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Black Lips – 1/24/20

Black Lips with Plastic Pinks and DJ sets by Danny Kokomo of Jacuzzi Boys @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami.

Black Lips are an Atlanta-based combo who developed a reputation as one of the Peach State’s wildest bands. Catch the Black Lips in Miami!


Tickets: https://blacklipsmiami.eventbrite.com

The story of the Black Lips began in Dunwoody, Georgia, a quiet, conservative suburb of Atlanta, in the year 1999. Born of a mutual love of Link Wray, The Stooges, and The Ramones, and sealed through a shared dedication to defiance, the band formed after childhood friends Jared Swilley and Cole Alexander were kicked out of Dunwoody High for separate, yet equally bad, behavior. The former classmates took their love of music and restless energy and channeled it into their newly found free time, and joined by friends Ben Eberbaugh and Joe Bradley, the Black Lips started playing shows around Atlanta, at house parties and bars. They spent this time honing their sound – garage rock infused with blues, psychedelia, and punk, plus a healthy dose of reckless abandon – and released their first 7-inch, “Ain’t Coming Back,” in 2002 on Die Slaughterhouse records (named in homage to the flophouse den they called home). Shortly before the band was set to head out on their first ever national tour, Eberbaugh was tragically killed by a drunk driver. Devastated but determined to carry on in Eberbaugh’s honor, the Black Lips hit the road as a trio just a few days later.

It’s been 15 years, but that passionate dedication to touring has never left the band. The Black Lips have released eight full-length albums since that first tour, and have traveled the country and the world extensively, making a name for themselves as an electrifying, must-see live act. It helps that the same mischievous spirit that helped speed up their exit from the educational system is still very much alive, thriving in its new environment on stage, resplendent with punk rock theatrics and miscellaneous bodily fluids, amongst other things. The band’s energy and unique “flower punk” sound helped them build a rabid fan base, and after releasing their first two albums through Bomp!, they put out the critically celebrated Let It Bloom on In The Red records. This record garnered the Black Lips features in Spin and Rolling Stone, and they were soon signed to Vice Records, subsequently releasing Los Valientos Del Mundo Nuevo, an ambitious album recorded live at a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, in February of 2007.

In their decade-long tenure with Vice, the Black Lips have evolved from wildly crooning over fuzzy, raucous music at house shows full of kids to wildly crooning over fuzzy, raucous music at international festivals in front of thousands of fans. They have toured consistently, with their zeal for travel taking them all over the world, and not without some international adventure: In 2009 the Black Lips went on their first (and last) tour of India, playing shows in Bangalore and Mumbai before chaos struck in Chennai after the band ditched their toned-down presence in favor of classic Black Lips capers, including some not so well received Lips-locking. After the same sex smooching and also Alexander baring his butt to the rowdy crowd, the tour’s sponsors pulled out and the band was nearly jailed, their passports confiscated by the disgruntled promoters. According to Swilley: “The first few shows, we were being really reserved because we didn’t want to offend anyone, but they kept telling us to do what we wanted…I guess “do whatever you want” didn’t include kissing each other, and I think Cole mooned the crowd, which is a huge no-no. We had to physically wrestle our passports back from the promoters. It was the scariest 15 hours of my life, but we got out of there.” The band ended up taking a 200 mile cab ride to the next province and hopped a flight to Berlin, narrowly escaping Indian prison.

Undeterred, the band jumped at the chance to become the first Western punk band to tour another notoriously conservative continent, the Middle East, just a few years later. Why? “It was important for a number of reasons,” Swilley says of the tour. “We’ve always wanted to push boundaries of where we go. Plus, a lot of people told us we couldn’t do it, and anytime someone tells us we can’t do something, then we kind of have to. We have O.D.D, oppositional defiance disorder.” This time, their shows went off without a hitch, and Black Lips played shows for crowds in Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the United Arab Emirates in 2011 in support of that year’s release of their record Arabia Mountain, produced by Mark Ronson. The title was actually a reference to a mountain in Georgia, but that didn’t stop the Lips from playing the record all over the Middle East, to enthused fans and without causing any further international incidents. “Everyone was really nervous about us going there, but it really went off without a hitch,” adds Swilley. The band also hasn’t abandoned plans to become the first rock band to play on all seven continents, hoping to hit their last remaining one, Antarctica in the near future, and disregarding Metallica’s claim of this achievement: “Just when we were securing the funding, Metallica sniped us. They took a boat, probably a gold plated Versace boat, down there. But they actually didn’t play on land, and they didn’t play with amps, so technically they haven’t played Antarctica. Metallica hasn’t beat us yet.”

For their ninth studio album, the Black Lips have teamed up with Sean Lennon, who got on board to produce Satan’s graffiti or god’s art? in 2016. The Black Lips had formerly worked with Lennon on Arabia Mountain, where Lennon played theramin on several tracks. The band moved up to Lennon’s studio compound on a remote farm in upstate New York, and spent several months living and breathing the new record. This removal from the outside world, plus the return of beloved early guitarist Jack Hines and the exciting addition of new members Oakley Munson on drums and Zumi Rosow (the first female Black Lip) on saxophone, infused the project with a focused, intoxicating liveliness, similar to the spirit that had brought the Black Lips to life in the first place, way back in 1999. Only this time, the band is drawing from nearly two decades of experience and musicianship, and the newness is tethered by familiarity: Munson is a longtime friend of the band, and Rosow has been playing live with the Black Lips for several years now. There’s even a dash of kismet: unbeknownst to the band, after being off the grid for some time, Munson had just recently moved to a cabin a short distance away from Lennon’s compound, and the first time his phone ever rang after he plugged into the wall, Alexander was on the other end, asking him to play.

All of this excitement and immersion created the perfect storm for the Black Lips’ most musically evolved album to date. “It was a really beautiful experience. We were very far from civilization, and we were all living at the studio. We weren’t going home to our own beds every night; that was our whole world, 100% of the time,” says Swilley of the experience. “Making this record was the most wonderful few months of my life. It was by far my favorite time recording an album so far…It was just magic.” The Black Lips were joined by Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family, who helped co-produce the record with Lennon, plus another rather magical guest: Yoko Ono. “She’s very cosmic,” Swilley says of the celebrated artist and musician, who makes an appearance on a few of the tracks. The final product is urgent and thoughtful, reflecting the growth the Black Lips have experienced since bursting onto the scene (once or twice quite literally on fire), but it’s also true to their original blistering, careening take on rock n’ roll: fuzzy, dirty, and rife with three and four part harmonies. Satan’s graffiti or god’s art? proves that while they may have grown up a bit and changed a few things around, the Black Lips are still as creatively unhinged and exhilarating as ever. Satan’s graffiti or god’s art? is out now on Vice Records.

 
Black Lips
Plastic Pinks

 

Rock & Roll outfit from Miami, FL.

Plastic Pinks formed in Jan of 2013 and have kept the integrity of their energetic sound throughout the years, even after going through some line up changes. Known for their charismatic performances, energetic music and their commitment to their craft, they have toured over the years and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. They once shared the road with AJ Davila (Terror Amor / Davila 666) which helped pave the way for future tours where they promoted their various releases. Among those releases they had many breakthrough moments, like having their 7”inch record released by the Atlanta label, Die Slaughterhaus Records, in which the songs “Fui” and “Kelly” gained them momentum and inspired a craving to push harder than before. Later on, they released their digital / cassette EP, “Livin’ On the coast”, via Wiener Records. This particular EP propelled the band further which helped as a stepping stone towards to their later released album “Sunnyside Rabbits” (recorded/produced by AJ Davila) with Burger Records. During the Sunnyside Rabbits three month tour the band was featured on Daytrotter, as wells as a KEXP live session, which added more wind to their sails.

After playing various high profile shows like III POINTS festival, SXSW, Burgermania, Atlanta Mess-Around as well as having played with the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Warpaint, King Krule, Run The Jewels, RJD2, Ty Segall, Black Lips, Shannon and The Clams, The Spits, Thee Oh Sees, Hinds, La Luz, The Coathangers, Wand, Natural Child, DIIV, Neon Indian, Surfer Blood, Jacuzzi Boys, Kim and The Created, Jaill, Destruction Unit, The Garden, Iceage, Night Beats among the list, you can only ask yourself; What’s next for Plastic Pinks?

For their fourth release they will unleash “El Animal”, a six-song EP under the Ghost Drag Records banner. Plastic Pinks have taken their time to work on this upcoming release by exploring a broader sound and a less constrictive approach. For that they enlisted the help of Gordon Raphael (producer of “The Modern Age”, “Is this it” and  “Room On Fire” by The Strokes) to do the EP’s mixing, as well as their upcoming album’s, as a way to capture a new era of Plastic Pinks. They are also working on their following album tentatively named “Don’t Forget The Mischief” with the help of their friend Robert Peters (Fuzz Baby Records) who recorded and co-produced “El Animal” to have it be released later on 2017.

DJ Sets by Danny Kokomo of Jacuzzi Boys

Murphy’s Law **Free Show** – 5/10/19

Murphy’s Law **Free Show** w/The Big Skandal, Bruceliamneeson & Brute @ Las Rosas in Miami. Tickets required for entry. Early arrival strongly suggested. Space is limited.


Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/1831446

Founded in Astoria, Queens in 1983, Murphy’s Law are a huge part of the New York and American hardcore legacy. Their albums, such as the self-entitled, “Murphy’s Law” and 1989 follow up “Back With A Bong” helped to create the sound of New York Hardcore back then, as well as what it stands for today.

Murphy’s Law
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Murphyslawnyhc/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/murphyslawnyhc
Instagram: http://instagram.com/murphyslawnyc/

Support:

The Big Skandal
Website: http://bigskandal.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/BigSkandal
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thebigskandal

The Big Skandal are a Ska/Rocksteady band based in Miami, FL, drawing influences from traditional artists like The Skatalites, Laurel Aitken, and Prince Buster as well as later artists like The Specials, Operation Ivy, and Madness.

Bruceliamneeson
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Bruceliamneeson-411269712943770/

Hard Rock, Metal, Punk from Miami, FL on Terramoto Records.

Chris Callous-Guitar Vocals
Ely Bascoy -Bass Back up Vocals
Terrel Hopkins= Drums

Brute
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Brute-405760220241726/

Miami Oi! band featuring members of Nunhex, Antifaces and Die Trying.

The Messthetics (featuring members of Fugazi) **Free Show** – 3/28/19

The Messthetics (featuring members of Fugazi) **Free Show** w/harpist on Ghostly International, Mary Lattimore & Miami Noise King, Rat Bastard @ Las Rosas in Miami. Early arrival strongly suggested. Space is limited.


Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/1780958

The last time drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally were in a band together, they were the rhythmic architects for Fugazi, an organization whose decade and a half of disciplined progressivism provided a necessary bridge between the zenith of late-punk expression and everything alternative in rock that followed. Anthony Pirog is a jazz and experimental guitarist based in Washington, D.C. The trio’s debut on Dischord Records was recorded at Canty’s practice space throughout 2017, live and mostly without overdubs. It’s a snapshot of a band dedicated to the live ideal, where structure gives birth to improvisation.

The Messthetics
Website: http://themessthetics.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/themessthetics/
Dischord Records: http://dischord.com/

Support:

Mary Lattimore
Website: http://marylattimore.net
Facebook: http://facebook.com/harpistmarylattimore/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/marylattimore
Instagram: http://instagram.com/maryoverthere

Mary Lattimore is a Los Angeles-based harpist. She experiments with effects through her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand pedal harp, concocting half-structured improvisations which can include both ambient glitter and unsettling noise. Her first solo record, the Withdrawing Room, was released on Desire Path Recordings in 2014. The solo recordings that followed, At the Dam and Collected Pieces, were released by Ghostly International.
Mary has also recorded synth + harp duo projects with Elysse Thebner Miller (And the Birds Flew Overhead) and Jeff Zeigler (Slant of Light) and has co-written reimagined scores for the 1968 experimental silent film Le Revelateur, directed by Philippe Garrel (who approved of the project), and the Czech New Wave classic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, and performed these scores live throughout the US with Jeff Zeigler and the Valerie Project, respectively. She has contributed and written harp parts for such artists as Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Meg Baird, Steve Gunn, the Clientele, Hop Along, Jarvis Cocker, Karen Elson, Ed Askew and Quilt.
Ghostly International will release her third solo record in late spring of 2018.

Rat Bastard
Website: http://squelchers.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Rat-Bastard-Worldwide-126254357547041/

American guitarist and audio engineer/producer who served as second engineer and studio coordinator on Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids After School Special in 1991. He co-founded To Live And Shave In L.A. with Tom Smith (2), Scraping Teeth 1993 Spin magazine’s “Worst Band In America” and Laundry Room Squelchers. also, tour support for Costes’s Holy Virgin Cult in 2003.
Rat Bastard founded the International Noise Conference in 2003, which brings in noise artists from across the globe for 15-minute sets of energy, chaos and often confrontational theatrics to Miami.

D.R.I. **Only South Florida Show** – 12/8/18

D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles), Deathwish, Old Habits & Church Girls

@ Respectable Street in West Palm Beach.


Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/1634872 

D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) is a crossover thrash band that formed in Houston in 1982. D.R.I. integrated their hardcore punk roots with thrash metal influences and were a stylistic catalyst for their contemporaries — Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, S.O.D., the Cro-Mags, Nuclear Assault and Cryptic Slaughter — alongside whom they are considered to be one of the major pioneers of “crossover thrash”, having a heavy influence on modern thrash, particularly Scott Ian and his band Anthrax.

D.R.I. **Only South Florida Show**
Website: http://dirtyrottenimbeciles.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/DRI-137263955229/

Support:

Deathwish
Motor-Charged Punk from Wisconsin. DRI labelmates.
Facebook: http://facebook.com/deathwish666motorcharged/

Old Habits
Lake Worth Hardcore. Doing it right.
Facebook: http://facebook.com/OldHabitsHC/
Website: http://eulogyrecordings.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/oldhabitshc
Links: http://aceshightattooshop.com ; http://blackrosetattooshop.com

Church Girls
Saint Lucie Rock N Roll. Grimey South Florida Orgy Anthems.
Website: http://churchgirlsfl.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ChurchGirlsFL/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/Official_Church_Girls/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/churchgirls_FL

Eyehategod, Cro-Mags & More – 4/1/18

Eyehategod “30th Anniversary Tour” w/Cro-Mags, Shroud Eater & Ether

@ O’Malley’s in Margate (Fort Lauderdale).


Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/1617898

 

The misanthropic sludge metal outfit Eyehategod was formed in New Orleans in 1988, and became an important part of a Southern sludgecore scene that included bands like Crowbar and Down, all of whom were heavily influenced by Black Sabbath, Black Flag, and the Melvins. Eyehategod was the brainchild of guitarist Jimmy Bower and drummer Joe LaCaze; the two recruited vocalist Michael D. Williams, lead guitarist Brian Patton, and bassist Steve Dale, and debuted in 1992 with the album In the Name of Suffering.

EYEHATEGOD “30th Anniversary Tour”
Website: http://eyehategod.ee/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod/
Twitter: @EyehategodNola
Instagram: @EyehategodNola

Cro-Mags
Website: http://cro-mags.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Cro-Mags-28749578197/

The Cro-Mags are an American hardcore punk turned crossover thrash band from New York City. The band, which had a strong cult following, has released five studio albums, their first two considered the most influential. According to AllMusic, “before the Cro-Mags, the idea of combining heavy metal and hardcore together was unheard of. But with the release of their classic debut, The Age of Quarrel, hardcore-metal was born, and in its wake came a legion of similarly styled offspring (Biohazard, Vision of Disorder, etc.).”

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Shroud Eater
Website: http://shroudeaterrocks.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/shroudeater/
Twitter: @Shroud_Eater
Instagram: @shroud_eater

Miami’s Shroud Eater gained praise from preeminent tastemakers such as Noisey, Cvlt Nation, HellRide Music, The Obelisk and others, Shroud Eater have proven they bring the heavy with the best of them; Heavy Planet dubbed them “Stoner-Sludge Titans”, while Ghost Cult Magazine called them the “Future of sludge metal”. The band has performed at the much lauded Psycho Las Vegas, as well as Destroyer Fest, Wvrm Fest, 305 Fest, Fresh Fest, and the Tennessean Sludge Festival.

Ether
Website: http://ethercoven.bigcartel.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/EtherCoven/
Instagram: @ethercoven

Doom, but punk… kinda.