Post-rock at its best is an ideal soundtrack for car chases, interstellar combat and nighttime prowls on the Serengeti. The music is composed with rock instruments--guitar, drums, swagger, etc.--but isn't chained to standard verse-chorus-verse structures. Instead, these songs rise and fall with dyna ... More >>
The rock legend enjoys a new wave in his career
Last Sunday night, the noise rock/experimental metal stylings of Tomahawk promise to shake up the Observatory. The intrepid, multi-city-based group--whose ranks include personnel from the Jesus Lizard, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Battles and Melvins Lite--are currently promoting the thrillingly moody ... More >>
[Locals Only] Despite some minor setbacks, it takes more than a couple of disasters to keep this duo down
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, in which Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.the above image was respectfully borrowed from Kick/Snare/Hat and taken by Sangsouvanh Khounvic ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native. Read the archives here. Last week, I said I'd probably rearrange this list every time I took a look a ... More >>
1. Well, there's the actual dude falling down the up escalator for, like, a full three minutes and 10 seconds.2. Then there's Gary Numan singing deadpan throughout most of it.3. And Battles squished into a descending escalator, playing their instruments (yes, even John Stanier, who plays the dru ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyBattlesOctober 16th, 2011Glass HousePomona was a hotbed of activity on Sunday night as Battles headlined the Glass House while Foster the People sold out the Fox Theater across the street. In a perfect world, Battles should have been headlining the Fox Theater as they engi ... More >>
After losing a member, the purveyors of contemporary prog take on a slew of new vocalists
When Battles come back to Southern California to tour Gloss Drop next week, we're in for a tighter, more cohesive show than their Echoplex debut as a trio last May. Multi-instrumentalist Dave Konopka says of that show (their first since their sophomore set Gloss Drop was finished, actually), ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.
Big In Japan Featuring Cibo Matto, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Buffalo Daughter June 26, 2011The Hollywood Bowl Despite the huge, sophisticated venue, Big In Japan had all the trappings of a cheesy cultural show at Little Tokyo: paper lanterns lined the walkways; cherry blossoms were project ... More >>
BattlesThe EchoplexMay 2, 2011With the release of their second LP Glass Drop a month away, Battles gave the LA prog set a sneak peak at its sans-Tyondai Braxton lineup at a sold-out performance at The Echoplex last night. When Braxton left the band in August while they were still finishing the fo ... More >>
bttls.comBattles, now a trio! I must admit I cried a bit when multi-instrumentalist Tyondai Braxton left Battles last year . . . but that doesn't make the announcement of their new album, Gloss Drop, and the tour fronting it any less exciting. Gloss Drop, which will feature appearances by Chilean ... More >>
Lilledeshan BoseTyondai Braxton performing with Battles at Lee's Palace in TorontoSinger/guitarist Tyondai Braxton has left mathy, experimental rock band Battles. The announcement was made today on their record label, Warp.net.
If there seems to be a slew of bad news in music that you can't do anything about (Tyondai Braxton leaving Battles, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band calling it quits), you can at least listen to a new song from The 88 called "They Ought To See You Now."
www.myspace.com/battlesthebandFirst Radiohead, now Battles. Good god, people in charge of creating the Twilight soundtracks know how to create a buzz. We've talked about the Eclipse soundtrack on Heard Mentality before, but it was never with much excitement...until we go the announcement that for ... More >>
Last Night: The Cure at the Shrine Auditorium June 1st, 2008 Better Than: Trying to find parking at the Hollywood Bowl. Download: "The End Of The World" from The Cure Homepage. After selling out the Hollywood Bowl, The Cure added another stop to their itinerary as they played the Shrine Auditori ... More >>
Via Coachella.com: FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend yo ... More >>
With desire for the actual physical object of music recordings waning among the general public, the fate of album art hangs precariously in the balance. This piece (written by Bryan Borzykowski) captures the prevailing attitude among young music fans and major-label execs, who seem to be all whatevs ... More >>