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If the idea of sweaty, black t-shirt wearing metalheads invading the typically post-college-bar Arena District to see UK extreme metal legends Carcass play at Park Street Saloon doesn’t make you smile, then you’re not evil enough.

It’s been about 10 years since Carcass reformed after a 10 year hiatus (formed in 1985, broke up in 1995, reunited in 2007) and while there’s only been one new release (2013’s Surgical Steel), Carcass continues to hit the touring circuit – most recently joining Slayer and Testament on the Repentless tour.

Not only is this Carcass’s only Ohio appearance, but the bill is stacked with bands who will shake the Arena District to it’s foundation. Crowbar (let me say that again … CROWBAR), Ghoul, Night Demon and Dismemberment will make this a headbanger’s ball to remember!

Doors at 6, music at 6:30. You can pick up tickets today at Used Kids and Records Per Minute for $25 (that comes out to $5 a band!) or at the door tomorrow night for $28. Park Street Saloon is located at 525 N. Park St.

 

The Temperance Movement / Shoreditch / Shot by Rob Blackham www.blackhamimages.com /Earache Records

The Temperance Movement / Shoreditch / Shot by Rob Blackham www.blackhamimages.com /Earache Records

Though from the UK, the members of The Temperance Movement cut their teeth on classic American rock bands. “We’ve been influenced by vintage classic rock,” lead singer Phil Campbell says through a heavy British accent from a tour stop in Colorado. “I grew up in the ’90s, the Black Crowes brought it together for me in a nice package.”

The Temperance Movement came together around 2008 when Phil Campbell started tiring of playing Tom Waits and Robbie Robertson-inspired solo material and decided It was time to rock. Campbell aligned himself with likeminded musicians though the band’s first album didn’t come out in 2013. Through the various collective influences, the sound that The Temperance Movement settled on for the self-titled debut was one that was equal parts The Black Crowes, The Faces and Free.

The band’s latest, White Bear (released just a few weeks ago), picks up where the debut left off. The Temperance Movement delivers a classic rock sounding album that not only sounds like the previously mentioned bands but also Gomez, a band with a cult-like following in the US.

“We’re just the same boys we always were,” Campbell says. “We’re always learning, learning from each other. By the time we recorded White Bear, we all knew each other much better than when we started.”

After last year’s successful US tour with Blackberry Smoke (including a show at The Newport), Campbell said he realized America’s potential and, unlike some bands he considers peers who think a week or two worth of dates in the US is enough, is ready to make a go of it. “You need to keep going to the US and going back,” says Campbell revealing The Temperance Movement’s philosophy about touring. “That’s how Bruce Springsteen did it, he was on the road forever.”

The Temperance Movement has a few US tour dates in the next week, jumps overseas to play some festivals, and then returns to the US in September for another short run of headlining dates. You can catch them, along with The Stone Foxes, at the A&R Music Bar on Friday night. Doors at 8pm and tickets are $15 / $17 (day of show).

The Alternative Press Music Awards take place on Monday at the Schott and, leading up to the actual event, there are a few things taking place that you should be aware of.

The CreativeLive x APMAs Educational Conference is a day’s worth of free events at the Fawcett Center featuring producers, publicists, managers, photographers, etc. sharing their wisdom on topics like landing jobs in the industry, managing your social media presence, how to establish and build working relationships with artists.

Kicking things off at 10am is noted rock/metal producer Joey Sturgis, from Joey Sturgis Tones, who will share four simple tricks to make your demos sound better.

Tickets for the conference (10am – 2:30pm) are free (go to ALTPRESS.COM/APMASCONFERENCE and enter code APMACL for ticket access!) so check it out if you’re in a band and looking to get noticed by the industry. You can also watch a stream of the conference by going to YouTube.com/altpress.

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So the first day of the inaugural Promowest Fest is in the books. We’ll do a full recap of festival thoughts and highlights after the weekend is over, but for now, just a few quick thoughts. Ryan Adams and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds would have been one of my “can’t miss”shows of the summer on it’s own, and seeing them at the festival last night did not disappoint. Singing along to Oasis tunes as the sun hung low in the summer sky is one of those moments festivals wish they could advertise, put in on a postcard and say: “this is why you want to be here.” McFerson Commons is proving to be a pretty hospitable environment for the festival, lots of soft grass underneath your feet and keeping things cool. And it was just overall comfortable last night, getting a good spot to watch bands wasn’t an issue at all.

Ryan Adams had my heard before he even took the stage with his backdrop of vintage arcade games, cats and the T-800 skull from the Terminator adorning the stage. He played a set heavy with cuts off his latest self-titled album, as well as the hits you’d expect of a festival set, including “New York, New York” and “Come Pick Me Up.” He even improved a song about apartment dwellers from the condos overlooking McFerson Commons all coming down to listen to tunes and party, and um, cotton candy? I guess you had to be there. And while I’ve never been a big fan of The Flaming Lips, their show last night surpassed expectations right out the gate as they created a sheer spectacle in McFerson. Huge multi-colored balloons, confetti, laser lights, and a wookie were on display throughout the performance. You’d have to try to not have fun during their set. As it turned to night time in Columbus, the lights of glow sticks emanated from the crowd, lasers flickered from the stage, and a huge “Fuck Yeah Columbus” balloon floated across the stage. Yeah, I think I could get used to the idea of fest like this in downtown Columbus. Welcome, Promowest Fest.

 

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Fitz and the Tantrums performing Friday night. Photos by Rachael Barbash