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Two Rowdy Nights of Clutch, Lucero and the Sword This Week

May 15th, 2017

Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals) formed Clutch more than 25 years ago in Germantown, Md. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows and their own unique sound (think: the Venn diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More with a little bit of that go-go swing). But despite putting so much emphasis on the fiery stage performances they’re known for, Clutch (above, performing “Firebirds”) still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material, including their 11th full-length album, Psychic Warfare (stream it below), which came out two Octobers ago. “As the band members have grown together, they deliver—almost effortlessly—a most well-oiled machine. Psychic Warfare includes super-tight interplay, madcap (and thematically heady) lyrics and high-octane riffs that often translate with face-melting power in their live shows,” according to AllMusic. And in naming the long-player one of the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015, Rolling Stone called it “a danger-fueled but stoner-friendly gem that reminds the listener of days where the hippie and biker culture intermingled in psychotic harmony.” Clutch come our way this week, accompanied by a pair of equally raucous acts—Memphis, Tenn., country-punk rockers Lucero and Austin, Texas, metal revivalists the Sword—for two shows, tonight at Brooklyn Steel and on Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre.

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Mastodon and Clutch Headline SummerStage Tomorrow Night

May 18th, 2015

Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the guys in MastodonTroy Sanders (vocals and bass), Brent Hinds (vocals and guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar), Brann Dailor (vocals and drums)—have been touring and releasing music, both with acclaim, for close to 15 years. Their sixth full-length, Once More ’Round the Sun (stream it below), came out last summer. “While the rest of heavy music’s luminaries follow in their wake,” wrote Spin, “Mastodon’s sound—and their ambition—is bigger than metal.” The Atlanta four-piece (above, doing “The Motherload” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) is currently out on the road with Clutch as part of their Missing Link tour.


Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals) formed Clutch (below, doing “Earth Rocker” for Rubber Tracks Live) 25 years ago in Germantown, Md. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows and been their own brand of rock (think: the Venn Diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More with a little bit of go-go swing). But despite putting so much emphasis on their stage performances, they still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material, including their 10th full-length, the well-received Earth Rocker. Per Pop Matters, “Clutch craft addictive and contagious songs, no matter their density. Clutch’s aim here was to try something different, and in stripping Earth Rocker of its fat, the band has revealed even more imaginative and powerful artistic muscle.” Catch both bands tomorrow night at SummerStage in Central Park. Swedish doom-rockers Graveyard open the show.

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Rock Out with Clutch Tomorrow Night at Terminal 5

May 1st, 2013

The guys in Clutch—Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals)—have been making their own brand of rock (think: the Venn Diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More, sort of) since forming in Germantown, Md., in 1990. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows. But despite putting so much emphasis on their stage performances, they still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material. In fact the quartet recently released their 10th full-length, the well-received Earth Rocker. And now Clutch (above, doing the new disc’s title track) are out on the road in support of it. See them, along with the Sword and Lionize, tomorrow night at Terminal 5.