release of 2005’s Pink, Boris has been making it cool to like metal again, even though they aren’t so easily pinned down to the genre. In not nailing themselves to the upside-down cross, Boris are able to throw phych, punk, and sludgy shoegaze into one big trash bin only to have it all pushed through the compactor into a super sharp ice pick that drives straight through your ear drums to the other side. Really though, I’ve known people to come away from their concerts with near-bloody ears because of the sheer volume. Pack your earplugs because this Japanese trio is coming to Philly’s Starlight Ballroom on Wednesday, August 4th.
This being their first Philadelphia show in a couple years, anybody with the slightest bit of black leather sprit coursing through his or her veins will be in attendance. Boris has a new-ish album slated for release June 2 called Variations, which culls favorites like “Pink” from Pink and includes 5 new recordings and a Live in Japan DVD. Opening up for these Japanese legends is Chicago’s heaviest duo, Russian Circles.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010. 7:30pm. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N 9th Street. $15.
Philadelphia is one of six lucky cities that will be able to see the revamped version of OzzFest after its two-year hiatus. Starting on August 14 on the West Coast and touching down at the Susquehanna Bank Center ten days later, this version of the ‘Fest is a little different than the one you remember.
Headlined by the Prince of F*@(in’ Darkness himself, on the strength of his new album Scream, the tour also features the legendary Motley Crue as a co-headliner. For those who haven’t seen the Motley Crue episode of Behind the Music a thousand times (or read their amazing book The Dirt), the last time these two toured together Ozzy snorted a line of ants in a parking lot. Metal.
Also heading out on the abbreviated OzzFest are Skeletonwitch, Drowning Pool, DevilDriver, Black Label Society and Rob Halford, among others. Tickets go on sale May 22 for the August show. Get your necks in training, the heads will be banging.
Two great bands, landmarks of their respective genres, teamed up to fill the Trocadero on Friday night. From the outside, a Thursday/Converge tour sounds crazy. From the inside, it was oh, so right.
As people continued to file in, the hardcore devotees lined the front of the room for Lewd Acts. Less annoying chuggy parts and Metallica t-shirts proved that they were more than just another one of “those” bands. The actual sound was unreasonably loud during Lewd Acts, proved by listening to their recorded material after the fact (and enjoying it way more), but that didn’t stop them from being a little bit underwhelming, even if Tyler Densley did climb into the balcony.
Touché Amore is hands down one of the most interesting up-and-coming hardcore bands currently playing. Forgetting the brutal heaviness of most of their peers, TA carries the torch of 90s screamo better than some actual 90s screamo bands did. Reminiscent of the newer Blacklisted releases, TA has a pure, unbridled and unchecked intensity. Like Blacklisted, they will likely be ignored by many but completely fucking adored by few. And all of those kids will go on to start bands and the cycle will continue once again.
For those of the metal uninformed; Matt Pike was the mind behind stoner rock legends, Sleep (who are headlining ATP this year with Iggy and the Stooges!). After nearly a decade of crushing stoner riffs (and one reallllly long song about worshiping weed), Sleep parted ways to form new musical outfits.
While Al Cisneros and Chris Haikus went on to explore similar territory in the meditative Om, Pike took a different route, choosing to create one of the heaviest and most propulsive metal sounds of the past decade. Part Motorhead, part Black Sabbath, and all adrenalin; listening to High on Fire is equivalent to being bludgeoned to death by sound.
Maintaining dense, complex riffs, while holding to the speed of classic d-beat (there’s Motorhead), High on Fire have garnered an ever growing number of fans over the course of five incredibly accomplished albums and ten plus years of touring. The heat didn’t stop people from pouring into the Church basement to bear witness to some truly awesome metal.
How many times have you stood in front of a mirror blasting AC/DC or Metallica, recreating Tom Cruise’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” freak out from Risky Business? If the number is reaching the triple or quadruple digits, the U.S. Air Guitar Championship is exactly where you need to be.
One winner from the Philadelphia regional will head to New York City in July to compete in the National Finals. The winner of the nationals will head to Finland in August to represent the USA in the World Championships. How isn’t this a Judd Apatow movie yet?
Last year’s Air Guitar regionals looked like a hell of a good time, just see these photos for proof.