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Despite being a shoegaze act with plenty of atmospheric qualities and a prominent “dreampop” tag on, San Francisco’s Whirr has a budding reputation as being absolutely loud on stage and fairly abrasive offstage, making them a must-see and much-hyped about act. Obviously, volume doesn’t translate through photographs, but you’re going to have to take our word for it. Whirr are loud. Maclyn Bean captured their show at The Barbary during their recent stop in Philadelphia, and you can view the photographs after the jump.

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Meshuggah fans were offered their first glimpse into the band’s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release, The Ophidian Trek, yesterday, when Drummer Magazine premiered the live performance video for ‘Do Not Look Down’. The Ophidian Trek, as well as a remastered version of the band’s 2004 album I, come as a celebration of the band’s twenty-fifth anniversary, and will be available in North America on September 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video after the jump!

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Look, say what you will about Dream Theater but they remain one of my favorite all time bands. Sure, their latest albums don’t really hold a candle to some of the masterpieces of the past and I still yearn for the proggier days of yesteryear but it doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about new material from the band. And what better way to get me excited than a beautifully mixed live recording, complete with choir and orchestra? That’s exactly what the band released last night, in the form of ‘Strange Deja Vu’ taken from their upcoming Breaking the Fourth Wall (Live at the Boston Opera House). Get over the jump to hear it!

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basement tour

When this tour was announced and tickets were put on sale, they all sold out within a few weeks. Basement had just returned from a two year hiatus, and were more popular than ever before. Ovlov started out the night with their shoegaze/punk/indie vibes, and the crowd reacted very well to them. Superheaven, formerly Daylight, (who had to change their name due to a legal dispute with another Spanish band with the same name), have been one of my favorite bands for a while, and I included their record Jar in my year end list for 2013, and funnily enough, mentioned Basement in my short blurb about that record. Superheaven got the crowd moving and crowd surfing, and their heavy grunge/alternative rock sounds came through extremely well. Basement finally came on, and the crowd surged to the front, almost breaking the barrier at Webster Hall in the process. Throes of crowd surfers came over the barrier throughout the entire set, while the crowd sang along to every lyric. Every band on this bill absolutely killed it, and this tour really showcased Basement’s triumphant return to the United States.

Catch photos of the gig after the jump.

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live at saint vitus

Got some piping-hot live videos to serve up to you fine folks! Brooklyn post-metal experimentalists Tombs may have released their widely-acclaimed sophomore effort Savage Gold back in June, but they decided to celebrate its release in full a month later at Saint Vitus. Supporting them were several other local acts, including a band you may have heard of called Pyrrhon. We’ve got cuts from each after the jump, courtesy of Nicolas Cusworth Media.

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Having never sat down and reviewed a gig before, I had every intention of staying sober to make sure I could remember every single nuance of my first experience seeing Converge live. I failed. By the time the support acts had wound up I was well on my way to having that warm, fuzzy feeling of inebriation rise up past the hairs on my neck. Combined with the fact that my nerves were already shot from sitting for hours having a sensitive part of my body tattooed (My hand. You perverts!) and by the time the Boston legends took the stage, I’d begun to feel somewhat euphoric. What followed was loud, cathartic and unforgettable. View Full Article »

The Fine Constant
Last week our own Randy Edwards put his body on the line to film a typically intense and physical set from Trash Talk. This week he’s back with a far more subdued, though equally impressive (and far more noodly) video from Wisconsin’s The Fine Constant. The Fine Constant formed in May of 2012 when guitarist Sarah Longfield looked to form a band so she could begin performing her solo material on the road. Their moody and sometimes sporadic set left the crowd nothing short of speechless, as they progressed through a flurry of songs, often times not announcing song names before they started. There really is no need for words, the music travels through vast soundscapes, and lets the imagination wander. The band is taking a short break after this recent short tour, presumably to focus on the songwriting process. Until then, enjoy this live video of ‘Pari Passu’ after the jump. View Full Article »

TesseracT Sonisphere 2014

It has been a very short time since we found out that Ashe O’Hara parted ways with TesseracT, and that the band had regained Dan Tompkins. Now, we have live footage of the band playing a prime cut off  their debut album, One. If you think your heart won’t explode from excitement upon viewing the video, check it out after the jump.

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meshuggah tour 2014

Meshuggah’s 25th anniversary tour with Between The Buried and Me brought out thousands of prog fans around the country to an otherwise comparatively short run of dates. It’s not hard to imagine how a package like this can succeed, with the tour wrapping up with a sold out show at Best Buy Theater in New York City. Photographer Maclyn Bean attended that final date of the tour, and also captured a BTBAM headline show in Philadelphia at the Theater of the Living Arts two days later. You can catch photos from both gigs after the jump.

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Abigail Williams Live Still
Ulcerate, one of our favorite (as well as possibly one of the only we know of?) bands from the wondrous land of New Zealand, recently wrapped up a string of shows in the US. Along the way they hit Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and Nick Cusworth was there to capture them in all their furious glory. Better yet, he was able to use the power of GoPro to give us a better-than-front-row seat to one of the best drummers in the game currently, Jamie Saint Merat. Click through the jump to see videos from their entire set, including a few drum-cam-only playthroughs. View Full Article »

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