Iron Maiden returns to Canadian shores this summer with a handful of dates. Look for the “Maiden England World Tour” to be modelled off of 1988’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” tour. (An excuse to dust off some 24-year-old props?)
Skinny Puppy vocalist Ogre has announced West Coast North American tour dates for his ohGr project with Mark Walk. The tour is in support of the band’s latest album unDeveloped.
|Dec 1 Bottom of the Hill San Fran, CA
Dec 2 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
Dec 3 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Dec 4 Rickshaw Vancouver, BC
Dec 6 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
|Dec 7 Bluebird Theatre Denver, CO
Dec 9 Nile Phoenix, AZ
Dec 10 Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA
Dec 11 El Rey Los Angeles, CA
How is it that Placebo’s fans keep getting younger and younger? I can remember a contingent of teenage girls crowding the alt-rock trio’s Toronto debut in late 1998, and that same flock of adolescent fan femmes flocked to their most recent tour, to support their 2009 album Battle of the Sun, as documented on We Come In Pieces.
Just a reminder that Toronto Goth/synth/power pop act The Birthday Massacre celebrates the launch of their new remix EP Imaginary Monsters with a gig at Toronto’s The Great Hall this Thursday, October 13. Also on the bill are Crooked Valentine (at 8 pm), The Rabid Hall (at 8:45 pm) and A Primitive Evolution (at 9:30 pm). TBM goes on at 10:30 pm.
East Vancouver “hard punk rockers” Kill Matilda release their debut full-length, I Want Revenge, on October 11th and to support it they are crossing Canada on their Zombie Apocalypse Tour.
VNV Nation has announced the Sept. 27 release of their eighth studio album, Automatic, as well as a fall tour of North America. The German electronic dance outfit Straftanz will open all shows.
From the press release: “Currently putting the finishing touches on Automatic, the follow-up to their widely-praised Of Faith, Power and Glory, Irish/English bandmates Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson have been hard at work crafting the new album into something far more conceptualized and thematic than previous releases. Calling the new album half-jokingly his “Opus of Retro-futurism”, Ronan has been streamlining the music, artwork, and imaging of this album into a concept that encompasses the industrialization and technology of late 30s America while embracing the technology of today.
With their unique and formidable ability to combine very melodic, danceable electronics with haunting and powerful lyrics, VNV Nation have built a massive fanbase, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans at both their own sold-out shows and major rock festivals worldwide. Their massive hits “Chrome”, “Beloved” and “Illusion” are club staples that still pack dancefloors.”
Tour dates are below:
|Nov. 16 – Mayan Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Nov. 18 – Nile Theatre (Mesa, AZ)
Nov. 19 – Live Nation – San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Nov. 21 – Slim’s (San Francisco, CA)
Nov. 22 – Hawthorne Theatre (Portland, OR)
Nov. 23 – Showbox (Seattle, WA)
Nov. 25 – Club Sound (Salt Lake City, UT)
Nov. 26. Summit Music Hall (Denver, CO)
Nov. 28 – Station 4 (St. Paul, MN)
Nov. 29 – The Bottom Lounge (Chicago, IL)
|Nov. 30 – Mr. Small’s Theatre (Millvale, PA)
Dec. 2 – Phoenix Theatre (Toronto, ON)
Dec. 3 – Club Soda (Montreal, QC)
Dec. 4 – Paradise Rock Club (Boston, MA)
Dec. 6 – 9:30 Club (Washington, DC)
Dec. 7 – The Norva (Norfolk, VA)
Dec. 9 – Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Dec. 10 – Trocadero (Philadelphia, PA)
Dec. 12 – Amos Southend (Charlotte, NC)
Dec. 13 – Masquerade (Atlanta, GA)
Apologies, fiends, for the lack of updates. The DLB has just returned from a vacation to Hell’s awesomest half-acre: Austin, Texas. But while I was there I was able to scare up a few stand-out stories which will be revealed over the coming week. First up, a bit of musical mayhem from this past weekend’s Revival Fest, a raucous gathering of tattooed pin-up queens, gruesome greasers, and all manner of Texas-sized fun — all in celebration of that particular musical mutt known as rockabilly. Close to the top of the bill was Hank III, i.e. lonesome country king Hank Williams’ grandkid. Hank serves up his country through a filter of punk and metal. Here he is playing “Tore Up & Loud.”