Pre-Order Our Summer Zine

Ahh, it’s crazy y’all. We tried a new printer this time and we are so pleased with the bright colors and glossy pics.

Only did a short run of 30 copies for now but we’ll probably print more for live events as the season kicks off. Keeping our prices under $10 for the youth so head over to Etsy to see the deets on this fun and fresh #blkgrlswurld zine 😘

Last Night w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan

Last night at Webster Hall the Dillinger Escape Plan blew my goddamn face off 😀

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It was my first and last time seeing them perform live with this being a sort of farewell tour for them and it was INSANE. I love bands like this that have been real and authentic from the beginning, inspiring so many other bands to form in the past 20 years but none of them ever really comparing to the originality of everything that is DEP. phew!

Everyone warned me their live shows were crazy, and I’ve had my share of wild times in the mosh, but I wasn’t prepared for this mayhem and it was Beautiful. Sigh, if only every band went this hard. The closest I’ve seen in recent years are the sets from Every Time I Die. (They’ll be playing with Beartooth on Halloween this year in NYC)

 

The band has been gracious enough to leave us metalheads with a parting gift, a new album titled Dissociation that stands to inspire musicians for years to come. I have mad respect for Mathcore techniques and love coming across bands that keep the music unpredictable, damn near genre-less and freeform. Definitely gracious I was able to witness what makes these guys a legendary movement.

Architects New Album Out Today for U.S.A.

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I’m so proud of the Architects guys for releasing their latest album ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ today in the States.

blkgrlswurld w/ Architechs masterminds Tom and Dan, Warped Tour 2013

blkgrlswurld w/ Architechs masterminds Tom and Dan, Warped Tour 2013

They are the last band from my college days that I personally supported as a fan and fellow musician. In earlier days of the Midwest metalcore scene, it was common for bands to fall apart in less than 2 years from loss of confidence and personal drama.

To help combat this my little sister and I would do our best to encourage the bands we liked most to keep making music, and stick with tough cross country touring so we could see them again. It became really important to not just support DIY band merch, but to help keep their self confidence up if the audience wasn’t sold yet on their musical style.

blkgrlswurld w/ Architects lead vocalist Sam Carter in NYC, 2014

blkgrlswurld w/ Architects lead vocalist Sam Carter in NYC, 2014

We’d meet up after shows, chatting over what was good about that nights performance and where they could improve; provide them snacks, candy and care packages for the road ;P it was a lot. So when bands like Architects would come back to town a year later saying they were still committed to this music it was a huge deal.

Glad to see how far we’ve all come from a little music community that no one thought would last over a decade or become such an international movement. We’ve all grown so much and their latest work ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ speaks for many of us.
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Architects Tour USA this year and will be in NYC on August 5th, 2016: Architects, Counterparts at The Gramercy Theatre

NYC Summer Metal Line Ups

The Metal this summer season is heavy this year for the East Coast. I’m really bummed at all the great bands coming through like Deftones and Architects that I’ll miss during my August trip abroad, but I will be catching Manson and Slipknot at the beach 🙂 Plus Warped Tour is crazy heavy for 2016 with dozens of #metalcore bands rocking middle America and AFRO PUNK’s lineups are heavenly as well. For even more metal show listings check out Matt’s site nycmetalscene.com

Listen, grab tix early to keep costs down and if you can’t make it later just resell them online. \m/

May 17th, 2016: The Sword, Purson, From Beyond at Brooklyn Bowl

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Alesana at Webster Hall, 2015

May 17th, 2016: Lamb of God at The Paramount 

May 18th, 2016: Filter, Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, Death Valley High at Brooklyn Bowl

May 20, 2016: Apocalyptica, 10 Years, Failure Anthem at Irving Plaza

May 21, 2016: Emo Night at Irving Plaza

May 30, 2016 Discharge, Eyehategod, Toxic Holocost at Webster Hall

June 3, 2016: Gov Ball, The Strokes,The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Beck, Bloc Party and more.

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Levitate Tour Poster, 2016

June 4, 2016: WAX IDOLS & KING WOMAN: LEVITATE TOUR, w/ Primitive Weapons @ Saint Vitus, Brooklyn.

June 4, 2016: WSOU presents: Hatebreed, Devildriver, Devil You Know, Ashes Of Your Enemy at Starland Ballroom

June 6, 2016: Beartooth, Sylar at Webster Hall

June 8, 2016: PVRIS, North American Headline Tour w/ Lydia, CRUSIR at Webster Hall

June 10, 2016: Sworn Enemy, Maniac Rise at The Studio at Webster Hall

June 11, 2016: Punk Rock Bowling and Music Fest featuring: Descendents, Dag Nasty, Subhumans, H2O etc at Asbury Park

June 15, 2016: Unlocking The Truth (Album Release Show) at the Studio at Webster Hall

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June 16, 2016: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus “Don’t You Fake It” 10-Year Anniversary at Webster Hall

June 17, 2016: Blue Oyster Cult at B.B. Kings Times Square

June 18, 2016: Rockstar Energy Drink Presents Taste Of Chaos – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY: Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, Motion City Soundtrack, The Early November

June 18, 19, and 20, 2016: The Cure at Madison Square Garden

June 19th, 2016: Punk Island Fest: All Day – All Ages – All Free on Governor’s Island

July 2nd, 2016:  The Iggy Pop Festival at Lucky 13 Saloon *Free event*

July 6th, 2016: Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men at Jones Beach Theater

July 6th, 2016: letlive., Seahaven, Silver Snakes, Night Verses at Irving Plaza

July 9th, 2016: Vans Warped Tour at Jones Beach Theater  feat. Every Time I Die, Emarosa, Oceans Ate Alaska, Sum 41, The Color Morale, The Word Alive, Whitechapel

July 15th, 2016: Jane’s Addiction – 25 years of Ritual de lo Habitual at The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk

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Afro Punk Fest, Brooklyn 2015

July 22-24: Panorama Fest on Randall’s Island, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, FKA Twigs and more…

July 30th, 2016: Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Saint Asonia at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

August 5th, 2016: Deftones, Refused at The Amphitheater at Coney Island

August 5th, 2016: Architects, Counterparts at The Gramercy Theatre

August 10th, 2016: Deftones, Refused at Stone Pony Summer Stage

August 13th, 2016: The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour at Central Park Summer Stage

August 27, 28, 2016: AFROPUNK FEST at Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn. Featuring Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo Green, Ice Cube, The Internet, George Clinton, Saul Williams, Trash Talk, Tyler the Creator, TV on the Radio, Living Colour, Bad Brains

xoxo!

Underoath: Rebirth Tour Recap

As Underoath’s comeback tour finishes up in a couple of weeks, I wanted to weigh in on the experience of seeing these guys again after a 3.5 year breakup. For those of us familiar with the band’s history, you know it was a ‘Breakup’ in the most serious way. The band’s departure in 2013 became a coming of age moment as intense as Peter Pan getting kicked out of Neverland for many of the twenty-somethings in the scene. After nearly of decade of touring and creating amazing genre bending heavy music, the boys had grown into men with different ideals, families and long term career goals. The pain of leaving behind their joys of youth was real. They decided to create one final exit tour for the fans in 2012, which became an emotional roller coaster for all involved and was further exacerbated by the documentary filming that sought to capture their last moments together as a band.

As a fan going through similar growing pains I was beside myself when they first announced retiring, a metalcore scene without Underoath leading the way? WTF did that even look like? Every move made with each metal album was new and different from what everybody else was doing at that time. I think a lot of us wondered if the metalcore genre was over altogether.

Here are some old posts from my Facebook that capture so much of our journey as fans of this band.

“One time in college, I was sitting in the local Kzoo (Kalamazoo, MI) beauty salon raving about some crap band I had just seen with my sister at the Taking Back Sunday show in Ypsi. ‘They were the worst! I exclaimed, I think they called themselves Underoath or something – terrible set man, they looked so confused on stage…’ Suddenly, a girl who’d been sitting under the dryer jumps up and says, ‘Wait a minute, are you talking about UNDEROATH?! Like Spencer and the guys? I LUV that band! They’re awesome!’ What ensued next was a 45mintue debate on metalcore and what elements stay true to the style…we must have been 19/20yrs old at the time…” Mar. 2012

“I’ll never forget the first time I saw Underoath, I was not impressed, I thought they sounded terrible, unfocused and disconnected. But they kept practicing and performing and each time I saw them perform they were better and better. Still hard to believe they’re gone after 10 years of great work.” Jan. 2013

Seeing them back on stage at NYC’s Playstation Theater this month was like falling in love with them all over again. There were so many moments where I found myself shouting from the barricade, “Yes! Yes! Exactly!” to various riffs and vocal shifts that touch upon so many metal styles of the past towards creating novel moments. Back in the day they were the one band that drove my parents crazy when I blasted metal from my bedroom- moreso than System of A Down.

The Rebirth tour focused wisely on performing in full the albums, Define the Great Line (2006) and They’re Only Chasing Safety (2004). You can call Underoath metalcore, mathcore, post-hardcore, I don’t care – one thing I do know is they’re original. There’s an authentic style about them that so many bands have attempted to mimic but never can and its that ability that has inspired so many fans to hold them with high regard.

The album that really solidified my interest in them was their later work on Lost In The Sound of Separation. In songs like Emergency Broadcast: The End Is Near, you can feel them landing on musical narratives as if they’d surprised themselves. They had in fact landed someplace amazing and weren’t lost at all.

The fans of Underoath are a great snapshot of the larger metalcore scene too. They’ve always had a vast multicultural reach, inclusive of the most punks of color boys and girls I’ve seen at an NYC show in a long while. At the show I found myself standing among 7 other Black girls in a space that is often known locally as housing the caucasian hardcore kids from suburbia, Long Island.*Sidenote: I wore my From Autumn to Ashes band shirt to the show and as I walked into the venue there happened to be a song from The Fiction We Live blasting during soundcheck, with people singing along :P* Post side note: From Autumn To Ashes are a post hardcore Long island band…

 

At the end of the day the boys have moved on to other projects, with Spencer touring with Sleepwave and Aaron producing solo work, so the likelihood of them fully coming back and making new work as Underoath is slim. I think it would be great to see them transition to bi-annual tours or fewer similar to cult favs like Deftones or System of A Down, without the finite declaration that they’re over. A talented band with an established legacy doesn’t have to pressure themselves about making new music every 18 months. It’ll be nice to see if Underoath’s fan-base could inspire them to see themselves this way towards hitting the stage every once in awhile.

I’ll close this out with a final rambling I found on my Facebook from 2015:

“It’s a Spencer kind of night, where only the roar of the band and the chants of the crowd will do. Bodies clamoring towards the stage, arms twisted, weaving through the sound while limbs float above our voices-drowning out our dreams. Aaron’s on the drums shouting, “You’re a part of something! This matters, this moment matters for all of us!” July 2015.

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Underoath Rebirth Tour, 2016 Photo by Blkgrlswurld Zine

 

 

 

Spring Zine Edition 4.2 Is Here!

#Blkgrlswurld Zine Spring Edition 4.2 is here and popping! The Zine is free to view, download or print 😀

On March 15, 2016 custom printed copies will be available for under $5.00 at the Primal Screams punk rock show and Zine fair in Times Square. 3 female led bands will play Tuesday, March 15th @ AMC Empire 25 theater, 7pm.

A pdf version can be viewed here

Thanks so much to all of our friends, artists and supporters. Couldn’t do it without you!

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Our Spring Zine Goes Live Next Week

Zine_insta promoBlkgrlswurld Spring ZINE goes live this weekend!

We’re thrilled to share the latest print edition with you at these upcoming NYC  events. Join us at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn for Clocktower Radio’s 2nd Sundays session with Paper Cuts Zine. We’ll be chatting about DIY culture and girls who love metal music at 6:30pm on Sunday, March 13th.

On Tuesday, March 15th at 7:oopm our latest zine will be for sale at the Primal Screams: Female Punk show at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. The event will feature underground bands Screaming Females, Guardian Alien, and Priests. Each defiant performance of howling, shredding, and polyrhythmic drumming is accompanied by the premiere of an eye-popping experimental video work, glowing on the theater’s monumental screen.

The whole concert will also be LIVESTREAMED on the radio at clocktower.org!

Lobby opens at 7:00pm for Zine Fair + DJ Set
A selection of small press, mini-comic, and DIY publications, organized by Paper Jam, with a live set by DJ Cassie Ramone (of Vivian Girls).

Seating at 7:30 pm | Show starts at 8:00 pm

Screaming Females has collaborated with video artist Faye Orlove for a mischievous animation, signature to Orlove’s style while specially crafted to match the band’s powerful sound.

Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/primal-screams-tickets-21736743184

Looking forward to seeing you there 😀 Many thanks to all of our friends and family who support us.

 

Metal Shows Coming To NYC This Season

As we rev up for our Spring Zine, we’re putting together a list of the most anticipated Metal acts hitting NYC this season. Having a preference for Metalcore and the Manhattan locale over some of the other Burroughs, I’m especially looking forward to Blessthefall’s return to Webster Hall this March (Best crowd energy in the scene). Take a look at the list below to check out tickets for these kick ass bands. (bolded are the ones we’re attending)

Jan. 24th, 2016 Lamb of God, Anthrax @ Manhattan Center Hemmerstein Ballroom

Feb. 19th, 2016 Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain @ Starland Ballroom, New Jersey

Feb. 21st, 2016 I SEE STARS – Light In The Cave Tour, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Get Scared, Palaye Royale, White Noise @ Gramercy Theater

Feb. 25th, 2016 Black Sabbath @ Madison Square Garden, Manhattan

Feb. 28th, 2016 Cannabis Corpse, Snafu, Coagula @ Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

Mar. 5th, 2016 Blessthefall, Miss May I, The Plot In You, Sirens & Sailors, A War Within at The Grand Ballroom @ Webster Hall, East Village

Mar. 8th, 2016 Cradle Of Filth, Butcher Babies, NE Oblivicaris @ The Grand Ballroom @ Webster Hall, East Village

Mar. 8, 2016 The Word Alive’s “Dark Matter Tour” Fit for a King, Out Came The Wolves @ Gramercy Theater, East Side Manhattan

Mar. 9th, 2016 Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris, Mest, Handguns, London Falling at The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall, East Village

Mar. 16, 2016 Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom, Havok @ Terminal 5

Mar. 25th, 2016 SILVERSTEIN 2016 USA TOUR with special guest Being As An Ocean, Emarosa, Coldrain, Rarity @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Mar. 28, 2016 Like Moths To Flames, Ice Nine Kills, Make Them Suffer, Light Up the Sky, Varsity @ Webster Hall, East Village

Apr. 2nd, 2016: Norma Jean @ St. Vitus in Brooklyn, NY

Apr. 4th, 2016: Disturbed @ Irving Plaza

Apr. 17, 2016 August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me ,The Faceless, Good Tiger @ Webster Hall, East Village

Apr. 14th, 2016: Underoath – Rebirth Tour @ Play Station Theater

Xoxo

Stay tuned here for updates**

 

 

The Acacia Strain Brings Wild Doom Metal To Webster Hall

The howls of metal driven men shook the Studio at Webster Hall, as the bands Counterparts and The Acacia Strain set the place afire with guttural screams and heavy guitar breakdowns.

Leading the “Tune Low, Die Slow Tour” this season, The Acacia Strain did not disappoint, energizing the crowd to new heights of moshing and hardcore leaps as they performed for fellow east coasters. They dedicated their performance to The Ghost Inside, a metalcore quartet with a history of playing Webster Hall. The Ghost Inside band and crew experienced a terrible car accident just a few weeks ago while touring, which left several of the band members hospitalized with serious injuries.

Performing crowd favorites like, ‘Skynet’ and ‘Cauterizer’, this band kept us on our toes by wildly switching back and forth between fast noise driven riffs and terribly slow grinding doom rhythms that dragged on into outer space. At times it felt like they controlled time itself, slowing it down on a whim.

The Canadian band Counterparts has a post-hardcore reputation for shifting through multiple rhythms during a song, and also kept the crowd’s energy high and active. Another local favorite that’s been touring since 2007, kids leapt on stage to sing along with every song. Running through the crowd surfing they shouted to all of Manhattan, “Our bodies blind the world with a sense of selflessness that only a trained eye can see.”

The evening was rounded out by performances from Fit For An Autopsy, Kublai Khan and Hollow Is Thy Heart.

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