What’s more fun than yelling “SLAAAYYYYEEEERRRRR?” Nothing. Not even yelling, “FREEE BIIRRDDD.” And surely, one of the best parts about going to see American Carnage is that no one fewer people will think you’re a total ass for doing it. There’s also the fact that three of thrash metal’s Big Four will be sharing a stage on the same night.
Slayer and Megadeth have been touring together for a while now, but the addition of New York natives Anthrax with longtime frontman Joey Belladonna will make this Oct. 8 show even more special. The band is looking towards finally releasing their new album with Belladonna on vox, maybe they’ll even debut a new track. Anthrax.com, Slayer.com, Megadeth.com.—Andrew Magnotta
They’re one of Japan’s biggest rock acts of all time, and their first trip to the North America has already garnered them the attention of some of the US’ biggest media players—ourselves included, we’re huge. Founded in 1982 under the name X, X Japan released five albums between 1988 and 1997 before breaking up, only to reunite in 2007. Since then, there’s been no looking back.
This Fall, X Japan plans to release their sixth album, and their first North American tour is set to hit L.A., Oakland, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, and most importantly, New York’s Roseland Ballroom on Oct. 10. It’s the last date of the tour, so you know they’re going to be pulling out all the stops for their already-intense stage show. You might not have heard of them before, but they’re definitely one band you’re not going to want to miss. Info at myspace.com/xjapanofficial. —JJ Koczan
Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan
Bowery Ballroom/Music Hall Of Williamsburg
It’s time to, once again, don your favorite Yasser Arafat shirt and struggle into your skinny jeans, because when former Belle And Sebastian vocalist Isobel Campbell and ex-Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan join forces, it’s hipster-folk heaven. You can watch these two try to out-sultry each other at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan on Oct. 16 and the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn the next night, Oct. 17.
In all seriousness, I’d go to either of these shows, but there’s no way I’m cool enough to get in. My black t-shirt and not-on-purpose dirty jeans would get me booted immediately. “Where’s your horn-rimmed glasses?” Where indeed. But hey, chances are you’re much cooler than me so you wouldn’t have any trouble. Sometimes what’s hip coincides with what’s good, and that’s the case with Campbell/Lanegan’s latest collaborative album, Hawk, which was our Disc Of The Week earlier this month. You can check out that review at theaquarian.com and get more on Isobel & Mark at myspace.com/isobelcampbell. —JJ Koczan
Count Basie Theater
To answer your question, yes, the Black Crowes are still around. After a hiatus that lasted from 2002 to 2005, they have released five albums and even started a record label called Silver Arrow Records. The two live albums and three studio efforts since their reunion include their latest titled Croweology, released this past August.
The album features rerecorded acoustic versions of songs spanning the band’s twenty-year career, including some of their hits, which they are sure to play live. Even boasting one of their best lineups ever, the band is planning another indefinite split at the end of 2010, this show at Count Basie Theater on Oct. 17 may be the last time we get to see them for several years, maybe ever.—Andrew Magnotta
My Morning Jacket
Terminal 5, NYC
Even during the summer things can get a little bit on the cool side at night, good thing there’s My Morning Jacket to keep us warm. Their sound is bright and cheerful and it’s just the thing we need as we move from this blazing summer to the bleak fall, where everything dies. They boast an impressive five studio albums and are now working on their sixth to be released sometime this spring.
To celebrate their career, My Morning Jacket are doing five shows. And if that doesn’t impress you, each of these five will showcase one of their albums in its entirety, 66 different songs to be exact. The shows will be back to back from October 18– 23. If you’re into My Morning Jacket this is definitely something you do not want to miss.—Dejon Turner
CMJ Music Marathon
New York City (ALL OVER!)
It’s that annual music extravaganza featuring artists from almost every genre imaginable in an event that sprawls from Manhattan to Brooklyn. This year’s festival features music from celebrated Norwegian pop-folk group Katzenjammer and Denver, Colorado gypsies DeVotchKa along with over 1,200 other artists, most of whom will be named in the coming weeks.
Other artists that have been named are BadBooks, a band featuring indie darlings Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra, alt-rockers Helmet and Bayside and Jersey’s own Senses Fail along with too many more to be named in this space. The Aquarian Weekly will have more extensive coverage in our Oct. 13 issue. Cmj2010.com.—Andrew Magnotta
High On Fire/Torche/Kylesa
It’s a five-week tour featuring three of American heavy metal’s most potent up-and-coming acts. High On Fire have been devastating audiences with their crushing attack for over a decade now, and their latest album, Snakes For The Divine, is one of 2010’s most lethal slabs. Guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike is also fresh off a reunion tour with his former band Sleep, so you know he’s going to be fired up, and that always makes for a good time.
Joining the venerable battle-thrashers for this jaunt are Torche and Kylesa, two of the Southeast’s heaviest hitters. Torche have a new EP out called Songs For Singles, and Kylesa’s latest full-length, Spiral Shadow, blends pop melody and audio crush like few bands have pulled off before. This is easily one of the Fall’s loudest and most killer packages, and whether you show up at NYC’s Webster Hall for the riffs or just to have your brains blown out of your skull, you won’t want to miss it. Info at myspace.com/highonfire. —JJ Koczan
United Palace Theatre
Melodic, dark and undoubtedly beautiful, are the efforts of the indie rockers known as Interpol. With the release of their self-titled fourth album and their supporting tour these guys are totally in it for the long run, even with the departure of their longtime bassist, Carlos D., Interpol surge fourth.
Speaking of tours, these guys are embarking on a European tour that gives new meaning to the term cosmopolitan. From September 21 – 25 alone they’ll be jumping from France to Belgium and then back to France only to head South for Spain the very next day. Add to that the fact, that they’ll also have additional musicians on keyboards and bass. We will have a chance to see them Nov. 5 at the United Palace Theatre.—Dejon Turner
Terminal 5, NYC
European tours seem to be all the rage these days in the metal scene, even local Jersey bands jump at the chance to play overseas. So its nice to see that the Oslo, Norway-based symphonic metallers Dimmu Borgir as well as black/viking metal veterans Enslaved are coming to the States this November to unleash black metal upon the masses with the Darkness Reborn tour. Both of these bands are pushing 20-years-old and still going strong in the international black metal scene.
After two years off the road, Dimmu Borgir are coming back stronger than ever with an intercontinental tour that starts in Europe from September through October. They plan to invade our shores in Nov. 8. Both bands will be releasing albums at the end of this month and this impending tour will only increase anticipation. If you want your dose of Viking metal and black metal look no further than the Darkness Reborn tour.—Dejon Turner
Madison Square Garden/Izod Center
There isn’t much you can say about Ozzy Osbourne that hasn’t already been said or written. He’s the father of heavy metal, he inadvertently started doom metal and there was that highly controversial biting phase. His family used to be on TV and he has some big rock festival named after him, you may have heard about it.
In spite of his age and the toll years of drug and alcohol abuse have taken on his body, the Ozzman cometh again, and this time to both Madison Square Garden and Izod Center in support of his latest album, Scream. With a revamped band behind him and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford playing in support, this is a unique opportunity to see two metal legends in one night (or two). Ozzy.com or RobHalford.com.—Andrew Magnotta