Jul 2013 12

Atlanta, GA, The Loft, 05/04/2013


On May 4, the Alternative arrived in Atlanta as IAMX reached the halfway point of the band’s North American Animal Impulses tour. Fans of all styles and types and ages – as young as 8, as old as mid-80’s – circled the Loft in anticipation, slowly filing in to the darkened midtown venue as the 8:00pm start time approached. This night’s show was IAMX alone with no opening acts to tease and prolong the audience, so the excitement was high. Fans from all across the Southeast crowded the stage, waiting eagerly for the show to begin. [..]

Jul 2013 11

Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade, 03/13/2013


If you were to tell this author that Orgy was going on tour before 2013, he wouldn’t believe you. The alternative metal/death pop band from the mid ‘90s split over half a decade ago, with half the band forming the currently-touring Julien-K. But many also wouldn’t have believed that the band would release new content after so long, which is what happened with “Grime of the Century” in 2012. And now, Orgy has surprised the fans yet again with leader Jay Gordon bringing in members of Deadsy, RunRunRun, and TheStart to re-launch the band and the Wide Awake and Dead 2013 U.S. tour, featuring supporting acts Vampires Everywhere! and Davey Suicide. Despite the long absence of the decade-plus-old band, the Masquerade in Atlanta saw quite the turnout for the three band night, from the mid-teens to the mid-30’s. [..]

May 2013 24

Ft. Worth, TX, The Grotto, 04/27/2013


When one hears the name Sean Beavan, it’s easy to conjure up memories of his work with Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson among many other successful acts over the past 20 years. However, that’s the Sean Beavan behind the scenes turning knobs and perfecting other artists’ work. The Sean Beavan in 8mm is an entirely different beast who has, along with his partner in life and music, Juliette, created something musically superior to almost anything else heard on the radio or in music videos and they’ve accomplished it as an independent act. [..]

May 2013 21

New York City, NY, Irving Plaza, 04/26/2013


The words “rock n’ roll” have been used in many forms since first being coined in the early ’20s. Originally referring to blues-based music with a strong backbeat, the term has become a catch-all that most (serious) music fans understand has far more to do with the attitude and approach of a performer than whatever sounds may come as a result. While IAMX, with its deeply introspective lyrics, lithe vocals and layered electronics, may not be one’s typical point of reference for rock n’ roll, this writer can think of no better term to describe the band’s recent performance at New York City’s Irving Plaza. [..]

Apr 2013 29

London, UK, O2 Islington, 04/20/2013


KMFDM’s tour across the USA with CHANT and Legion Within might have run its course, but the Ultra Heavy Beat masters have never before missed a chance to indulge their British audience and their return to London was every bit as memorable and exciting as you would expect from the godfathers of industrial rock and the genre’s undeniable titans. The gig might have been in danger of losing some of its impact without the two supports that shaped the experience for the American fans, but that was certainly not the case. [..]

Apr 2013 11

Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo, 03/30/2013


Showbox SoDo was packed with a varied crowd and a genuine, buzzing excitement for this final show of the KMFDM KUNST tour, featuring the return of Legion Within and Steve White. Despite this being the last stop of the tour (or perhaps because of it), there was no lack of energy from any of the bands, which truly made this show an experience to be had. [..]

Mar 2013 28

Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Small’s Theatre, 03/22/2013


After a long Ultra-Heavy Beat drought, KMFDM finally returned to Pittsburgh to support the latest album, KUNST, and Pittsburgh enthusiastically welcomed the band back with open arms and a surprisingly sold-out crowd. Accompanied by Legion Within and CHANT for the tour and local artists Rein[Forced] supplying additional support, the lineup made for an interesting and varied night. [..]

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