Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD – 06/16/2017
Here’s a thought experiment worth investing some time in:
First, let’s consider that from 750 AD on, Arabs kidnapped, killed, and stole Africans. Starting in 1441 or so, Europeans kidnapped, killed, and stole Africans for nearly 450 years. In the colonies, we tend to think that it began in 1619. But by then, there were millions of enslaved Africans in Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, and all over the American territories. Africans were killed and left to die in the act of acquiring them and war and village raids were core sources of that acquisition, leaving sometimes three times the number of people taken, dead.
It is very difficult, or perhaps even impossible to express in words the sense of adulation, the near orgasmic thrill that one feels having experienced a live performance that surpasses in the presentation of audio and visual stimuli so massive that it sets a benchmark of excellence toward which all should aspire. Those who have had the good fortune of attending one of Rammstein’s legendary concerts will know exactly what that means. The group’s repertoire blends elements of industrial clamor, heavy metal aggression, melodic catchiness, and electronic dance into a style that, while often characterized as Neue Deutsch Härte (New German Hardness) or even more simply industrial/metal, the band has crafted into something that is very distinctly its own. Such music almost necessitates an equally dynamic live presentation, so it’s no wonder that the East German sextet has spent two decades constantly upping the ante and creating a concert experience that has rightfully been heralded as one of the world’s most theatrically expansive and most entertainingly over-the-top live shows. [..]
Diesel, Pittsburgh, PA – 04/14/2017
Diesel, Pittsburgh, PA – 03/21/2017
Chicago electroscuzz band GoFight continues its ongoing campaign against tyranny and bigotry with the release of a band new single and music video, titled “Pussy,” making its debut on January 20, the day of the U.S. presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Offered as a free/pay-what-you-want download as part of the band’s “Donation Ware” platform, all proceeds from the single will be donated to the ACLU – The American Civil Liberties Union – with the band encouraging listeners to develop or continue a relationship with the organiztion during the Trump presidency. [..]