It's official. Matthew Dear is performing with his band, 'Matthew Dear's Big Hands,' tonight at the Hiro Ballroom. Not only that, the Junior Boys and Karraskilla & Pito will be DJing. Doors at 10pm. There's even a Lucky Beer Open Bar from 10pm-11pm. It begs the question: could life be any sweeter?
Dim Mak returns to Austin for this year's SXSW. We kick it all of with a Dim Mak showcase at The Beauty Bar on March12th. We have The Willowz and The Deadly Syndrome performing live as well DJ sets from our head honcho Steve Aoki, opening up the night are Ghosthustler, Aaron Lacrate, Crunc Tesla and The Fluokids. It all goes down at Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th st, Austin, TX on Wednesday March 12th from 8pm to 2am. Free for badge-holders... otherwise there will be cover charge.
in just two short days, the Born Ruffians will be kicking off their North American tour. we'll be giving away some very cool, very desirable goodies on this space to celebrate the release of Red, Yellow and Blue. stay tuned, and get your tickets to see them at one or several of the following dates:
28th: Iron Horse*, Northampton, MA, USA
29th: Middle East Upstairs*, Cambridge, MA, USA
* - with Cadence Weapon
1st: Union Hall*, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2nd: Mercury Lounge*, New York, NY, USA
3rd: SUNY Purchase College*, Purchase, NY, USA
4th: Johnny Brenda's*, Philadelphia, PA, USA
5th: Ottobar*, Baltimore, MD, USA
6th: DC9*, Washington, DC, USA
7th: Local 506*, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
8th: The Earl*&, Atlanta, GA, USA
10th: One Eyed Jack's*, New Orleans, LA, USA
11th: Spanish Moon*#, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
12th: Mink*, Houston, TX, USA
13th: SXSW, Austin, TX, USA
14th: SXSW, Austin, TX, USA
15th: 1. SXSW (Day), Austin, TX, USA
15th: 2. Hailey's (Night), Denton, TX, USA
17th: Rhythm Room*, Phoenix, AZ, USA
18th: Casbah*, San Diego, CA, USA
19th: Echo*, Los Angeles, CA, USA
20th: Bottom of the Hill*, San Francisco, CA, USA
21st: Holocene*, Portland, OR, USA
22nd: High Dive*, Seattle, WA, USA
25th: Lucky Bar, Victoria, BC, Canada
26th: The Media Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
28th: The Velvet Underground, Edmonton, AB, Canada
29th: The Hi-Fi Club, Calgary, AB, Canada
30th: Amigo's Café, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
31st: West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
*& - with Cadence Weapon and Deathset
*# - with Cadence Weapon and Black Moth Super Rainbow
1st: Street Entry@, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2nd: Empty Bottle*, Chicago, IL, USA
3rd: Grog Shop*, Cleveland, OH, USA
4th: Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room*, Pontiac, MI, USA
Last night, former Brooklynites and current touring the USA-ites Blood On The Wall played a homecoming gig at Other Music in NY to celebrate the release of their must have LP on the Social Registry Liferz (out now!). Our man on the scene Erik Carter reports:
Blood on the Wall's set at Other Music was short, loud, and well, loud. Sounding like the hottest new alternative band from somewhere back in the ’90s, the band ripped through a set of both old and new songs and ended with crowd favorite "Mary Susan." Guitar strings were broken, cables were jerked, and a good time was had by all.
For those of you who want to check the band this weekend, the trio are headlining the Music Hall of Williamsburg with the also excellent Cause Co-Motion (What's Your Rupture? recs) supporting. Tickets are avails here.
Last Saturday, contemporary legends Liars played a show at Warsaw in Brooklyn with LA experimental buzz band No Age. For people into freaky melodies, this was the show of the season, and many of our moles reported the utter fan chaos that erupted at the show. Our man on the scene Erik Carter reports: "This show was truly insane. No Age played a bunch of songs off of their upcoming Sub Pop debut and announced that they were playing a more intimate show on Monday at Market Hotel. If these guys don't save rock and roll this year, I don't know who will. Liars freaked everybody out in the best way possible. Most of their set consisted off of songs from their latest album and their krautrock opus Drum's Not Dead. Angus Andrew towered over the crowd, despite being confined to a wooden chair for a majority of the show because of a recent back injury. A definite highlight was "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack", arguably the bands least frightening but most beautiful song."
We’ve seen Liars many, many times over the years, and we truly believe they are one of the only bands in the world pushing music forward. Here are some more images from the show, and some video courtesy of our enterprising friends over Punk Photo.