Two Piece Fest West hits the East Bay this weekend

Not to offend all my bassist friends out there, but the Two Piece Fest West taking place this weekend begs the question: who needs 'em? Apparently not this collection of duos. Including numerous Bay Area acts along with out-of-towners ranging from Portland to Philadelphia, the lineup is full of aggressive, hard-hitting music that makes up for the lack of low-end with pulverizing beats, scathing riffs and pure attitude. Not to mention a surprising amount of diversity. There's math-rock from Mountain View with Floral, the bone-shattering/heart-stopping grind of +HIRS+, sludgy fuzz in Tweak Bird, straight-up punk rock courtesy of 1994! and [...]

My Metal Month of May

The shows cropped up fast as Memorial day approached, cascading on top of each other like the hairs of a vigorously headbanged coif. Instead of trying to keep pace, I bode my time. Now, feast on these reviews, covering the last couple weeks of heavy, condensed and combined into an omnibus post, richly suffused with the connective tissue of metaphor and theme. Black Cobra at Thee Parkside, 5/14 The beginning of a landmine marathon, the first battle in a war that my eardrums were certain to lose. Local duo Black Cobra appeared at a birthday party for Pirate [...]

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