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^^ Lucky you!

 

What do you think of Orc? I wasn't too sure at first, but it's growing on me quickly. My friends on the west coast are going to see Oh Sees tonight.

Same. It's not their best, but after a few spins it begins to grow on you. I'm really looking forward to their next one (due in October) - the single they've released sounds like something from their OCS days.

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^ he did that on the Texas shows too.

 

LOL, did NOT go over well at the show in Houston, from what I was told

 

I wondered how the more conservative states would view RW's concerts. Given that every one of the president's supporters gets their panties in a wad every time someone says something negative about him, I'm surprised that people haven't started with the protests in front of the arenas and burning his concert t-shirts.

 

Ed - So it looks like the Oh Sees are doing like what they did with An Odd Entrances and A Weird Exits by releasing two albums only a month or so apart? I loved A Weird Exits, but An Odd Entrances was one that I found a bit "meh".

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Straight No Chaser... Having only heard one song from them before going I had no idea how good they are. They are a really good group.

 

They had an opener called Postmodern Jukebox and they are AWESOME! They take well known pop songs and jazz them up. Hearing a girl sing a very slow jazzy burlesque version of No Diggity was awesome!

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I saw Dinosaur Jr. yesterday, and they were even better than when I saw them in November. Easy Action was the opening act again, and of course they kicked ass. All the old people and hipsters looked traumatized by them. Dinosaur Jr.'s set list was perfect. They played at least one popular song from almost every album, and it was a really long set. The Lung was a highlight for me, and it had an extended solo. They playing was incredible like always. The encore was Mountain Man and a cover of TV Eye by the Stooges, so the encore had a more of a punk/hardcore vibe. For TV Eye they brought John Brannon back on for vocals and it was insane! The crowd was very energetic (and drunk) during the older songs and there was a great mosh pit (except for the guy who started a fist fight). It was an amazing show, and definitely up there with Melvins and King Gizzard. Still an awesome band!

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Pics from last night's amazing Pankow show.

 

but holy crap embarrassed by Austin's Industral/darkwave scene.

 

Only $12 for a chance to see the Rarely-in-america German/Italian Pioneers. . . . and so many online said they were coming out (some even claiming to drive up from Houston).

 

and, including Wendy and I, I think there were maybe 12 folks there (not counting the opening band and their group (which was Lustron, who were good, tho way too loud for me, but with earplugs drowning out the highpitched feedback, I liked them a lot and will pick up the eventual CD when they release one).

 

anyways, Kudos to the club, Elysium for getting them to come in, and huge Kudos to the band who put on an energetic and GREAT set (mix of classic songs with more recent, and even a new song, that had heavy early Nitzer Ebb sound), and commented that he was so happy to see those of us there dancing along to every song.

 

It really was like a private concert, that they gave their all, regardless of the tiny "Crowd"

 

they are both super cool, and hung out at the bar and talked to us for a while after the set.

 

but shame on Austin!

 

and the set closer dedicated to the 'four ladies" that were in the audience

 

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and to get a good taste of them, if you aren't familiar, here's their (arguably) biggest Industrial/dance hit: "Art and Madness"

 

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hanging out with them at the bar after the show.

 

Wendy and I chatted with them for almost 40 minutes, they were so cool.

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Had a great Friday the 13th, seeing some classic industrial/dance bands that not only ended up playing just a few blocks from each other at different venues, but worked together to stagger the sets, so that many could see all bands! both shows Sold out.

 

Also, since the bands know each other, and the club owners, multiple members were milling around both shows, and we got to talk to them and get pics.

 

over at the Mohawk with show starting at 9, OhGr (band fronted by Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy), and KMFDM touring on the latest album "Hell Yeah"

 

then up the street at Elysium, starting at Midnight, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, 35th anniversary tour, playing the first 2 Wax Trax! albums live + the b-sides from all the 12" singles from those two albums.

 

a fantastic night out with my friend Wendy with some really, really good music (for the most part).

 

quick takes:

 

OhGr: 9 out of 10:

 

GREAT set list (even if no Puppy getting played, but hey they did play "dog" does that count? ). They not only sounded amazing, but looked like they were having a hell of a great time - and they were: We talked to a couple of they guys at the end of the night at Elysium, such nice, nice guys, who were so appreciative when I told them how much I had enjoyed their set (and how much better they were than KMFDM. . they were). Apparently this is only the 3rd date on the tour? but they were having a blast up there, and it was infectious. . . and, as typical, Ogre was giving off a *very* Peter Gabriel crossed with Peter Murphy vibe from up there on the stage.

 

KMFDM: 5 out of 10

 

yeah. . . we didn't stay for the whole set, and that should tell you everything.

I love KMFDM, and was expecting them to focus on the later albums (which they did a lot), but opening with "Rip the System" and mid-set with "Light" helped keep me moving along as they also hit the more recent singles.

But as my Dad said when I took him to see the show "STOMP", after a few songs, I was like: "I get it. What else are you going to do?"

They just seemed a bit unexcited to be there, and when a fight with drunk fratboys and sorority girls broke out during "Hell Yeah" it was actually a bit more entertaining than what was on the stage.

Bumping into John who mentioned that the TTK show at Elysium had sold out, was more than enough impetus to cut out from Mohawk 20 minutes or so before the set ended, so we wouldn't have to fight the crowd to get into Elysium and get a good spot (which we managed to do up front). folks I talked to that stayed for the whole set said they didn't do an encore, or really end on a good note, just kind of walked off the stage.

 

So yeah. . not awful, but not the greatest thing I ever saw.

OhGr really should have been headliner, I suspect.

 

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult: 10/10

 

Ab-so-freaking-lutely fantastic.

Yeah, Groovie is looking a bit like Geraldo Rivera these days (in particular with his glasses on), but man did he sound fantastic.

 

The 1st two albums live, followed by *every* B-side from the 12" released from those albums.

so yeah, got to hear "Devil Bunnies" and "Cuz it's Hot" among other things, played live!

 

The drums onstage just made the whole club pulse, so glad they have the full band and not just a programmed track to play with.

 

if you get a chance to see them on this tour, HIGHLY recommended.

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sign outside the sold out Mohawk

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OhGr comes on stage (with Ogre in a mask for the 1st song).

 

the two on the right, Lead Guitar, and Keyboards, are who we got a pic with 5 hours later, at a different club, where they had come to hang out with members of Thrill Kill Kult.

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OhGr, with Ogre still in mask

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OhGr, but with Ogre no longer in mask :)

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KMFDM

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Sascha from KMFDM (yeah, we had a great spot)

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Lucia from KMFDM

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Hi Lucia !

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult about to go onstage. . . yeah, we had great spots for them too, and the place was PACKED.

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it's Thrill Kill Kult!

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Me hanging out with members of OhGr (withought their stage makeup), post 2am in front of Elysium.

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Wendy having a good time (she's a HUGE Nivek Ogre fan, and that was the band she wanted to see most, so I insisted she get a pic with these two) :)

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Groovie Mann from Thrill Kill Kult just hanging around the club after the set.

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oh, adding musical aids for those not familiar with these spectacular bands:

 

ohGr "Water"

 

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KMFDM "Light"

 

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult "Do you fear for your child?"

 

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and "Kooler than Jesus"

 

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KMFDM

I listened to KMFDM back in middle school (Symbols-era). Bummer to hear they aren't cutting it live these days.

 

since En Esch split (he's actually performing solo on the Lords of Acid/Combichrist tour in town this Wed), they just aren't as good live.

 

Sascha and Luchia are trying (and the CDs are still good -- the newest one, Hell Yeah, is great). . . but honestly, majority of the time they are just standing behind the computer stacks. Not super exciting visually, even with the live drums.

 

 

and as it was the same night as OhGr (with Ogre really putting on a show), and MLwtTKK (with Groovie all over the damn stage), KMFDM really showed to be lacking in live performance.

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I saw Death Grips at the Electric Factory on Saturday on their tour with Ministry. Wow. The crowd was rabid, especially after the show taking a half hour to start, and at first the mosh pit was way too intense, even for me. It was hot and suffocating, and pretty much like a riot. After a few songs the pit became more manageable and it was just a lot of fun. The set list was top-notch and the band killed it. MC Ride sounded great, Zach's drumming was mind-blowing to hear (and see) in person, and Flatlander was doing his thing. Also something cool they're doing this tour is that they wear these gloves with green lasers pointing out of them, and other than that it was mostly complete darkness. Incredible show. Even my dad loved it. I just felt really bad for Ministry not only because they had to follow up that, but also because half the crowd left after Death Grips played. It seemed like most of the people who stayed for Ministry were there just to see Ministry. But they also put on a loud, entertaining, over-the-top show and played some of their best songs as well. Also they had these:image.thumb.jpg.5411adba7c2faa234db2528e69f7fe40.jpg

What a great night.

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The Black Dahlia Murder in Hampton Beach on 10/15. It was rescheduled at the last minute after the Lowell date on 10/7 got cancelled on the day of due to venue issues, and given how much of a disorganized nightmare the Lowell venue is, I don't think anyone took issue with the new venue itself, more just the multitude of ruined plans due to the piss-poor planning that has become synonymous with shows at the Lowell venue. Just a word to the promoter: I like you, dude, you're a good guy, but never try to book anything in Lowell again. Anyways:

 

Wormwitch: Spent most of the time hanging in the parking lot with Decrepit Birth and caught like two songs. They're okay, but they really don't do anything to distinguish themselves from the rest of the Entombedcore pack.

Necrot: Overhyped? Okay, maybe a little, blogs really seem to like crusty Bolt Thrower worship. Whatever. They were a ton of fun and are still excellent Entombed/Bolt Thrower/Jungle Rot worship with just enough hardcore and crust to make the punk kids happy even in spite of the excessive press.

Decrepit Birth: I was looking forward to them, especially after their fantastic performance back in May. Then Matt's guitar decided to die on him for good and he chucked it at a wall and walked off (thing was WRECKED when he finally came back to give it to the first fan who wanted it). So much for getting to see them. I'm going to hold Bill to his word about their plans to come back for a do-over.

Suffocation: Anyone who knows me knows that I very seldom miss Suffocation shows, especially with their new lineup. They did not disappoint. My buddy Kevin is only getting better as their new vocalist (yeah, Frank isn't coming back, get used to it), and the energy and true sense of cohesiveness that the new lineup has provided can be felt everywhere. It's good to see Hobbs and Boyer with a lineup that is on the same page as them for basically the first time since Culross was last in the band.

The Black Dahlia Murder: Few bands can go on after Suffocation and hold a candle to them, but they didn't disappoint. Brandon Ellis has added so much to the band it's not even funny, and while my legs were incredibly sore from pushing people back, being up front was totally worth it. Trevor Strnad is always an incredibly entertaining frontman to watch, "HEARTBURN" tattoo on his increasingly pendulous gut and all.

 

PS: To the three-level next to the parking lot, I'm not sorry at all about shooting off fireworks with Sean from DB and Charlie from Suffo in the middle of the night. They sounded better than your yappy rat dogs.

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I saw Death Grips at the Electric Factory on Saturday on their tour with Ministry. Wow. The crowd was rabid, especially after the show taking a half hour to start, and at first the mosh pit was way too intense, even for me. It was hot and suffocating, and pretty much like a riot. After a few songs the pit became more manageable and it was just a lot of fun. The set list was top-notch and the band killed it. MC Ride sounded great, Zach's drumming was mind-blowing to hear (and see) in person, and Flatlander was doing his thing. Also something cool they're doing this tour is that they wear these gloves with green lasers pointing out of them, and other than that it was mostly complete darkness. Incredible show. Even my dad loved it. I just felt really bad for Ministry not only because they had to follow up that, but also because half the crowd left after Death Grips played. It seemed like most of the people who stayed for Ministry were there just to see Ministry. But they also put on a loud, entertaining, over-the-top show and played some of their best songs as well. Also they had these:[attachment=0]image.jpg[/attachment]

What a great night.

 

death grips is something else, yo.

 

I saw Rezz, M Machine, and NoMana last Saturday.

 

 

Tomorrow - War on Drugs!

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Seeing TBDM play Noctunal in full during the summer was an amazing experience. I made sure I was on the rail for it.

I thankfully got to see them play the title track and Warborn on that tour that they did with Napalm Death last year in addition to their Summer Slaughter set, but let me tell you, I'm bummed that I'm probably never going to see them play To a Breathless Oblivion live again. That's in my top 5 TBDM songs and I have no clue why they never played it live prior to that tour. I'm still always going to lose my mind the minute that I hear the fade-in to What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse either way. That song will always make me feel sixteen again.

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^ LOL.. I am not familiar with any of the bands posted in the past 4 posts.

 

I apparently am old.

 

 

Nope. What you go to see and hear and enjoy, I have no idea of. So. Me older.

 

(And our last concert was Bette Midler, before she went back to Broadway, in "Hello, Dolly!")

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just saw them ~7 weeks ago at Dragon*con, but Cruxshadows were in town last night . . so of course I went.

 

great show (even tho the set was the same as the one the other month).

 

and during the final song "Marilyn my Bitterness" I joined them on the stage, and got a great pic of Drummer, Jessica.

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Absolutely AMAZING double bill last Wed night; Front Line Assembly and Revolting Cocks.

 

(if a fan of industrial music, this was an all star show, with ex members of Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Finitribe, Front 242, and others up there on the stage.

 

so many strobe/flashing effects, it was hard to get a good picture, even being way up front, but got some good ones:

 

one of Front Line Assembly's popular songs:

 

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and Revolting Cock's likely best known cover song:

 

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Front Line Assembly about to start

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Bill Leeb from Front Line Assembly (this is the band he formed after leaving Skinny Puppy, and a lot of the songs live sounded just like a Skinny Puppy live set)

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Leeb

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myself and Wendy between sets.

 

Sold out show, and we were at the front the whole time.

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Paul Barker (during set up/tuning), so got a nice pic of him before RevCo started and normal lights (he's ex Ministry, as well as a TON of other related bands)

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RevCo about to start

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Richard 23 (Front 242) handled Vocals for the songs from the 1st RevCo album, "Big Sexy Land", which they performed in it's entirety). Luc Van Acker was supposed to be with RevCo, but for some reason he no-showed the Austin show.

 

So Richard23 sang.

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Chris Connelly (ex Finitribe, Pigface, Ministry) came out after RevCo finished "Big SexyLand" in it's entirety, for a whole 2nd set of songs from the 2nd & 3rd albums -- which he sang lead on.

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Humping the stage during "Let's Get Physical"

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relaxing on the stage later in the set

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Whole gang back on stage for the cover of "Do ya think I'm sexy?". . likely RevCo's best known "hit".

 

they had such a blast with Richard23 dry humping Chris, that his glasses flew off into the crowd :)

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after the show, Connelly was wandering around the club, but few recognized him as he changed his shirt (I know. .he had JUST been on stage, changing clothes shouldn't have thrown folks, but it did!).

 

so got a selfie with him (with my crappy selfie camera)

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and a much better picture of him with Wendy.

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I saw Judge and Cro-Mags last Saturday at First Unitarian Church. There were four other bands, and they were All Out War, Breakaway, Trail of Lies, and Candy. I showed up a little late because I didn't really care for some of the opening bands. So I only saw Candy perform one song, but it was pretty good. Trail of Lies was alright and Breakaway was decent. All Out War was great. Judge was even better than I expected and it's great that they're still killing it even though they're old now. Cro-Mags were also great even though their current lineup isn't the best. Something strange that I didn't really think about until Cro-Mags were playing was that John's voice nowadays reminds me of Rob Wright (and that's not a bad thing). I can't be the only one who hears this. The crowd was also awesome for Judge and Cro-Mags, a real mosh pit and not the horseshoe crowd shit you get at smaller hardcore shows. I also love the venue, it's pretty cool to see a great show in a church basement, and they get much more popular acts apparently like Jeff Rosenstock. Also shout-out to Joe for 20 years of promoting hardcore shows! Here's the Hate5Six videos (excellent channel/website for hardcore punk vidoes by the way) for

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Foo Fighters at opening night of The Anthem club in Washington, DC.

 

I know it's been a while since the concert but how was it? I tried to buy tickets and was going to come from St. Louis for it but didn't have any luck. Saw them in Cincinnati a week or so later and went to King's Island the following day. Excellent as always!

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Got to see the experimental kings themselves They Might Be Giants Saturday in Saint Petersburg. Insanely good set, four a band that's well over three decades old they're still amazing. It was kind of obvious that they were focusing on material from their new album (I Like Fun), which isn't a bad thing because it's actually really good, but I would have liked to hear more stuff from Lincoln, Flood, Apollo 18, et cetera. But whatever. Great show!

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John and John in action. And yeah, we got AWESOME seats.

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