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Got out late again today so started at Lovejoy’s at 5pm due to Scoot Inn being too full with Green and Wood and Pentagram playing free. Hoped to see Eagle Twin at ND, but missed that too. Shit.

Lovejoy’s Free Show
I was told Cough was good, and I’ll catch their showcase at Scoot Inn on Saturday.

Gaza
Nothing is heavy after seeing YOB and these guys are proof. Not only that, they’re pretty much bringing 90’s metallified hardcore to the table, and if you’re not breaking new ground in this kind of genre what are you playing for? 90’s hardcore already happened, guys, and it mostly sucked then (with notable exceptions) – please leave it dead and buried. It only got worse with the singer proselytizing about the state of the world between songs. I can read, dude, keep your opinions to yourself. That said, the crowd seemed mostly into it – not that people have taste.

Wormrot
Pile-driving and taut pounding hardcore from Singapore. Kind of fun and interesting, but this show is turning into a typical hardcore show from 1992 – it bored me then and it bores me now. A friend said it best, “that was kind of fun, but I’d never listen to the record if I had it”. Tells you all you need to know.

Ringworm
I thought I’d heard of these guys and, sure enough, they’re a hardcore band from Cleveland that started in 1991. They’re on Victory records, need I say more? Decent to listen to, not awful, just, again, 90’s hardcore shit. To be fair, some of the thrashier elements are decent and interesting, but beyond that it’s not worth my time. The crowd full of fat, tattooed hardcore hippity-hoppity meatheads reliving their childhoods was pathetic and hilarious. Their silly “hardcore” disco dancing only made it worse. Most of these fuckers were pushing maximum density and making it hard to breathe from the laughing…and lack of oxygen. They’ll be gone in a few days, thankfully.

Heading to the showcase at Dirty Dog (a shitty, shitty frat bar) tonight. Highlights include Red Fang, Weedeater, and Saint Vitus. I hate Kylesa and Witchburn sound cheesy so we’ll see what transpires. Stay tuned!

Dirty Dog Showcase

Red Fang
Dirty, driving, heavy rock ‘n roll. Pretty fun stuff that’s easy to listen to, Red Fang are good musicians that write quality tunes. Strangely, this kind of music isn’t as prevalent as you would think or hope. Red Fang are carrying the rock torch – worth getting the record, for sure.

Weedeater
Drugs and destruction. They’re fucking great. Weird that they played almost all old tunes when the new LP came out two days ago, but it was fun if you’ve been a fan for a while. Great dudes, great shit.

Kylesa
On now. They’re incredibly fucking contrived. And everybody loves them – never trust that. It’s like emo-metal. Awful, as usual … Kylesa’s set almost over, they’re an overamped emo band. How can you not see this? Wake it the fuck up.

Crowbar
They’re tolerable. That’s it.

Helmet
If you like this band I have a gas chamber in my basement. All you need to know about the world is that everybody left after they played and before Saint Vitus. Saint Vitus! This world is inexorably fucked. Ugh.

Saint Vitus
Once-in-a-lifetime, they were amazing. Sounds like they may be recording a new record too!

On to Saturday! Great show at Lovejoy’s during the day then on to Scoot Inn for Cough, NAAM, EYEHATEGOD, and Pentagram.

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Upcoming Shows

Here’s a very short list of upcoming shows – buy your tix accordingly as they all have potential for selling out. There are plenty of others, of course, especially with SXSW coming up, but these are mostly non-SXSW shows and getting tix is a good idea. Speaking of, Showlist Austin has a good list of the free/day shows if you don’t intend on buying a wristband. I’ll list my schedule this weekend.

Rotting Christ @ Emo’s: Monday, April 4th – $15.00 – Tix here
Amon Amarth @ White Rabbit (San Antonio): Wednesday, April 27th – $20.00 Tix here
Crass @ Emo’s: Rescheduled! Tuesday, May 3rd – $20.00 Tix here
Danzig @ Stubbs: Friday, May 6th – $21.50 – Tix here
Orange Goblin @ Scoot Inn: Friday, June 3rd – $10.00 – Tix here

Other shows your friends are getting drunk/high at:
Weedeater @ SXSW. If you missed them last time, don’t make the same mistake twice.
St. Vitus @ SXSW
Bill Maher @ ACL Live: 3/26
Devo @ ACL Live: 3/27 sold out and was $40 (too much) anyway.
Pack of Wolves @ Emo’s: 4/3
Wire @ Mohawk: 4/8
The Dicks @ Emo’s (with the Chumps and Motards): 4/22
Meatmen @ Red 7: 4/23
Roky Erickson (+ a million terrible bands) @ Austin Psych Fest: 4/29
Femi Kuti @ ACL Live: 5/6
Holly Golightly @ Emo’s: 5/20
Zeke @ Red 7: 5/21
Chaos in Tejas: 6/2 (I hear that Tragedy and other bands will be playing at the Broken Neck the same week)

The Lovejoy’s record swap was relatively small and lightly attended, but a fun time was had by those of us hanging out. Fuck you for not supporting it as it could turn into something cool. The next one will be in a few months at which time I’ll post a flyer, etc.

Lastly, a word about festivals: I don’t like ’em. But there are some good ones these days and the lineups are often a great mix of old and new bands, and there’s more variability within the genre than one would initially think. I’ll be attending the Maryland Death Fest this year, and I’d really like to go to Roadburn in the Netherlands next year. Maryland is easy to get to, and you really have no excuse for not making it happen. Roadburn is obviously a longer haul and I’ll go by myself if I have to, but you shouldn’t need convincing after looking at the band list for the last few years. Tix sold out in 15 minutes this year and they’re only about a $100 for 3 days of music and camping so your cost will largely be associated with travel. Let me know if you’re serious about going.

Cheers