Apr 2014 25

Apoptygma Berzerk to rerelease second albumApoptygma Berzerk will rerelease its seminal album 7 in limited special edition cassette on May 27 through Artoffact Records. 7 will come in seven different color options of the deluxe edition, all including a B-side with 13 bonus tracks and a download code for high-quality MP3 downloads [..]

Apr 2014 25

New wave legends celebrate book launchAuthors Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein have released their book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s, celebrating seminal acts of the 1980s. “This was an era that was crammed with classic songs,” says Majewski about the subjects of the book. “Whittling them down to one book was like a UFC cage match [..]

Apr 2014 24

Julien-K to perform first album liveElectro/rock group Julien-K will be putting on a special extended performance of the band’s debut album, Death to Analog, at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA on June 28. With the entire set covering the full album and material from that era in Julien-K’s history, including songs that have previously never been performed live, the show will also see former keyboardist Brandon Belsky returning as a special guest. [..]

Apr 2014 23

Empire, Springfield, VA, 04/16/2014
 
CZAR - Live @ Empire, 2014

 

Even before its renovation and rechristening from its former moniker of Jaxx, Empire has been a haven for some of the finest underground and independent musical performances to pass through the DC and Northern Virginia area for many years. While Wednesday nights may not be the most ideal to garner a packed house, there was much to be enjoyed by those attending the venue on the evening of April 16, 2014 as the progressive metal onslaught of Chicago’s CZAR played alongside two of the local metal scene’s hardest up-and-coming acts, Möbius Strip and Drugs of Faith. [..]

Apr 2014 23

Seattle, WA, El Corazon, 04/11/2014
 
Mindless Self Indulgence - by Kaley Nelson, Live in Los Angeles, 2014

 

Mindless Self Indulgence has been traveling the USA for what the band recently announced was one final tour before taking a long hiatus. MSI has been busy the last couple of years with US and UK tours, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and the latest release of How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence. Despite all this, fans were eager for more from the derisive electro/punk group and no one wanted to miss seeing the band before the long break; certainly not the Seattle fans who packed El Corazon on the night of April 11. [..]

Apr 2014 23

Underworld, London, UK 03/30/2014
 
Prong - Live in London, 2014

 

Although Prong never really ceased to exist (sans the period of uncertainty and hiatus), it seems that it is now that Tommy Victor and his creation have found a new and hopefully inexhaustible surplus of creative energy. The 2012 album Carved into Stone returned the band to its raw instrumental roots and gave the fans a surprising gift in the form of 11 new songs that marked Prong’s first new material since 2007’s Power of the Damager. What was not apparent at the time, which is obvious now, is that Tommy and his industrial/metal colossus are here to stay. [..]

Apr 2014 23

Underworld, London, UK 02/20/2014
 
Aesthetic Perfection - Live in London, 2014

 

None of the artists that set out to demolish Camden’s Underworld on the surprisingly warm night of February 20 are newcomers to the scene; in fact, they all come with a hefty baggage of scenic experience. What transpired in London was a precise, calculated, and powerful electro blitzkrieg that benefited immensely from the sheer force of the combined sonic boom. Both Aesthetic Perfection and Faderhead were promoting their latest, fresh off the press releases, while the Spanish Terrolokaust was still celebrating the success of last year’s Spit the Poison Out, making this night exciting and unpredictable with the all time favorites and the brand new tracks mixed together like a fine, fiery musical Molotov. [..]

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