You may or may not have noticed the lack of our regular weekly concert preview articles over the last month or so. The Holiday season doesn’t see many bands on tour so there hasn’t been much to report in that area. But as the Winter turns to Spring and the Concert season begins in earnest you can count on us to be right there on the front lines, getting our feet stepped on, kicked in the back, private areas questionably grazed, trying not to break our giant camera, and loving every minute of it. Here are the shows we’re looking forward to the most in the next few months…
The beginning of the year brings a one two punch of female led alt rock fury with Bully and Torres both in the area just over a week apart, and metal heroes Lamb of God join up with fellow riff immortals Anthrax, This Is Hardcore Fest vets Power Trip and Riot Nerd favorites Deafheaven.
1/12 Bully and METZ at First Unitarian Church
1/16 Lamb of God at Electric Factory (Sold Out)
1/20 Torres at Johnny Brenda’s
Anthrax, Photo by Megan Hawkey
It’s February again and that means it’s time for the annual Tattoo Convention, thrash elder statesmen Voivod rock the basement at Underground Arts with similarly minded local speed proggers Vektor, alt duo Best Coast hit the Electric Factory and red hot WWE developmental federation NXT triumphantly returns to the Tower Theater.
2/8 Voivod at Underground Arts
2/12 – 2/14 Villain Arts Tattoo Convention at the Philadelphia Convention Center
2/17 Best Coast at Electric Factory
2/18 NXT at Tower Theater (Tickets on sale 1/8 at 10 AM)
Best Coast, Photo by Megan Hawkey
New Philly venue The Fillmore dominates March with prog-punkers Coheed and Cambria (joined by NY screamo pioneers GlassJaw), Canadian alt-popsters Metric and the incomparable Slaaaaaaaaaaayer. Electric Factory hosts Boston punk legends Dropkick Murphys and Underground Arts eats like a war pig with Mac Sabbath.
3/3 Slayer at The Fillmore
3/5 Coheed and Cambria at The Fillmore (Sold Out)
3/13 Dropkick Murphys at Electric Factory
3/15 Metric at The Fillmore
3/23 Mac Sabbath at Underground Arts
Slayer, photo by Megan Hawkey
It’s all metal all the time in April. UK grindcore kings Napalm Death team with noise rock gods The Melvins, the annual Decibel Magazine Tour absolutely stacks the deck, bringing together an unprecedented lineup of Tribulation, Skeletonwitch, High on Fire and Abbath, and the very next night in the very same building Choosing Death Fest explodes with even more heavy hitters, led by Nails and Dying Fetus.
4/13 The Melvins and Napalm Death at Underground Arts
4/15 2016 Decibel Tour at Union Transfer
4/16 Choosing Death Fest at Union Transfer
Tribulation, photo by Megan Hawkey
Aside from the supposed final tour by the 75% reunited Black Sabbath, no Summer Tour plans have been finalized yet, but lots of rumors and speculation abound regarding huge acts like Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, and of course, the (mostly) reformed Guns N’ Roses. Hardcore giants Converge are rumored to be writing new material, so hopefully that gets them back on the road in the US shortly thereafter their highly publicized Blood Moon festival dates abroad this summer, and personal favorites Ghost and Mutoid Man have teased announcing more US dates in the coming months.