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    The Melvins' Sonic Sludge Invades Brooklyn

    It doesn't really matter who's actually in the Melvins, or the last time you bought a Melvins album. If you like the Melvins, you're going to head out and see them, and that was exactly the case last night (Aug. 13) at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg: A sea of black shirts and black hair gathered under the venue's dim lights, representing all levels of Melvins experience, from seasoned veterans to excited young fans. Tonight, frontman King Buzzo and drummer Dale Crover – the only two constant members of the Melvins -- were joined by members of fellow Seattle rockers Big Business: bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis joined the Melvins in 2006, collaborating on the album (A) Senile Animal. But first, the full lineup of Big Business bit into the Music Hall with livid drum and bass guitar cacophony. On guitar was Toshi Kasai, a newcomer to the group, but a solid fit.

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    Fu Manchu Skate Through Milk Studio's 10-Year Anniversary Bash in NYC

    In the Loading Dock of New York's Milk Studio last night (July 10),Fu Manchu put on a radiant performance to celebrate the art venue's 10-year anniversary, as part of a raucous event sponsored by Spin, Red Bull and Magnum Photos, among others. Revelry began early, as partygoers browsed artwork hanging in the gallery and drank keg-drawn Coors Light in the loading dock, where a mechanical bull gave rides near the outdoor barbecue. Meanwhile, tattooed skaters tore around the coping of a full-sized half pipe across the room. At About 9 P.M., Fu Manchu guitarist Bob Balch, bassist Brad Davis, and drummer Scott Reeder walked over to their awaiting instruments and proceeded to lay siege on the studio with a wall of unyielding, heavy-rock instrumental.

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    Live Toadies Video, From an NYC Rooftop

    When we met up with the Toadies on a Manhattan rooftop yesterday afternoon, we were not alone, forced to conduct our taping under the watchful eyes of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin, a statue of whom adorned our location in Manhattan's Lower East Side. While Lenin remained, well, stoic, Vaden Todd Lewis and Clark Vogeler shared their wealth with the SPIN.com populace, running through acoustic versions of some of their best-known work. The two-song setlist: a pared-down acoustic rendition of "Backslider," and "I Come from the Water," a hook-heavy blues number about amphibianism, or that time when our ancient aquatic selves left the ocean to populate the land. In support of their ongoing reunion and accompanying new album, No Deliverance, which will arrive Aug.

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