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Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

NYC area shows announced this week (Bush, John 5, Cauldron + more)

It was quite a week for rock and metal show announcements in New York City, check out a list of the latest below…

* Monster Truck and Dead Heavens rock Saint Vitus on February 17th [tix]. MT‘s new record Sitting Heavy comes out on February 19th.

* Spawns of Satan Archgoat defile Saint Vitus on March 20th with help from Valkyrja [tix].

* Alt metallers Bush return with new tour dates, counting a gig at LI’s The Paramount on May 5th [tix].

* The Smashing Pumpkins will fire an acoustic tour in the spring, hitting Beacon Theatre for two shows: April 4th [almost sold-out] and April 5th [tix].

* Famed ripper John 5 and his backing band The Creatures return to NYC at Highline Ballroom on March 16th [tix]. New record Guitars, T!ts, and Monsters drops later this year.

* Punk rock giants NOFX will release a new autobiography in the spring, with a tour in tow, slamming Manhattan along the way at Irving Plaza on April 29th [sold out].

* Canadian heavy metallers Cauldron will soon wrap up a long North American tour supporting Enforcer, but before then they’ll hit Saint Vitus for a headliner on February 22nd [tix]. New album In Ruin is out now.

* Grindcore legion Wake drop Sowing The Seeds Of A Worthless Tomorrow later this month, which will be accompanied by tour dates, including The Acheron on March 7th [ticket info tbc].

* Original Kiss member Ace Frehley returns to B.B. King on April 11th and April 12th [tix]. Expect new music coming out soon.

* Steel Panther played in the garage belonging to bassist Lexxi Foxx‘s mom, and will soon release proof of it. A super small record release show goes down at The Box (well played) on February 25th [sold out].

* Def Leppard postponed some dates (sorry Brooklyn).

* Did you catch Amon Amarth‘s listening party at Saint Vitus, with a special “DJ set” from singer Johan Hegg? (we did!) The band plays PlayStation Theater on April 22nd [tix].

* Metal weirdos Nekrogoblikon, Psychostick and Urizen do some crazy stuff at Saint Vitus on national marijuana day, April 20th [tix].

* Fast food doomers Mac Sabbath “Rock-Sham-Shake” their way to Highline Ballroom on March 25th [tix].

* Counterparts, Expire and others march through North America later this year; catch them at The Studio at Webster Hall on April 8th [tix].

* The New Regime aka Ilan Rubin (previously in Nine Inch Nails & Lostprophets) was added to The Used‘s upcoming spring tour; descending upon PlayStation Theater on April 26th and April 27th [tix].

* Texas’ own True Widow hit the road in the spring, making an appearance at Saint Vitus on April 27th [tix]. New record comes out this summer.

* Techlicious shredders Revocation make their 2016 stage debut next month, devastating Saint Vitus on March 17th [tix]. New licks are on the way.

* Owl aficionados Kvelertak plan to let loose a new LP in the near future, but before then they’ll hook up with Torche and Wild Throne for a North American tour; whacking Irving Plaza on April 13th [tix].

* American Head Charge return with their first record in like forever; Tango Umbrella (due next month), and intent to support it with spring dates; slamming LI’s Revolution on May 22nd with Motorgrater [on sale 2/9].

* Fans of grind Magrudergrind will release their new effort II next week; backing it with tour dates, including a one-off headliner at The Acheron on February 19th [tix].

* You should spend your Valentine’s Day (2/14) drinking tons of free booze and listening to an all-star cast dish out tunes from the mighty Motörhead at The Bowery Electric. RIP LEMMY! [tix]

* Anvil have a new lyric video out (watch it), and they’ll probably play that song and others at Black Bear Brooklyn on May 14th [tix tbc].

* The Queen of all things metal Doro Pesch will grace the stage at Revolution on March 4th [tix] and Blackthorn 51 on March 6th [tix]. Local bands will most likely support.

Did we miss anything? If so, let us know in the comments.

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Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Doro Pesch going on tour soon; catch her in New York (+ other dates)

Doro celebrating 30 years of headbangage at Gramercy Theatre in 2014

The Queen of heavy metal Doro Pesch will be returning to the U.S. later this month for a series of east coast dates that begin with a special appearance at ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise East’ in Miami, Fl, beside the likes of Tesla, Steve Vai and Extreme. Doro and her band will then push forth through seven more east coast markets, including Long Island at Revolution on March 4 [tix], Poughkeepsie at The Chance on March 5 w/ Y&T [tix], and Queens, NYC at Blackthorn 51 on March 6 [tix]. All confirmed dates are below.

The metal maven will be hitting the road in continued support of her latest studio offering, Raise Your Fist, which dropped in 2012 through Nuclear Blast – as well as her 2014 comp. effort, Powerful Passionate Favorite, featuring cover songs of bands such as Dio, Led Zeppelin and Metallica. Spin some tunes after the dates…


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Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Anvil unleash new lyric clip; confirm new tour dates (NY included)


Canadian heavy metal legends Anvil have released today a fresh new lyric video for their latest single “Die For A Lie,” taken from their upcoming new studio album Anvil Is Anvil (due out 2/26 on SPV/Steamhammer). Watch the clip below.

Additionally, Anvil will soon embark on a colossal European run with special guest support from Dirkschneider. Following that tour, the trio will invade the U.S. for a spring outing featuring various support acts. New York stops (w/ Lich King) include NYC at Black Bear Brooklyn on May 14 and Rochester at Bug Jar on May 15. Ticket info forthcoming. Check out full dates below with more to be announced soon.


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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Bowery Electric hosting Motörhead tribute w/ special guests


NYC’s The Bowery Electric will be throwing a special Lemmy/Motörhead tribute show on Valentine’s Day (2/14), as part of the venue’s monthly rock ‘n’ roll party, “Sally Can’t Dance.” The evening will feature an all star band consisting of current and former members of Murphy’s Law, Monster Magnet and Misfits, as well as appearances by a handful of special guests like Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph, CJ Ramone and others. Tickets ($10) are on sale now, here – and did we mention it’s open bar? Check out the full lineup below…


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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Magrudergrind release new single; playing BK later this month (+ more dates)


Washington, D.C. grindcore trio Magrudergrind have unleashed a brand new track today titled “Black Banner,” which comes off of the band’s forthcoming sixth studio offering, II, due out February 12 via Relapse Records. The new song premiered through BrooklynVegan and can be streamed below. The new cut joins previously released singles “”Sacrificial Hire” and “Regressive Agenda” (check those out below as well).

Additionally, Magrudergrind will be setting out on a European tour with Primitive Man at the end of the month, but before then they’ll hit up Brooklyn’s The Acheron for a one-off headliner on February 19, featuring support acts Incendiary, Triac and Mutilation Rites [tix]. The band will also perform at ‘Choosing Death Fest’ in Philly in April beside Dying Fetus, Nails and others. A full list of upcoming gigs can be viewed after the music.


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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 9:42 am

Smashing Pumpkins add second acoustic show at Beacon Theatre (updated dates)


Earlier this week, The Smashing Pumpkins announced a North American tour for the spring, dubbed “In Plainsong,” that will see the rock favorites dishing out a full set of acoustic-electro songs in over 20 markets, including NYC at Beacon Theatre on April 4. Pre-sale for tickets is going on now and due to popular demand, a second showing at Beacon Theatre has been confirmed for April 5. Tickets will be released to the general public starting tomorrow (2/5), at this location. Liz Phair opens the tour.

An updated list of dates can be seen below. Following the trek, The Pumpkins will be recording a new album (inspired by this run).


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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 8:06 am

American Head Charge stream new track; announce spring foray (w/ NY dates)


Minneapolis’ own industrial/alt metal gang American Head Charge recently premiered a new song titled “Let All The World Believe,” off of their impending new full-length opus, Tango Umbrella (out 3/25 on Napalm Records), their first LP in over a decade. The track comes courtesy of Metal Insider and can be streamed below.

American Head Charge will soon set out on a tour of the UK alongside fellow like-minded rockers Mushroomhead, which will be followed by a full headline tour of the U.S. in late spring. New York stops on the trek include Buffalo at Mohawk Place on 5/19, and Amityville at Revolution on 5/22. Ticket info forthcoming. Check out all American dates after the new track.


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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Kvelertak, Torche & Wild Throne set for spring tour (coming to NYC)

Kvelertak live at Terminal 5 in 2014
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Norwegian hardcore/metal bunch Kvelertak have announced plans to team up with sludge rockers Torche and hard rockers Wild Throne for an April through May North American tour. The spring outing kicks off on the east coast, hitting NYC at Irving Plaza on 4/13 [tix on sale 2/5], before closing out the following month on the west coast. Catch full dates for the 22-date trek below.

Kvelertak are currently home working on a new, still untitled full-length album, the follow-up to 2013′s Meir LP, due out in the near future via Roadrunner Records. Torche and Wild Throne will be touring in support of 2015 efforts, Restarter and Harvest of Darkness, respectively. Stream a few tunes after the dates.


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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 10:03 am

Revocation book headliner in Brooklyn (plus more dates)


Boston-based techy death metal greats Revocation recently announced a handful of headline shows on the east coast for March, marking their first live gigs of this year. Kicking off at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus on March 17, the three-date mini-trek also hits Reading, PA and Providence, RI. The band will also appear at ‘Modified Ghost Festival’ in Canada in April, alongside the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Job For A Cowboy. Tickets are on sale now.

In November, Revocation released a re-issue of their 2008 debut album, Empire of the Obscene. The guys are also currently in the process of working on a brand new full-length, the follow-up to 2014′s crushing Deathless LP on Metal Blade. Check out some tunes and tour dates below.


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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 4:00 pm

True Widow announce spring tour (arriving in BK)

True Widow live at Bowery Ballroom in 2013
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Texas rockers True Widow have announced a two-week-long U.S. tour for the spring, with Slimy Member and Drab Majesty supporting on select dates. The trip launches mid-April in Austin and concludes in May in St. Louis, while tagging NYC along the way for a gig at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus on April 27 [tix]. True Widow have also booked a stint at ‘Spillover Fest’ in Dallas next month, joining the likes of Anamanaguchi, The Orwells and others.

Additionally, True Widow have completed recording their new full-length album (still untitled), the follow-up to 2013′s Circumambulation, due out in the summer via Relapse Records. Stream tunes and check out tour dates below.


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