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Intern Matthew’s Weekend Picks: Bang Your Head.

November 9, 2012

Every week, intern Matthew Albasi brings you his musical selections for the coming days …

This week we got the first snow of the season. Winter time always makes me want to listen to only one thing – metal. So, every night I give you the option of one delicious, soul-crushing, face-melting metal show. To keep things interesting I limited myself to one per day. That way, if winter time doesn’t mean “pretend to be Norwegian” to you too, there is still something to do.


I am Heresy, The Elder Things, No Remorse for the Fallen and Legends Never Die @ The Balcony at The Troc

I Am Heresy rose from the ashes of Boysetsfire and Casting Out with Nathan Gray taking up the mic once more. While their sound is distinctly different, Gray still knows how to put together a band that will knock your socks off.

Cold Specks and Bad Braids @ First Unitarian Church

Doom Soul. How does that sound for a genre classification for you? Well, that’s how Cold Specks decribes herself and I think it’s pretty freaking awesome. While it’s not quite Pentagram, she definately has the slow rhythm and immense sound. Plus, this show is in the chapel at First Unitarian which is proabably the most intimate room in the city.


Red Fang, Black Tusk and Indian Handcrafts @ Underground Arts

Stoner rock is one of those genres of metal that often goes over my head, but Red Fang does a damn good job of it. Throw in Black Tusk, who are so sludge-y they make fellow Georgians like Kylesa seem clean, and you’ve got yourself a show.

Jonah Matranga @ First Unitarian Church

Regardless of what you think about Jonah Matranga as an artist, you have to appreciate his approach to selling his music. This is a guy who sells branded USB drives loaded with whatever smattering of his music you want and, if you bring it to his show, he’ll throw whatever else he’s got lying around on there too. You can even commission him to make songs for you. Hell, he’s just about the most approachable musician I’ve ever heard of. And on top of all that, he’s a damn good singer-songwriter too. You can’t beat it.


Fight Amp, Rosetta, Ape! and Dridge @ The Barbary

This is the hometown record release show by Fight Amp for their new album, Birth Control. Well, They’re actually from New Jersey, but don’t hold it against them. These guys still rip with some incredible head-banging riffs. The rest of the lineup brings you some diverse awesome local bands. Dridge will melt you with droning doom and deep, deep screams. Ape! stands out from the rest of the bands with a distinctly not-metal sound. And Rosetta, of course, is metal for astronauts. Which essential means they have meandering, twelve-minute songs and ethereal guitar leads.

Hezekiah Jones Big Band (When Guitars Attack!) and Jaggery @ The Fire

This show should be something special, and definitely not metal. Hezekiah Jones Big Band is really just one dude, folk rocker Raphael Cutrufello, who is occasionally joined by some –or all – of his friends. For this show, he is promising at least twelve electric guitars. If anyone can pull that off it’s these guys. Jaggery will be a little more subdued. This show is the last on their tour to promote their new EP, Private Violence.

Put on your snow boots and headbang the night away, Philly. I hope you have a good weekend.

One Comment
  1. November 10, 2012 9:28 am

    Thanks, Matt! Neat, I’m playing with Cold Specks next week in SF too. Hope to see you tonight.

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