According to a published report by the website Vanyaland.com, two indispensable places in the Boston music scene for underground music, culture, and food have closed permanently and will not re-open following the COVID-19 pandemic. ONCE Somerville announced today on Facebook that their venue and lounge, as well as Cuisine En Locale, will not re-open following the COVID-19 pandemic. “Cuisine en Locale is going out of business, and the space we call the ONCE Lounge and Ballroom will not reopen,” reads the announcement made by ONCE founder JJ Gonson. Both venues were unique and essential spaces in the area, with ONCE hosting many underground and extreme bands we covered many times. Although tiny, Cuisine En Locale also had some live music and hosted unique shows like Andrew WK and the Body. ONCE has held online shows via its Virtual Venue, which launched in late April. The Virtual Venue will continue to broadcast livestreams of live music in the meantime while a future plan is developed. There had been a successful crowdfunding campaign, and some government assistance that kept the clubs from immediate shutdown and layoffs, but now that the money has run out, the clock has run out too. Gonson has said that hope is alive to reopen the ONCE Ballroom venue in some other location someday when things get back to normal. We will miss these Boston Music Awards nominated wonderful venues where we attended and covered many shows, and even held our charity event, Metal For Nepal there.
Matt and Curtis bring back in Jessie May (Turkey Vulture, OwlMaker, Alternative Control blog) to discuss her new book, “Money Hacks For Metalheads and Old Millenials”. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #532 is an interview with Jessie May, Author of Metalhead Money! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).
Aaron Meltzer, the one-time frontman, and vocalist of San Diego post-Hardcore band Secrets has died. No cause of death has been revealed. The news was broken on Secrets Facebook page via a post. While Aaron had been out of the band several years, he was on their most successful releases on Rise Records, including 2013’s Fragile Figures. On the strength of that album, the band toured the US with major bands, including Warped Tour 2014. We will keep track of this story as it develops. Rest in Power, Aaron.
Building off of their wildly successful livestreams to promote their new album Utgard (Nuclear Blast), Enslaved will host a live-streaming concert and Q & A event with the band on December 20th. The Winter Solstice streaming event for Saturday 19th December via the Revolver Magazine Facebook page, which will be followed by a live Q&A with some band members. The digital event will feature all three parts of Enslaved’s recent Cinematic Summer Tour, the revered filmed performances titled; ‘Chronicles of the Northbound’, ‘Below the Lights’ and ‘Utgard the Journey Within’.
Greg Puciato, (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed, The Black Queen), has announced the Dec. 11 premiere of “Fuck Content,” a diverse and unique online streaming event. You can buy tickets, exclusive merch, and watch a trailer below. Greg’s recent solo debut album Child Soldier: Creator of God was released on his own label/art collective Federal Prisoner brand.
Alice In Chains singer/guitarist William DuVall will host another solo acoustic livestream this Friday, November 27 @ 8PM EST. DuVall has been doing live streams during the pandemic since his world tour to support his solo album One Alone (DVL Records) was postponed. William will appear next week with Alice In Chains as they will receive the Founders Award at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) in Seattle, virtually, with a celebration for the band from peers and luminaries. The band will also perform their first show of 2020. Buy a ticket for Williams’s solo show via StageIt.com at the link below. Continue reading
Consisting entirely of musicians from the eccentric Demon Bitch with equally esoteric pseudonyms, Detroit’s White Magician settles firmly into the world of heavy Occult Rock on their first full-length album. “The Agents Of Fortune”-esque cover art is enough to indicate that any comparisons to Blue Öyster Cult are likely intentional; the band exercises a similarly freerolling attitude with an ominous undercurrent. But while Dealers Of Divinity (Cruz Del Sur Music) gambles on a well-trod formula, the group seems to have a couple of aces up their sleeves.
Devin Townsend is preparing his Christmas livestream, which he first discussed in an interview with Ghost Cult, as well as working on a variety of new music projects. He just shared a new song written recently, which he says may appear on an album at some point! Devy recently released part I of a two-part live album, Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1 (read our review here). Listen to the new song “Equinox” here.
Bloodstock Open Air is making plans to return in 2021 and every year festival founder Paul Gregory curates a selection from other heavy-metal-friendly artists, both established and new, who has caught his attention the previous year. In 2021, Paul wants to give a chance to artistic newcomers to win the opportunity to hang a piece of their work alongside his own and other respected creatives in the on-site RAM Gallery, so he’s devised an art competition. To enter you need to design and create your own piece of artwork, based around and inspired by one of the bands performing at Bloodstock 2021. Paul will jointly judge the competition alongside friend and fellow artist, Mark Wilkinson (illustrator of album sleeves for Marillion, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The Darkness), and the winner will have their work professionally framed, lit, and hung in the RAM Gallery on-site next August. In addition to this honour, the winner will bag a pair of weekend festival tickets, a personal tour of the RAM Gallery on-site with Paul Gregory, and the potential to watch 3 songs from the side of the stage of the band they’ve chosen to create their artwork for (subject to closed stages).
Rock and Metal supergroup Disciples of Verity (DOV) have shared a new official music video for their song “I AM I.” Their debut album Pragmatic Sanction is out now (read our review here)! The band counts Corey Glover (vocalist Of Living Colour and Bowie Experience), George Pond (bass, ex Negative Sky), Corey Pierce (drums, God Forbid), Mark Monjoy (rhythm guitar, Sekond Skyn), and their debut album is out now! The album boasts guest appearances from Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Tara McLeod (Kittie), Mike Antine (Majul), JJ Sammataro (Negative Sky), and solo artist Joe Gareri. The band kicked off a mini-tour of the east coast last fall (2019) but had to postpone future tour dates and their record release party until 2021 due to the pandemic. Continue reading