It's been a long time coming, but after a long roller coaster ride the S-O-V is finally blowing up. There was a moment, back when her NYC debut ended in a puke-stained tank, and her subsequent US minitour bombed, where it looked like it was going to kill the buzz that greeted her first two batches of UK singles.
DOWNLOAD: Diecast, "Fadeaway" (mp3)
For their new Internal Revolution (Century Media), Diecast upgraded their rhythm section and came out singing -- not to mention swinging. Their latest stylistic makeover moves them several rungs up the Mass-metal depth chart, retooling standard-issue hardcore with Eurometal's sleek, precision-calibrated dueling guitars and thrash-pop sing-a-longs where frontman Paul Stoddard sounds more Jeckyl than Hyde.
Alex Onslought, pictured with cash money
Return to the Pit Benefit ExtravaganzaOctober 18 at O'Brien'sPhotos courtesty of . . . who else?
1. We told you we'd let you know as soon as it was here: the title track from Converge's forthcoming No Heroes, complete and uncut:
2. While we were digging that up, we came across a bunch of newish/unreleased Tom Waits, from the 3-disc, vault-emptrying Anti set Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards:
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We ourselves have been known to make use of the services of Return to the Pit, especially when we need photos of anything metal-related. Judging by the photographic evidence, Aaron and Carina have consumed more metal than any people we know.
It's been over a year since we checked in with the Soul Estate squad, but former Wiseguys/Hangmen3 disciple Man Terror has kept his game up in the studio, spitting out mixtapes every couple of months and building his movement from the Orchard Park projects outwards. Our backpacker friends are hereby warned that you will not find any emo shit on here, although you will find Chubby Chub drops, Disco D beats, and other types of events associated with non-indie rap music.
Social DistortionOctober 16 at AvalonPhotos by Nicole Tammaro
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Tanya Donelly's got dirt on OTD, so let's air it out right now: she was present for a Super Bowl party (one that eventually ended in Patriots victory) where OTD got so stressed out that we ended up puking in a certain music editor's bathroom.
We've grown accostomed to seeing Diddy "like you never seen him before" -- see: the infamous "Pee Diddy" clip -- but the world's most solipsistic rap mogul has topped even himself with DiddyTV, the custom YouTube channel that's been bringing us all-Diddy, all the time in the countdown to Press Play. A big sigh of relief, then, that the wait is over -- has been for a minute, actually; teenagers have been downloading it since last week -- and the album is in stores.
While you're holding your breath for those two new Magnetic Fields albums, we can not discourage you enough from picking up a copy of the second CD by the Gothic Archies -- The Tragic Treasury, comprising Stephin Merritt's contruibutions in song to the audio book versions of Lemony Snickett's A Series of Unfortunate Events -- and beating a course for Natick High School, where tonight Merritt will be joined by Daniel Handler (on accordion!) for an exceedingly rare concert of those songs.
The Red Chord
The Acacia Strain
Rock N Shock Day 2With Gwar, the Red Chord, about a dozen other bands, and a shitload of horror movie geeksOctober 14 At the Palladium and the DCU Center, WorcesterPhotos courtesy Return to the Pit. See more here.
Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs, World Inferno Friendship Society, Whole Wheat BreadOctober 14 at AvalonPhotos by Carina Mastrocola
Pet Shop BoysOctober 13 at the Opera HousePhotos by Rita Lombardi
Photo: Rita Lombardi.
Bonkers party snaps by Mike McKay at Brilliant Mistake.
MSTRKFTOctober 12 at Paper/Bill's Bar
For those of you who thought Paper was faded permanently into early-2006, MSTRKRFT (or at least a recognizable fraction thereof) descended on Landsdowne Street to restore the night to its glory-days program of sell-out crowd and stellar atmosphere.