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Catch Mastodon and Eagles of Death Metal Live at the Hammerstein

May 9th, 2017

Effortlessly mixing progressive metal with grindcore and hardcore, the four guys in MastodonTroy Sanders (vocals and bass), Brent Hinds (vocals and guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (vocals and drums)—have been touring and releasing music, each with equal acclaim, for more than 15 years now. The Atlanta quartet (above, performing “Show Yourself” live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) just put out their seventh full-length, Emperor of Sand (stream it below), at the end of March. “Drawing as much from their past as well as their present, Mastodon refuse to go extinct just shy of two decades of music-making,” according to Exclaim. “Emperor of Sand is at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting.”

Longtime friends Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Hughes formed Eagles of Death Metal (below, doing “Speaking in Tongues” live in Paris) almost 20 years ago in the Southern California desert, making what AllMusic calls “classic bluesy rock with tongue-in-cheek humor” off and on ever since. Their most recent release, Zipper Down (stream it above), arrived in 2015. “Sexy, fierce and occasionally very, very silly, this is an album made to be played on jukeboxes in backwater biker bars the world over, loudly,” per NME. And with a new album on the horizon, Eagles of Death Metal team up with Mastodon to play the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night. Chicago trio Russian Circles open the show.

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Party-Heavy Rock and Roll at Webster Hall

August 7th, 2009

Eagles of Death Metal/Rival Schools – Webster Hall – August 6, 2009

Eagles of Death Metal - Webster Hall - August 6, 2009
Last night’s Webster Hall lineup of Eagles of Death Metal and Rival Schools was definitely an odd—albeit amazingly awesome—pairing of post-hardcore and party-heavy rock and roll. The NYC-based Rival Schools is composed of former members of noteworthy hardcore bands, yet because the group has released just two albums (United by Fate and Rival Schools United by Onelinedrawing) and has played few shows since forming in 1999, Rival Schools is still shrouded in mystique. “Eyes Wide Open,” the only song that singer Walter Schreifels introduced as a new one—the band is working on a new album—pits strained, almost screaming vocals by Schreifels against soaring, distorted guitars. “Undercover On,” which culminated with some sweet, melodic backing vocals from Ian Love, and “Good Things” were definitely the highlights.

Although the room was full for Rival Schools, between sets it became packed and the crowd grew rowdy. The headliner’s fans are far wilder than the opener’s—and they can’t be blamed. EODM’s sexually charged, party-fueling, garage-y rock and roll songs have titles like “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)” and “Whorehoppin’ (Shit Goddamn) I’m a Man.” So, what else could be expected? The show was a hometown affair that brought out a somewhat softer side of frontman Jesse Hughes’s rock and roll persona. Not only did he shout out to his mother, who was watching from the balcony dressing room, but also to his first-born son, an adorable blonde boy who spent most of the set running around the back of the stage, dodging drum sticks. Hughes even brought out a good friend of his for an wedding proposal. Although the mood lightened every so often for these shout-outs, the vibe was never lost, as pretty much everything Hughes said was followed by an obligatory “Can you dig it?” I dug it all. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com