A tune by Death pumped through the speakers in the basement of SYNCStudio in Williamsburg. Halston Bruce, a tattooed chick with curly red hair, donned a headset microphone and mounted her stationary bike. This innaugural heavy metal cycling class (last Thursday) had been her longtime vision, and she ... More >>
Update: Reached by phone on Sunday afternoon, Hardin County coroner Jessica Cullum released the name of the man who died as Cory Collins, 24, of Harrisburg, Illinois, a town about 35 miles northwest of the music festival. Cullum said the cause of death was still pending. More details about the fata ... More >>
Even as we enter day four of our time here at the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, we still haven't yet exactly mastered the art of being productive, functioning people in a kingdom of hedonistic insanity. As we ascend the mountain of madness and slime, more and more things becom ... More >>
At some point in your life, you may find yourself sitting in a minivan in rural Illinois, stressed out as you wear a metal butcher knife pendant around your neck. Your ankles are covered in mysterious goo and all of your beer is warm. It could only mean one thing --you're at The Gathering of the Jug ... More >>
By its organizers' own assessment, the Gathering of the Juggalos is an event filled with the most misunderstood people of all time. Juggalos are generally looked down upon by "normal" members of society, thought of as losers, degenerates or outright criminals--even most recently as a full-fledged ga ... More >>
Better Than: Elevator music in a sauna. "Welcome to heavy metal Woodstock!" shouted Scorpion Child singer Aryn Jonathan Black, greeting the throng of approximately 30 at hand to see his band at 4:40 on a Tuesday afternoon in 90-degree heat. One of about 17 groups on three stages, Scorpion Child ... More >>
OK, we get it. You like Sabbath. Everyone does. But there's a whole big world out there of '70s metal bands that goes beyond Sabbath -- even beyond Sir Lord Baltimore, if you can believe that. The '70s offered so much in the way of doom-and-gloom heaviness that it's criminal so many stop with Ozzy, ... More >>
By Dan Moore Rock Band is over. Well--kind of over. It's been "over" in the people-who-wouldn't-otherwise-touch-a-Playstation-caring-about-it sense since a few months after Beatles Rock Band came out, but now it's "over" inasmuch as after April 2, when "American Pie" will be released (nice timing), ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
A swirl of gritty, psychedelic guitars and screaming fans with their hands raised to the heavens isn't what you typically think of when you hear gospel. But Dallas-bred group the Relatives have no concern about your or anyone else's preconceived notions of the Lord's music. They weren't concerned in ... More >>
On New Year's Eve Brooklyn's Barclays Center will be alive with the monster double-bill of Coldplay and Jay-Z. Two titanic musical entities that have spent the past decade being the epicenter of their genres, their alignment for one night is sure to be a colossal way to bring in the new year. But de ... More >>
On April 12, St. Vitusthe metal outpost in Greenpointturned one year old, but the birthday celebration went down between April 23 and April 28. Bands, cartoons, go-go girls, celebrities, sacrilege, and a metal magician were in attendance. "It was chaos," says bartender and co-owner Ju ... More >>
Witch cast their evil spell on Santos'
Maks Suski "This is totally normal," G. Lucas Crane says as he drags an amp and a box full of cassettes into his former kitchen. The experimental musician (and occasional tape manipulator for Woods) studies the giant plastic balls hanging from the ceiling, which change color as people talk, a ... More >>
Bryan Horowitz Kelly Clarkson Highline Ballroom Wednesday, May 25 Better than: Watching the American Idol finale in real time. I'll be honest: There was something pretty delicious about spending last night, during which a super-frustrating American Idol season came to an end by crowning a ... More >>
By Eric Hynes God Bless Ozzy Osbourne Directed by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli Starring Ozzy Osburne, Sharon Osbourne, Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee, Kelly Osbourne, Bill Ward The most overexposed of rock stars receives yet more attention thanks to this standard-issue biopic, which premi ... More >>
All photos by Daniel Snyder, more belowPentagram Club Europa Thursday, January 6 Better than: Going completely deaf anywhere else. Metal has a habit of cannibalizing its own classic sounds in times of inspirational drought, and it doesn't take much for a few well-meaning homages to spawn a ... More >>
No.Ah, another shitty year is ending, and we find ourselves trying to buy our way out of it with Christmas presents while struggling to block out the same old endless stream of yuletide muzak. Luckily, there's always a few notable holiday-album standouts to break the tedium, this year includi ... More >>
Given Kanye West's total ubiquity these past few weeks/months/years, it's jarring to realize that his profoundly unraveled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is not even officially out yet. And yet the Internet dissection is well under way -- just as Girl Talk's All Day (which we can't exactly ... More >>
photo by Steve GullickFar right: Stephen McBean Vancouver's Black Mountain are usually considered two things: 1) a musical collective spearheaded by guitarist/vocalist Stephen McBean; 2) heir apparent to some vague Black Sabbath torch. While the former isn't necessarily true--they've settled down a ... More >>
Five albums in, local Sabbath fiends crank up the bombast
Tonight, the second viewing of Blood Into Wine, the documentary on Tool frontman James Maynard Keenan's brass-knuckled corkscrew domination of the Arizona winemaking frontier, aptly commences at the City Winery. Meanwhile, cowboy punk Reverend Horton Heat delivers his second sermon of "epically s ... More >>
If you think your union's solid, think again. Satan's apparently in the labor law business these days, and he's making your lawyer look like My Cousin Vinny.
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent. Recently, we've given you the Beets' "Don't Fit In My Head" and the exclusive video for Motel Motel's "Coffee" Brooklyn's Werewolves brandish psych textures like weapons. Black Mountaineers without the ... More >>
Courtesy New MuseumAIDS-3D, OMG Obelisk The reborn New Museum on the Bowery is a lark. The wildly hyped novelty of the new building and the institution's avowedly 21st-Century mission has apparently worn off, but the building remains a discreet and floaty friend to the surrounding neighborhood. You ... More >>
Sound of the City will resume full-force come Monday. In the meantime, find your last minute arrangements below...
The Mountain Goats are a subject of enduring, embarrassingly powerful affection around these parts. This was a particularly vital year for John Darnielle—one of his best albums in years, in Heretic Pride, a paranoid, detailed series of vignettes bolstered by the kind of elaborate arrangements he'd ... More >>
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