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Sunday Metal Song: Kylesa, “Said and Done”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , , , , , on Sunday, May 3, 2009 by Ryan Buege

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Kylesa just came to Minneapolis last week for a performance at the Fine Line, but with all the lavish attention thrown at Mastodon, it maybe was unfortunately too easy to overlook the incredible show that these Savannah, GA natives put on that night. This post is here to straighten out anyone who can admit to this shame.

“Said and Done” is a grandiose track that showcases all this brilliant band’s  best qualities; bombastic cascades of drum thunder are the anchor to some of the thickest guitar grooves this side of Entombed and enough nasty psychedelic metal embellishments to make anyone’s jaw drop. Kylesa is clearly firing on all cylinders these days, and they sound they best I’ve heard from them so far! Check it out for yourself – courtesy of SXSW.

MP3: Kylesa, “Said and Done” (from Static Tensions, available now)

Sonic Youth & Yeah Yeah Yeahs plan separate summer tours to pass through First Avenue

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Really, we all know that I don’t need to do anything more for this post than list the dates for these two separate summertime shows that our friends at First Avenue booked this week. I can guarantee these will sell out in no time, because anyone who wants to see these bands live definitely knows how rare these Minnesota visits are for the longtime indie rock gods in Sonic Youth (on July 21) and the constantly rising star of Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (on May 30). Tickets for both shows will be available this Saturday, May 2nd. Pay attention to first-ave.com for the link or just drop by their box office!

May 30, 2009
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
Doors @ 6 / All Ages

July 21, 2009
Sonic Youth
First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
Doors @ 7 / 18+

Non-Minnesota residents, keep reading! All of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Sonic Youth shows that are booked so far are listed after the link… Continue reading

Concert Recap: Blue Ox, Tonnage, Fatty Acid @ the Hexagon

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Blue Ox live @ the Hexagon

Blue Ox, Tonnage, and Fatty Acid came together for a local show of every kind of fucked up stoner metal imaginable on Thursday night. From purely mammoth doom metal riffs, to stonerized rock, punk, hardcore, and death metal – and everything in between. If you enjoy metal, like to drink on Thursday’s, and live in the Metro, this show was the place to be. Video and photo coverage of the show continues below.

VIDEO: Blue Ox, “2cBent” (live at the Hexagon, 04/23/09)

Blue Ox live @ the Hexagon
(Blue Ox)

Blue Ox live @ the Hexagon(Blue Ox)

Blue Ox live @ the Hexagon(Blue Ox)

Blue Ox live @ the Hexagon(Blue Ox)

Blue Ox live @ the Hexagon(Blue Ox)

Tonnage live @ the Hexagon(Tonnage)

Tonnage live @ the Hexagon(Tonnage)

Tonnage live @ the Hexagon(Tonnage)

Tonnage live @ the Hexagon(Tonnage)

Fatty Acid live @ the Hexagon(Fatty Acid)

Fatty Acid live @ the Hexagon(Fatty Acid)

Follow our link; there’s more sweet pictures of this excellent local metal show at the Hexagon after the jump… Continue reading

The Bronx shred in (cyber?) shark-infested waters on “Knifeman” music video

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , on Thursday, April 23, 2009 by Ryan Buege

The Bronx recently passed through the Twin Cities with Trash Talk for a Triple Rock gig to support their new album The Bronx (III), so it’s presumable that we won’t be able to see them here in person in Minnesota for a while. Thankfully, the best hard-rock album of 2008 is getting some more video accompaniments to be broadcast around the globe, with Justin Enright and Tyler Ford directing a video for the band’s infectious groovy hardcore boot-stomper “Knifeman”. What seems to be a casual under-water shred-fest quickly turns into a bloodbath as the rockers struggle to outswim the agile (cyber?) shark that somehow infiltrated their pool…  Enter the pool with these punks, if you dare to tempt the virtual spawn of Jaws.

VIDEO: The Bronx, “Knifeman” (from The Bronx (III), available now)

Concert Recap & Video: Fucked Up, Bring That Shit, The Nina! The Pinta!, Totally Harsh @ the Triple Rock Social Club

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Friday, April 10, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club

Fucked Up played the Triple Rock Social Club on Wednesday, April 8, with local hardcore punks in Bring That Shit, post-hardcore band The Nina! The Pinta!, and crossover punks Totally Harsh supporting, and the show was nothing short of spectacular. Throughout their set, Canadian progressive hardcore punks in Fucked Up played with an untouchable fire, fueling the highly supportive crowd through one of most exciting and satisfying hardcore shows in recent memory. Truly, the refreshing nature of the set I saw on Wednesday night is hard to put into words; the band’s charismatic frontman Pink Eyes is a larger than life personality that had fans on the tip of their toes throughout their performance with his unpredictable antics, hilarious banter, and infectious enthusiasm while the three-guitar wall of hardcore noise provided the perfect soundtrack for the flying bodies and spontaneous mosh pits on the floor of the Triple Rock. While I had personally believed that the hardcore scene I once knew was dead and gone (and even though Fucked Up plays a much more adventurous style of hardcore than I’m used to), their performance proved that the passion for this kind of punk rock is still strong in the city of Minneapolis. Right now, I’d rank this as the best show I’ve seen this year, and it will be a hard one to top.

VIDEO: Fucked Up live @ Triple Rock Social Club on 4/8/09

**apologies for the long intro, but my iBook is horrible for editing and encoding videos and I wanted to get this post up before the weekend. Oh well; “Black Albino Bones” starts around 1:45**

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Fucked Up)

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Fucked Up)

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Fucked Up)

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Fucked Up)

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Fucked Up)

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Fucked Up)

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Fucked Up)

Fucked Up live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Fucked Up)

Bring That Shit live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Bring That Shit)

Bring That Shit live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Bring That Shit)

The Nina! The Pinta! live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(The Nina! The Pinta!)

Totally Harsh live @ the Triple Rock Social Club(Totally Harsh)

Continue reading; I’ve got even more Fucked Up photos (and a video coming soon), after the jump! Continue reading

Propagandhi’s Supporting Caste now streaming

Posted in Audio with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Propagandhi, Supporting CasteMy favorite forward-thinking Canadian skatepunks in Propagahndi are soon to release their follow-up to 2005’s Potemkin City Limits, and now the entire new album, Supporting Caste, available on March 10th, is now available for preview streaming on their brand new MySpace site. One thing’s clear on first listen – after five albums, these anarchists still haven’t lost any of their edge. Supporting Caste sounds as unrelenting, vicious, and unapologetic as we’ve hear Propagandhi yet. Take a listen for yourself!

Listen: Supporting Caste (available for sale on March 10th)

Cancer Bats on the “Deathsmarch”, new music video

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , on Monday, February 23, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always envied the the prolific and seemingly “tight-knit” Toronto/Buffalo hardcore-punk scene; its no secret that there has been a long line of stellar bands to from this region, and this post is about the latest. The brand new “Deathsmarch” music video is pretty much quintessential Cancer Bats, a Toronto band of gritty punk rockers that is quickly gaining notoriety. “Deathsmarch” may be a bit more mid-paced than usual from these guys, but at its core it’s still the enthralling, disgusting, southern infected hardcore that they are known for. While perhaps a bit cheesy at times (though I think that probably has more to do with the overly enthusiastic fans than anything else), the video is a pretty awesome clip. It’s a really well-shot piece that could easily be mistaken for one of their lives shows if it the edit weren’t so clean.

When they are at their best, there is no one better at what they do. The over-the-top riffage and impassioned, engaging vocals that make their live shows so fun are also exactly what make “Deathsmarch” a great aural piece for this type of clip. Enjoy!

(featuring a guest appearance from Wade of Alexisonfire)

Video: Fucked Up and Jello Biafra perform “Blitzkrieg Bop”

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Punk legend Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys came out to Fucked Up’s recent San Francisco show and they invited him onstage (as I’m sure many bands do when they find out Jello is in the club in SF) to play this Ramones cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop”. Brilliant stuff!

In other news, Fucked Up just started streaming the song “Year of the Rat” from their upcoming 12″ single that will be released on What’s Your Rupture. Check it here!

Video: Bad Brains documentary preview & progress update

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, February 5, 2009 by Ryan Buege

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The legendary (and, from both a personal & public point of view, extremely influential) American hardcore-punk group Bad Brains have posted an update on a forthcoming as-of-yet untitled documentary they are planning for future release. The band is now in post-production for the film which is being directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan and traces the history of the band from their formation in Washington, D.C. in 1979 to the present day. However, they’re not done yet; in the rare case that you actually footage of the band from throughout their career, please contact the directors by emailing them to let them know. So far, the film is guaranteed to featured interviews with all four founding members, as well as  from Henry Rollins, Minor Threat/Fugazi vocalist Ian MacKaye, ex-Minor Threat guitarist Lyle Preslar, ex-Cro-Mags vocalist Jon Joseph and guitarist Harley Flanagan, Murphy’s Law guitarist Jimmy Gestapo and Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, who produced the  Bad Brain’s 2007 album, Build a Nation.

I wasn’t around for the hardcore renaissance that these guys propelled, but they have been as important to me as any band in contributing to my rejection of authority and my embrace of self-motivation. During my late teenage years, thee Bad Brains were my soundtrack, whether I was tooling with friends, jamming at a party, or chilling for a late night session; Bad Brains is music for an inspired life. This should be an amazing documentary and is very well deserved this late in their career. Anyone else excited for this? Anyone not know this band?.. well if not, shame, shame, shame on you! Keep a lookout here for a final release announcement.