• Scott Kelly/Steve Von Till/Wino, 'Songs of Townes Van Zandt' (My Proud Mountain/Neurot)

    Neurosis men and Wino blacken troubadour's Tom Waits-ian underbelly.

  • Agnostic Front's Roger Miret / Photo by Getty Images for CBGB Festival

    Agnostic Front, Madball, Murphy's Law Throw Moshtastic Hardcore Matinee for CBGB Fest

    Yuppies have Frampton Comes Alive and New York hardcore stage divers have Live at CBGB, the concert LP that NYHC trailblazers Agnostic Front released in 1989. While it's obvious to credit CBs as the launching place for Ramones, Blondie and Television, the truth is that throat-shredding hardcore is what kept it going the longest, making the "matinee show" an institution. Last night, the group intended to recreate that album at New York's Webster Hall as part of the inaugural CBGB Festival, but much like many hardcore matinees at the legendary venue, the band had to rush to meet a strict curfew. "We have to cut our set list down from 400 songs to six," quipped frontman Roger Miret at one point.

  • Krist Novoselic / Photo by Getty Images for CBGB Festival

    Krist Novoselic Recalls Punk's Power on Nirvana at CBGB Fest

    "Nirvana never played CBGBs," the band's founding bassist, Krist Novoselic, told the audience near the end of yesterday's keynote address for the inaugural CBGB Festival at New York City's Landmark Sunshine Cinema. "I was supposed to confess that, but I forgot." Louise Staley, who booked New York's punk-rock home for years, fired back from the audience, "We came really close to having Nirvana once, but your agent wanted 300 more dollars. When it happened, I was like, I can't believe we're doing this." Novoselic replied: "We lost out, too. Because, I could've gone, 'I remember it was the best show of our lives.'" The exchange was all part of a fun, irreverent salute to one of the birthplaces of irreverence in music. Through July 8, the CBGB Festival is paying homage to the underground musicians who called the venue home from the late '70s through its closure in 2006.

  • Lamb of God

    New Footage May Exonerate Lamb of God's Randy Blythe in Manslaughter Case

    While Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe still sits in a Prague jail on charges of manslaughter, new developments may have arisen that could exonerate him. The charges claim that at a Lamb of God concert in May 2010, the metal singer pushed a 19-year-old fan, identified as Daniel N., who had climbed onstage back into the audience and that the fall resulted in head injuries that ultimately killed Daniel weeks later. Now video has surfaced online, viewable below, that Lamb of God manager Larry Mazer says was filmed at the show in question. The clip depicts the three instances in which Daniel attempts to ascend the stage. The first shows the man who is alleged to be Daniel climbing onstage and dancing, untouched by anyone, before stage diving back into the audience.

  • Stevie Jackson, '(I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson' (Banchory)

    One of Belle and Sebastian's Sebastians indulges his witty, benign '60s mod influences.

  • Dirty Projectors at SPIN Live / Photo by Jonathan Hökklo

    Dirty Projectors Debut 'Swing Lo Magellan' Songs at SPIN Live

    "This is the first time we've played these songs in front of a human audience," said Dirty Projectors frontman David Longstreth midway through his group's SPIN Live set at Montauk, Long Island's Surf Lodge Saturday night. Then he added, contritely, "Thank you for bearing with us." Frankly, though, neither he nor his band's five other indie-rock mad scientists had anything to feel anxious about. Sure, it was their first concert since 2010 (not counting the one last year where they played all Black Flag covers). And yes, the weekend set consisted almost exclusively of tracks from their forthcoming album, Swing Lo Magellan, which comes out next Tuesday. But the truth is, Longstreth and his bandmates didn't miss a syncopated beat as they played through one breezy number after another.

  • Lamb of God's Randy Blythe / Photo by Travis Shinn

    Lamb of God's Blythe Posts Bail But Remains in Czech Jail on Manslaughter Charge

    When Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe appeared in court on Saturday facing charges of manslaughter, he wore a variation on his stage clothes: camo shorts and a hoodie repping the death-metal band Obituary, but his glasses underscored the seriousness of the charges. Czech authorities arrested the singer last Wednesday, alleging the 41-year-old, Richmond, Virginia-based singer pushed a fan, identified in the Czech press only as 19-year-old "Daniel N.," from the stage at a May 2010 concert in Prague and that the fan hurt his head in the fall. Daniel died two weeks later after going into a coma from a brain hemorrhage. A statement from the Prague police is charging Blythe with "the crime of bodily harm of the fourth degree resulting in the death of the fan," according to The New York Times.

  • Old Man Gloom, 'No,' (Hydra Head)

    Middle-aged men from Isis, Converge, and Cave In play a gloomy, arty mix of their bands, with one dece acoustic jam.

  • Hour of 13, '333' (Earache)

    Don't do the evolution: This occult-themed doom-metal duo continues to conjure classic Saint Vitus wonderfully.

  • A Place to Bury Strangers, 'Worship' (Dead Oceans)

    Nu-gazers offer hundreds of mind-blowing flavors of psychocandy guitar, but offer only vanilla vox.

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