EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Rosy Finch – “Scarlet”

Spanish Sludge band Rosy Finch will release their brand new album Scarlet tomorrow, and Ghost Cult is bringing you the full album stream. For those unfamiliar with the band, they will immediately remind you of similar uncompromising, eclectic and heavy bands like Kylesa, Acid King, Baroness (old-school), early Mastodon and Le Butcherettes too. Scarlet was recorded and mixed at Red Records Studio and Surnia Records with mastering handled by producing legend Billy Anderson (Neurosis). Jam out the album right now! Continue reading

At The Drive-In Streaming Diamanté EP In Full, UK Tour Dates Incoming

Post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In are kicking off their massive UK tour in March. To whet fans’ appetites for the shows, the band are now streaming their recent Diamanté EP in full, out now from Rise Records and available on Spotify, i-Tunes and other digital networks. The band will also headline The 2000 Trees Festival on 12th July.  Continue reading

Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

Gobsmacking is the word I’d use to describe Crystal Fairy’s newest, self-titled album (Ipecac Recordings). This aural stunner that is the Crystal Fairy album is brought to you by the good people of Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes, Buzz and Dale from The Melvins, and Omar from At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta. Continue reading

Crystal Fairy (Melvins, At the Drive-In) Is Streaming Their Debut Album Online

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Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of The Melvins, At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodríguez-López, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes have joined forces as Crystal Fairy, and they will be releasing their debut album next Friday via Ipecac Recordings. Continue reading

Crystal Fairy (Melvins, At the Drive-In) Releases The Title Track Of Their Debut Album

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Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of The Melvins, At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodríguez-López, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes have joined forces as Crystal Fairy, and we have another brilliant new song for your listening pleasure today. Continue reading

Crystal Fairy (Melvins, At the Drive-In) Releases Chiseler Single

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Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of The Melvins, At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodríguez-López, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes have joined forces as Crystal Fairy, and we have another brilliant new song for your listening pleasure today. Continue reading

Crystal Fairy (Melvins, At the Drive-In) Share Drugs On The Bus Single And Debut Album Details

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Talk about a supergroup! Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of The Melvins, At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodríguez-López, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes have joined forces as Crystal Fairy. Continue reading

On The Road… with The Melvins and Le Butcherettes

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The Melvins are out on the road with another leg of their “Hold It In Tour”. Supporting their album Hold It In (Ipecac) from last fall, mainstays Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover are joined by JD Pinkus from Butthole Surfers. Not only did they play a set of songs from their collaborative album together, they played some choice classic Melvins material (‘Night Goat’, ‘Hag Me’, ‘The Bit’, ‘Anaconda’, ‘Sweet Willy Rollbar’), they also played some covers ranging from the Surfers to Pop-O-Pies. Joined by their label mates Le Butcherettes, who are fresh from their tour supporting Faith No More, it was a night of musical and mental twists and turns. Captured here by Melina Dellamargio of Melina D Photography at Club Congress in Tuscon, AZ The Melvins continue to surprise and delight after 30 plus years in the business.

 

The Melvins, by Melina D Photos

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

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The Melvins Release Split Album, Tour Begins This Weekend

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The Melvins released The Bulls & The Bees/Electroretard split album this week on Ipecac Recordings. Both albums from two different configurations of the venerable band, representing all 13 songs on one CD. You can hear ‘Youth of America’ below:

 

https://soundcloud.com/ipecacrecordings/melvins-youth-of-america/s-giTnR


Tracklisting:

1.The War On Wisdom
2. We Are Doomed
3. Friends Before Larry
4. A Really Long Wait
5. National Hamster
6. Shit Storm
7. Youth Of America
8. Gluey Porch Treatments
9. Revolve
10. Missing
11. Lovely Butterflies
12. Tipping The Lion
13. Intersteller Overdrive

The Bulls & The Bees Line Up:

King Buzzo
Dale Crover
Coady Willis
Jared Warren

Electroretard Line Up:

King Buzzo
Dale Crover
Kevin Rutmanis
Mark Deutrom

 

The Melvins released Hold It In (Ipecac) last October and features Osborne and Crover joined by JD Pinkus and Paul Leary (album only) of Butthole Surfers. This lineup is kicking off an extensive tour this weekend in Tuscon, AZ with Le Buttcherttes opening. This run of dates will take the band into their scheduled European dates in September. Notable dates on the tour include The Amnesia Rockfest in Quebec, Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle and a two night stint at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, NL.

 

 

The Melvins tour dates, with Le Butcherettes

Jun 6 Club Congress- Tucson, AZ

Jun 7 Lowbrow Palace- El Paso, TX

Jun 9 Korova- San Antonio, TX

Jun 10 The Mohawk – Austin, TX

Jun 11 Trees- Dallas, TX

Jun 12 Opolis – Norman, OK

Jun 14 The Bottleneck- Lawrence, KS

Jun 15 The Firebird= St. Louis, MO

Jun 16 The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI

Jun 17 DTE Energy Music Theater (w/System of a Down) – Clarkston, MI

Jun 18 A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH

Jun 19/20 Amnesia Rockfest – Montebello, QC, Canada (no Le Butcherettes)

Jun 22 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON, Canada

Jun 23 Call The Office – London, ON, Canada

Jun 25 The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH

Jun 26 The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY

Jun 27 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA

Jun 28 The Ballroom at the Outer Space – Hamden, CT

Jun 29 Santos Party House – New York, NY

Jun 30 Santos Party House – New York, NY

Jul 1 Underground Arts- Philadelphia, PA

Jul 2 Ottobar- Baltimore, MD

Jul 3 Cat’s Cradle- Carrboro, NC

Jul 5 Exit In- Nashville, TN

Jul 6 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY

Jul 7 The Vogue Theatre- Indianapolis, IN

Jul 8 Double Door – Chicago, IL

Jul 9 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI

Jul 10 RIBCO – Rock Island, IL

Jul 11 BASH 15 at Grumpy’s Downtown w/ COWZ, Hammerhead,

Gay Witch Abortion – Minneapolis, MN

Jul 12 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND

Jul 13 The District- Sioux Falls, SD

Jul 14 The Waiting Room- Omaha, NE

Jul 16 Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO

Jul 17 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

Jul 18 Taos Mesa Brewing – Taos, NM

Jul 19 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

Jul 21 Crescent Ballroom- Phoenix, AZ

 

Aug 26 Pappy and Harriet’s- Pioneertown, CA

Aug 27 Casbah – San Diego, CA

Aug 28 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

Aug 29 The Bunkhouse Saloon – Las Vegas, NV

Aug 30 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

Sept 1 Neurolux – Boise, ID

Sept 3 The Bartlett – Spokane, WA

Sept 5 Venue – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sept 6 Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA

Sept 7 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

Sept 9 Great American Music Hall- San Francisco, CA


2015 European Tour

Sept 15 Midi Theater Incubate Festival- Tilburg, NL

Sept 16 Midi Theater Incubate Festival- Tilburg, NL

Sept 18 Le Chabada (Levitation France Festival)Angers, France

Sept 19 Le Bataclan – Paris, France

Faith No More – Le Butcherettes: Live at The Orpheum, Boston MA

Faith No More, by Hillarie Jason Photography

It isn’t every day that Faith No More comes to play a show in New England or anywhere else. Nor is it every week, month or year. In fact it’s more like every couple of decades, so when they scheduled a date on their tour in support of the new album, Sol Invictus, on Monday, May 11, at The Orpheum in Boston, I knew it would be one of the most anticipated shows of the year and would sell out in a matter of hours, which of course it did.

Many of us traveling from the western part of the state to get to this show were treated to some stupendous traffic on the Mass Pike because one of those Bolt buses literally exploded on the highway. Even still you probably didn’t miss the opening act, Le Butcherettes, who played an extremely long set of something like an hour and fifteen minutes. Honestly, they were pretty good, but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for any band opening up this show. Most people were crammed into the lobby area like fish in a can, downing some sort of alcoholic swill instead of watching them. All they wanted to see was the band that has been absent for a generation. I’m not sure if the singer was acting out as part of her stage act or if it was along the lines of “hey pay attention,” but about 5 songs in she ferociously ripped off her candy apple red high heels and chucked them up into the balcony.

Faith No More, by Hillarie Jason Photography

Faith No More started the set as they have for each show on this tour. With the stage and band members resembling something like a Buddhist slumber party version of A Clockwork Orange or maybe your Aunt Dotties funeral; everything wrapped in white socks or painted white and cheerful sprays of flowers lining the front and back of the stage; the band said hello with the song ‘Motherfucker’.

The set, which included at least one track from every studio album, was top to bottom flawless. Both the old and new songs were fresh and vibrant. They played like a band that had never stopped touring together and seemed even more cohesive than when I saw them in ‘97. The energy was palpable and the crowd responded in turn, but since The Orpheum is a very old seated theater without the standard “pit” it was more of a stand in your seat and scream your head off kind of show. Although, when I went up into the balcony, I could literally feel it bouncing up and down quite dramatically. It was pretty terrifying and I found myself checking to make sure I knew the location of the closest exit to run to in the event of it collapsing.

Faith No More, by Hillarie Jason Photography

They had some fun with the crowd during the song ‘Midlife Crisis.’ Stopping mid-song just before the third chorus and letting the crowd fill in the words, Mike Patton then asked, “You proud of yourselves now?” Much to my amusement and the bewilderment of everyone in the theater, they continued the song after a brief pause to the tune of the Boz Scaggs’ song ‘Lowdown.’ And yes, I have had ‘Lowdown’ in my head since the show. Thanks for that.

Faith No More, by Hillarie Jason Photography

Banter between songs was kept at a minimum other than a quick joke from Roddy Bottum regarding the age of The Orpheum as well as Mike Patton singling out one “hippy dude” about what he thought of Le Butcherettes. Though I had to laugh when Patton announced it was their last song (which it wasn’t) and the crowd erupted into a sea of boos to which he responded, “Boo my ass mother fuckers. Enjoy it. Shut the fuck up!” Enjoy it, we did.

Welcome back, Faith No More. You have been missed.

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WORDS AND PHOTOS BY HILLARIE JASON