Dustin Kensrue of Thrice announced that after 13 years of playing together, the Irvine-based, experimental, post-hardcore outfit have decided to take an indefinite hiatus following their upcoming tour. The hiatus does not appear to be the result of any malice between band members; rather, it seems to simply be an issue of timing. While Kensrue, lead guitarist Teppei Teranishi, and brothers Riley and Eddie Breckenridge were described as "low-key, family-oriented guys" in our recent feature about the band (see Lilledeshan Bose's "Family Guys," Sept. 16), Kensrue and Teranishi's familial duties seem to have got the better of them. Whatever the future holds for the four of them, it'll be interesting to see what happens next. Kensrue said he's sure this won't mark the end of his career in music, and that doubtless holds true for Teranishi and the Breckenridge brothers will either. From a Nov. 22 Heard Mentality blog post.
DISCHORD LAUNCHES MASSIVE FUGAZI CONCERT ARCHIVE
Fugazi fanatics, Christmas has come early this year. Dischord launched the Fugazi Live Series, a monstrous, years-in-the-making archive of 800 Fugazi shows recorded—often with high-quality gear by the band's sound engineers—from 1987 to 2003. Dischord made 130 downloadable shows available for the archive launch on Dec. 1, with hundreds more to come in the near future. Each concert has its own page, which contains information about the show, photographs, fliers and more. Every show is available to preview for free, with a pay-what-you-want fee to download. (Though there is a suggested price of $5.) There will also be an "all access" option for those who wish to download the entire concert database. From a Nov. 28 post.
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PRINCE PAUL EXPLORES GARAGE MUSIC FOR NEW SCION A/V DOC
"I just want to feel good about music again," says famed hip-hop producer Prince Paul in a new video for Scion A/V's latest six-episode documentary series. Even as a well-versed music vet, he's still looking for fresh inspiration. Prince Paul and his entourage set out in a Scion to discover new underground music in several niche scenes across the country, stopping in Lawrence, Kansas, for Scion's Garage Fest; New Orleans to delve into the bounce scene with Big Freedia; and Pomona to learn about house and club scenes from DJ Skeet Skeet and Nadastrom. From a Nov. 23 post.